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What's the best GPU I can buy for under $200 that can play most games at decent settings?

Question by Ronald from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 @ 23:10 CST

What's a GPU (costs under $200) that can play any games on the market at decently high settings?

Hi Ronald,

For just over $200, you could get yourself a GeForce GTX 660 - which should play games at medium-high settings without a problem. You'd most likely get lower frame rates at a higher resolution such as 1920x1080, but if you reduced down to 1280x720 (still higher than consoles) and get decent (30-60fps) if you mix the details right.


For the same price ($209.99) - you could get Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC, which comes with a free copy of Far Cry 3, can't complain about that! That would play games at the same kind of frame rate.

On top of the GPU, your CPU will come into play - especially in newer games like Battlefield 3. Battlefield 3 with a high-end GPU, even the GTX 670, and a mid-range GPU, such as Intel's Q6600 from a few years ago, really does stink. Sub 30-40fps, and skips in the frame rate. A better CPU, even a newer Core i3 or i5 runs it much, much better.

I want to possibly upgrade to SLI'd MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK GPUs, which PSU should I buy?

Question by Nicholas from Indonesia | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 @ 0:11 CST

Hi TweakTown !

I've MSI GTX 560-Ti Hawk, i want to change it to MSI GTX 660 Hawk or maybe SLI my GTX 560-Ti Hawk. And then if i want to SLI GTX 560-Ti Hawk what PSU should i choose ?

Hi Nicholas!

Well, I would recommend getting two of the MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK cards, that's for sure - two of those in SLI will rip up any game out right now and run them without a problem.


Power Supply wise, you could future-proof yourself and purchase something like the HX850 from Corsair, which would handle two GTX 670s if you were to upgrade in the future. You could probably get away with Corsair's HX650, too, if your budget can't stretch for the HX850.

Hope this helps!

Is Corsair's TX850 PSU enough to drive EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked GPUs in SLI?

Question by Wesley from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 @ 20:47 CST

Will a Corsair TX850 power supply be able to power dual EVGA GeForce GTX670 Superclocked cards? CPU is an Intel Core i7-2600K running stock voltage settings.

Hi Wesley,

Your Corsair TX850 is more than enough PSU to power your two EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked GPUs in SLI. The GTX 600 Series from NVIDIA is one of their most power-efficient designs, and the Corsair brand is very powerful.


Both of the GPUs would barely push over 250W per card, even under extreme load - and the rest of your system should be fine, even with the overclocked Core i7 2600K. If you were to be talking about tri-SLI, then you might run into some troubles with the PSU - but two-way SLI will be absolutely fine.

That's a nice system you have there, with those EVGA cards!

Will the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition work on my ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard?

Question by Elliot from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 @ 23:37 CST

Would the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition be compatible with the ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard? Please answer, I cant find this anywhere.

Hi Elliot,

You'll be glad to know that the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition will work on your ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard. Your motherboard has a PCI-Express x16 slot, which will house the Power Edition GPU quite nicely.


It'll mainly come down to your power supply unit (PSU), whether it has enough power to properly power your GPU - but the GTX 660 Ti PE doesn't chew through that much power anyway, so you should be fine. I hope this has helped you!

What is the main purpose of the new Retina MacBook Pro, and can it handle this years games?

Question by Sushant from Indonesia | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Nov 14, 2012 @ 21:36 CST

What is the main purpose of the MacBook Pro with Retina display, can it handle 2012 games?

Hi Sushant,

The main purpose is to give users a very powerful mobile computer, which is lighter than previous designs and gives users a very high-resolution display. Most Windows-based notebooks sport resolutions of around 1600x900, with only a select few ramping up to Full HD at 1920x1080.


The Retina display-powered MacBook Pros sport a resolution of 2880x1800, which is far higher than any Windows-based notebook screen on the market. This gives the rMBP the distinct advantage of having super sharp images, text and pictures on screen.

As for playing 2012 games on it, you should be fine - you won't run them at the native resolution of the screen, but at 1280x720 or 1920x1080 (medium-high detail) you should get decent frame rates. Keep in mind it comes with OS X, not Windows - so you'll have to use Boot Camp if you want to run Windows and most Windows-based games on it.

Can any current-generation laptop have its DVDRW drive removed for a Blu-ray drive in its place?

Question by Jean-Paul from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 @ 21:33 CST

Can any current-generation laptop handle switching out the internal optical drive for a blu-ray drive? Is it chipset-dependent, or something else?

Thank you!

Hi Jean-Paul,

This should be fine, but it does come down to the system you have. Current-generation notebooks are fine, because the GPUs inside the notebook should handle the encoding required for Blu-ray. If not, you can get very slim, USB-powered Blu-ray drives.


Current-generation notebooks should be fine, and I would be very surprised if any recent notebook couldn't handle an internal drive. If you'd like to shoot me an e-mail with your notebook model, I can look into it more for you.

What's the best GPU for gaming at 1600x900?

Question by Dude from Australia | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 @ 2:49 CST

I have a question, What is the best GPU for my 1600x900 resolution monitor?

I will use it mostly for gaming and video editing in the future. And i want decent amount of FPS while playing BF3 on single player about 45-50fps is ok on me! :)

Hey... dude!

Well, it would really depend on what GPU you've got, considering the game you want to play is Battlefield 3 as the game is really CPU dependent, but we'll help out as much as possible.


For 1600x900, you could go for a mid-ranged card, and depending on which team you like to game on, you could go for an AMD Radeon HD 7850, or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660. I'll use Scorpion Technology as a site for price references since you're based in Australia.

You could get the ASUS GeForce GTX 660 DirectCU II card for $275, or the ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II for $235. Both GPUs come with 2GB of RAM, and both GPUs are ASUS' kick arse DirectCU II versions - overclocked and sport better heatsink fan combos to boot.

These cards would comfortably run BF3 at 1600x900 @ 50-60fps in single-player without a problem!

My Radeon HD 7850 can't run the latest Need for Speed: Most Wanted at 1080p on high graphics

Question by Daris from Indonesia | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Nov 11, 2012 @ 20:56 CST

I just bought NFS Most Wanted (from criterion, the new one) and I was amazed that my 7850 won't cut the game at high settings. I would get frame drops that could get my frames to go below 30 per second. So I'm forced to get the settings to medium and then it's playable but still, I got drops that put my fps to the mid 30s. Yes the game has got excellent graphics, but I thought my Graphics would run every game at 1920x1080 High settings?

My Question is, is this normal? I would probably wait until they release the 12.11 Catalyst driver for download, but I don't think it'll fix this significantly when there is a problem in my system.

My system:

  • FX-8120
  • M5A99X Evo
  • Corsair 4GBx2
  • HD 7850

Thank you.

Hi Daris,

I would say that your video card is beginning to meet its match when it comes to performance. NFS: Most Wanted is pretty graphics heavy, and it might be a little too much to run 1920x1080 at high graphics on your GPU.


You would have two options here, upgrade - to something like the HD 7950 or 7970, or drop the graphics settings. Within this option, you could split into two again - drop the resolution to say 1280x720 and keep the graphics up on high, or keep the resolution at 1920x1080 and drop the graphics settings to a mix of medium/high.

I would say it's normal, and as new drivers come out (as you've stated) there should be performance improvements, but they're usually limited to around 5-10% boosts.

Should I SLI my current GeForce GTX 660 or upgrade to a faster GPU and SLI that in the future?

Question by Reece from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Nov 8, 2012 @ 21:43 CST

Would it be better to SLI my GTX 660 or sell it and buy a 7970 or GTX 670 and possibly Xfire/SLI that in the future?

Hi Reece,

The GeForce GTX 660 you currently own is great, and in SLI would be a great setup. But, a single GPU is always better than two slower mid-range cards, as you have the ability to slot in another one.


I would suggest getting yourself a single GeForce GTX 670, and then as you need the extra performance, grab another and throw it in for some GTX 670 SLI action. The GTX 670 is a great GPU and in SLI, you'll get some seriously slick performance out of it.

With GTX 670s in SLI, you should be able to run every single game out now at max settings at over 60fps at 1080p.

I've just upgraded my rig and want to get a new GPU, what card should I get?

Question by Scott from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Nov 7, 2012 @ 21:46 CST

So I just upgraded from a E8400 and 4 gigs of DDR2 ram to a i5-3570k and 16 gigs of DDR3-1600 ram and a new ASUS VS Series VS247H-P. I'm keeping the SSD and 550W power supply that I have in my case, but I'm thinking that I will need to upgrade my video card to maximize my rig's gaming potential. I'm a medical student on a poor-man's budget, so would it be worth upgrading from a EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Fermi? If so, what should I get?

Hi Scott,

Not knowing your exact budget will make it hard, but let's stick to around $200, shall we? For $200 you could get yourself a pretty decent graphics card, something that would be faster than your current EVGA GeForce GTX 460 card.


NewEgg offers EVGA's SuperClocked 2GB GeForce GTX 660 card for $229.99, alternatively, you can get a HIS Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition for $229.99.

Both cards would use less power, be quieter, and run much cooler than your Fermi architecture-based GPU. I hope this has helped your decision!