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Post by Ari on January 17th 2012, 6:51 pm

So I'm getting close to finally buying a graphics card, only problem is I look at this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=radeon+6850&x=0&y=0

and think this:


Outside of obvious factors such as price, brand, clock speeds, etc., anything I should be looking for in particular?

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Post by Suizide on January 17th 2012, 7:48 pm

PSU requirements. I look at that because I use only a 500W.
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Post by 1Pantsu on January 17th 2012, 8:12 pm

benchmarks.
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Post by Suizide on January 17th 2012, 8:17 pm

Oh, also, size/dimension of card. Is your case large enough to fit it.
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Post by Ari on January 17th 2012, 8:53 pm

Suizide wrote:Oh, also, size/dimension of card. Is your case large enough to fit it.

Mid-size case, it'll fit.

I guess I should be asking if there's any real difference between these to justify the weird fluctuations in price. If not, I might as well just buy the cheapest one since I'm not a hardcore gamer by any means.

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Post by Suizide on January 17th 2012, 9:16 pm

Prices differ by companies. Probably longevity, noise, quality built by each company differ.
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Post by Iggor on January 18th 2012, 2:48 am

Cooling maybe? Pre-built computadora's like yours probably have no fucking fans except for the one on the back. MSI and the Asus one es gewd.
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Post by Alkasirn on January 18th 2012, 11:08 am

Aricake wrote:
Suizide wrote:Oh, also, size/dimension of card. Is your case large enough to fit it.

Mid-size case, it'll fit.
That's what I said when I was trying to put a new card in. Turns out it didn't fit.
Thinking back on it now, not getting to put that new card in wasn't too bad considering I had a 350W PSU and the card was expecting at least a 500W.
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Post by Icky Sticky Love on January 18th 2012, 4:55 pm

Sometimes the company that offers the card changes the price. Like my card was roughly in the 140-160 range for the same card, but from different companies. I ended up getting one that was like 155 because it came with a year warranty and stuff. Also the review for XFX were higher than a lot of the other cards.
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Post by Suizide on January 18th 2012, 6:02 pm

As to defects, I've read a few about XFX fan noises are louder. But that's only for low/med units. High performance ones, dunno.
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Post by popingpantsu on January 18th 2012, 6:18 pm

Other than what you listed you should also look at things like power requirements, size and other custom features. Some cards, like this one, has 2 fans instead of one, although it costs a little more.

Oh and I would recommend XFX. They are generally a good brand and they have a great warranty. I think all the 6000 series cards from them have a lifetime warranty.
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Post by Icky Sticky Love on January 18th 2012, 8:59 pm

My card works fine and really isn't that loud, especially compared to the 3 100mm fans on my case.
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Post by Suizide on January 18th 2012, 10:59 pm

paruparuparuparuparu

My 100mm fan was okay for first few weeks, now it takes about half a minute to go to full speed (and in doing so, it makes loud fuzzing sounds before it clears up). :\
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Post by le reddit maymays on January 18th 2012, 11:23 pm

Jizz all over the card and its k

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Post by Suizide on January 18th 2012, 11:44 pm

No.

Eat.
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Post by 1Pantsu on January 18th 2012, 11:52 pm

just a quick question, are ATX cases still "in"? or have they been replaced?
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Post by le reddit maymays on January 19th 2012, 12:05 am

1Pantsu wrote:just a quick question, are ATX cases still "in"? or have they been replaced?

Pretty sure mine's ATX.

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Post by Suizide on January 19th 2012, 12:25 am

I'm not sure what you mean by "in" since ATX and mid-ATX are basically like SUV or Jeep relationship. ATX are larger and more bulky but it can hold even extended ATX boards of mothers. So it can hold more. Mid is well, you'll have to watch out for space sometimes. ATX most of the time don't have to worry about have too little space.

Though of course, looking at whether ATX or Mid-ATX, you should look at your PSU power cords/cables/etc and see if they reach.

ATX for really more for use of bigger space for not only letting you use more crap inside, but more/better airflow(depends how it's made though) for people who does high performance tasks, 345678D rendering, and hardcore gaming use.

Mid-ATX is commonly used because not much people are such high-end users.

So erm...a mid-atx case is fine.
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Post by Suizide on January 19th 2012, 12:27 am

As to quantity, (I think I start to see why you ask "in") I see a lot more mid-towers being sold than full-ATX towers.
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Post by Icky Sticky Love on January 19th 2012, 12:40 am

Mines kind of inbetween. Its a little roomier than a mid, it can hold like 6 HD cases, 2 GFX cards, etc, but isn't quite OGM HUGE full ATX
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Post by Iggor on January 19th 2012, 12:41 am

Wat?

By ATX do you mean tower? Like Mid ATX = Mid Tower?
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Post by 1Pantsu on January 19th 2012, 2:13 am

its just that i've heard numerous times that ATX will get replaced (BTX, ITX??, etc.), and i haven't kept up with tech for years. so i figured it might have been replaced. guess not.
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Post by Ari on January 19th 2012, 2:17 am

The XFX card has reviews saying it's loud.

I'd prefer it to be quiet.

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Post by Iggor on January 19th 2012, 2:58 am

Listen to the MSI one on jew tube videos from LinusTechTips or some other nigger.
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Post by le reddit maymays on January 19th 2012, 2:59 am

Quick. Get some chunky peanut butter and work it into your internet vent until it is flush with the surface.

This will prime your load catches and boost your desktop wallpaper.

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