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April 14, 2014 12:23:55 PM

I want to spend between £130-£190 on a new graphics card. I want to know what is the best graphics card for the money? Please, before you answer, read below.

I want to know which graphics card is the best value for its' PRICE, so like, the best value-for-money. This is because I'm a student, and I don't have much money, but I need a decent graphics card to run some of the newer games that are out/coming out soon, and I don't know which one to pick. So if, for example, graphics card 'A' is £130 and graphics card 'B' is £190 I would assume that graphics card B is better, due to its price, however... it might only be a TINY bit better than graphics card A, which is a LOT cheaper, so i'd rather get graphics card A in that situation. I hope you understand, and I really appreciate any help you can give me. Could you use the UK amazon website, so we're on the same page with the prices, as this will most-likely be where I buy it from :)  www.amazon.co.uk

Thanks again.
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April 14, 2014 12:34:28 PM

well, you need to know if your psu can handle a new graphics card, so could you please post your psu specs? and for the card, i would get a 760.
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April 14, 2014 9:50:21 PM

Mxhawthy said:
I want to spend between £130-£190 on a new graphics card. I want to know what is the best graphics card for the money? Please, before you answer, read below.

I want to know which graphics card is the best value for its' PRICE, so like, the best value-for-money. This is because I'm a student, and I don't have much money, but I need a decent graphics card to run some of the newer games that are out/coming out soon, and I don't know which one to pick. So if, for example, graphics card 'A' is £130 and graphics card 'B' is £190 I would assume that graphics card B is better, due to its price, however... it might only be a TINY bit better than graphics card A, which is a LOT cheaper, so i'd rather get graphics card A in that situation. I hope you understand, and I really appreciate any help you can give me. Could you use the UK amazon website, so we're on the same page with the prices, as this will most-likely be where I buy it from :)  www.amazon.co.uk

Thanks again.


What kind of PSU do you have? Also please list the brand.
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April 15, 2014 3:24:44 AM

sora said:
Mxhawthy said:
I want to spend between £130-£190 on a new graphics card. I want to know what is the best graphics card for the money? Please, before you answer, read below.

I want to know which graphics card is the best value for its' PRICE, so like, the best value-for-money. This is because I'm a student, and I don't have much money, but I need a decent graphics card to run some of the newer games that are out/coming out soon, and I don't know which one to pick. So if, for example, graphics card 'A' is £130 and graphics card 'B' is £190 I would assume that graphics card B is better, due to its price, however... it might only be a TINY bit better than graphics card A, which is a LOT cheaper, so i'd rather get graphics card A in that situation. I hope you understand, and I really appreciate any help you can give me. Could you use the UK amazon website, so we're on the same page with the prices, as this will most-likely be where I buy it from :)  www.amazon.co.uk

Thanks again.


What kind of PSU do you have? Also please list the brand.


It's a CIT 500w power supply, Model 500CB
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April 15, 2014 4:50:36 AM

You might well need a new PSU. I can't find any decent info on that PSU but in general CIT are a terrible brand and I've found info which suggests a very similar model is actually a ~300W PSU which would massively limit your selection.

You could (ideally) take a picture of the info on the side of the PSU, but even if that shows its rated for a more reasonable figure, it's still going to be a very low quality unit and definitely something you might want to look at replacing. I'd suggest the £47 XFX 550W (it's a bit more expensive on Amazon) as it's great quality, reasonably priced, solid warranty and can pretty much handle any components you might want to throw at it.

Assuming you do need a new PSU, that basically rules out the GTX760 which is likely to be the best card in your price bracket.
At the top end of your budget you can possibly squeeze in an R9 270X which start at around £137. If that's a little more than you want to spend, then you are forced to drop down to the R9 270 or GTX660, which are fairly similar in performance and you can pick up both in the £120-130 bracket. All of those cards (while fairly old in technology) are pretty competent 1080P gaming cards and offer good value for money.
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April 15, 2014 6:09:17 AM

Danbuscus25 said:
well, you need to know if your psu can handle a new graphics card, so could you please post your psu specs? and for the card, i would get a 760.


Rammy said:
You might well need a new PSU. I can't find any decent info on that PSU but in general CIT are a terrible brand and I've found info which suggests a very similar model is actually a ~300W PSU which would massively limit your selection.

You could (ideally) take a picture of the info on the side of the PSU, but even if that shows its rated for a more reasonable figure, it's still going to be a very low quality unit and definitely something you might want to look at replacing. I'd suggest the £47 XFX 550W (it's a bit more expensive on Amazon) as it's great quality, reasonably priced, solid warranty and can pretty much handle any components you might want to throw at it.

Assuming you do need a new PSU, that basically rules out the GTX760 which is likely to be the best card in your price bracket.
At the top end of your budget you can possibly squeeze in an R9 270X which start at around £137. If that's a little more than you want to spend, then you are forced to drop down to the R9 270 or GTX660, which are fairly similar in performance and you can pick up both in the £120-130 bracket. All of those cards (while fairly old in technology) are pretty competent 1080P gaming cards and offer good value for money.


Thanks for the help. What do you think about this power supply for an upgrade? http://goo.gl/EnAtN9 (500w Modular PSU) Is it good quality? And I assume it will support a GTX 760...
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April 15, 2014 9:43:31 AM

ehh its ok, but you should get the XFX 550 watt psu for cheaper, and its better.
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April 15, 2014 11:15:49 AM

Danbuscus25 said:
ehh its ok, but you should get the XFX 550 watt psu for cheaper, and its better.


I don't know why you think it's cheaper... It's £5 more expensive... http://goo.gl/EnAtN9 http://goo.gl/1HKwHk Anyway, I have heard of Corsair much more than XFX so are you sure they make better PSU's than Corsair?
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April 15, 2014 11:24:20 AM

Corsair makes some great PSUs just not the cx series. The high end corsairs (AX/HX/TX series) are great but the cx uses some cheaper capacitors (chinese made instead of japanese) which are more likely to fail at high loads.

The XFX is made using seasonic OEM (the corsair AX and HX also use Seasonic as the OEM) so the quality of the xfx is really good. For only 5 pounds more than the cx series, it is definately worth it (also 50w more)
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April 15, 2014 11:27:02 AM

It depends where you are comparing prices, they are pretty similar (about £1-5 difference depending on which retailers you take into account).

Very few companies actually make their own PSUs, they just rebrand units from other companies. Corsair use a variety of OEMs, and have some good units, but I can't really see any that are terribly good value for money right now. XFX use a single OEM (Seasonic) which basically means you can pick anything from their range and it'll be pretty bulletproof.

Corsair has some semi-modular cables and is a little cheaper.
XFX has greater capacity (not that that is a big deal for you), higher quality, and better warranty (5years vs 3). It's definitely the better unit.
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April 15, 2014 11:32:38 AM

numanator said:
Corsair makes some great PSUs just not the cx series. The high end corsairs (AX/HX/TX series) are great but the cx uses some cheaper capacitors (chinese made instead of japanese) which are more likely to fail at high loads.

The XFX is made using seasonic OEM (the corsair AX and HX also use Seasonic as the OEM) so the quality of the xfx is really good. For only 5 pounds more than the cx series, it is definately worth it (also 50w more)


This totally highlights the issue with manufacturers using different designs within the same model range, it gets incredibly confusing for the consumer.
He isn't wrong (exactly) but there's only three units in Corsairs lineup that are made by Seasonic, the HX650, AX760 and AX860. Other models within the same ranges have different OEMs, so are entirely different designs.
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April 15, 2014 11:48:03 AM

Rammy said:
numanator said:
Corsair makes some great PSUs just not the cx series. The high end corsairs (AX/HX/TX series) are great but the cx uses some cheaper capacitors (chinese made instead of japanese) which are more likely to fail at high loads.

The XFX is made using seasonic OEM (the corsair AX and HX also use Seasonic as the OEM) so the quality of the xfx is really good. For only 5 pounds more than the cx series, it is definately worth it (also 50w more)


This totally highlights the issue with manufacturers using different designs within the same model range, it gets incredibly confusing for the consumer.
He isn't wrong (exactly) but there's only three units in Corsairs lineup that are made by Seasonic, the HX650, AX760 and AX860. Other models within the same ranges have different OEMs, so are entirely different designs.


Huh, I knew that not all of the AX and HXs were with the seasonic oem but I figured it would be more than just those units haha.
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April 15, 2014 11:51:40 AM

Rammy said:
numanator said:
Corsair makes some great PSUs just not the cx series. The high end corsairs (AX/HX/TX series) are great but the cx uses some cheaper capacitors (chinese made instead of japanese) which are more likely to fail at high loads.

The XFX is made using seasonic OEM (the corsair AX and HX also use Seasonic as the OEM) so the quality of the xfx is really good. For only 5 pounds more than the cx series, it is definately worth it (also 50w more)


This totally highlights the issue with manufacturers using different designs within the same model range, it gets incredibly confusing for the consumer.
He isn't wrong (exactly) but there's only three units in Corsairs lineup that are made by Seasonic, the HX650, AX760 and AX860. Other models within the same ranges have different OEMs, so are entirely different designs.


So should I order this http://goo.gl/1HKwHk (once amazon has finished doing whatever they are doing) Or if there's a better XFX supply I should get, tell me which exact model to get :)  thanks
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