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Video card upgrade -- budget/gaming

  1. Hi all

    I had some fab help here when I built my PC back in 2008, it has run like a charm and been a fab machine :)

    The graphics card has given up on me though so looking for a replacement. It is ATI Radeon 4670.

    Here are my specs etc:

    Asus P5Q Motherboard
    Windows XP Home Edition (SP3)
    3gb RAM
    Intel Core Due E8400, core speed 2051.7mhz
    Antec Neo HE 430 GB High Efficiency 430W PSU

    The games we play are Dragon Age Series (me) and Sims 3 (teenage kids). I'm looking at spending no more than £80. I'm in the UK.

    Hope I haven't missed anything, and thanks :)
     
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

  3. glitzyglamgirl

    glitzyglamgirl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Thats great thanks :)
     
  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Have a shop around though, I just picked one from a popular site. There's probably some sales/discounted ones somewhere.

    Out of interest how come your E8400 only runs at 2Ghz instead of the default 3Ghz?
     
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,258   +1,551

    Probably SpeedStep feature slowing the PC down to 2GHz at low CPU usage.
     
  6. glitzyglamgirl

    glitzyglamgirl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    I have EPU-6 engine if thats the kind of thing you mean? Otherwise I have no idea!
     
  7. glitzyglamgirl

    glitzyglamgirl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Erm they have no reviews on Google and their site doesn't exactly look like they're an established retailer. Also they're selling the card for £50 when everywhere else is at least £70-80. Usually if something is too good to be true it usually is!
     
  9. glitzyglamgirl

    glitzyglamgirl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Yes thats what I thought too.....i'll skip that then lol
     
  10. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Enthusiast Posts: 106

    In my opinion you should get a nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti or AMD Radeon HD 6770 for your budget. Good luck ;-)
     
  11. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Enthusiast Posts: 159

    The HD 6770 slh28 linked is pretty much the best thing you can get new in your budget. A GTX 550 Ti will slightly outperform the 6770, but also costs ~£20-30 more. The 6770 is a better overall value as it's pretty close in performance, but costs less, and consumes less power.
     
     
  12. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Enthusiast Posts: 106

    That's true, but 20-30€ is not very very very BIG difference. He can save them and buy the GTX 550Ti.
     
  13. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Enthusiast Posts: 159

    I only mentioned it because the op didn't specify if *her* budget was strict or relatively lax. Also something to take into consideration, AMD cards tend to perform quite well in the Dragon Age games, often matching their more expensive nV counterparts, and in the Techspot performance review the HD 5770 slightly overtook the GTX 460, which is quite a bit more powerful than a GTX 550Ti. An HD6770, being just slightly faster than a 5770, but cheaper than a GTX 550Ti, is clearly the better buy for her preferred games.
     
  14. ViPeRMiMiS

    ViPeRMiMiS TS Enthusiast Posts: 106

    True. But nVIDIA cards are better in other games too. But I think that yes a HD 5770/ HD 6770 is a better choice than a nVidia card because of Dragon Age games mostly as you said ;-)
     


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