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What kind of graphics card should I puchase?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Mohameddo-san, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Mohameddo-san

    Mohameddo-san
    F1 Sim Racer & #1 St. Bernard Lover on RD Premium Member

    My PCI Express 2.0 x16 ATi Radeon HD 5450 is my current card, but I am looking for a good card that is not too hard on cash and can play most game easily on maximum settings.

    I am going for an AMD Radeon HD 6000 series, and at my local retailer, Best Buy, they are selling a 6750 for $139.99 plus 9% sales tax and a 6770 for $179.99 + 9% sales tax

    They are also selling Radeon HD 6000 lower-end cards at a somewhat lower price.

    I am thinking about getting either the 6750 or 6770 when they drop in price.
     
  2. Hiroshi Awazu

    Hiroshi Awazu
    Off Topic Moderator

    My home computer is a HP Elite 510F and it came with the AMD Radeon 6570 graphics card. Works great! Don't go for the lower 6000 series. The 6570 is $139 here in Vancouver as well but we pay 12% sales tax.

    This place is my favorite retailer for computer parts. http://ncix.com/products/index.php?minorcatid=108.
    Have you ever considered getting shipped from Canada? They are cheaper than Best Buy.
     
  3. What CPU do you have in your PC?
     
  4. check out newegg.com their customer service is top notch for things like returns and defective products. Also they're way cheaper than Best Buy

    If you want to run things at high levels check out the HD6850, far better than the 6770.

    The 6850 performs really well and costs around $160 on newegg

    For reference the 6770 was $124 and the 6750 was $105. So I'd steer clear of Best Buy
     
  5. The HD 6850 and the 6870 perform almost at the same level. The 5870 performs slightly better. If you have a look here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-gaming-performance,3042-7.html You will see that they are each very near the top of the list for the AMD cards so you can't go wrong regardless.

    The HD 6770 is just over $100 at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131434
    The HD 6850 is around $150 at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    The HD 6870 is around $175 at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103196
    The HD 5770 is around $120 at Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873

    Based on those prices, your best bet if you wish to have a 6000 series card for the least amount of money and have something that performs quite well, I would go with the HD 6770.
     
  6. Hiroshi Awazu

    Hiroshi Awazu
    Off Topic Moderator

    Lol! don't listen to me Mohammed, Take Jim's and Robert's advice for i'm still learning about Video Cards. I always considered Jim as my PC guru. In the past, any advice i needed i would look for Jim on site.
     
  7. But keep in mind that CPU can bottleneck GPU performance if it's not fast enough to power it. That's why I asked about it:)
     
  8. Mohameddo-san

    Mohameddo-san
    F1 Sim Racer & #1 St. Bernard Lover on RD Premium Member

    I have an AMD Athlon II X2 255 Socket AM3 CPU that runs at 3.1 GHz

    I might go for Newegg.
     
  9. That CPU is going to be powerful enough to where you will have no issues with pretty much any graphics card.