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Im building a $600 PC for one of my friends kids. Hes 14, plans on playing things like WoW, Elder Scrolls Online, EQ Landmark etc.
I've only built PC's with nVidia boards for about 10 years now so I'm completely unfamiliar with AMD other than my past experiences. If the budget wasnt so tight, I really wouldnt consider other options than nVidia but I figured what the hell, lets see what I can put in this thing.
The system I'm building is AMD powered, running windows 8.1 (his choice) with 8 gigs of ram. I need to keep the GPU purchase below $150 at the time of purchase, so rebates do me no good.
Since the person I'm building it for is not a builder, a tinkerer or anything I need a solid and stable card that doesnt require a lot of tweaking which has been my previous experience with AMD. Compatability is vital as well as quality.
Here are the three boards im looking at
GTX 650 ti (which is the one im most comfortable with)
HD 7870 GHz Edition (how current is this board?)
so, any input would be nice but just keep in mind this is for someone who needs something stable which is widely compatable without suffering too much for performance.