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The time has come where my graphics card it getting me down on my home PC. I currently have an nVidia GEForce 210 with 512 MB RAM and it runs well but I want something a bit more powerful. I only run Minecraft and the like so don't need anything too great!
Can anyone recommend me a decent card that is PCI-E and around the £60 - £80 mark?
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I was hoping for some replies as I have much the same budget and would like to be able to play Witcher 2. The best value I could find was the HD7750 at around £75 for 1GB DDR5.
Now that I've stuck my head over the parapet, battle will commence (probably mainly on the lines that if you REALLY want to play games you need to throw a lot more money at your GFX card).
Personally I favour an Nvidia card, you should be able to find a nice 1gb 9500GT on ebay for about £50
Thanks Tom, ive replied with my spec.
Not sure if it is still on but ebuyer had a Radeon 5990 for £90 during the first couple of weeks of Jan, not been on since.
Otherwise I'd look at that 7770 card above.
I would say the 7770 is the best GPU in that price range - well, just outside it, technically, but the cheapest 7750 was £80 and it's worth £7 to bump up to the full 7770. PowerColor HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI.. | Ebuyer.com
If you prefer nVidia the 650 is the best you can get for that price, but it's not quite as capable as the 7770 as it's much too neutered from a higher chip, whereas the 7770 is a full chip aimed at that price segment. Inno3D GTX 650 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI mini HDMI PCI-E.. | Ebuyer.com
Either way you'll notice a massive difference over a GT210, they're only good for running additional monitors IMHO
Also - with GPUs - the amount of RAM is as relevant to performance as megapixels are to cameras. A big shiny number to stick on the box that is irrelevant to the picture quality you'll actually get any decent GPU chip will come with at least 1Gb, if you're running sufficiently powerful games at stupidly high enough resolutions then you'll be spending money on the top end cards that come with 2Gb+ these days anyway.
Last edited by sonofsanta; 30th January 2013 at 03:39 PM.
The PSU specs are usually greatly overstated. Bear in mind that the 7770 uses up to 106W or so - work out what the rest of your PC uses alongside that. For a mid range PC, you'll often find that the core system uses around 150W when pushed. A higher-end machine may uses 250W+. Give it a try on a 350W PSU, if it's decent quality, it'll cope I expect.
At £60, you're looking at the 6570 or Nvidia GT640 1GB DDR3, a big step down in ability. You won't regret the extra spend.
Plug your specs in @ eXtreme Power Supply Calculator with a bit of capacitor aging on and see what it spits out, but to be honest 350W will probably be fine - the 7770 is really not that power hungry. That's assuming you have a decent brand name 350W PSU, mind - Antec, Corsair etc. If it's a cheap-as-chips PSU from eBuyer etc. then it be a lower rated PSU, in reality, that's capable of 350W at peak but not sustained. Drop the make of it in here and someone will have an opinion for you, if not me
And as @3s-gtech says, you'll not regret the extra spend, not at this end of the market; that £20/£25 saved will half your performance. The 7750/7770 are the first decent GPUs, I would say; they're the first point on the linear price/performance curve at any rate, below them performance will drop off sharply for a less-than-proportional saving.
Thanks for all the advice. Don't know about the OP, but I found it most useful.
Will probably go for the 7770, but will have to get a new PSU (no PCI plug and only 1 spare molex) though considering just replacing the whole system, or upgrading it to a (virtually) a whole new system in stages.
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