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Graphics card between £100 - £150

By account73
May 18, 2011
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  1. Can someone please suggest a graphics card that is between the budget of £100 to £150

    I prefer nvidia over ATI. Thanks
     
  2. account73

    account73 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Anyone? I'm looking for a card around £150. I dont overclock and it will be used for some gaming.
     
  3. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    Hmm....

    I would need your specs, including the PSU (power supply) wattage.


    I am getting a nVIDIA card: GTS 460 for 400watt, ~120 euros in Slovakia.

    Or you can get GTX 550 Ti, 400 watt.

    Tell us your specs and current card.

    ~Atham
     
  4. account73

    account73 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    thanks Atham.

    PSU = 600 Watts
    CPU = i5 2500
    1 hard drive 250gb
    8gm ram

    I'm looking for a pci express card and would like a hdmi port on it ( I guess most have hmdi now?) Around £150, i can pay a little extra if needed.
    I dont over clock, and will be using the card for a little bit of gaming, sims3, diablo3 when its released if i'm able to run that.
     
  5. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    Oh.

    Then I recommend ATI Radeon HD 6850. In Slovakia it is 50% off, don't know how in other places
     
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I would suggest a HD6870 from ebuyer.com. Link here: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/245015

    Comes in a shade under £150, with free delivery an option.

    That's the best you will get in your budget, and one of the best midrange GPU's available.
     
  7. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    HD 6870 is really good. Nearly all games will work on it.
     
  8. account73

    account73 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    thanks. Is this better than nvidia graphics cards? The reason i prefered nvidia is because on sims 3 there is problem where the shadows look bad with ATI graphics and nvidia gfx card users dont have this problem.

    If i was to spend MAX £200, what card would you suggest?
    and what would be the equivilant nvidia card to this HD6870?

    thank you
     
  9. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    Nah, I doubt it. HD 6870 is pretty good. Go to youtube and find some videos of the game you play with the given card and see how it runs compared to yours.
     
  10. account73

    account73 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Hmm yes i'm looking at videos now. It looks good. Just the problem with shadows in Sims3 concerns me.
    Whats the best nvidia card below £200? and how does it compare to the 6870
     
  11. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    I am not much of an nVIDIA expert, although I am getting a card from them, hopefully.
     
  12. account73

    account73 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Would the 6950 be the best AMD card if I was to spend £200?
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/250400

    What would be the best nvidia card for £200? And which would you pick?

    A few more questions as well, sorry.
    You reccomended HIS HD8670, is this better than the XFX HD6870? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244474

    They are suppose to be the same price, but this one is currently in the sale.
    Second question. You can get a Ice Q Turbo version of the HIS.
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/264779

    Do you know if the cooling is much better on this?
     
  13. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 460

    I don't know all the differences, but try looking for how adroit each of the cards are i.e. if an HIS HD 6870 and XFX cost about $200 each, then try looking at the better stronger card for the same price. 6990 is a killler but 6950 is the best up to 200$. In Slovakia there are half price for 6990, from 995 Euros to 575 Euros.

    I would get 6990, if I were you so that it will last for a long time, unless you are really pressed on your budget then 6950 would be awesome.
     
  14. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    What resolutions do you game at?

    Anything less than HD (1920x1080/1200) and your simply wasting money going higher than a HD6870/GTX560 Ti.

    IMO a HD6950 is serious overkill for less than HD resolution.

    Different manufacturers have a different take on cards - they all generally use the same reference design (e.g. board and components) and just change the clock levels, and cooling setup. In reality (the majority of the time) there is very little difference between one identical type, and another in my opinion.
     
  15. account73

    account73 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I will run at 1920x1080. I've read xfx offer a life time warranty, is this true? What's the warranty like for Asus and his
     
  16. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    If your running 1080p then anything from the HD6870 upwards is going to suit you well.

    I wouldn't know warranty information, but it will be on each manufacturer's respective websites.
     

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