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  • Benno 2 Sep 2013 09:06:19 9,392 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    munki83 wrote:
    I love everything about the case apart from the lack of instructions.
    It's a case...
    :D
  • StixxUK 5 Sep 2013 00:51:16 7,173 posts
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    Any ideas for a quiet, good value small form factor pc?

    I've been out of the game for so long I'm not sure where to start!

    I'm guessing that going for a mid range/value proposition puts me ina better position for the target of silence whilst cramming it all into a tiny box?
  • Lukree 6 Oct 2013 11:57:14 155 posts
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    I would appreciate some advice from EG forum pc component wizards department. I'm having a four year old pc which is specced like this:

    Processor: Core i5 750, 2.66GHz
    Display adapter: Ati Radeon HD 5770, 1GB GDDR5
    Motherboard: P7P55D LE, LGA1156
    Memory: HyperX 2x2GB, DDR3 1600MHz
    550W Power

    Now I have been thinking about upgrading something. Do I gain anything only by upgrading the display adapter or do I have to upgrade processor and mobo as well? If I upgrade just the display adapter does the rest lag behind? Would be nice to future proof the set that the forthcoming next geen console ports would run nicely as well.

    Thanks in advance! :)
  • Fake_Blood 6 Oct 2013 12:36:39 3,836 posts
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    Mobo and cpu are still fine, get a new GPU, more RAM and maybe a SSD.
  • Gartt 6 Oct 2013 12:41:21 1,688 posts
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    Id probably just upgrade the GPU and stick another 4gb of ram in there. Thats still a pretty good CPU, maybe OC it? Im no expert though.
  • Lukree 6 Oct 2013 12:59:05 155 posts
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    Thanks guys, that's a relief as I suppose I wouldn't have had patience to upgrade the whole system... I'm having already an SSD and extra rams not too pricey.
  • PenguinJim 6 Oct 2013 13:04:56 5,458 posts
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    AMD GPUs are usually a couple of % faster/cheaper, but Nvidia have better drivers and less issues. With SteamOS announced to be Linux-based, Nvidia is an easier recommendation to make than before. There are a few GTX 670 and 760 cards for ~£190 that include Batman: Arkham Origins, if that's an appropriate price point?

    Then again, there are sometimes some pretty great AMD cards for ~£130 (obviously slower than the aforementioned 670 / 760, though) that used to have a brilliant games bundle - is AMD Reloaded still going? Awww, looking around a bit, most of those value cards only give you a "Silver" reward now (a total value of about £10 of games, considering their sales prices).
  • espibara 6 Oct 2013 13:36:39 4,157 posts
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    Don't want to jump into an AMD vs NVIDIA debate but go with NVIDIA more expensive but rock solid with more frequent driver updates.

    AMD cards are brill but driver updates are a bit slow off the mark
  • captbirdseye 6 Oct 2013 13:40:05 4,353 posts
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    Hmm, i'd go with AMD considering some of the crazy prices for their cards at the moment. I mean £230 for 7970 is ridiculous.
  • PenguinJim 6 Oct 2013 13:46:04 5,458 posts
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    The two-year-old 7970 that's equivalent (+/- 10%) to the year-old ~£190 670?

    Except... I agree with you that £230 is a very good price for the 7970! :D It's just that at £190, either the GTX 670 or 760 will give you roughly the same performance with less hassle-potential and better SteamOS-potential.
  • Lukree 6 Oct 2013 13:57:41 155 posts
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    Went for NVIDIA 760 and 8bg more memory, hopefully there is a noticeable difference! :)

    Didn't have any idea which would be better for SteamOS, didn't even think that out.

    Guys thanks again for quick advice!
  • captbirdseye 8 Oct 2013 19:55:58 4,353 posts
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    Those R280x's are a bargain at £230. Got me wondering what the 290s are gonna retail at.
  • superdelphinus 8 Oct 2013 21:03:06 7,276 posts
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    A lot more than that I should think, if it's pushing on to Titan levels

    I do think that 280x is a brilliant sweet spot though, 770 speeds for loads less money?
  • Gartt 9 Oct 2013 11:01:36 1,688 posts
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    Im kind of underwhelmed by the new range, im now contemplating waiting for nvidias next cards.

    See where the 290s are sitting first, titan performance for half the price would be nice.
  • Phattso Moderator 9 Oct 2013 11:17:18 12,723 posts
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    I've been pleasantly surprised with my GTX760. It's not balls-out great on everything, but I'm happily gaming at 1080p60 on most titles.

    Paid about £160 for it a couple of months ago (fuck you, VAT man) but didn't get any freebie games sadly.
  • Tabasco 11 Oct 2013 15:08:48 5,780 posts
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    In the market for an upgrade to my aging GTX460 and looking for a bit of advice. Looking to spend around the 150 mark (but willing to go a wee bit higher for a great deal...) and have been checking out this

    MSI GTX660 on Overclockers.

    Any advice or great deals that anyone might know about would be a massive help!



    Edit - Should probably say that my motherboard is an ASUS® P7H57D-V EVO and the PSU is a CORSAIR 650W PSU (TX650) 80+.

    Edited by Tabasco at 15:11:09 11-10-2013
  • Fake_Blood 11 Oct 2013 15:55:23 3,836 posts
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    660 would be alright but make sure to get the Ti version.
  • Buztafen 11 Oct 2013 16:05:56 15,957 posts
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    Rhythm posted this deal in the other Budget PC Thread:-

    760 is £163 at Aria: Here!

    A 760 is faster than a 660Ti for only a few quid more. It's basically a 670.
  • Penguinzoot 11 Oct 2013 16:10:51 477 posts
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    That's a great deal for a 760.
  • Tabasco 11 Oct 2013 19:31:46 5,780 posts
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    That really is a great price...Have to say that I'm very tempted by that. With my PSU being a 650w I shouldn't have any trouble with power. Says that it requires 2x of the 6 pin adaptors which shouldn't be an issue either.

    Thanks for the input all :)
  • sanctusmortis 13 Oct 2013 19:31:40 9,590 posts
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    Radeon R290/290x are looking likely to be £450 and £550 at the minute. The 280x is indeed a steal, seeing as it's like a faster 7970 GHz Edition but with Direct X 11.2 support.
  • Deleted user 13 October 2013 19:40:42
    £450 for a graphics card. Seriously?
  • captbirdseye 13 Oct 2013 20:09:07 4,353 posts
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    Bought a 280x today and £240 is just ridiculous. Gonna be interesting to see what Nvidia do with their price points as currently you can't even compare two.
  • graysonavich 13 Oct 2013 20:11:58 6,805 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    £450 for a graphics card. Seriously?
    Think of all the pointless gadgets you could get into debt with for that kind of wedge.
  • Deleted user 13 October 2013 21:11:11
    Can't think of a single one that would be as big a pointless waste of money than a £450 graphics card.
  • Pinky_Floyd 13 Oct 2013 21:15:43 6,426 posts
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    @mowgli I can.  Xbox One for a start. 
  • Deleted user 13 October 2013 21:36:42
    It does a hell of a lot and will last a hell of a lot longer than a graphics card though!
  • captbirdseye 13 Oct 2013 22:07:15 4,353 posts
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    At least you be able to play games at a decent resolution ;p.
  • graysonavich 13 Oct 2013 22:38:20 6,805 posts
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    mowgli wrote:
    It does a hell of a lot and will last a hell of a lot longer than a graphics card though!
    Based on your wild unfounded assumptions? For someone with no interest in PC components, it might be worth focusing your monthly boredom brain farts into something more constructive.
  • mrpon 13 Oct 2013 22:53:02 27,647 posts
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    Possibly less chance of mowgli dropping a graphics card.

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

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