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New Graphics Card - What to choose? Help~

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September 4, 2013 10:32:02 AM

Being a complete numbskull with computers, I need to know which would be better for me. BTW I currently have a nvidia GT430 (actually, please tell me if my current card is better than my linked suggestions~).
This,
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/comp...

or this,
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/comp...

I have a budget of around £60 - £70 and yes, I live in England so some sites may be a no-no (i.e Newegg). Any better suggestions for cards that are viable for me will be gladly accepted. Also, could somebody explain why the Asus model is more expensive than the Sapphire?

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a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 10:36:43 AM

Those two perform EXACTLY the same. Just get the cheaper one.
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September 4, 2013 10:37:50 AM
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a c 192 U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 10:39:16 AM

Assuming this is for games, while either of those cards would be upgrades from what you have, a version with GDDR5 (rather than DDR3) would be better still. And, if it isn't too much more expensive, a GDDR5 version of the HD7750 would be great. Anything more powerful may need a PSU replacement, so we'll need more information on your current system.
Have you checked scan.co.uk for prices?
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a b U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 10:41:40 AM

xenobing said:
Being a complete numbskull with computers, I need to know which would be better for me. BTW I currently have a nvidia GT430 (actually, please tell me if my current card is better than my linked suggestions~).
This,
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/comp...

or this,
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/comp...

I have a budget of around £60 - £70 and yes, I live in England so some sites may be a no-no (i.e Newegg). Any better suggestions for cards that are viable for me will be gladly accepted. Also, could somebody explain why the Asus model is more expensive than the Sapphire?


out of the two you mentioned i'd take the sapphire. It has an exhaust that pushes any heat from the card through the rear of the pc. Meaning you have less heat in your case. They are both identical besides that. I've had Sapphire cards in the past, the work well, and have never had an issue with my sapphire GTX260 core 216 which is still running perfectly in a second machine.
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a c 192 U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 10:44:52 AM

If you can stretch your budget the extra 5 pounds, the card linked by 3Dns will blow the other two out of the water.
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September 4, 2013 10:50:19 AM

Onus said:
If you can stretch your budget the extra 5 pounds, the card linked by 3Dns will blow the other two out of the water.


Yes I have been looking at that just now, seems like a good choice, apart from the fact that its out of stock on Currys atm. I guess, I'll get it on amazon, where its actually cheaper.
The card uses up 400W though, my PSU is only 500W; will it be safe to use? (I don't really mind about the cost of my electricity bills as such)

Have been looking at this link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-HD7750-Retail-PCI-E-Gr...
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a c 192 U Graphics card
September 4, 2013 10:57:38 AM

The card itself uses around 56W. AMD recommends a 400W PSU for the system, but that is merely to account for all the liar-labeled PSU-shaped objects out there. In the recent "$400 Spirit of Mini-ITX" build, a system using a HD7750 pulled only 113W from the wall. You'll be fine.
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September 4, 2013 11:02:38 AM

Onus said:
The card itself uses around 56W. AMD recommends a 400W PSU for the system, but that is merely to account for all the liar-labeled PSU-shaped objects out there. In the recent "$400 Spirit of Mini-ITX" build, a system using a HD7750 pulled only 113W from the wall. You'll be fine.


Good to know, I shall probably settle with the card that 3Dns suggested first and thank you for your support with this.
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