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  • PearOfAnguish 10 Apr 2013 12:15:21 7,138 posts
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    Anyone know if there's a card available for under 100 that would be better than a Radeon 3870 X2 ?
  • Jetset_UK 10 Apr 2013 12:22:13 3,560 posts
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    Does this help?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
  • RobTheBuilder 10 Apr 2013 12:48:06 6,521 posts
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    @PearOfAnguish the AMD 7770 is about 90 and ranked at least a step better than the 3870 x2, probably cheaper to run too
  • PearOfAnguish 10 Apr 2013 13:00:57 7,138 posts
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    Jetset_UK wrote:
    Does this help?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    Yeah that's useful, cheers.
  • RobTheBuilder 10 Apr 2013 13:32:58 6,521 posts
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    @PearOfAnguish check their best graphics cards for the money, I used that to see that the 7770 is better than the 3870x2
  • iamexclusive 12 Jan 2014 12:11:05 46 posts
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    Hi All,

    Been on these forums for a long time so I thought may as well join since I keep coming back.

    I am looking to get back into PC gaming now that my 6 year old PS3 has suffered the YLOD.

    I am looking to purchase a graphics card with a limited budget of 150 pounds at most. I built a PC a couple of years ago so would like it for that. My requirements are:

    - To play Assassins Creed Black Flag and Tomb Raider New One in 1080p and - 60fps.
    - A card that is capable of providing the visual fidelity and quality available on PS4 and Xbox One.
    - A card to last at least a couple of years.

    My PC specs are:

    Intel Core i3 Sandybridge
    6GB DDR3 RAM
    Two 500 GB hard disks
    Some 40 pounds graphics card, possible Nvidia GT 220
    Windows 7

    Not really looking to upgrade components of PC other than graphics card.

    Some other questions.

    1. I use my PC extensively for work. Will installing games slow it down or use up system resources like CPU/RAM even when the game is not being played?
    2. Will installing games mean unnecessary services or programs run all the time?
    3. Is there a way of running games separately to my work environment so essentially I have 2 environments, for work and play?
    4. Is Steam investing in if I play games a couple of evenings each week?

    Apologies for the long post. Any suggestions or recommendations is appreciated.

    Formerly Eurostalker (banned for extreme sarcasm)

  • magicpanda 12 Jan 2014 13:08:37 13,266 posts
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    I think an ATI R9 270x should do the job.

    1. Shouldn't do, what are you doing on it?
    2. Nothing you can't shut down. Does your work really push your PC that much?
    3. Separate Windows User Account?
    4. If you are playing PC games get Steam.
  • ResidentKnievel 12 Jan 2014 13:22:14 6,113 posts
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    What GPU power connectors do you have from your power supply?

    If it's only a 6-pin, or you have two spare molex connectors for an adapter, you're stuck with <150W GPU's unless you get a new power supply, with an R9 270 being your best bet.

    If you have a 6-pin plus an 8-pin thenthen no worries and get what you want, like a 270X like magic suggested.

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  • iamexclusive 12 Jan 2014 13:34:04 46 posts
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    I currently have a 550W Alpine Silent PSU. Also, can confirm my current graphics card is 1GB Asus GT 220, 800MHz GDDR2 so I presume I won't be able to play the likes of Assassins Creed Black Flag?

    Formerly Eurostalker (banned for extreme sarcasm)

  • iamexclusive 12 Jan 2014 13:38:26 46 posts
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    @magicpanda

    1. I mainly develop AJAX applications, and desktop applications with Java. Nothing intensive but I am very security conscious and don't like unnecessary applications on my machine.

    2. No. Work does not push PC.

    3. Looking at a separate Windows Account for gaming. Considering a dual OS, not sure if this will be the same as a separate Windows account.

    4. I will definitely get Steam.

    Formerly Eurostalker (banned for extreme sarcasm)

  • ResidentKnievel 12 Jan 2014 17:22:49 6,113 posts
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    I don't think you'd be able to use a 270X with that PSU as it doesn't appear to have an 8-pin connector, get a 270, they're almost as good and a bit cheaper!

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  • B0rked_Gamer 12 Jan 2014 18:56:22 2,481 posts
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    Forget about playing Creed 4 at 1080/60fps. That isn't going to happen unless you spend huge.
  • jiveguy 15 Jan 2014 16:05:02 834 posts
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    Hello wise internet mens and ladies. I'm in the market for something to replace my trustworthy but lately struggling GeForce GTX285. I think I got it about 6-8 months after it launched so I'm looking for something in the same range, i.e. something that was pretty decent 6 months ago but has perhaps come down in price since. The PC itself was upgraded early last year and is quite beefy, just didn't bother doing the video card at the time.

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  • PenguinJim 15 Jan 2014 16:14:24 5,754 posts
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    What kind of budget do you have? Nvidia have the market pretty much sewn up between 229 and 239.90, while AMD are making do with the few remaining price points above and below.
  • Physically_Insane 15 Jan 2014 16:14:46 8,616 posts
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    GTX 760
  • superdelphinus 15 Jan 2014 16:27:39 8,016 posts
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    How are the gtx 780s these days in terms of bang/buck?
  • Buztafen 15 Jan 2014 16:29:56 16,064 posts
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    Around 400 for a decent 780 on Scan's Today only page.

    A 770 for around 230 would give better bang for buck.
  • Gartt 15 Jan 2014 16:42:50 1,735 posts
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    Possibly worth looking into flashing a 290 to a 290x, ive heard thats possible. Wouldnt touch a reference cooled one though.
  • Zomoniac 15 Jan 2014 17:04:05 7,792 posts
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    I got a 2GB Asus 770 for 240 last month, seemed to be the best card in the "just another tenner and I can get the next one up" range (ie the entire 0-250 bracket). After that point it gets into scary numbers. 1920x1200 on Bioshock Infinite, all settings maxed, DX11 with DoF, a fuckton of AA and still breaking 80fps, so I'm happy with it.
  • jiveguy 15 Jan 2014 17:12:16 834 posts
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    @PenguinJim
    Budget is around 250/300 but I'd have no problem going a little higher if it's something that will last me the next 3-4 years.

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  • PenguinJim 16 Jan 2014 00:44:09 5,754 posts
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    Amazon have a 229 PNY GTX 770, and Pixmania have a 239 Asus GTX 770.

    It should last a fair while. If you're only doing a low resolution like 1080P it'll be fine for ages.

    Edited by PenguinJim at 00:46:46 16-01-2014
  • jiveguy 16 Jan 2014 20:31:38 834 posts
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    Cheers for the advice and links, I'll take a look at the GTX 770.

    Edited by jiveguy at 20:31:50 16-01-2014

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  • ResidentKnievel 18 Jan 2014 00:00:46 6,113 posts
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    Worth getting a custom cooled card where possible (e.g. that Asus) if only for the quietness.

    Nvidia's reference coolers are way better than AMD's, but the custom coolers are still a step above them.

    Edited by ResidentKnievel at 00:01:52 18-01-2014

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  • Gartt 18 Jan 2014 12:35:07 1,735 posts
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    Recommendation for MSIs Twin Frozr cooler, that thing is amazingly quiet.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 26 Jan 2014 15:55:49 37,337 posts
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    BUMP!

    I'm just pondering my next upgrade.

    I currently have a nVidia 275GTX that I've had for about 4 and a half years, it doesn't do DX11, and is beginning to struggle a little bit with new games.

    Now, with a budget of about 150 and bearing in mind my monitor does 1080p max, is there a card that would be a "worthwhile" upgrade?

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  • Dirtbox 26 Jan 2014 16:01:54 77,467 posts
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    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-radeon-r9-270-gaming-2g-28nm-5600mhz-gddr5-gpu-900mhz-boost-975mhz-1280-streams-dp-dvi-hdmi

    Comparable, but a few frames behind a GTX760 in most games, but a lot cheaper.

    http://www.dabs.com/products/zotac-geforce-gtx-760-993mhz-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-8SMR.html

    Edited by Dirtbox at 16:08:45 26-01-2014

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  • TheNinjaWarriorAGAIN 26 Jan 2014 18:13:54 370 posts
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    You could probably get a 7870 with a bump over the 270 and a bit closer to the 270X for near 150 like this one.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-radeon-hd-7870-dd-edition-28nm-4800mhz-gddr5-gpu-1000mhz-1280-cores-2x-dvi-hdmi-2x-minidp

    I have an equivalent card (Powercolor 7870 GHz edition) and it does 1080P 60FPS flawlessly on most games.

    Edited by TheNinjaWarriorAGAIN at 18:17:09 26-01-2014
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 26 Jan 2014 19:23:14 37,337 posts
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    Actually, this brings up a good question. Last time I bought a card, nVidia were arguably putting out the better hardware. Have things swung back around to AMD since would you say?

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