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Best Budget GPU for £130 - £160

I don't have a lot of money at the moment at my previous graphics card (GTX 660 SC Edition) went faulty after 11 months and I got it RMA'd.

I got £130 back for it so that is all the money I can afford really. I could probably put a bit more money towards it but not a huge amount.

I've heard it is better to get AMD but I know nothing about them. I did see this but I don't know if it's a good deal.

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-327-SP&groupid=701&catid=56

Here are my current Specs

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-V LX (LGA1155)

12.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 679MHz (Corsair Dominator)

Intel HD Graphics 4000 (ASUStek Computer Inc) (Sucks :()

1x 500GB WD Black
1x 500GB WD Green
1x 1TB Samsung HDD

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz

Any help would be great thank you!
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  1. drumlegend18 said:
    Best Budget GPU for £130 - £160

    I don't have a lot of money at the moment at my previous graphics card (GTX 660 SC Edition) went faulty after 11 months and I got it RMA'd.

    I got £130 back for it so that is all the money I can afford really. I could probably put a bit more money towards it but not a huge amount.

    I've heard it is better to get AMD but I know nothing about them. I did see this but I don't know if it's a good deal.

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-327-SP&groupid=701&catid=56

    Here are my current Specs

    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-V LX (LGA1155)

    12.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 679MHz (Corsair Dominator)

    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (ASUStek Computer Inc) (Sucks :()

    1x 500GB WD Black
    1x 500GB WD Green
    1x 1TB Samsung HDD

    Windows 7 Professional 64bit

    Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz

    Any help would be great thank you!


    Hi
    You can get R9 270X for 136 GBP, which is pretty nice deal
    http://www.ebuyer.com/614468-powercolor-turboduo-r9-270x-2gb-gddr5-oc-dvi-hdmi-displayport-pci-e-graphics-axr9-270x-2gbd5-tdhe
  2. This is where the cards performance falls: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-review,review-32899-7.html
    Staying at, or around £130, I'd go for the GTX750Ti all day, it's a great card for the money, uses little power and if your 660 was not the "TI" then of similar performance.
    If you look you may be able to grab a bargain, several E-tailers have discounted stock of older parts-HD7850, HD7870, and GTX660 should be available within, or close to, budget.
    Some shopping sties: Dabs, Maplins (Terrible site but some good deals), Overclockers, Scan, Aria, Novatech, Ebuyer, CCL, Pixmania.
  3. 13thmonkey said:



    Thank you, so it only has 2GB VRAM, will that be enough in the next year? People are saying you should get 3BG if possible. I know on my budget I can't be too picky.
  4. I would argue that with that budget you don't have the power to need to use 3GB, i.e. the framerate will be so bad with the effects that need 3GB that you'll turn them off. I'm running BF4 nicely on a 1.5GB GTX580 right now.

    My first suggest (pre edit) was a 750ti, but it's only £105 and the 270X destroys it. If you watch for deals on Scan/ebuyer perhaps even newegg (in the UK now) then you might find the 760 at a better price. Overclockers deal that i linked you to is going to end soon, probably, there will be others. In my opinion, if you see an offer in your budget, jump on it, waiting will mean you miss deals, not get a better one.
  5. 13thmonkey said:
    I would argue that with that budget you don't have the power to need to use 3GB, i.e. the framerate will be so bad with the effects that need 3GB that you'll turn them off. I'm running BF4 nicely on a 1.5GB GTX580 right now.

    My first suggest (pre edit) was a 750ti, but it's only £105 and the 270X destroys it. If you watch for deals on Scan/ebuyer perhaps even newegg (in the UK now) then you might find the 760 at a better price. Overclockers deal that i linked you to is going to end soon, probably, there will be others. In my opinion, if you see an offer in your budget, jump on it, waiting will mean you miss deals, not get a better one.



    What do you mean I wouldn't have the power? I have a Corsair CX750M. I'm sure that is more than capable. I noticed that the deal was ending soon so I am hoping I can get the extra money before it ends.
  6. 13thmonkey means the card lacks the speed to use 3 or 4 Gb of memory, it's really when you push the AA settings that large VRAM is needed, and adding a lot of AA will dramatically slow a R9 270X, making the extra memory largely redundant.
    Not sure about a R9 270X 'destroying' the GTX750Ti, but it's definitely the better card.
  7. coozie7 said:
    13thmonkey means the card lacks the speed to use 3 or 4 Gb of memory, it's really when you push the AA settings that large VRAM is needed, and adding a lot of AA will dramatically slow a R9 270X, making the extra memory largely redundant.
    Not sure about a R9 270X 'destroying' the GTX750Ti, but it's definitely the better card.


    this is why I say destroys, http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1043?vs=1130 It shocked me, but they are in different price classes, £100 vs 150 ish.

    And yes that is what I meant.
  8. Those results are further apart than the reviews I've seen, but your point is well made.
    With the R9 270X being around the lower end of his budget spread I think drumlegend would be better off with that rather than aiming lower with a GTX750Ti, but times are hard all round and it's still a useful gaming part...Your call, mate.
  9. 13thmonkey said:



    Do you think I will notice a difference between the 660 and the 760?
  10. Best answer
    the 760, on a good day is top end of budget, and slightly better than a 270x and an nvidia to nvidia upgrade is a lot less troublesome than an nvidia to amd upgrade.
  11. 13thmonkey said:
    the 760, on a good day is top end of budget, and slightly better than a 270x and an nvidia to nvidia upgrade is a lot less troublesome than an nvidia to amd upgrade.


    But is there a significant difference between the 660 and the 760?
  12. drumlegend18 said:
    13thmonkey said:
    the 760, on a good day is top end of budget, and slightly better than a 270x and an nvidia to nvidia upgrade is a lot less troublesome than an nvidia to amd upgrade.


    But is there a significant difference between the 660 and the 760?


    Yes, there is:
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1038?vs=1039
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