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    Recommend a graphics card

    Wont be an immediate purchase (maybe end of the month). I have a budget at an absolute max of £200 (if I sell my current GFX cards, I can expect maybe £250, but for now will stick with £200).

    What would you recommend for that price range. Doesn't matter the retailer, just want the most powerful card I can get. I like to stick with AMD as I have had bad experiences with nVidia in the past.

    Will look at any card however my preference is really with the AMD camp.

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    I'll also bee looking for one soon, though I'm on a far tighter budget, I'm thinking something like a GTX570 perhaps if I can find one for a bit less than £100?

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    For £200ish the R9 270X is your best bet, or a 7950 if you can find one, as the 280X is just outside of the bracket. I would hold off for a little while, as the R9 280 is on its way which should hit your price bracket perfectly, and be a powerful card (replacing the 7950). All of these cards will play the latest games at 1080P - what is your monitor res?

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    monitor res is full HD capable (1920x1080).

    Like I said, I will be selling my current GPU (1 of the cards will be a donor for my stepdads machine, the other will be sold) which will bump up the budget, but no guarantee as to when that will happen and for how much (hoping for £50 at least).

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    Well I am torn at the minute between a new GFX card or an SSD Drive (or two). I will get both in successive months, just a case of when. SSD wise I have my mind made up (a 250GB Samsung or 2). But yeah GFX card is what I am looking at for a while. My current screams and gets very very hot (near 90C) when running BF4 in low (I get like 60FPS so can't complain) but would like to play it on a higher setting as I like the look on the higher settings.

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    AMD working on Radeon R9 280, another re-branded GPU - TechSpot

    May be a bit of a wait. Otherwise, the R9 270X should hit the spot, or the 280X if you can really go to town (and look for good deals).

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    Mayeb you should save some money for a few months until you are out of any probabtion period in the new job you got, just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achandler View Post
    Mayeb you should save some money for a few months until you are out of any probabtion period in the new job you got, just in case.
    My HMRC "debt" is paid off, on JSA I can comfortably live (along with my partners income), Even with this purchase at £200, I still have enough to put away £600 into a savings account, so I have no financial worries.
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    Like others say, and @w-clarke101 links to, the 4GB R9 270X is your best bet; the jump above that is too big, nearer the £300 than £200. Get a 4GB model as they're not much more than 2GB and with the next gen consoles having so much RAM, game engines should start to take advantage of it in the future. The 4GB models tend to be the ones with the nicer coolers as well i.e. don't let out a tortured whine as they slowly die at 90C.

    Or you could get the SSDs now and wait to see if the R9 280 comes out.

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    sounds like a plan, will probably get the SSDs first. Mine is being RMA'd at the minute, so should be good to go in about a week when its back (or replacement arrives). Will definitely get a 250GB one, maybe a 2nd also, depends on my mood lol. From there I will see if the GFX cards drop in price a bit then go for what I can with the budget.

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    Decision has been made

    SSD: Will get Samsung 120GB (Primary drive) and Samsung 250GB (Secondary drive) coming to £180 - This will be the February purchase
    GFX: Will wait until end of March to see what deals and prices are on for an R9 270X, 280 or around there

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    Why split them? A ~240GB drive will be faster than a ~120GB drive as it fills all its flash channels so has more parallelism.

    What do you want to use the secondary storage for? Even if its games, I'd say you don't get enough benefit from an SSD to make one all that worthwhile. Sure, it's an improvement, but nothing like as dramatic as the improvement to boot and applications.

    I'd either get a 240GB Samsung 840 EVO for boot and a mechanical drive for secondary - £130 for the former, £50 for a 1TB HDD - which is same cost but greater capacity and faster system. Or get a Crucial M500 drive, that are on ridiculously good offers at the moment - 240GB for £102 or 480GB for £215. (there may be better offers than eBuyer out there, that was just a quick glance at what's about atm.)

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    120GB drive is going to literally be for OS, photoshop, illustrator and a few movie editing bits (thats it) the 2nd drive would be for steam/origin games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    120GB drive is going to literally be for OS, photoshop, illustrator and a few movie editing bits (thats it) the 2nd drive would be for steam/origin games.
    If 120gb is for OS and 2nd drive is for games etc - would one of those PCI-E x16 SSD's be an option ( better , faster read and writes on those ) ?

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