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Benno 10,030 posts
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StixxUK 7,264 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?
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
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!
Mobo and cpu are still fine, get a new GPU, more RAM and maybe a SSD.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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! 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.
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!
Those R280x's are a bargain at £230. Got me wondering what the 290s are gonna retail at.
superdelphinus 8,089 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?
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 13,567 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.
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
660 would be alright but make sure to get the Ti version.
Buztafen 16,373 posts
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Penguinzoot 487 posts
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That's a great deal for a 760.
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 9,651 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.
£450 for a graphics card. Seriously?
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.
Can't think of a single one that would be as big a pointless waste of money than a £450 graphics card.
Pinky_Floyd 8,040 posts
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It does a hell of a lot and will last a hell of a lot longer than a graphics card though!
At least you be able to play games at a decent resolution ;p.
mrpon 29,190 posts
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