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Best graphics card for a £600 custom gaming build?

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July 11, 2012 4:10:42 PM

What would be the best card for me to play most of the latest games on ultra settings and how often do you have to upgrade to a new card?
a c 103 U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 4:15:56 PM

is your budget for the total system? how much of that do you have allocated for a gpu?
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July 11, 2012 4:20:19 PM

I could stretch to about £600-£700 but i was hoping that i could get a good card and processor for about half the budget so £200-£300?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 4:31:16 PM

I've got even better deal for you: GTX 480. How do you like this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F1 DT 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£31.50 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB Video Card (£161.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply (£44.93 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive (£11.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £636.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 11, 2012 6:46:00 PM

Sunius said:
I've got even better deal for you: GTX 480. How do you like this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.16 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F1 DT 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£31.50 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB Video Card (£161.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.38 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply (£44.93 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive (£11.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £636.91
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


Nice build but I would substitute the 480 for an amd hd 7850. The 480 consumes almost as much power as a dual GPU 5970. I think 500w is a bit underpowered for a 480.

If you further need to save money swap out the 3570k for a 2500k.
a c 291 U Graphics card
a b 4 Gaming
July 11, 2012 7:00:13 PM

HD 7850 is much more expensive. 500 watts for 480 is more than enough, I don't know why you think it is not. Why pay more for HD 7850 when it performs worse than GTX 480 which is cheaper?
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