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horusray August 3, 2012 10:20 AM

Which video card to buy for my $1000 build?
 
So far, I have already spent ~$750 after tax for the following:

Case: Corsair 500R
CPU: i5 3570k
CPU heatsink: Noctua D14
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-Ud5h
RAM: 2x4gb Kingston HyperX memory kit
PSU: PC power & cooling 750w mkII silencer

I'm planning to pick up a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500gb drive - $70.

That will leave me $180 for the video card.

$1000 is not a strict limit, so theoratical budget for the video card is $180~$250.

I prefer buying a card off craigslist, ebay, or here.

Please advise! Thanks in advance.

Maximum resolution: 1080p single monitor.

eric31593 August 3, 2012 02:37 PM

560 ti are going around $200 brand new and < $200 used on ebay. You can even get a 570 in the $200s. I would recommend one of those two or just save up a little bit more money and buy a 660 ti ($299) when it is released

moocow August 3, 2012 02:53 PM

I got a Galaxy MDT 570 off another user on BST for $170 shipped within the same city.

horusray August 3, 2012 04:20 PM

Well, I'm trying to save up so I can buy a 120/128gb SSD to replace the 500gb harddrive. I know 120/128gb as the primary and the only drive is easily not enough for any average users, but I really want to avoid seeing 5.7~5.9 Windows expereience index.

What do you guys think?

eric31593 August 3, 2012 04:50 PM

560 ti if you are really tight on cash. But I would go with the a 570 because of all the sweet deals new and used. And also eventually down the road you can always SLI.

horusray August 3, 2012 05:44 PM

Since some of you recoomend 560ti, here's something for thought. My friend bought a Radeon 5870 in 2009. Yesterday, I was telling him I may end up using a 560ti for my build, but I found out two cards are very similar in performance. To me, it kind of sounds silly for me to buy a card on par with a three-year-old graphics card......

Also I really want to try out Crossfire/Sli given my motherboard and psu are made to handle the sort of setup. Perhaps I should wait for mid/end of August, and I may score some good deals as people may start selling their old cards.

Dzzope August 3, 2012 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by horusray (Post 646433)
Since some of you recoomend 560ti, here's something for thought. My friend bought a Radeon 5870 in 2009. Yesterday, I was telling him I may end up using a 560ti for my build, but I found out two cards are very similar in performance. To me, it kind of sounds silly for me to buy a card on par with a three-year-old graphics card......

Also I really want to try out Crossfire/Sli given my motherboard and psu are made to handle the sort of setup. Perhaps I should wait for mid/end of August, and I may score some good deals as people may start selling their old cards.

If you want a 560ti then a few weeks and the release of the 660ti will see more and more 560's being flogged..

alternatively.. grab a 660 yourself.. gonna be a bit more than you planned on spending but from early reports your looking at better than 580 performance (hopefully close to sli 560's without and SLI hassle) and it should be cool quiet and not very power hungry too.
(should be a good overclocker too but will have to wait to see )

horusray August 3, 2012 07:13 PM

What about getting 2 Radeon 6950 for under $300 in the next few weeks? The M/B and psu I have are both built to be xfire/sli ready. Would that be overkill for single monitor @ 1080p resoution?

Dzzope August 3, 2012 09:25 PM

I really don't see the point myself.. a 660 should be about the same performance(will be slightly lower raw power but you don't lose anything in the scaling of a multi-gpu configuration)..
granted a little more expensive to buy (am expecting them to be about the 330 mark)
but will consume much less power.. produce much less heat and you won't have any hassle with x-fire support or the like..

Single fastest card should be considered before looking at duals..

As for the set-up being all made for dual cards... well in 2 years when your looking to upgrade.. drop in a new card and be done..

end of the day it's your shout.. your money etc etc. My opinion is fastest single card you can get your hands on.

Dual 6950's are a lil overkill but nothing too crazy.. Should run the most intensive games for a while at max settings without issue..

tianfeng August 3, 2012 09:34 PM

eVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD SuperClocked 1280MB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort at Memory Express this is a pretty good deal if you can get one.


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