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August 10, 2011 12:31:40 AM

hi all. iam getting an i3 2100 and want to get a good budget card to go with it.

i will be gaming on a 19" 720p lcd screen with native resolution of 1366x768. i want to be able to play current and upcoming games (like the witcher 2, bf3, starcraft2, crysis2, ect).

i dont mind lowering the resolution (to 1024×768) or the graphics as long as i can play and it still looks good.

so what would u recommend? thanks

upgrading from a geforce 8600gt 512mb
August 11, 2011 6:55:06 AM

ok i think that gts450(£80) < 5770(£80)=6770 < gtx460(£110) < 6870 < gtx560 ti
but do u think that gts450/5770 is enough for my needs and will be ok for the nxt 2-3yrs (at my resolution) or do u think its worth the extra £30 and go for the gtx460 for a better performance/future proofing, again for my needs.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 11, 2011 7:10:32 AM

What is your budget?

What are your full system specs?(RAM,CPU,etc.)

What is the make/model of your Power Supply?

Even for an average gamer you would want a 6850 or a 6770.The 6850 is faster but I reccomend,with budget permiting,getting the 6870 if you want it to last for the next 3 years.

At that resolution it is more CPU dependant than GPU.I'm guessing your on a budget which is why you went with the i3 2100.I would urge you to get a i5 isntead if you haven't already gotten it but you can always upgrade to it in the future since it is the same socket.
August 11, 2011 7:23:28 AM

my budget is about £100, ny specs i3-2100, 4gb ddr3, i will get a good psu after i decided on the card. according to toms gaming cpus, the i3-2100 is good enough for my needs. i can always upgrade to an i5 later.

back to the card, which of the following do u recommend:
gts450(£90), gtx460(£120), 550ti(£100), 6770(£100), 6870(£130)
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 11, 2011 8:34:31 PM

If you can afford the 6870 I would reccomend getting that as it's the fastest card.It has imporoved tesselation and crossfire scaling which makes the win over the GTX460 more than just specs.
a c 172 U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 2:18:01 AM

gtx460/amd 6850 are the two best mid range cards.
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 3:45:21 AM

for that money my vote is the HD 6870
but a GTX 460 1gb is a good option also
both are excellent choices
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 3:47:08 AM

I recommend the 6870 if you have the money but the GTX460/6850 is also a very good choice.I wouldn't recommend anything lower than those or it won't last for the time you intend it to.
August 12, 2011 2:24:48 PM

ok i looked at gtx460/6850/6870 and from a performance point of view the 6870 is the winner. they all start from £130 and if thats how much i will have to pay then i might as well go for the 6870.
unfortunately, i dont want to spend over a £100 for the card so all of them are out of budget. the gts450 is very tempting starting at £80ish. do u guys think its not good enough, for my needs, and not worth the price? also the 550ti for £100ish is tempting, is this one ok?
otherwise i will have to wait for the prices to drop a bit.
a b U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 3:05:18 PM

if you want to get a card now
then may I suggest the HD 5770 if the price is okay
which I think earlier you said was the same as the 450

if you look at Toms GPU chart
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...
the HD 5770 is stronger than the GT 450
and at your screen resolution 1366x768
would play any game at high settings for at least a year or two
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 6:33:37 PM

^+1.

The 6770/5770 is much better than the GTS450 all while consuming less power.I'm surprised you can't find any 6850's for cheap.They are a lot lower in price than they used to be and i've seen some for $120 after MIR.Have you triedd looking on amazon.uk?
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