Best video card for around $200

By treetops
Oct 16, 2014
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  1. Windows 7 64 bit
    Ram 8 gig ddr3
    CPU amd phenom quad 3.2 ghz phenom 2
    3 tb 7200 rpm HD
    Current GPU nvidia 275 GTX
    Res 1080x1900
    PSU 600 WATT

    Whats the best video card I can get for around $200? I saw this card 20% off. I dont care about any game bundles just the best card for $200. I want it for gaming any and all games lol. But I currently play chivalry mideival warfare. I also am going to try out alien isolation and shadows of mordor.


    Can I get a list of video cards based on performance?

    Heres another one, which is better?

    Upon looking at bench chart this one looks the best

    P.S. I have a huge case

    Or hell maybe spend 289$ or so? The 780 seems pretty good for around that price, double the cuda cores.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2014
  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    The R9 280 is going to be your best value for a $200 buck video card right now especially that version you have listed there.

    It depends, you can always keep going up on value and seeing what is better in that area but it still comes down to what your willing to pay. If you are looking at that 780, why not instead get a GTX 970 because its cheaper and better depending on the variant you want.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,937   +157

    That damn 780 says 289$ after mail in rebate, when I add it to the cart it changes the price on me. Messaged cust serv. It goes up to 353.99 what the hell.

    Ghost the 970 has like 1500 cuda cores, the 780 has 2200 and if it sells for the price newegg posted it will cost 50$ less.

    Last edited: Oct 16, 2014
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    The performance of the cores in the GTX 970 though are much better than the ones in the 780 though. Its a more powerful card overall.

    That happens as well, I had an issue recently with the MSI X99 Gaming 9 Motherboard I bought being labeled as 100 buck freight shipping. They make mistakes often sadly.
  5. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,937   +157

    Good points :). I'm waiting for a response for cust service. I was trying to spend under 300$. lol I was actually trying to spend under 200$ but those higher end cards look sweet.
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    I know this is a little off topic and outside the bounds of your original post but the 970 has become a bit of a no brainer now. Here are the scenario in my opinion:

    Not looking to go extreme: GTX 970
    Extreme at any cost: GTX 980 (s)
    Extreme but limited funds: GTX 970 SLI

    I've even talked folks who are just getting into PC gaming into getting the 970. It's so powerful and efficient for the money.
  7. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    Well if your gaming at 1080p I would not worry much because anything 280 and above AMD side or 760 and above Nvidia will do 1080p Ultra without to much fuss. Honestly I would just get the 280 MSI Gaming if I was you because your not going to see much of a benefit beyond that for a basic 1080p 60hz gaming setup (IF that's what your doing). On top of that the Phenom II X4 is going to hold back any video card at a point to where even if you bought 2 GTX 980's you would lose most of the performance gains you would see over something like a pair of GTX 760s or R9 280's.

    Do not take that as saying your machine is bad because its not for a good 1080p gamer its just you will scale off a bit with that processor and notice much less returns the higher you go with the GPU.
  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,937   +157

    Interesting concept to consider, my wallet thanks your input. If I can get a 770 on the cheap brand new (300$ or under) Ill go for that but otherwise based off your advice I will likely get one of those 200ish cards. Ill do some more browsing :). But I am definitely getting something by monday, my next payday.

    I went with

    Maybe I can sell the free game and my old video card on ebay and end up only spending 75$.

    I want that 970 but it looks like ill remain a cheapskate for now.

    p.s. Maybe I'll keep the games :).
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014
  9. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Alien:Isolation is one of the free games to select. :)

    Good call on the MSI as it's a much shorter card than the Sapphire R9's. My 280X barely fits in my massive Antec 1100 case and I had to slide the drive bays out a bit to fit it.
  10. lukart

    lukart TS Rookie

    Shame the 280 dont include the Civilization bundle.. only the 290's!

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