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    Best Mid range GFX card?

    What's the best mid range (£100 - £150) graphics card to get?

    I was thinking:

    Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro

    or

    Inno3D iChiLL 7900GS

    Good choices? Alternatives?

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    The X1950PRO is faster than a 7900GS, but for that price you might stretch to a 8800GTS. If not, you may also try X1950XT.

    As for X1950PRO, I'd choose Asus, it has a quiet two-slot cooler (Club3D has one with Arctic Cooling's cooler slapped onto it, but I don't know if their products are available there in the UK).

    Edit: found the same as Club3D, from Powercolor:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=619503

    And if you want an X1950XT:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=619509

    Both have the same cooler.
    Last edited by Queelis; 02-07-2007 at 03:36 PM.

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    If i was to get a 7900GS i would go for the Palit as it o/c like a demon
    AS queelis suggests a few £s more you can get 8800gts.

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    If you have £150 to spend, It might be worth stretching the extra £30 for an 8800GTS. You'll not need an upgrade for a while.

    At the lower price range I'd go for the inno3D 7900. Nice cooler and it should overclock well.

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    Hi, if you're using a 17 or 19 inch monitor, 1280 x 1024 resolution, the radeon x1950 pro is about the best performance you'll need, ebuyer presently has some sapphire cards, with 512mb for just under £100.

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    512 megs are not needed, as the resolution is pretty low.

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    If you can afford to break the £100 barrier by a good bit then your best bets are
    ATi Radeon x1950XT Ebuyer £105
    or
    Nvidia Geforce 7950GT Ebuyer £108

    (Currently, ebuyer seem to have better deals on the x1950xt and 7950gt than scan)

    Next step up is the £180-190ish for a 8800GTS (prices have droped £20)
    You shouldn't need 512mb/640mb for any thing 1280x1024 or 1440x900 or below (ie majority of 19inch or smaller tft monitors)
    Last edited by Pob255; 02-07-2007 at 04:22 PM.

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    I've heard that the reference cooler of the X1950XT sounds like a jet turbine when it spins up, so I figured I'd check something other than that, hence the Powercolor.

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    Stretch for the 8800GTS, it's worth it.

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    Either:

    - 256MB Power Color RX1950 XT ~ £116.24

    or

    - 320MB BFG Technology 8800GTS OC ~ £186.68

    The GTS is a better card but bear in mind at 1280x1024 it's about 20% faster for 60% more money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queelis View Post
    512 megs are not needed, as the resolution is pretty low.
    IMHO that is a short sighted view.

    Texture sizes only ever go up. 128MB was fine not too long ago, but I wouldn't buy one now. 256MB may be OK for now, but I stumped up the little extra for 512MB on my last card to make sure it is usable in a years time (after making sure it wasn't one of those cards where the memory clock drops like a stone when they put twice as much RAM on it).

    When I have finished with my current 7900GT it will no doubt end up in my wife's or son's PC, so I want it to be good for some years to come.

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