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Do I buy a cheap graphics card for now and get a new monitor, or wait to get a better graphics cards?

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October 19, 2013 5:06:17 AM

A week ago my GTX 670 broke due to my power supply being just 500W (my fault entirely). I got my refund, but now I have no idea what to do next.

So do I buy a cheap graphics card(GT 640 or radeon 7750) and get a new monitor this week, or just wait a few months, and buy a new PSU and graphics card?

I'm still at school so it will take me quite a while to be able to afford it all.

At the moment I'm using my Intel 4600 HD graphics with my i5 4670 and 8GB RAM, but I want a superior graphics card so I can play Arkham origins within the next few weeks.
Thanks in advance, and tell me if you need more details :D 

EDIT: I am fairly new to this site as in I have been on the forums many times but never actually posted, are there any threads suitable for selling components?

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October 19, 2013 5:23:56 AM

I would just buy a good power supply first, then a good video card, and then buy your monitor. imo a new monitor should be the last thing you buy for your setup, since you already have a monitor. I would just wait it out and not cut corners that could fry something else again. just take the time that you have in between buying parts to do research on what power supply and video card best suits your needs. If it was me and I had a budget of around 200-300 for a video card I would get a 7970, and a corsair cx 750 power supply. the gtx 770 is a really nice card also if you can afford it.
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October 19, 2013 5:37:33 AM

What make PSU is it? I would get a decent power supply first then a GPU. You could get a decent XFX 550w PSU and a HD 7870 for the price of one GTX 670.
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October 19, 2013 5:51:11 AM

eatmypie said:
I would just buy a good power supply first, then a good video card, and then buy your monitor. imo a new monitor should be the last thing you buy for your setup, since you already have a monitor. I would just wait it out and not cut corners that could fry something else again. just take the time that you have in between buying parts to do research on what power supply and video card best suits your needs. If it was me and I had a budget of around 200-300 for a video card I would get a 7970, and a corsair cx 750 power supply. the gtx 770 is a really nice card also if you can afford it.


Thanks, I will probably go for the 7970 and the PSU that you recommended, but most of my peripherals are dirt cheap, so I just don't know whether to spend the £150 that I have at the moment on a new mouse, keyboard, monitor, as my monitor is 1024x768 I think, and I hate it so much... I will probably do what you said though, the 770 is just over my budget though :p 
One last thing - 670 vs 760 vs 7970 anyone?
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October 19, 2013 5:52:39 AM

MexicanPombear said:
eatmypie said:
I would just buy a good power supply first, then a good video card, and then buy your monitor. imo a new monitor should be the last thing you buy for your setup, since you already have a monitor. I would just wait it out and not cut corners that could fry something else again. just take the time that you have in between buying parts to do research on what power supply and video card best suits your needs. If it was me and I had a budget of around 200-300 for a video card I would get a 7970, and a corsair cx 750 power supply. the gtx 770 is a really nice card also if you can afford it.


Thanks, I will probably go for the 7970 and the PSU that you recommended, but most of my peripherals are dirt cheap, so I just don't know whether to spend the £150 that I have at the moment on a new mouse, keyboard, monitor, as my monitor is 1024x768 I think, and I hate it so much... I will probably do what you said though, the 770 is just over my budget though :p 
One last thing - 670 vs 760 vs 7970 anyone?


HD 7970 all the way. A HD 7850 would do for that monitor though, how long would it be till you can get that monitor?
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October 19, 2013 5:54:03 AM

spat55 said:
What make PSU is it? I would get a decent power supply first then a GPU. You could get a decent XFX 550w PSU and a HD 7870 for the price of one GTX 670.


My PSU is a Cooler Master B500, I never thought of doing that though... thanks :)  would I be able to keep the power supply I have now and get a 7870/equivalent? Or is 500w not enough?
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October 19, 2013 5:59:29 AM

HD 7970 all the way. A HD 7850 would do for that monitor though, how long would it be till you can get that monitor? said:
HD 7970 all the way. A HD 7850 would do for that monitor though, how long would it be till you can get that monitor?


I have a 1024x768 monitor now, I want to get this one:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/215-acer-s220hqlbrbd-led...

Without getting a 7970, I could order it now, after buying a 7970, it would take about 2/3 months to get it.
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October 19, 2013 6:24:17 AM

spat55 said:
MexicanPombear said:
eatmypie said:
I would just buy a good power supply first, then a good video card, and then buy your monitor. imo a new monitor should be the last thing you buy for your setup, since you already have a monitor. I would just wait it out and not cut corners that could fry something else again. just take the time that you have in between buying parts to do research on what power supply and video card best suits your needs. If it was me and I had a budget of around 200-300 for a video card I would get a 7970, and a corsair cx 750 power supply. the gtx 770 is a really nice card also if you can afford it.


Thanks, I will probably go for the 7970 and the PSU that you recommended, but most of my peripherals are dirt cheap, so I just don't know whether to spend the £150 that I have at the moment on a new mouse, keyboard, monitor, as my monitor is 1024x768 I think, and I hate it so much... I will probably do what you said though, the 770 is just over my budget though :p 
One last thing - 670 vs 760 vs 7970 anyone?


HD 7970 all the way. A HD 7850 would do for that monitor though, how long would it be till you can get that monitor?


I have a 1024x768 monitor now, I want to get this one:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/215-acer-s220hqlbrbd-led...

Without getting a 7970, I could order it now, after buying a 7970, it would take about 2/3 months to get it.

I have just found out that one of my friends has a spare 4850 that he said I could have, will I be able to run Arkham Origins with that, medium/high settings?
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October 19, 2013 6:39:31 AM

Sorry for not replying was on DayZ :( 
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