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Best bang for the buck cpu and video card?

#1thesecondreiPosted 6/2/2012 8:09:21 PM
I am planning to build a pc but am not sure on which video card/cpu combo would be best in terms of bang for the buck. I plan to run current and future games on medium to high settings, would an i3-2120 and Sapphire 6850 combo be the best in terms of cost/performance ratio?
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#2RajhinPosted 6/2/2012 9:02:04 PM
Yeah, i3/6850 sounds about right, or if you want to go higher i5/560 Ti.
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#3rareware101Posted 6/2/2012 10:22:16 PM
A 6870 is worth it over a 6850 if you can stretch.
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#4SmoboHashPosted 6/2/2012 10:48:21 PM(edited)
Actually, a sandy bridge pentium + GTX 550 Ti/HD 6770 is the best bang for your buck atm. They're just lower on the spectrum than you might wants.
#5DiehardFFv2Posted 6/2/2012 10:54:12 PM
From: SmoboHash | #004
Actually, a sandy bridge pentium + GTX 550 Ti/HD 6770 is the best bang for your buck atm. They're just lower on the spectrum than you might wants.


You're wrong in regards to the GPU. In terms of price to performance, a 6850 still marks higher than the 550ti while also being a bit above crap tier.
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#6SmoboHashPosted 6/2/2012 11:15:18 PM(edited)
i did the math a couple of weeks ago.
http://i.imgur.com/0MhbV.jpg

(one highly nvidia favored titled and two slightly AMD favored titles at about 1080p represents the absolute most general usage i could think of. the prices don't represent the best possible deal, i know, but since i used the same method for all of them, you should be able to find the same relative discount on all of the cards.)
#7DiehardFFv2Posted 6/2/2012 11:25:40 PM
From: SmoboHash | #006
i did the math a couple of weeks ago.
http://i.imgur.com/0MhbV.jpg

(one highly nvidia favored titled and two slightly AMD favored titles at about 1080p represents the absolute most general usage i could think of. the prices don't represent the best possible deal, i know, but since i used the same method for all of them, you should be able to find the same relative discount on all of the cards.)


Current prices(110 550ti at MC and 135 6850 at NCIX) shift it in the 6850's favor a bit and with the absolute crap performance of the 550ti, it's not worth the 2 thousandths of a frame per dollar even going off of the graph.
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#8ConkerPosted 6/3/2012 1:42:51 AM
That graph is completely skewed bad. The 550ti has a really cheap price, yet the average price of some of the others are not even close to what is listed.

^Also, you barely ever see the 550ti for that price. Isn't it usually around $120-130 for the standard model?

I don't think the lowest price ever should really count, because I've seen a 6870 for $160 with a $30 MIR. So that's $130 after. And you have it listed at $177 which is never what it is anyways...it's almost always $160.

That's the only one I'm going to correct...I'd guess there are plenty of others that are found cheaper on the regular, as well.
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#9thesecondrei(Topic Creator)Posted 6/4/2012 11:03:33 AM
What would be the next step in terms of power while still maintaining a good price/performance ratio? Does a 2500k/560 Ti sound logical?
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#1060secondAssasinPosted 6/4/2012 11:21:55 AM
the 560ti (vanilla) has all but lost it's bang for buck appeal. the price floor is ~$10 higher than it was 4 months ago and the 6870, 7850, 560ti 448 core and even the gtx570 are making vanilla 560ti's an irrelevant purchase. meaning these cards offer close to or better performance for less, the same or slightly more money. all being worth it over a 560ti right now. as for the cpu it's usually Pentium G620, i3 2100 and i5 2500k/i5 3570k that offer the best value, but that depends on what you need it for and most importantly, your budget. it can't be the best bang for your buck when your buck lower than the cost of the chips.
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