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Which gaming Graphics card for £40 and under

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May 12, 2012 9:46:53 PM

Hello all,

Basically, my friend in Germany is looking for a Graphics card that costs under €50 (£40) which he can use to play games such as Borderlands, League of Legends, Counterstrike: Source, etc. Not really big games like Crysis, Battlefield 3 or Modern warfare, but just simple games. I am not sure which motherboard he has (PCIE 2.0, etc.) but he was running a GeForce 8600 GT 256MB (DDR3 PCI-E) before.

Can anyone recommend a good graphics card for this budget please? no matter whether its AMD or NVIDIA but it needs to run the games (preferably on medium settings). Any help would be awesome.

Thanks in advance

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May 12, 2012 10:08:18 PM

Thanks for the reply, but... thats way over the budget and he he doesn't trust anywhere outside Germany so I don't think he would purchase that one. I could also not find the card on German websites.

Any other suggestions?
a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2012 10:19:49 PM

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a b U Graphics card
May 12, 2012 10:25:01 PM

Pogge said:
Hello all,

Basically, my friend in Germany is looking for a Graphics card that costs under €50 (£40) which he can use to play games such as Borderlands, League of Legends, Counterstrike: Source, etc. Not really big games like Crysis, Battlefield 3 or Modern warfare, but just simple games. I am not sure which motherboard he has (PCIE 2.0, etc.) but he was running a GeForce 8600 GT 256MB (DDR3 PCI-E) before.

Can anyone recommend a good graphics card for this budget please? no matter whether its AMD or NVIDIA but it needs to run the games (preferably on medium settings). Any help would be awesome.

Thanks in advance

You will need to increase that budget to a 6770 if yo u want to play med settings. on most games. The ones you listed a gt430 will do
May 12, 2012 10:41:32 PM

If I were him, I'd save up a little more and get a 6770. Otherwise, you're really going to limit yourself on the games you play. Source games don't take too much power to play, but if you skimp out you'll notice it.
a c 291 U Graphics card
May 12, 2012 10:45:44 PM

The lowest I can suggest would be GT440. You can't really get anything cheaper than that, unless you're buying a used card.

http://www.amazon.de/Palit-GT440-Grafikkarte-1024MB-Spe...

It will max out all the mentioned games that he plays. With 8600 GT he should already be playing at medium settings.
May 12, 2012 11:01:18 PM

will you buy second hand ?? if so ebay can you get some good cards for that price

at new prices a gt 520 is good
May 12, 2012 11:16:31 PM

Thanks for all the replies

@tracker45: No, the card will not be second hand.
@Sunius: GT440 looks like a good card, thanks for that link.
@FlintIronStagg: It does not have to be medium settings really, it can be low too but preferably mid.

Though, I think he will go for the GT440, unless someone has a good reason not to.
a c 291 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 9:16:51 AM

Also, don't go for GT 520, it sucks :) . GT 440 is more than 2 times power powerful than GT 520. GT 440 is the lowest recommended card in tom's hardware best cards for your money. So yea, it's a decent card.
a c 291 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 11:08:58 AM

I would suggest against going with GT 430, as GT 440 is around 20% faster, but that might be just me :) 
a c 291 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 12:03:29 PM

46.6/38.4 = 1.21, that translates to 21% :p .
a c 84 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 12:10:28 PM

just messing.lol... u r right freind.:) 
a c 84 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 12:11:45 PM

but in my point of view i mean to say that from oced gigabyte gt 430 one the gt 440 is about 15% better only this is what i meant to say mate. :p 
a c 291 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 12:17:52 PM

Aha :p  :) 
a c 84 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 12:24:19 PM

did i forget to say anything hmmm!!!!!



nah!! i think its all done so op you should go for gt 440 as mr.sunius suggested hehe.:) 
May 13, 2012 2:03:02 PM

Allright, thanks all.
a b U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 3:28:16 PM

Sunnk.... I hope thats not your ugly mug
a c 84 U Graphics card
May 14, 2012 6:40:15 AM

FlintIronStagg said:
Sunnk.... I hope thats not your ugly mug


yes of couse thats not me i have seen that image on google well i m of 14 yrs so i cant look like that uncle. :lol: 
a b U Graphics card
May 15, 2012 8:51:38 PM

Pogge said:
Hello all,

Basically, my friend in Germany is looking for a Graphics card that costs under €50 (£40) which he can use to play games such as Borderlands, League of Legends, Counterstrike: Source, etc. Not really big games like Crysis, Battlefield 3 or Modern warfare, but just simple games. I am not sure which motherboard he has (PCIE 2.0, etc.) but he was running a GeForce 8600 GT 256MB (DDR3 PCI-E) before.

Can anyone recommend a good graphics card for this budget please? no matter whether its AMD or NVIDIA but it needs to run the games (preferably on medium settings). Any help would be awesome.

Thanks in advance


The calculator I used said that £40 is ~$64 right now, so the 250 should be in your budget.

The 250 is also more powerful than the 430 or 440, acc. to tom's, it's about on par with a 450
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

The 430/440 do support DX11 (250 is DX10), but with a lower range card, you probably don't want to turn on DX11 anyway.
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