What should my new GFX card be?

By Alster37 · 13 replies
Sep 22, 2010
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  1. Im really stuck on this , the ones in my mind are the gtx 460, gtx 470, 5850, or the 5870v2 (the only one that fits). I would like one that copes well with the dx 11 features but is the right value for money. I wont be going SLI most likely as I could never get the money in time. Something that can run crysis 2 at decent fps at higher level of settings.( I know its not out yet but I trust your judgement).

  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I would say GTX460, but not too sure on how it would compare with Crysis 2.

    However, more importantly, I hope you have a good PSU, from a proper known brand? What spec is your PC as well, as a lower spec PC will definitely bottleneck your GPU.

    P.S. A graphics card is more commonly known as a GPU. :)
  3. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    You can check my system specs in the down down menu, as for the PSU it just so happens my dad has ordered a tx 750 as a gift which is coming tomorrow so yes I will have a good PSU. I feel though that a gtx 460 might not have enough power for what im expecting. :confused:

    Oh and of course I know a graphics card is commonly know as a GPU ;)
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    What sort of resolution do you look to game at? Do you plan on getting a new screen soon?
  5. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    I play at 1920x1080 or the next one down for some games (crysis/metro 2033 etc)
    I don't plan on getting a higher res screen any time soon.
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    A Radeon 5850 should be perfect for 1920x1080. However, I suggest waiting for the October release of the first HD 6000 card(s); prices may go down and you might be able to snag a great deal.
  7. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    unless the 6000 series turns out to be a better buy? :)

    what about the gtx 470? its £200 in the uk for the pny version whilst the 5850 is £215

  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    The 6xxx will almost certainly be a better buy, its the new range topping series from AMD/Ati. I personally look forward to see benchmarks directly comparing it with the current range toppers.

    The GTX460 is generally regarded as the better buy of the (460/470/480) as its quieter, cooler and has more potential for overclocking. If it was me, I'd spend another £50-60 and get 2x GTX460's for considerably more performance.
  9. EDO219

    EDO219 TS Rookie Posts: 212

    Yep, I'm with Leaky on this one if your PSU supports an SLi configuration.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    @Leeky, PYGMUS
    The OP's motherboard (MA770-UD3) supports use of a single graphics card.

    fwiw I think the introduction of the HD6xxx series probably will not herald a price drop in the HD 5850/5870/5970 immediately. The new series of cards are likely to be priced above the 5000 series and from a quick look at available stock of the 5850 and 5870 it would seem that either AMD is still supply constrained on these cards, or is tailing off production. A low mileage second hand card (non-reference second revision, first tier vendor with plenty of outstanding warranty available preferable) from someone dying to have the next-best-thing could a viable alternative, as could "price in cart" limited etail specials to clear inventory of slower selling models.
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117


    Good point, kinda ruins the idea of SLI.
  12. Alster37

    Alster37 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 290

    How is the GTX 470 for over clocking? because the difference between the 460 and 470 is only £20.
  13. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Its fantastic for overclocking, which coupled with the fact it runs very cool makes for a really good component for overclocking.
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The 470 is noticeably superior to the 460, and for the small price difference, I'd say go for the 470. It can OC pretty well too.

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