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April 25, 2012 6:09:13 PM

Hello,
I'm looking for a new gpu.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 3 Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: £150-200 ($242.04-322.74), maybe slightly higher.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Starcraft two, Homefront Bf3, Metro 2033.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: xfx 5450, getting a new psu according to the gpu/s.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: 4gb ddr3 ram, Athlon x4 3.1ghz

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: UK based company.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would prefer AMD over NVIDIA

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2 of 1280x1024, 1 of 1920x1080.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would prefer better than stock cooling.

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a c 153 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 6:10:50 PM

DO you game across all three monitors or just the 1080p?
April 25, 2012 6:13:08 PM

All three if possible.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 6:14:26 PM

I wouldn't triple monitor game on that budget, especially Metro 2033, but you can get away with some games, maybe Starcraft? Not sure though.

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Card...

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie...

I don't really like OCZ power supplies, but its the best I could find shopping outside of Newegg, Amazon, and Tigerdirect. JohnnyGuru said it was a decent PSU, not great, but thats good enough for me.

Its a little over budget, but I wouldn't recommend much less at 1080p, especially if you want to try starcarft on mulitple screens.
April 25, 2012 6:17:45 PM

Withe three display, Metro 2033 will be the most demanding game, and you will need GTX 680 or HD 7970, which are way out of your budget. Or GTX 560 ti SLI, still out of budget albeit a little bit lower. Either you need to increase your budget, or play on 1080p. Another option is to wait until GTX 670 launch, although I'm not sure 670's performance on three displays.
April 25, 2012 6:26:42 PM

This may not have been apparent, but I'm going to get two cards for the price above, and crossfirex.
a c 153 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 6:35:18 PM

Two cards for 200 a piece, or 200 for them both? If its for them both you're just wasting your money.
a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 6:46:34 PM

Hello.

There are 3 good options for your budget:

1st: Asus Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Graphics Card 2GB GDDR5 (870MHz) Price: £224.00 It can support 3 screens buts it's not powerfull enough for metro 2033 multi-monitor solution.

2nd: EVGA 012-P3-1573-KR Nvidia GTX570 HD SuperClocked (797Mhz) 1280MB 320-Bit DDR5 Price: £225.97 It's faster than the 7850 especially at these clocks. But it has lesser memory and requires more power. It supports up to 2 screens, not 3.

3rd: Wait for GTX670ti and GTX670. They should be GK104 gpus with lesser cuda cores, 7/8 SMX (1344 cores) enabled and 6/8 SMX (1152 cores) enabled, which there will be $349-$399 and lower for the 6/8SMX (maybe around $300).

:) 
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a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 7:08:51 PM

With ur budget range, u can only get mid range cards , As u wont wait for any new release, u have few limited options either the mid range 500 series nvdia cards or the newer amd 6000 cards. Metro 2033 is still hard on both nvidia and amd's top end cards. And u may play with triple monitor setting . Am really curious how u will attain that.
April 25, 2012 7:14:01 PM

200 for each card
April 25, 2012 7:16:17 PM

If it's wasting my money for them each, what would you suggest I get?
a c 153 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 7:52:19 PM

If your budget is 400 I would just get a single card, a 7950 and a decent 550w PSU to go with it and call it a day man.
April 25, 2012 8:39:06 PM

I was going to do that, but my budget is too low.
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a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 11:04:17 PM

funny thing that u say u r going to buy two card 200 eack. If we sum up it is $400. As helltech said u can get one 7950 + 550 watts ups, can u get any better then this. This is the best deal u can get. All good mid range cards are above $200. Beside never prefer any brand over other. U choice should be best performance respect to ur price range.
a c 153 U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 11:05:47 PM

adzx said:
I was going to do that, but my budget is too low.


What are you talking about man, you said you had 400 for the cards and PSU right?

Well a 7950 and a good PSU will run you about 370~ dollars.

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a b U Graphics card
April 25, 2012 11:08:22 PM

Yes , i m also bit confused with adzx.
April 26, 2012 3:14:17 PM

What I meant was, I don't have the total amount of money atm. I was planning to get one card now, and one in the future.
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a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 7:36:35 PM

ok got that. 200 now and 200 later. do get the new amd 7000 series card that is within ur budget range as suggested by Memnarchon if u r in real hurry. The oem release of the new nvidia looks pretty interesting. Hope Nvidia also releases info about their consumer counter-part within 3 weeks . Then will have a bit more choices. Sometime it pays to wait a bit longer.
April 26, 2012 8:09:05 PM

So, the 7850/570 for crossfire/sli. But If I wait for the oem release of the new nvidia, what if by the time of that release, I've gotten enough for a 7950, would I be better off with the 7950 at that time?
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a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2012 8:41:18 PM

OEM release are only for vendors i.e those cards that come with pre-built systems ok. Two 7850 in cross fire will give u more perfomance then single 7950 but will cost u more money (your $200 + $200 formula) and will consume more current. 1st, u prefer AMD over Nvidia. So ur best choice is 7950 or 7850. But read this review of ur card http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi....
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a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2012 4:20:07 PM

buy the asus card. 3 yrs warranty is better then 2.
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