First build, what GPU?

By fimbles ยท 13 replies
Mar 22, 2009
  1. Im building a pc on a budget..

    I have so far..

    Amd phenom x4 9500 2.2 ghz.

    Asrock ALiveN570SLI-eSATA2.

    4 gig of Dual Channel DDR2 1066

    Not got case or psu yet.

    Im really not sure what graphics card to buy though.. coming from the old world of agp!!

    I got around 150 pounds to spend (250 dollars??)
    Any suggestions on a good one in that price range would be great. Ive had a look around but am confused as to which is best.

    Is this any good?

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or an similar spec ati?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. SeanCollinDuffy

    SeanCollinDuffy TS Rookie

  3. redk

    redk TS Rookie Posts: 91

  4. SeanCollinDuffy

    SeanCollinDuffy TS Rookie

    nice job suggesting an ati card for an SLI capable motherboard.

    stick with the gtx260, you can put in a second one if you need. but you will only be able to run 1 ati card a time (because your MoBo is SLI but not crossfirex certified)
  5. redk

    redk TS Rookie Posts: 91

    Well, he never said anything about needing SLI, and he has a budget, and you failed to suggest a card which retails within his price range from a site he can order from, SO. Nice job being no help. ;)
  6. SeanCollinDuffy

    SeanCollinDuffy TS Rookie

    if you look again. i suggested the best card in his price range ($250) it happens to have the advantage of sli, as does his mobo. i never said he had to order it from that site.
  7. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,185   +208

    Thanks for the responces..

    I didnt have any plans to put 2 cards in but in the future who knows??

    What about this one against the gtx 260?

    Inno3d gts 250

    Again.. ty in advance. Any other suggestions are most welcome, im not really sure whats available atm.

    Ps: whats the bottom line i should be looking for on these cards? texture fill rate?
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The GTS 250 is basically a renamed 9800GTX+. I would recommend an HD 4870 only if you are going to play at resolutions higher than 1600x1200. Ditto for 2x GTX 260s in SLI, which are actually meant to be used for 2560x1600 screens. For any other resolution below these, look at the HD 4850 instead.

    You can grab this HD 4850 for 110 quid or so with free delivery. redk's recommendation is decent, but the extra memory is not very important and it is also far more expensive compared to the one I have linked to. But it's your choice entirely.

    For an HD 4870, I recommend this one, available for 170 quid or so with free delivery as well.
  9. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    +1 for the 4870... but just because I'm the proud owner of two :D
  10. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,185   +208

    Thanks a lot for the replies!

    I think ill go for the HD4870 as its slightly above what i wanted to spend and i would rather have a bit extra than a bit less .

    I wont be running in high resolutions because they have a tendancy to make my eyes water for some strange reason :)

    Thanks again for the help :)
  11. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Well what resolution do you plan on running? Because if you're going to spend the money on a HD4870 you'll only be paying for half its potential at lower resolutions... running ~1280x1024/1440x900+ or so would still be fine but the card is designed to really push the resolution up. Either way, I think you will be very happy with the card, just download some RivaTuner to adjust those stock fan speeds!
  12. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,185   +208

    1440 by 900 is about the limit i can take :)

    Will i get a big improvement in framerate playing the same game on both cards (HD4870 & HD4850) at this resolution? Or will the extra grunt be wasted?

    Ive always prefered smooth gameplay over nice graphics. but both would be awesome :)

    On a side note.. would i be better returning my mobo and ordering a crossfire one instead?
  13. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    You can expect to be able to crank the graphics settings right up to max on that resolution. The card should handle it just fine and you could probably even run some games with v-sync enabled for a nice seamless and smooth display. Either way your games are going to run very smooth and you will notice a good improvement in framerate.

    As for the CrossFire, if you are only going to use one card on a smaller monitor then a mobo w/ that capability is of little use to you. CrossFire is designed for really high resolution gaming and will produce smooth frames when enabled. Of course, if you plan to upgrade to a bigger monitor and buy a second card in the future, then having a CrossFire setup is a huge plus.
  14. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,185   +208

    That sounds great! HD4870 is is.. ill keep my mobo for now.

    Thanks all.
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