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    GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    Hey everyone.

    I've been thinking of buying a new graphics card for my PC. Currently i'm using a XFX Nvidia Geforce 8500GT 1GB. I want something more powerful. I'm looking for something between £100-£150. Please can you give me some guidance? There are so many different cards out there, i don't know which one would give me my money's worth.

    I shop at ebuyer and scan.

    Thanks in advance for any help/replies!

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    GTX 260 Core 216 is what you wanna be looking at in that price range tbh.

    this one's a decent price
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161967

    many many times faster than your 8500GT.

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    I'd take a Radeon 5770. Performance is about the same as a 216 but has a lower power draw and a bit of future proofing as it supports DX11 (a bit cheaper too).

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-P...-DL-DVI-I-HDMI
    Last edited by Viper81; 29-12-2009 at 11:13 AM. Reason: grammer nerd

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    4890? More powerful than both of them

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    What you get depends on what PSU you have!

    The HD4890 1GB has the best DX9 and DX10 performance in your price range but consumes a lot of power:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/179869

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-S...VI-I-HDTV-HDCP

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-X...VI-I-HDTV-HDCP

    The HD5770 1GB OTH has DX11 and lower power consumption:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/search?q=hd+5770&x=0&y=0

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=hd+5770


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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    I agree with CAT-THE-FIFTH regarding the PSU. If you need one, you'll have to factor in the additional cost into your budget.

    You will also need to tell us about your PC case (ATX/mATX/SFF/slim-line?), as all the cards suggested are considerably long & broad. Plus the rest of your spec, especially CPU & RAM - you don't want to be running any of those GPUs along with a single-core CPU & 1Gb RAM.

    Also let us know the games you're thinking of playing, & your monitor's resolution/make+model.

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbow View Post
    I agree with CAT-THE-FIFTH regarding the PSU. If you need one, you'll have to factor in the additional cost into your budget.

    You will also need to tell us about your PC case (ATX/mATX/SFF/slim-line?), as all the cards suggested are considerably long & broad. Plus the rest of your spec, especially CPU & RAM - you don't want to be running any of those GPUs along with a single-core CPU & 1Gb RAM.

    Also let us know the games you're thinking of playing, & your monitor's resolution/make+model.
    And your mother's maiden name, account number....

    Sorry for all the conflicting info, we aren't deliberately making it difficult for you

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    GTX 260 Core 216 is what you wanna be looking at in that price range tbh.

    this one's a decent price
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161967

    many many times faster than your 8500GT.
    To mix it up a bit, saw this one in my e-deals email thingey earlier.. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160748 Nice saving, not really an nVidia person, but this is the older version of the card, doubtfull the little improvements in the 216 warrant nearly £40 more tho?

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    Quote Originally Posted by mehmeh View Post
    To mix it up a bit, saw this one in my e-deals email thingey earlier.. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/160748 Nice saving, not really an nVidia person, but this is the older version of the card, doubtfull the little improvements in the 216 warrant nearly £40 more tho?
    well it has an extra 24 cores and all the cores are faster.
    the extra little bit is probably worth the extra £40

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    Sorry guys i forgot to include my PSU. I have a corsair 850W PSU which should be more than enough for a decent card?

    I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbow View Post
    I agree with CAT-THE-FIFTH regarding the PSU. If you need one, you'll have to factor in the additional cost into your budget.

    You will also need to tell us about your PC case (ATX/mATX/SFF/slim-line?), as all the cards suggested are considerably long & broad. Plus the rest of your spec, especially CPU & RAM - you don't want to be running any of those GPUs along with a single-core CPU & 1Gb RAM.

    Also let us know the games you're thinking of playing, & your monitor's resolution/make+model.
    My case is xigmatek midgard, i can't post links because i need 5 posts apparently.
    My CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
    RAM: 2GB

    Thanks for all the replies so far!
    Last edited by Heartless; 29-12-2009 at 08:34 PM.

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heartless View Post
    Sorry guys i forgot to include my PSU. I have a corsair 850W PSU which should be more than enough for a decent card?

    I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit.

    Thanks for all the replies so far!
    Its more then enough for two cards

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    I'd reccomend the 5770 for price/performance ratio at this present time.

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    I was going to buy a 5770 today from Scan but there out of stock lol. Any other good sites that i can buy from?

    Also which of these cards is better?

    1GB Asus HD5770, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 4800MHz GDDR5, GPU 850MHz, 800 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I/HDMI

    1GB Powercolor HD5770, PCI-E 2.0(x16), 1200MHz GDDR5, GPU 850MHz, Cores 800, 2x DL DVI-I/HDMI

    Thanks!

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    They're both identical.

    Try the usual: ebuyer, novatech, CCL, dabs etc.

    for eg:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/186468

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    But the one above has a higher memory clock? Does that not make any difference?

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    Re: GFX Card Selection - HELP!?

    It might make a little difference but then all the cards can be overclocked to improve there core and memeory speed and some without voiding the warranty.

    If you want to tweak the best one (IMHO) is the asus voltage tweak version for up to £130 (if you can find one is stock, scan are overdue and ebuyer dont list them)

    http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/prod...-XR577H1&af=50

    Hexus have a review of them as well.
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