Best graphics card for under 200?

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  1. macfan881 macrumors 68020

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    I'm planning to get a PC computer for Gaming and I'm looking at Graphic cards first off what is the better plan ATI/Nvidia and what would be the best card preferably under $200?
     
  2. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020

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    Not too much help but here are a couple of responses from an outside forum that I found via Google. It's dated August so it should be fairly useful and up-to-date information.


    Here is another one with a few more answers.
     
  3. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Wait for 6870s and 6850s coming up this week.
     
  4. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    6850 likely won't be under 200, but it should push competitor' prices down. Early benchmarks show they are very good performers given their shader counts.

    At this moment, the best under $200 options are the 5830 and the GTX 460 768MB. At $220 is the 460 1GB, which has a significant performance increase over the other version (larger memory bus in addition to more RAM). It's likely it will dip to $200 this week given the new ATI card launches.
     
  5. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    At this point, 460 one gigabyte versions have hit $169.99.

    6870/6850 will only make prices drop more.
     
  6. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    That's with mail-in rebates, 1 day price drops, etc. You can reliably find them for $220 every day. Still, it does make sense to camp out for one of those temporary deals.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Early pricing rumors point that 6850 would be ~200$.

    OP, if you have to buy it today, just get GTX 460 1GB, maybe even OC version if you don't want to do that yourself. If you can wait few days, wait till 68xx. The good thing about ATI is CrossFire since it doesn't require an NVidia chipset or a hack to work (assuming you have CrossFire compatible mobo)
     
  8. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    I had not seen that. That would be extremely competitive pricing if true. That would push the 460 well below $200.
     
  9. macfan881 thread starter macrumors 68020

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