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    Best gaming graphic cards


    Summary: A number of graphics cards at various price points that feature both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs.

    Question from the Hardware 2.0 mailbox:

    ďIím planning to upgrade my existing gaming PC. Iíve got the motherboard and processor figured out ó Iím going for the Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge processor paired with an ASUS Sabertooth Z77 motherboard ó but Iím stuck when it comes to the graphics card. Any suggestions?Ē

    As far as the CPU and motherboard goes, youíve made some very good choices. Those components will make for a solid foundation to a gaming PC.

    When it comes to which graphics cards to choose, what you should go for depends a lot on your budget. Since youíre buying a $320 processor and $230 motherboard, Iím assuming that your budget isnít that limited. However, what Iíll do is list a number of graphics cards at various price points that feature both AMD and NVIDIA GPUs and let you choose what fits in best with your budget.
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/b...ic-cards/20535
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    Re: Best gaming graphic cards

    Also read this...http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/c...15?tag=btxcsim

    Which is included in JMH's link... Just a few lines down.
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    Re: Best gaming graphic cards

    Ahh yes. One of the most argued points in building a system.

    What I've learned over the years;
    1. GPU should be balanced with the rest of your system.
    2. Buy the single most powerful GPU your budget will allow.
    3. Brands matter. As with all technology, who makes the GPU makes a difference in the overall customer experience. Nvidia=EVGA/ATI=xFx
    4. Research, research, research. For the past few years, ATI has distributed a series of drivers and suites that are exceedingly unreliable. Knowing the most about your products, before you hit the "Confirm Payment" key, will result in a much better experience over the life of the build.
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    Re: Best gaming graphic cards

    i have a couple of jaton nvidia geforce cards that do well for themselves.

    and i'm running a 1gb nvidia geforce gxt 550 (forgot who made it) - good enough for mass effect 3.

    perhaps one day i will be able to afford a $300 video card, lol.

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    Re: Best gaming graphic cards

    Buying a nvidia card I would also go with EVGA they just make great cards... I would also feel comfortable with gigabyte...

    As for AMD/ATI Sapphire,XFX,Gigabyte,HIS... many good choices here...

    I currently have a gigabyte 5870, XFX 5870 in my system and an old HIS 5770 sitting out...

    My cards still fly just have really buggy drivers
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    If I had to pick my favorite card budget card on the market right now it would probably be a 550 or 560...

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