GPUs: Am I missing some crucial info in picking the right 1?

August 31, 2012 at 13:38:38
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core i5-3750k / 8 gigs
Hi all! I'm currently in the process of building my very first PC! I've done a significant amount of research so far, but I'm still in the process of doing more, to finalize what I believe I need to make the educated decisions to make the best PC for me.

Currently I am looking at GPU's, specifically Radeon HD 7770's / 7850's & GeForce GTX 550's / 560's.
Here is a link to an image of what I compiled using PC Part Checker as per those GPU's.

My question is why do many of the "lower quality" GPU's out clocking their more recent counterparts? (And out pricing them by up to over 170$!)

Is there something I'm missing here or is a lot of it stem from brand related issues? If so, what are they?

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August 31, 2012 at 14:12:41
What you need to determine is what you need the GPU to do FIRST. I am not a gamer so integrated graphics work fine for me.

If you are a gamer on a certain budget then Google for "best graphics card under $xx" (fill in the amount).

Both the two main GPU suppliers ship the basic GPU to card makers who then decide what speed to run it at, what type and amount of RAM to include, what cooling to use, what add in features like bundled games, utilities, warranty length, etc.

Look at the warranty period to determine the quality.

Features may include the type of input/output ports. Utilities for overclocking.

Some cards are aimed at the mult-media aspects. Streaming, HD output, etc.

Lastly, if you are interested in using multiple cards in one system you must be sure your motherboard supports the chip maker. SLI and crossfire are the nvidia and AMD technologies.

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August 31, 2012 at 15:06:26
Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart

Power requirements for graphics cards

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