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February 12, 2014 6:53:05 AM

hi all, i need help choosing a graphics card that is cheap and efficient for playing games for around £100 or less (or maybe a bit more expensive). i already have a ps4, so i want something as equally or less capable than that. but my pc gpu is in dire need of an upgrade as i have a 8500 gt atm but i really want to play the games i didnt get the chance to play on pc. can someone advise me on the best bang for your buck at that kind of price range?

btw ive asked about graphics cards before but since i got my ps4 i decided to drop my budget ALOT lower.

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a c 119 U Graphics card
February 12, 2014 7:01:34 AM

Its not just the matter of money, the GPU will depend on what CPU and PSU you got. With a low end CPU there is every chance that the GPU will be bottlenecked by CPU. And another factor is the PSU, will it be able to handle the GPU ?

So it will be better to suggest you anything if you post full system specs.

GTX 650Ti is a decent GPU on your price range, just a hint.
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February 12, 2014 7:07:05 AM

2 options.... Hd 7790 a very good card that eats only 85w stock version not oc or the r9 270 better than ps4 and under 200$ and at 150w
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February 12, 2014 7:18:39 AM

8500 is a very old card, what is the motherboard that you're using ?

coz if your motherboard is just as old there might be compatibility/ performance issues.
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February 12, 2014 7:42:15 AM

ive had a look at the article thank you, the 7770 looks great for the money. and yeah i was looking at the 7790 that looks brill as well. and oh sorry i shouldve stated my specs. here they are: (baring in mind i'm upgrading a lot of it once i find the gpu that i want)

550W power supply

Nvidia 8500 gt graphics card

amd athon ii x2 250 processor (upgrading to a fx 6300)

2 gb of DDR3 RAM (just bought 2x4gb of RAM)

msi GF615M-P33 (upgrading to a MSI 970A-G46 Motherboard)

I also have 1 main fan and two cpu cooling fans

and yeah my gpu is OLLLDD maan, struggles to run san andreas on max setting hahaha D: and will the 7790 run with decent fps with the 6300?
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February 12, 2014 7:44:42 AM

oh and is the 650 ti as good as the 7790?
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a c 119 U Graphics card
February 12, 2014 7:52:26 AM

Yes almost the same in performance.

What 550W PSU ? What is the make/model of it ? BTW if you chose 7790 it wouldn't matter, its a 85W card on max load.
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February 12, 2014 8:01:18 AM

_Dude_of_Rock_ said:
oh and is the 650 ti as good as the 7790?


Your motherboard supports PCIe 1.0 and these cards are PCIe v 3.0. even though PCIe v3.0 backward compatible there might be performance issues, would suggest that you upgrade motherboard, PCIe 1.0 has much less bandwidth than 2.0 and 3.0, so it might not give the perf that you want. but it is for casual gaming in low to moderate resolution it should work fine.

I use a 7790 so I'd suggest that.
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February 12, 2014 8:03:22 AM

Sorry didn't see the upgrading part :$
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February 12, 2014 8:12:26 AM

oh cool, can the 650 ti run physx and the other features well? because thats what kind of entises me to nvidia because of the features they offer. and my psu is a z-power, its really served me well over the years ive had it.
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February 12, 2014 8:21:33 AM
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February 12, 2014 8:21:56 AM

aw yeah i realised i had to upgrade a lot of the parts because theyre so outdated haha! and oh really, so do you recommend it? and does it play games like dayz pretty well?
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a c 119 U Graphics card
February 12, 2014 8:33:18 AM

Do your PSU has a 6 pin PCI-E connector ? Frankly its a no-name PSU, so I doubt it will handle a powerful GPU. GTX 650Ti Boost 2GB is a decent card and can perform well in games.
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February 12, 2014 10:41:54 AM

i'm not sure if it is dude D: how can i check? because it doesnt state it on the psu and aw dayum ive just had a look there and i cant find it -_- do you think it could handle the 650 ti boost or 7790?
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February 12, 2014 10:43:49 AM

thanks hari for the link btw ive been looking for something like this! looks like i may go with the 650 ti boost
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February 12, 2014 10:48:33 AM

damn the only problem is, is the price :-( if i cant get one for cheaper i think i'll have to go for the 7790
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February 12, 2014 5:44:59 PM

_Dude_of_Rock_ said:
i'm not sure if it is dude D: how can i check? because it doesnt state it on the psu and aw dayum ive just had a look there and i cant find it -_- do you think it could handle the 650 ti boost or 7790?



This page has all the connectors that are normally used..

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors....
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