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March 16, 2010 11:47:10 AM

Hello everyone,

I bought my comp last year but to keep the price down as I didn't have much money at the time I didn't buy a graphics card - i opted for interegrated instead. I've managed to get some money together to buy one but I don't really have any idea what to buy, so if anyone has any advice, i'll be using it for gaming, movies and general web:

Budget: up to £70

Games: Modern RTS - Starcraft 2 (whenever it comes out), perhaps some FPS Fallout 3 for instance

My spec:

Vista 64bit
Seagate barracuda 7200.12 500gb
GA-M61PME-S2P nforce 430
Cosair CX 400w ATX
AMD athlon II x2 dual core 245 2.9GHz

That should be everything I think.

Thanks for any responses.


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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 11:50:05 AM

An HD5670 would be the best for you. With a 400W corsair, an HD5770 upgrade later for 110 would also work.
March 16, 2010 11:50:12 AM

4850 or 260
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 12:25:20 PM

Patch27 said:
Hello everyone,

I bought my comp last year but to keep the price down as I didn't have much money at the time I didn't buy a graphics card - i opted for interegrated instead. I've managed to get some money together to buy one but I don't really have any idea what to buy, so if anyone has any advice, i'll be using it for gaming, movies and general web:

Budget: up to £70

Games: Modern RTS - Starcraft 2 (whenever it comes out), perhaps some FPS Fallout 3 for instance

My spec:

Vista 64bit
Seagate barracuda 7200.12 500gb
GA-M61PME-S2P nforce 430
Cosair CX 400w ATX
AMD athlon II x2 dual core 245 2.9GHz

That should be everything I think.

Thanks for any responses.


A HD 5670 will be best for that psu and it will handle all those games you mentioned
a c 189 U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 3:37:55 PM

Agree, for your budget, 5670 will fit perfectly... :) 
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 3:43:53 PM

5670 for that budget. if you can squeeze a little more money, then a 5750 or 5770 would be even better, and both will still run with that PSU and be well matched with the rest of your system.
a c 376 U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 4:56:25 PM

We need to know the native resolution of your monitor before recommending a video card. I don't know why people are answering you without asking.
Also unknown_13 is wrong about the PSU btw, it can handle almost any single GPU card.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 4:58:59 PM

Knowing the Resolution helps some, but if the OP gives a budget, and wants the best performance they can get for that money in a couple of listed games, you can still suggest without knowing the res because you know what the best card in that price range is ;-).
a c 376 U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 5:42:42 PM

Definitely better to tell him to save up a little more rather than suggest an HD5670 for a 1920x1080 monitor... and an HD4850 or HD4770 are faster than the HD5670 given that budget anyway.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 5:51:05 PM

jyjjy said:
Definitely better to tell him to save up a little more rather than suggest an HD5670 for a 1920x1080 monitor... and an HD4850 or HD4770 are faster than the HD5670 given that budget anyway.


But still no response from OP on the res
If he has low res ( up to 12x10 ) then the 512MB HD5670 i think, but ANYTHING above it eg 1440x900 the 1GB then (if we're still on the HD 5670)

And yes you're right if there are some HD 4850's on the market then definetly he should save up a bit and get the HD 4850 ($99 512MB version i think and 115-120$ for the 1GB)
a c 376 U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 6:01:00 PM

1440x900 is actually a slightly lower resolution than 1280x1024 fyi but I wouldn't recommend the HD5670 for any resolution higher than those, regardless of memory. Also he is in the UK so the US prices aren't meaningful. Both the HD4850 and HD4770 are within or very slightly above his stated budget.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 6:04:41 PM

So then i guess we wait for the res.... but i think HD4850 will suit him well ( are there even 2 HD4770 out there? )
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