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GFX card upgrade - which one?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Software & Troubleshooting' started by Firefly, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Firefly

    Firefly United Kingdom is not a country.

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  2. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    Go for the Nvidia one. Or just go for the one you can afford but not barely afford, the one that's not the fastest but the one that's fast enough for a while, the one that someone at a computer store suggests and not the one suggested online because they said it's really cool, the one that futureproofs your computer but doesn't futureproof your mortgage/rent, there can be only one.;)
     
  3. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    If you can afford the GeForce 560 Ti, get it.

    If you need something cheaper get a GTX 460.
     
  4. Deathmaker

    Deathmaker Balanced

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    What's the rest of your system like? There's no point in suggesting stuff like the 560 if you're running an old single core Athlon, etc.

    Out of those two card linked, I'd go for the Gigabyte due to the fact it has GDDR2 rather than the cheaper, slower DDR2 that's on the Sapphire.
     
  5. Firefly

    Firefly United Kingdom is not a country.

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    Cheers guys.
    It needs to be under £50 :)

    Will I notice a difference?

    Specs:
    Processor
    Model : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+
    Mainboard : ALiveNF5SLI-1394

    Chipset
    Model : AMD Athlon 64 / Opteron HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 840MHz (1.68GHz)

    Total Memory : 2GB DDR2
    Memory Bus Speed : 2x 390MHz (780MHz)

    EDIT just recieved more b'day money. total is now £100.
     
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  6. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    You will get a bottleneck with that processor, especially if you go with a card from 6 months ago. I would go with something a little smaller like a geforce 2xx or the ATI equivalent(sorry I am not familiar with ATI).
     
  7. NRG

    NRG Master Console Hater

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    You probably wont see a huge difference, depending on how well your 8600s scale. For reference, a 4670 is roughly the speed of a 3870, which are slrightly slower than a 9800/8800GT/8800GSO. A 4650 will put you even further behind a 8800. You'd be a lot better off saving a little more and grabbing something like a 5770 or 5750. Even if your CPU would bottleneck 5750, you will still notice much better performance than a measly 46xx. If you want to remove the bottleneck just drop a $100 Phenom II in your motherboard some day and it should feel pretty lively and modern again.
    Respectfully disagree. The 45xx and 46xx cards are considerably slower and less demanding than their 48xx brethren.
     
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  8. Firefly

    Firefly United Kingdom is not a country.

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    cheers guys
    all useful info :)
     
  9. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    That comment I made was if he decided to pursue the geforce 460/560 or ATI equivalent. Perhaps I should have worded it better.
     
  10. Firefly

    Firefly United Kingdom is not a country.

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  11. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    I have a 5750. It's pretty good but not amazing. It's about the same as an 8800GT 1gb.
     
  12. Firefly

    Firefly United Kingdom is not a country.

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  13. inferyes

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    I have a 5850 1gb. I have yet to find a game that will cause it to go below 60fps. :D
     
  14. Kantham

    Kantham Fool.

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    When you have my PC: All the cards are the same.
    Makes you think more than twice about getting a video card upgrade, sometimes.
     
  15. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    So a Geforce GT210 is the same as a Geforce GT580 on your computer?
     
  16. Kantham

    Kantham Fool.

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    Everything.

    I've tried and RMA'ed both a 460GTX and a 5850. Both performed exactly like my 8800 GTS 320 MB.
     
  17. Bi()ha2arD

    Bi()ha2arD Toxic!

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    What CPU?

    My GTX470 btought no performance boost over my 8800GTX because my 3.5GHz C2D was just too crappy. Now with an i7 2600K it pwns.
     
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    Kantham Fool.

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    Q6600. But I might get an entirely new computer eventually.
     
  19. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    Ah, you went ATI!;) Hehe, when I commented earlier I was in a hurry and all I saw was Sapphire and I figured the other one was Nvidia.:)
     
  20. Firefly

    Firefly United Kingdom is not a country.

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    Also, back then, my budget was tighter.
    Future proofing past the cpu is a good idea anyway.
    ATI certainly seem better at this price range.
     

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