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I want to get a new graphics card.

Hello

Currently I have an Nvidia GT220 but want to upgrade to something a bit newer.

There seems to be so many cards on the market and i am hoping some people can suggest a few decent ones that will allow me to get the most from my PC.

I also do a lot of Photoshop work and gaming so looking for something that can handle modern games.

I want to spend up to £150 on a new card and PSU but could stretch a bit for something thats super duper if its really worth it.

My specs:

Dell Studio 540

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz

8gb ram

Nvidia GT220

If you need any more info, let me know.

Thanks
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  1. Really any new card is going to be a huge upgrade for you, thought your CPU is going to bottleneck almost all of the new cards.

    I would recommend a Radeon HD 7770 GHz edition (I prefer MSI cards, but Asus makes a good card too) and a Corsair CX500 power supply.
  2. 650ti boost is my suggestion. idk how £ converts to $ but it is about $150 here in the US
  3. thdarkshadow said:
    650ti boost is my suggestion. idk how £ converts to $ but it is about $150 here in the US


    I would have also suggested that card, except since he has a Dell I can almost guarantee that he will need a better power supply.
  4. Oh yeah i forgot about power :) dalmvern is right on as that is a good card and psu combo for the price
  5. yes i agree with first reply. get the 7770 its very good for your pc
  6. Hey thanks for the replies! The 7770 and Corsair PSU are looking like a good combo for the price. How much difference is there between the 7770 and the 650ti boost? Would i see much with my CPU?

    Thanks
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    The CPU is n't that bad, fairly fast and with four cores it'll play games, just do n't expect it to handle CPU intensive AAA titles as smoothly as current components.
    Prices here in the UK are terrible compared to the US.
    If you shop around you should be able to source a GTX650Ti and power supply and stay within budget, increase that budget a little and you might collar a 650Ti Boost+PSU:

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-063-OC&groupid=701&catid=123
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-175-GW&groupid=701&catid=1914&subcat=2392

    But that's just after a very quick scan: You'll have to do your own shopping!
    A few names to get the ball rolling: Scan, CCL, Novatech, Misco, Aria, Pixmania, Dabs and Ebuyer.
    If you stay with a good maker 450Watts with a single 6-pin PCI-E connector will be plenty for your system: Antec, Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, Silverstone and OCZ are amongst the best.
    When gaming it's always best to bring as much silicon as possible into the fight.
  8. Looeegee said:
    Hey thanks for the replies! The 7770 and Corsair PSU are looking like a good combo for the price. How much difference is there between the 7770 and the 650ti boost? Would i see much with my CPU?

    Thanks


    The 650ti Boost is definitely better than the 7770, and if you can afford that and the PSU, and yes you will see a difference with your CPU, particularly on the games that are GPU bound rather than CPU bound.
  9. You want a GTX 650Ti if you're looking at a lower budget, and a GTX 650Ti BOOST or GTX 660 if you can spend a bit more. A good 430w PSU will do it for you.
  10. I went with the 7870 as it came with several new games I planned on buying anyways... There is a really good article on here that covers these cards well. I'd suggest you read lots of articles and look at what may come with the cards (for the price). If you included the price of those games (retail) that I wanted to buy anyways I barely paid $40 (us) for the card. If your not wanting those games though that value isn't there for you..

    $ per $ the 650 is a better buy, but might not be the best value.
  11. Ok, Im fairly certain I am going to get this PSU:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/245675-antec-450w-psu-120mm-fan-vp450-4x-sata-1x-pci-e-0761345-06451-4

    and this MSI GTX650ti boost:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00C1ZHT24/ref=asc_df_B00C1ZHT2413327382?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B00C1ZHT24

    (not necessarily from these sites, going to shop around a bit first)

    Will that Antec PSU be compatible and powerful enough?

    Thanks
  12. The Antec will be fine.
    The card is well regarded.
    The items I linked to earlier are better/less expensive, though ;).
    And please steer clear of cheap, 'high output' powersupplies-they're cheap for a reason.
    Happy shopping.
  13. well, my honest opinion is to save your money up and buy a whole new system
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