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September 6, 2012 6:44:38 PM

I'm building my first computer. I've received some great help from this forum already and I think I'm nearly ready to buy the components, but I'm still not completely sure about the graphics card I should get. I don't mind playing games on lowered settings and I'm not a massive gamer, so initially I thought I should get a HD7770. However, I want the graphics card to last maybe 4 years, so should I get a more expensive card? The current proposed build is listed below along with other possible cards I've looked at. Any suggestion/opinions would be great.

http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/gzRz

Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£145.06/US$220.00 @ CCL Computers)
ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£66.11/US$100.00 @ Amazon UK)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.88/US$70.00 @ Amazon UK)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.87/US$90.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card (£90.92/US$140.00 @ Scan.co.uk)
Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.17/US$45.00 @ CCL Computers)
XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99/US$75.00 @ Amazon UK)
Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67/US$20.00 @ CCL Computers)

TOTAL £499.67/approxUS$760.00

Alternative Cards

Asus ENGTX560 DC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 1GB (£133.97/US$205.00 @ Dabs.com)
Sparkle SX560T1024D5MH GTX 560 Ti 1GB (£158.54/US$240.00 @ Amazon UK)
XFX FX-785A-CNJC HD 7850 2GB (£154.79/US$235.00 @ Scan.co.uk)

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a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 7:03:56 PM

What games do you play exactly? Four years is a might long time in the tech world. The 7850 looks like the best bet to me, since it's pretty powerful, inexpensive, and will last.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 7:05:40 PM

7850
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September 6, 2012 7:25:11 PM

obsama1 said:
What games do you play exactly? Four years is a might long time in the tech world. The 7850 looks like the best bet to me, since it's pretty powerful, inexpensive, and will last.


I play a lot of older games which I know the HD 7770 I chose initially would handle, but occasionally I want to be able to have the ability to play new games at decent settings that come out over the next few years. The most recent games that I have at the moment are Skyrim, Dead Rising 2 & Metro 2033. Do you think that I should buy the HD7770 now and in a year or two upgrade to a card from Ati's 8 or 9 series when they come out?
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 7:28:45 PM

If you're willing to spend some money now and spend some later, you could get a low end $70 card and then when the 8xxx series hits this Dec. you can get a 7xxx for cheap or get the 8xxx.
September 6, 2012 7:37:03 PM

obsama1 said:
If you're willing to spend some money now and spend some later, you could get a low end $70 card and then when the 8xxx series hits this Dec. you can get a 7xxx for cheap or get the 8xxx.


That's a good idea, I didn't realise that the 8xxx series cards were coming out in December. I thought it was sometime in 2013.
a b U Graphics card
September 6, 2012 7:38:10 PM

I always say put as much into your card as you can afford. HD7850/70 would be my suggestion - they work well, use little power, and overclock very well.
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