What's the best graphics card for my system?

Rodion15

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Hi: I'm thinking of getting this card:
AMD Radeon HD 7850 OEM - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 3.0 (AMD-HD7850) for $215.

Could I get a better card for this price? Is an AMD card a good option for my Intel processor?

I'll play shooters such as far cry 3...

I'll welcome any advice, please keep to the point, avoid irrelevant answers.

Motherboard: ASROCK Z68 PRO3-M
Processor: Intel core i5 3450 3.1Ghz
RAM: 2 modules of 4GB DDR3 /1600 KINGSTOM HYPERX KHX1600C9D381/4G
Hard disk: Western Digital 1TB SATA 3
Box: thermaltake V4 black
PSU 700W 3GO Energy PS700SX

 

Rodion15

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Thanks for your answer: by the way...I'll be using 1680x1050 resolution at least for the time being, in the future I may get a fullHd monitor but I don't intend to go any further.
 

forsaken2011

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The 7870 cost about the SAME, and it has better graphics.

The Gigabyte 7870 that I linked below is 230 u$S, but it comes with Triple Windforce! And it would make the card never go higher than 60°C Just Amazing! Fits perfect with an i5 and with your resolution preferences :D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125418

btw, CPU and graphics card are totally different, having one from AMD and one form intel will never make the difference keep that in mind.
 

MaXimus421

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A 7850 can be over clocked very easily, basically making it a stock 7870, and for less money.

My 7850 cost me $189 from NewEgg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405

Also, I suggest you first get a different PSU as someone above said. You risk A LOT trying to game with a powerful video card and a cheapo power supply. If the investment you have made in your computer means ANYTHING to you, get a decent PSU.

I can not stress that enough.

Go for Corsair, SeaSonic, or Antec. There's a few other good ones, but those stand out in terms of quality and reliability in my opinion. Good luck!
 

Rodion15

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Why do you say my PSU is bad?, just because it's not a known brand?...I mean, a manufacturer can make good components even if it's small. I purchased it from a PC repair shop and I think the owner is a reliable technician, I told him I wanted a good PSU to add a good graphic card and he sold me this one.
Here're some specs in the box for this PSU:
ENERGY PS700SX
12cm sleeve fan
20+4 pin connector
TC Temperature Control
4xSATA connectors
4xIDE connectors
1xPCI 6pin connector
P4+P4 Passive PFC
 
A psu with 700w that comes with a single 6-pin pcie connector and only 4 sata and without any certification of efficiency is not a good one, and it's missing one important detail the +12v rail(s) with the respective amperage.
That being said, it doesn't mean it can power a 7850 or a 660 gtx, those cards are lower power demanding for its performance.
If you want to keep the psu, i advice you to go with a 660 gtx or the 7850.
If you can find a 660 gtx bellow 215$ get it. it's better than the 7850.

The zotac 660 gtx on newegg(currently out of stock) or the asus 660 gtx in ncix :

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76367&vpn=GTX660-DC2O-2GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1285