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  • FutileResistor 6 Dec 2012 10:29:16 1,238 posts
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    tonyferrino wrote:
    Bear in mind the offer for the free games that FutileResistor posted says that it is only valid for 7900 series cards, so the 7850 wouldn't be included.
    Thanks for pointing that out and I hope I didn't inadvertently mislead anyone.

    Just glancing at that promo page made it look like only those four models were part of the promo and I didn't read the small print.

    I didn't realise that it's an AMD run promo. You only get Far Cry 3 with the 7850. Still a good deal but not quite as good.

    This 1GB version of the card is still available for £137 from Novatech and comes with free copies of Far Cry 3, Deus Ex, Aliens vs Predators, Dirt Showdown and Nexiuz. If you're gaming at 1920x1080 or under 1GB vs 2GB makes no difference.

    Edited by FutileResistor at 11:07:20 06-12-2012
  • FutileResistor 6 Dec 2012 10:46:42 1,238 posts
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    Buztafen wrote:
    Morning, has anyone used this 'freshtechsolutions' before? I'm helping a friends dad out buying his younger son a cheap gaming pc and was thinking of telling him to get THIS base PC from them and pair it with a 650Ti (or something else if there's any better suggestions) and either an OEM install of Win 7 or Win 8.

    Edited by Buztafen at 09:25:03 06-12-2012
    No idea, obviously most people giving advice In this thread are self builders and therefore mostly don't have much experience with PC makers.

    Fresh Tech Solutions came up because kadooosh linked to a system on their eBay store. For what it's worth they have a 99.9% eBay rating and from what I've seen their prices are very competitive with a self build.

    Edited by FutileResistor at 11:06:18 06-12-2012
  • FutileResistor 6 Dec 2012 10:58:50 1,238 posts
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    Buztafen wrote:
    Morning, has anyone used this 'freshtechsolutions' before? I'm helping a friends dad out buying his younger son a cheap gaming pc and was thinking of telling him to get THIS base PC from them and pair it with a 650Ti (or something else if there's any better suggestions) and either an OEM install of Win 7 or Win 8.

    Edited by Buztafen at 09:25:03 06-12-2012
    Also, can't recommend the 650Ti, when the 7850 is only about £15 more and much better, even before overclocking.

    650Ti v 7850

    Edited by FutileResistor at 11:04:47 06-12-2012
  • Buztafen 6 Dec 2012 11:11:40 16,531 posts
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    Yeah true cheers FR, spied THIS 7850 on Amazon which is an awesome deal i think.

    Edited by Buztafen at 11:13:06 06-12-2012
  • Deleted user 6 December 2012 11:12:49
    @FutileResistor

    I'm not sure that is balanced advice, when reliability and driver support are factored into that equation for “The Budget Gaming PC thread”. Budget might imply a lack of desire to replace components for software reasons and run the budget PC without changes until it is done.

    They each have their advantages.

    Personally I would suggest super scalar over micro architecture GPUs every day of the week, but that's because I got burnt more than once.
  • Buztafen 6 Dec 2012 11:15:40 16,531 posts
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    FutileResistor wrote:
    Fresh Tech Solutions came up because kadooosh linked to a system on their eBay store. For what it's worth they have a 99.9% eBay rating and from what I've seen their prices are very competitive with a self build.
    Fair enough cheers, I normally self build but because it's for a friends dad i dont want all the headaches associated with building a pc for friend/parent of a friend, rather pass it on to a third party. :)
  • kadooosh 6 Dec 2012 13:52:32 1,553 posts
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    Well I bought that PC in my earlier post for 366 quid. I'll let you know how it is when I get it.

    I'm gonna try the pre release tormented version and upgrade from that for Windows 8.

    Thanks all for your help, I went for the pre built as its my first pc, i'm a noob and will look to build one later on if I get enough use out of the pc.
  • Buztafen 14 Dec 2012 10:36:20 16,531 posts
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    SHAMELESS PLUG AHOY!!

    My companies getting rid of a batch of EVGA 560Ti 448 Core FTW Edition GPU's on eBay if anyones interested. I've got one of these myself and they're great cards and perfect for gaming on a budget.

    LINKY
  • captbirdseye 14 Dec 2012 10:42:10 5,464 posts
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    A steal at that price and sold mine recently for £130.
  • Buztafen 14 Dec 2012 10:45:46 16,531 posts
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    Yeah they go regularly for over £110 on eBay. Excellent cards...perfect Chrimbo present! :-P
  • Progguitarist 14 Dec 2012 12:30:06 10,533 posts
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    I'd love to get one but I have no idea if my PSU meets those requirements.
  • Buztafen 14 Dec 2012 12:38:37 16,531 posts
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    Have a look at the sticker on your PSU. If it says MAX OUTPUT 500w and there's around 38a combined on the +12v rail you should be fine.

    Edited by Buztafen at 12:38:48 14-12-2012

    Edited by Buztafen at 12:41:52 14-12-2012
  • Progguitarist 14 Dec 2012 12:44:09 10,533 posts
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    Ultra retarded question but I'll need to open the PC up to see that yes?
  • Buztafen 14 Dec 2012 13:05:38 16,531 posts
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    Usually yes, though sometimes the info is shown on the back of the psu on a sticker. If you cant find the info post the make and model of your psu in here and i'll take a look for you.
  • GuiltySpark 14 Dec 2012 13:10:05 6,466 posts
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    Interrogate it with your best Batman voice and see if it spills the information.

    Get bent.

  • Buztafen 14 Dec 2012 13:11:30 16,531 posts
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    GuiltySpark wrote:
    Interrogate it with your best Batman voice and see if it spills the information.
    Bale Batman or Cartoon/Game Batman?
  • GuiltySpark 14 Dec 2012 13:12:34 6,466 posts
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    Bale.

    Get bent.

  • Buztafen 14 Dec 2012 13:15:24 16,531 posts
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    ...I already feel sorry for the psu.
  • Progguitarist 14 Dec 2012 13:38:36 10,533 posts
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    @Buztafen I'll open it up later and check it out. I don't know the make or model though.
  • FutileResistor 14 Dec 2012 22:43:37 1,238 posts
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    Nice price on the 448s but a brand new 7850 is better value.

    At stock the 7850 is neck and neck with a GTX570 while using less power. 7850 vs 570

    It's not unusual to be able to overclock a 7850 to GTX 580 or Radeon 7950 levels of performance. 7850 v 7950

    XFX Radeon 7850 1GB £123 and comes with free downloads of Sleeping Dogs, Dirt Showdown and Farcry 3.
  • superdelphinus 14 Dec 2012 23:46:40 8,126 posts
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    The sapphire 2gb version is often only about £20 more than that
  • StixxUK 15 Dec 2012 16:52:01 7,290 posts
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    Currently running a Core2 Duo E8400 at 3 ghz
    4gb ram
    with a Radeon 4850.

    Seems to crash a bit with the latest games so thought I might do a bit of an upgrade and start afresh. If I chucked one of those 7850s in it, would it be wasted or would I be able to run all the latest and greatest?

    Stupid question but I'm so out of the loop on PC specs these days that it'd take a while to research it all properly and find out for myself...
  • Progguitarist 15 Dec 2012 17:29:13 10,533 posts
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    Is this card any good?

    GeForce GTX 560

    (Just wondering if it's worse than the ones Buz is selling)

    Edited by Progguitarist at 17:30:42 15-12-2012
  • andytheadequate 15 Dec 2012 17:51:36 8,357 posts
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    @Progguitarist - they're good but the 560ti will be more powerful. Basically the 560 was last years decent mid range card (correct me if I'm wrong anyone).

    Hoe much you looking to spend? You can get a 7850 for around £150
  • RobTheBuilder 15 Dec 2012 19:47:16 6,521 posts
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    @andytheadequate there was a 7850 1gb for £130 above.
  • andytheadequate 15 Dec 2012 19:58:21 8,357 posts
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    @RobTheBuilder - I was talking about the 2 gig one, but I'm not really sure what the difference is!
  • RobTheBuilder 15 Dec 2012 20:08:05 6,521 posts
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    @andytheadequate well the 2gb is better, but if you are limited on budget the 1gb for that price is a very good buy.
  • superdelphinus 15 Dec 2012 20:10:55 8,126 posts
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    Check the sapphire 7850 OC on amazon _ usually around 147 but regularly dips into the 130s

    Edited by superdelphinus at 20:11:23 15-12-2012
  • superdelphinus 15 Dec 2012 20:11:52 8,126 posts
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    (Which is 2gb)
  • monkehhh 15 Dec 2012 20:14:32 3,510 posts
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    Currently got a GTX260 that runs most modern stuff fine with a little dipping of some settings, though it's having some issues with powering up (and I'm looking to upgrade my screen from a paltry 1366x768, which will need more juice).

    So, what's a good mid-range Nvidia card that's as quiet as possible? Any experiences of various makes?
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