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New video card help, just take a quick look

I3LackwolfI3Lackwolf Mississauga, ONPosts: 8Member

Ok theres probably always one of these posts but I give..

I usually enjoy doing my own research into my purchases but I just can't seem to wrap my head around video cards, the naming conventions confuse me the most definately need help.

Long story short I have a Geforce GTX 460Se and Id like to get a significant (best) upgrade, my budget is $200, hopefully this info is enough to get a recommendation. I enjoy a wide range of games and genres so I never know what i will want to learn next but I have an intrest in Tera and Archage for the near and distant future. Thank you in advance.


Windows 7 (64) 3.2ghz

AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T


750w psu



  • AeonbladesAeonblades Home, GAPosts: 2,083Member

    This is what I would buy on a $200 budget, personally. EVGA has always been a great company for me, and this card will give you more than enough bang for your buck.

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  • KabaalKabaal Edinburgh, ScotlandPosts: 3,040Member Uncommon
    A 7850 is the fastest you'll get for sub $200, significantly faster than the 650ti. I can vouch for the cooler on this HIS ICEQ as i have one, it's reasonably quiet and the GPU never goes over 60C no matter how high i overclock it (might be a wee bit higher if you live somewhere warmer than i do) others like Gigabyte get good feedback on hardware forums too. Just avoid XFX, loud coolers and abysmal support if you need to RMA.
  • I3LackwolfI3Lackwolf Mississauga, ONPosts: 8Member

    Thank you both for your quick replies,

    Two interesting suggestions, the Radeon seems to be a bit more than my budget where I am but a significant improvement in performance you say? that has me leaning that way. Ive had good experiences with Evega cards and budget may see me getting it but my mobo happens to be crossfire capable and that would be something great to try in the future but narrowning it down to two cards was of great help.

    Thanks again

  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 17,354Member Epic

    I normally recommend not bothering to buy a new video card unless you at least double the performance of your old card.  A GeForce GTX 650 Ti would barely be an upgrade over your current card, and a Radeon HD 7850 would be somewhat faster, but nowhere near double the performance.

    A Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce GTX 660 would be closer to double the performance of your current card.  If you're not willing to pay what it takes to get one of those, then I'd advise against upgrading your video card.  That will stretch your budget, though:

    A 7870 is a little faster than a GTX 660.

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