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Best low cost graphics card to improve on Intel Hd 4600 performance

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April 14, 2014 11:04:14 AM

Hi,
recently, I bought a new desktop, which I thought would be more than enough for my general use at the time - internet browsing, light gaming, music etc.
It was a custom build, not by me but by Dino PC (i customized a Seismo i3 4130)
these were my customization's:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4670
Operating System: windows 8.1 64 bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte H87M-HD3
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x4GB)
Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB (Hybrid 8GB SSD)
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Internet: Wireless 802.11N 300Mbps MIMO PCI-E card
Graphics card: Intel Hd Graphics 4600
Monitors: LG 21.5" 22EN33S-B LED
PSU: 500W PSU

The games I played at the time were not really graphics based e.g football manager, older total wars etc. - which ran well on respectable settings

However after exploring steam some more and a few sales, i began to stretch my graphics card more and more, until I was playing GTA IV and several racing games. Obviously these were played on low settings, a bit disappointing since I have just bought this computer in the last 2-3 months)

Initially i just went into the bios and gave the graphics card more ram to use, which helped a little bit. But I still cannot get above 20-25 fps on GTA and similar games (when I would prefer something more like 30+ at 1080p)

so I was wondering whether a secondary graphics card could be useful, something around £100 (less is better) and that would not need anything special to be done, so no extra components other than the card. Almost like plug and play if that was possible. one other requirement would be that my monitor only has a 'D-sub' port, so any card would need to support this.
thanks


April 14, 2014 11:15:54 AM

Radeon 260, if they are available. You can run almost any game 1080p with a 260, and they should be about 100 pounds. If you can spring the extra money, the 260X would be better.


see the review:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r7-260-revie...

Its the same as the class older 7770 and 7790, its basically a 7790 priced like a 7770. :o 

Mae sure if you find one, it comes with the D-Sub adapter, some might not.

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April 14, 2014 11:49:38 AM

Depends how low cost you want to go. If you do your homework you can get a pretty good older Radeon for under $20.

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April 14, 2014 12:19:09 PM

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2...

Average Benchmark: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_750_Ti_Gamin...

The GTX750Ti uses the new Maxwell chip and uses a lot less power than a similarly performing AMD card.

I recommend the ASUS model, however it was slightly more expensive and I was already at 106 pound. These cards CAN be overclocked if you wish once the new NVidia drivers are installed.
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April 14, 2014 12:33:44 PM

thanks for your suggestions, however are there any slightly cheaper alternatives for lets say £70?
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April 15, 2014 5:33:35 AM

photonboy said:
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2...

Average Benchmark: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_750_Ti_Gamin...

The GTX750Ti uses the new Maxwell chip and uses a lot less power than a similarly performing AMD card.

I recommend the ASUS model, however it was slightly more expensive and I was already at 106 pound. These cards CAN be overclocked if you wish once the new NVidia drivers are installed.



how would this compare?
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/components-upgrades/graph...

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April 15, 2014 6:52:00 PM

Daniel Harvey said:
photonboy said:
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2...

Average Benchmark: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_750_Ti_Gamin...

The GTX750Ti uses the new Maxwell chip and uses a lot less power than a similarly performing AMD card.

I recommend the ASUS model, however it was slightly more expensive and I was already at 106 pound. These cards CAN be overclocked if you wish once the new NVidia drivers are installed.



how would this compare?
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/components-upgrades/graph...



It has 25% the performance of the card I linked so you'll get about 15FPS in games on that card that would get 60FPS with the GTX750Ti.

Make sure to use benchmarks as a guide like the one I linked. Here's where the R7-240 sits, in fact it's the WORST card for value on the market: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r7-240-and-2...

If you spend less than the card I linked, the performance drops very quickly compared to the price.
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April 16, 2014 12:11:35 AM

photonboy said:
Daniel Harvey said:
photonboy said:
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2...

Average Benchmark: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_750_Ti_Gamin...

The GTX750Ti uses the new Maxwell chip and uses a lot less power than a similarly performing AMD card.

I recommend the ASUS model, however it was slightly more expensive and I was already at 106 pound. These cards CAN be overclocked if you wish once the new NVidia drivers are installed.



how would this compare?
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/components-upgrades/graph...



It has 25% the performance of the card I linked so you'll get about 15FPS in games on that card that would get 60FPS with the GTX750Ti.

Make sure to use benchmarks as a guide like the one I linked. Here's where the R7-240 sits, in fact it's the WORST card for value on the market: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r7-240-and-2...

If you spend less than the card I linked, the performance drops very quickly compared to the price.


I will steer well clear of that one then
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