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Hi new to Tom's hardware as a member but been using the card reviews as a guild for sometime now.

I'm looking to buy a graphics card that will last me for the year or so.

I've just sold my GTS 250 and my HD 4870 and got just over £100 to spend on a future proof gaming card.

I've had my eye on the GTX 460 model and would go for a Factory OC as i would not like to do it my self.

I've been offered a GTX 550 Ti SC (01G-P3-1557-KR) for £100 but not sure if its a good deal
I know the card is better than the one's I've got now but would I be money well spent.

Please could i have advice on Nvidia & ATI cards please and the reason why you would recommend such card.

cards I've been looking at are GTX 460 470 480 570 HD 5870 6790 6870 6950

If you recommend a card could you also give a max price you would pay as i also want value for money.

Thanks for reading.

PC Spec - Windows 7 64 1TB+ 4GB DDR2 Core 2 Duo 8500 @ 3.16GHz 3.17GHz (new rig next year build around graphics)
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  1. I'd say the best bang for your buck would be the 6850.It's slightly out of your budget but it's well worth it,imo.

    Sapphire 6850

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11180-00-40R-6850-GDDR5-Graphics/dp/B0047D5S26/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321615160&sr=8-1

    The 6850 is a little faster than the GTX460 but it also has improved DX11 support and improved Crossfire scaling.
    Because of your current system I would advise getting anything more powerful than a 6850.
  2. If you're going to use the gpu in the next year new rig i would go at least for a 6950/560Ti or 570. ( if i had the money the 570 ) Or wait for the new gen coming next year.

    Don't understand this though ; you say you want a card for just one year but also that you build your new rig around this graphic card ?
    Also your budget is 100 $ but you even think of the 570 ?
  3. Around that price range you are realistically looking at putting a bit extra if possible, or you may find a deal online ?
    Anyway for about £112-£125 ish you have a choice between the 6870 or the 560. The performance however varies between game and resolution so take a look at this review and see which card would fit your games and resolution.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_560_TOP_Direct_Cu_II/1.html

    Mactronix :)
    PS as you will see the card is overclocked but there is a referance baseline in the reviews ;)
  4. I second the 6850. It is the best bang for the buck(pound) card out there right now. As for myself, I am getting along just fine with an overclocked 6670 card. I am also only running a 19" WS Samsung monitor at 1440x900 if that helps.
  5. ccx1985 said:
    Hi new to Tom's hardware as a member but been using the card reviews as a guild for sometime now.

    I'm looking to buy a graphics card that will last me for the year or so.

    I've just sold my GTS 250 and my HD 4870 and got just over £100 to spend on a future proof gaming card.

    I've had my eye on the GTX 460 model and would go for a Factory OC as i would not like to do it my self.

    I've been offered a GTX 550 Ti SC (01G-P3-1557-KR) for £100 but not sure if its a good deal
    I know the card is better than the one's I've got now but would I be money well spent.

    Please could i have advice on Nvidia & ATI cards please and the reason why you would recommend such card.

    cards I've been looking at are GTX 460 470 480 570 HD 5870 6790 6870 6950

    If you recommend a card could you also give a max price you would pay as i also want value for money.

    Thanks for reading.

    PC Spec - Windows 7 64 1TB+ 4GB DDR2 Core 2 Duo 8500 @ 3.16GHz 3.17GHz (new rig next year build around graphics)

    Again, there is no such thing as "future proof" in computing. Especially in your price range.
  6. ccx1985 said:
    cards I've been looking at are GTX 460 470 480 570 HD 5870 6790 6870 6950

    GTX 570 > GTX 480 > HD 6950 > HD 5870 > HD 6870 > GTX 460 > HD 6790.
  7. GreenDutchAlien said:
    If you're going to use the gpu in the next year new rig i would go at least for a 6950/560Ti or 570. ( if i had the money the 570 ) Or wait for the new gen coming next year.

    Don't understand this though ; you say you want a card for just one year but also that you build your new rig around this graphic card ?
    Also your budget is 100 $ but you even think of the 570 ?



    Hi thanks for your comments, I am planing to build a new pc around gaming and if i got a card now i would like to keep it for a year two at most and seal it on but still hold its value so i can use the money to put towards a better card.

    I've looked at 570 there not cheap!
  8. GTX 570 > GTX 480 > HD 6950 > HD 5870 > HD 6870 > GTX 460 > HD 6790.

    does this mean the order in which card you would recommend.

    GTX 570 1st HD 6790 last.
  9. Your biggest problem is the 100$ budget, you won't find a modern good mid-high end card for that.
  10. Yep, that order does he mean, or which is strongest and which is weakest. ( 570 being most powerfull )
  11. You can always crossfire the 6850 in a year or so.
    But I would have to agree with everyone else that building your PC around a GPU doesn't make much sense.It's usually the other way around and GPU's change a lot more often than CPU's.
  12. purple stank said:
    You can always crossfire the 6850 in a year or so.
    But I would have to agree with everyone else that building your PC around a GPU doesn't make much sense.It's usually the other way around and GPU's change a lot more often than CPU's.



    So i should be building my PC around a New CPU! anything from an i3 upwards is what i was going to look for with 8GB and at lest 2 full PCI-E slots.
  13. That sounds like a great start but for someone on a tight budget Intel isn't really the way to go.Everything is considerably more expensive on the Intel side.
  14. An i3 2100 + a 560 or HD6870 would be an incredible place to start. i3 is great for gaming and the Intel socket gives you option to upgrade to quad in the future. The 560 or 6870 are equal in gaming and will last you another year at least for gaming on high settings.
  15. I'm not recommending any, you jsut said you have been looking into those cards so i ordered them from the strongest to he weakest and almost GTX 570 = GTX 480.

    If you have the C2D E8500, this CPU performs similar to X4 955 BE in gaming, but won't deny the fact that you need a strong Quad Core CPU.

    £100 is around $160 right ? this can get you a HD 6870
  16. I agree.... 6870 is the best budget cards. And there is mail in rebates. Should be able to get one for 149.99 after rebates.
  17. Remember - if the build requires a hard drive, do a Google Shopping search.

    :)
  18. £100 is closer to $130.And don't forget the price inflation outside of the U.S.Which makes the 6850 seem like more of the only choice that you can still get your moneys worth out of.In fact that Sapphire 6850 I listed above was the cheapest I could find on Amazon and it sells for £120.
  19. Nice find.I only know the Amazon.uk website.
  20. Meh, plus 7,99 shipping while amazon does it for free. So 117,21 in total :heink: Yeah, saved you 2 pound something . . . :pfff:
  21. I'd rather go for the Sapphire card anyway because Sapphire usually includes lots of accessories.XFX has started to get singey with their accessories.They don't even include a crossfire bridge anymore.
  22. They did with my 6870. But maybe because it's a black edition, came with a lot of nonsense.
    For the 3 pounds extra i would buy from Amazon rather than my link. Don't know anything about that shop.
  23. Hi thanks for all your reply's very useful.

    I know you all have been leaning towards a HD 6850 or if i have the money a HD 6870

    But could i ask which one out of these both nearly new and been offered to me by a friend.

    £100 $157
    http://benchmarks-reviews.com/video_graphics_cards/Point_of_View/GeForce_GTX460_1024MB_Ultra_Charged_Edition_TGT-460-A2-1024-UC/

    £100 $157
    http://www.evga.com/products/moreInfo.asp?pn=01G-P3-1557-KR&family=GeForce%20500%20Series%20Family&sw=

    I can buy either of these cards today!

    which one is better out the two and then tell me what you would get instead if not either of these.

    Thanks
  24. GTX 460 is a great card, way better than the 550.
  25. And just alittle bit slower than the 6850, if you can find it for 100 pounds go for it.
  26. That beast version will blow a 6850 out of the water, at that price its a steal, as long as your OK with a second hand card that is.
    In case you have not seen a decent review http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Point_Of_View/GeForce_GTX_460_TGT_Beast/1.html
    Mactronix :)
  27. Oeps, missed the oc part :whistle: Even better. Not sure i like the second hand risk though. Know your friend well ?
  28. Hi last one tonight i can get an ex-display (sold as new) XFX HD6870 Double Dissipation for £100 ($157)!

    it comes with 3 months Warranty with seller plus a few years with manufacture.

    http://xfxforce.com/en-us/Features/DoubleDissipation.aspx

    http://xfxforce.com/en-us/products/graphiccards/hd%206000series/6870.aspx

    not sure ther model number as yet waiting to hear back but its either

    HD-687A-ZDFC

    or if i'm lucky

    HD-687A-ZDDC

    both cards are 2.1 PCI-E can a PCI-E 2.0 be upgraded or will my board still work

    ASUS P5Q SE - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5Q_SE/#specifications

    Thanks
  29. Well those 2 links really only show one card.The first link is just marketing for their dual fan design.They have that on every one of their cards from the 6850 and up.The second link is a 2GB version of the 6870.

    Your mobo supports 2.0 so you will have no problem running these cards.
  30. What spec card would you buy please look as both cards are factory over-clocked or even super clocked I'm leaning towards the 460 but either cards is mine for £100

    nVidia
    Series: nVidia GeForce GTX 460 1GB
    GPU: GF104
    Release Date: 2010-07-12
    Interface: PCI-E 2.0 x16
    Core Clock: 820 MHz
    Memory Clock: 2000 MHz (4000 DDR)
    Memory Bandwidth: 128 GB/sec
    Shader Operations: 275520 MOperations/sec
    Pixel Fill Rate: 26240 MPixels/sec
    Texture Fill Rate: 45920 MTexels/sec
    Vertex Operations: 68880 MVertices/sec


    nVidia
    Series: nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    GPU: GF116
    Release Date: 2011-03-15
    Interface: PCI-E 2.0 x16
    Core Clock: 985 MHz
    Shader Clock: 1885 MHz
    Memory Clock: 2255 MHz (4510 DDR)
    Memory Bandwidth: 108.2 GB/sec
    FLOPS: 723.84 GFLOPS
    Pixel Fill Rate: 23640 MPixels/sec
    Texture Fill Rate: 31520 MTexels/sec

    Thanks
  31. GTX460, the numbers speak for themselves. Benchmarks also.
  32. ^+1
  33. Hi All thanks for reply's just wanted to let you know that i bit the bullet and brought a Power Colour HD 6870 for £126 on offer at ebuyer.com


    Thanks for all advice and comments.


    http://www.ebuyer.com/248745-powercolor-hd-6870-1gb-gddr5-dual-dvi-hdmi-dual-mini-displayport-pci-e-ax6870-1gbd5-2dh
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