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Help me choose a graphics card, please.

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February 2, 2013 2:39:41 PM

Hello! I'm about to upgrade my terrible computer and I'd like some help from you kindly folk.

I've seen the charts and everything but I can't make up my mind, banish my ignorance with wisdom from your mighty brains. I'm only really interested in playing online games, things like Firefall and Planetside 2 and the like, I'm on a budget of a total of £400 and would like to save as much as I can.

I'm not really too interested in spending more than around £185 tops on a graphics card unless you guys really think it would be a worthwhile investment.

What I'm currently looking at are the 7850 and 7870 graphics cards, they both seem good but I'm not sure which I should pick up.

Regarding the 7850 I have no real clue where I'd start, giving me an idea of which version would be the best would be great if you suggest this card.

For the 7870 I'm even more lost, which model should I pick? Should I get a Black Edition? If so should I get a VTX3D model or pay another £10 and buy the XFX model?

The rest of the build looks kind of exactly like this:

700W Thermaltake tough power [80+]
I5-3350P
8GB Geil 1600
MSI B75MA-E33

If you see anything that's a little too...stupid, please let me know.

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February 2, 2013 2:49:03 PM

1. Have you got all the other parts like a hdd, optical drive and are they included in the budget. 2. The 700w psu is a bit overkill unless you are planning to go crossfire later on even
the 7870 doesn't need 700w. The 7870 is better than the 7850 by a bit, you could see if the tahiti based version is a good price. It may be called hd 7870 xt or le dependant on brand.
February 2, 2013 2:52:43 PM

SlippySnowman said:
1. Have you got all the other parts like a hdd, optical drive and are they included in the budget. 2. The 700w psu is a bit overkill unless you are planning to go crossfire later on even
the 7870 doesn't need 700w. The 7870 is better than the 7850 by a bit, you could see if the tahiti based version is a good price. It may be called hd 7870 xt or le dependant on where you live.


No I have all of the other stuff, strangely enough I also happen to have a 700W Tt sitting around... I got it for my current PC, it seems fine. Anyway the 7870 is called a "Black Edition" here but it's £180 minimum and thats a VTX model...dunno if that's good or bad. The XFX Black Edition is £10 more if that makes any difference.
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February 2, 2013 6:49:59 PM

stalgrim said:
No I have all of the other stuff, strangely enough I also happen to have a 700W Tt sitting around... I got it for my current PC, it seems fine. Anyway the 7870 is called a "Black Edition" here but it's £180 minimum and thats a VTX model...dunno if that's good or bad. The XFX Black Edition is £10 more if that makes any difference.

No it won't make any significant difference. The black edition is an overclocked card and you do t need to pay for something that you could easily do.
I'd say go for the cheapest version of HD 7870 as the gpu is the same only the heat shredders and heatsink are different, which won't make much of a difference as these cards don't run at very high temperatures.
February 2, 2013 7:34:34 PM

Xttony said:
No it won't make any significant difference. The black edition is an overclocked card and you do t need to pay for something that you could easily do.
I'd say go for the cheapest version of HD 7870 as the gpu is the same only the heat shredders and heatsink are different, which won't make much of a difference as these cards don't run at very high temperatures.


CLUB 3D CGAX-7876O is the cheapest 7870 I can find, how well can I overclock it?
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February 3, 2013 1:05:29 AM

Club? Never heard of it. What is the price difference from the XFX?
February 3, 2013 5:41:33 AM

Xttony said:
Club? Never heard of it. What is the price difference from the XFX?


£10
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February 3, 2013 5:48:03 AM

stalgrim said:
£10

Get the XFX then. Although the GPU is the same other things matter like heat sink and support. Since I've never heard of club I won't reccomend you to take that.
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February 3, 2013 10:48:41 AM

What do you want to know?
February 3, 2013 12:32:03 PM

Xttony said:
What do you want to know?


Would you suggest buying a 7870 if it was £190 or would it be a better value to get a 7850 unit that's only £115?

Decided on the I5 actually.
February 3, 2013 12:41:28 PM

May I add that Online games also relies on the internet connection and it depends on what games you will play. Actually, you're better off with the i5 cos today's online games also need great hardware, ex: Tribes ascend, Planetside 2 also firefall. HD7850 is good(depends on the manufacturer) HD7870 is better.
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February 3, 2013 1:14:42 PM

65 pounds is definitely not worth it. Get a hd7850 and overclock it. The processor won't make a huge difference in gaming.
February 3, 2013 4:16:50 PM

would an OC Club 3D 2GB AMD HD7850 RoyaL King be enough to handle PS2 with a I3-3220?

What setting can I expect at 1080p at a stable framerate?
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February 4, 2013 12:17:45 AM

Give me a online shop from your country and I'll find the right card for you.
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February 4, 2013 9:24:29 AM

If you are going for £162 then better add some more money and get this http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...
Yes both hd7850 and hd7870 are able to run planet side 2
Or you can get this
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Both are this week only deals so better go and buy it quick

P.S. you better get the MSI hd7850 for £120. It is not worth to get the gigabyte hd7850 card for £162 as you can get a sapphire hd7870 for £180. I can personally guarantee the quality and service of sapphire.
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