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    which graphics card for this rig?

    looking to make the total of this PC to come to between £400-£450 which graphics card should i get? or any other suggestions on how i could chnage it. or make it cheaper.

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    Total comes to: £362.71 w/o Graphics card

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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    Well I would change that power supply and probably spend a little more on it.

    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
    this for £4 more, it's not modular but it's a great PSU on a budget. 450W is plenty by the way.

    There is also this currently on scan today only for £55
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    or you could just get this
    Antec NSK6580 Mid Tower ATX/MATX Case - With 430W EarthWatts PSU ATX12V 2.0 USB/FireWire/Audio - Ebuyer

    a very nice case and a decent PSU all for £60

    If you have £140 try and get an 8800GTS 512mb. You could save a bit with the 8800GT which can be found around £110, or for around £80 you can get an ATi HD3850 512mb, which is great for media and still pretty good for gaming at 1680 x 1050 or below.

    I'd also get an aftermarket HSF so it runs quieter and cooler as well as giving a lot more room for overclocking
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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    You have many options open to you, so i'd consider the following:
    If you are gaming at ABOVE 1600 x 1200 resolution, go with a Geforce 8800GTS 512MB. Plenty of them are available for the £130 to £140 mark.
    For gaming at 1280 x 1024 -> 1680 x 1050, get either an 8800GT or Radeon 3870. Both are in the £100 to £110 range.

    The other factors to consider are heat, power draw and noise. Your PSU will provide enough to cover all the above, but you may still want to have a lower powered card for other reasons.
    Or you might not factor gaming in highly.

    Something that comes with an arctic cooler on (like the HIS cards often do) or a Zalman fan is worth the extra, or consider fitting your own aftermarket one like one of the Accelero ranges or similar.
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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    You have £90 left of your budget, so a 9600 @ £90 would be the best option
    Inno3D 9600GT Armor Edition 512MB DDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer

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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    as people have said id recommend changing that psu. Now not everyone will agree but i can recommend the Xclio psu, my 700w is going strong and is well worth the price ~£55. The stability of mine so far is great, the 12v at load is aat 11.97 and it has a 3% tolerance.
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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    Yeah, do not buy the Hiper. Many of us have bad experiences with that PSU. At the moment both the 8800GTS and the 8800GT are really good value. Depends on your monitor which you should choose.

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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    cheers guys....im gonna look into all the options you suggested.....but i was thinking is it worth me gettin the intel 2 quad core or spending a bit more on better quality bits with a dualcore instead? i wanna be able to game but im not over fussed on a massive spec!
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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    This is a perennial argument. IMO if you upgrade every 3 years get a Quad. Every year get a Dual.

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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy3536 View Post
    You have £90 left of your budget, so a 9600 @ £90 would be the best option
    Inno3D 9600GT Armor Edition 512MB DDR3 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card - Ebuyer
    Would spend the extra tenner to get a 8800GT from Ebuyer as posted in this thread by RoBe:
    http://forums.hexus.net/current-barg...00-ebuyer.html
    Has a HDMI port, great for HTPC use, if you have any need for that.

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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    Totally agree. 8800GT>>>9600GT. No way is it worth saving a few squids to get the cheaper card.

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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    DO NOT SKIMP ON GPU!!!

    One of the worst things you can do, ranked up there along with buying a cheapo PSU or the wrong mobo (AMD motherboards instead of Intel motherboards are always good... especially with a Q6600 )

    I bumped my budget up by ~£30 to get a HD3650 as opposed to a 8400 and haven't regretted it yet...
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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson View Post
    This is a perennial argument. IMO if you upgrade every 3 years get a Quad. Every year get a Dual.
    What he said

    You can save a fair bit getting a dual core though, the E7200 is £82 at Scan at the moment:
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    a 45nm chip at 2.5GHz and with 3MB cache is a great deal.

    Might be worth it as you really don't want to skimp on the graphics card if you want to play games. You want a 512MB 8800GT minimum, but if you can stretch to the 512MB 8800GTS you'll be glad you did

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    Re: which graphics card for this rig?

    Quote Originally Posted by EarlGrey View Post
    You can save a fair bit getting a dual core though, the E7200 is £82 at Scan at the moment...

    Might be worth it as you really don't want to skimp on the graphics card if you want to play games. You want a 512MB 8800GT minimum, but if you can stretch to the 512MB 8800GTS you'll be glad you did
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