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Upgrading my aging Radeon 4890, budget about 100-150 pounds

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July 14, 2012 12:47:00 PM

Hi, considering changing my gfx card, as after a whole system upgrade i still get BSODS and i think it is the reason why!
However, given 4890 was really powerful back in the day and the fact that i do not want to spend more than 100-150 pounds for the new one, i am afraid i might get something only marginally better, if not on par!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: 100-150 pounds

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I dont play games much but when i do i like them flawless or at least enjoyable with no framerate problems. Latest game i played was Diablo which my 4890 handled great. Every now and then i will install a game to play, like Starcraft 2 or any new strategy or PC only game. I use 2 1920x1200 monitors for working and i also have an intel gfx card in my motherboard which i use to connect my big tv to it for movies.. Some flight simulator maybe :D 

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 4890 and Corsair 620W PSU. The psu maybe old but i think its enough.. It could also be the culprit for the BSODS if it started dying but i think this is the hardest part to fail on me.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i7 3770k, gigabyte Z77X-DH3 board, 16gbs of ddr3 ram, corsair case.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no specific one, overclockers? amazon?

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference, just want no problems with drivers.. i remember ati having crap drivers

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 x2

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The more silence the better.. The less power needed the better.. I would like to keep my psu if possible!

thats it folks!

thanks for all suggestions.. I am looking at the nvidia 560 vs 560ti at the moment.. Dont forget to judget the new gfx card versus the old one.. i would like to have at least the same performance, ideally much better.. if budget is too low let me know!
a b U Graphics card
July 14, 2012 1:09:33 PM

You can just about get the 560Ti or the Radeon 6950 2Gb on that budget if you shop around which is the best performance you will get <£150. The best I can find at the moment is this 6950 £150 http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/11984339/art/sapphire-t... which is a bit better than a 560Ti. for around £25 more you could get a 7850 which is slightly better performance and depending on model should run cooler, quieter and use less power. Anything below a 560Ti will not be massively better than the 4890 you have.
July 14, 2012 7:04:05 PM

Thanks so much man. I just got home after buying the 7850!
Will have to run tests of course but so far i am really happy at how silent it is!

cheers
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a b U Graphics card
July 14, 2012 11:39:05 PM

No problem I recently got the 6950 but kind of wish I spend the extra for a 7850.
July 14, 2012 11:43:31 PM

7850? that would be alot better and if you have an aging PSU chances are you dont need to change it since 7850 has very low wattage requirements
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