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avatar Jessie 20th November 2015, 00:27 AM

I find myself in need of a new graphics card, as it would seem that the one I have is likely the source of my recent computer woes.

Unfortunately, I know absolutely nothing about graphics cards or where to find info on them. Thus, I turn to you fellows.

I'm looking for something at least comparable in power (or better) to what I am replacing, which is an AMD Radeon HD 6800 (or something like that, anyway). Moreover, I'd like it to be relatively affordable, around the $200-$250 mark.

Can thou help me?

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avatar Archie says: 20th November 2015, 00:35 AM
Nvidia's comparison chart is very helpful!
Clickity!

I can max out everything with my 780ti for a rough benchmark.
avatar Tetsu0 says: 20th November 2015, 18:31 PM
Another easy thing to do is Google "[your video card] benchmarks"
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=Rad
eon+HD+6800M


Then you can click around that site and find good performance ratings for your price range. They even compare AMD to Nvidia if you aren't too dead set on one brand.
avatar Striker says: 20th November 2015, 20:47 PM
And once you have more GPUs in your list, just google #gpu1 vs #gpu2. There are a couple of sites that can help you decide between them.

I for one usually compare performance to my desktop and laptop cpus and gpus, although older, but having used them I now "feel" their potential, so it's more relevant if a site tells me "this gpu is twice as fast as yours".
avatar Penguinboy says: 20th November 2015, 23:17 PM
Yep, I use the site @Tetsu0 linked to check out what options are available in the GPU world. I tend to go to the 'high end video cards', and look at the first 20 or so cards on that list and see what the best value ones are. (click the 'price performance' link once you're on that page)

If I was recommending any card, right now it'd be the GTX 970, though it's more expensive than your price bracket. The GTX 960 is still a decent option, and closer to how much you want to spend. (I'm not a fan of AMD cards so I can't recommend any, but a couple of the R9 cards spike on the value chart and might be worth checking out.)
avatar TawnosPrime says: 21st November 2015, 01:48 AM
I'd agree with Penguinboy and suggest the GTX 960. PCPartPicker is a great website for comparing prices, and looks like you can get one for $270.
avatar Jessie says: 21st November 2015, 03:26 AM
Thanks for all the tips, guys. I consulted with my brother last night, and, well, I'm glad people are recommending the GTX 960, because that's what I landed on! It's a touch more pricey than I'd hoped, but no matter.

Again, thanks! I'm sure this journal will come in handy again when I need another hopefully in a good long while.
avatar Tetsu0 says: 22nd November 2015, 14:15 PM
Congrats!
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