Best Graphics card, sub £200, 1 x PCI-e power only.

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  • Widge Moderator 4 Nov 2013 11:00:57 13,663 posts
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    Trying to find one for my Dad. I remember his power supply was turd. High wattage but no bloody PCI-e cables on it.

    Tried to put my 2 x PCI-e 4890 into it through some adaptors and it just wasn't having any of it.

    After a lot of searching, I'm settling on the Nvidia 660. Low power, can handle Skyrim and has 1 x PCI-e needed only.

    Am I missing anything out of the new wave of cards though? I've checked through and I'm fairly sure they are all 2 x PCI-e at the higher end of the power spectrum.

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  • nickthegun 4 Nov 2013 11:05:08 60,135 posts
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    Sounds like you need to get your dad a dual Xeon Keppler workstation.

    Edited by nickthegun at 11:19:22 04-11-2013

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  • neems 4 Nov 2013 11:12:25 1,251 posts
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    I'm surprised the 660 only needs one power cable tbh - maybe you should consider a new power supply?
  • misterm84 4 Nov 2013 11:16:31 94 posts
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    Yeah, it sounds like your Dad has a prebuilt OEM machine (eg. HP, Dell etc). Seriously consider buying him a new PSU to go with a GPU. I wouldn't trust an OEM PSU to power any more than what was in the box at time of purchase.

    EDIT - ...and if you do go for a new PSU, make sure it'll fit in the case and what he has already isn't some kind of weird custom fit PSU.

    Edited by misterm84 at 11:17:41 04-11-2013
  • Whizzo 4 Nov 2013 11:19:01 43,151 posts
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    Yeah unless your Dad has got an unusual form factor PSU I'd recommend replacing that with something a bit more useful on the PCI-e front and get something that the new one can handle.

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  • misterm84 4 Nov 2013 11:21:42 94 posts
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    Someone can probably recommend a better PSU for the cost but you can get a Corsair CX600M and either a GTX660 or a 7870GHz for about £200

    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600m
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n6602gd5oc
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc
  • Widge Moderator 4 Nov 2013 11:53:20 13,663 posts
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    Cheers for the PSU suggestions.

    I've just been told that my bro has gone ahead and grabbed him the 660. So a futile thread now.

    Just for the curious:



    I bought it as it was reputably low power and efficient plus quiet for a miniITX build. So am fairly confident we shall be ok here.

    Yeah, this was originally a Mesh PC build. I gave him all my old components & case but didn't have a power supply. No worries on case size or anything there, LianLi effort, MSI board, corsair ram.

    I think the Corsair goes down to CX500 and is sub £50. If he has any issues, I'll point him towards that, and then tell him to point the current PSU towards the bin.

    Thanks anyway!

    Edited by Widge at 11:53:41 04-11-2013

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  • Deleted user 4 November 2013 14:40:17
    A 660 is exactly what I was going to recommend, especially considering they cost under 150. Great card for the price.
  • Widge Moderator 4 Nov 2013 16:30:50 13,663 posts
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    My opinion too. I didn't want to spend more than £150 when it came out. Performance wise, it was doing better than the competing AMD.

    Seem to remember it went up in price after I bought it, oddly. Seems like it is coming down.

    Must read up on cards, I got the general gist that next year is going to shake it all up or something, but know no details.

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  • misterm84 4 Nov 2013 16:40:58 94 posts
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    Widge wrote:
    My opinion too. I didn't want to spend more than £150 when it came out. Performance wise, it was doing better than the competing AMD.
    Not as far as I'm aware...and this is a 660Ti
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1339698/the-eternal-question-which-is-better-hd-7870-vs-660-ti-benchmarks-inside

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/11/12/fall_2012_gpu_driver_comparison_roundup/3#.UnfN6_nIZDU

    AMD cards are difficult to beat when it comes to Price/performance, nVidia cards come at a bit of a premium as they generally offer more feature wise (eg, PhysX, G-Sync, Shadowplay etc).

    My rule of thumb is, if you care about PhysX/G-Sync/Shadowplay...get an nVidia card...if you care about price/performance go with AMD.

    Edited by misterm84 at 16:43:12 04-11-2013
  • b0rk 4 Nov 2013 16:45:24 2,767 posts
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    Uh, what CPU does your dads PC have?
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