I really need some help with buying a new graphics card - when I first got my PC I bought a GTS 450, as it was only £60, and seemed like an excellent card. For the price, it was amazing; I could play every new release on maxed settings.
However I've recently found that some games - The Witcher 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Guild Wars 2, for example, cause me to get a massive fps drop and I'm forced to significantly lower graphic settings.
I can't really spend much cash though - preferably only £100, £125 absolute maximum - so is there anything I can get on a budget like that which would give me a good upgrade? I know I could probably buy a card that would definitely play *current* games on max, but I'd really rather buy one that would last for at least a years worth of new releases.
I really have no idea on this, (more of a software than hardware person,) so if anyone could give me some recommendations, I'd be extremely grateful.
To sum up:
Cost being £100-£125
Use: Pretty heavy gaming, maxed settings on graphic intensive games
Size/noise/non gaming features are completely irrelevant
I know that seems quite a hard ask, but my experience with the power of the 450 and its ridiculous price has given me hope. Thank-you for reading!
Hi, thankyou so much for your replies - yeah, I really should have said I'm from the UK, sorry about that!
The processor I currently have is AMD Athlon II X4 640 @ 3000 MHz; (which I am planning to upgrade in the future, possibly to a phenom hexacore.)
The actual motherboard is Asus M4A78LT-M LE.
I currently have 4GB of DDR3 RAM, which within the next week is going to be 8GB.
The power supply I have is 650 watts.
The cards you've linked look really good, I just have a few questions if you wouldn't mind;
-> I've never bought anything but nVidia cards, and I've heard that radeon series aren't as up to spec to their nvidia equivalents - or are they on par with the higher power stuff?
-> Do you think the cards in your examples would provide a significant enough upgrade to my current one - as you mentioned, what I really want is a big improvement, and I figured that that would come from upping the graphics card, but honestly, I'm open to suggestions.