I have a budget of £170 and need a GFX card, help?

I had an 8800GTX which committed suicide, which I replaced with a GTX260 which is clearly broken in some way.

Instead of replacing the GTX260 216sp, I'm going to get it refunded and buy a new card.

Here's what I need:
Performance comparable to a GTX260 216sp or better,
At least 896mb of vram,
Preferably ATi,
Not made by XFX,
Shipping from a UK based website.


Any ideas? Links would be perfect!
24 answers Last reply
More about budget 170 gfx card
  1. You want Radeon 5770 HD
    Supports DirectX11
    Shader Model 5.0
    New Card (will be good for a year or so)


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447


    OR

    Wait for $200 USD 5830 to come.
    It's around the corner. Maybe released in the first or second week of FEBRUARY
  2. The 5770 seems to place lower than the GTX260 in every test I've seen, plus Newegg isn't in the UK mate.

    I was considering that card till I saw it's benchmarks.
  3. Well,
    Then You may wanna wait for 5830 to come out
    Or
    If you can
    Go for 2 5770 in CrossFire
    2 5770 in crossfire beats $320 USD 5850 and performs on-par with $400 USD 5870
  4. Unluckily for me, it's not a straight USD > GBP conversion. For instance a single 5770 is about ~£130 right now, so two wouldn't fit in my budget, plus I don't have a crossfire capable motherboard.
  5. Then,
    Wait a couple of weeks
    Radeon 5830 will probably out in the first week of FEBRUARY.
    And it is said to be around £170-£180
  6. I can't really afford to wait, I need my pc for my video work, as it would take forever to compose video on my laptop, so I need a new card this week.
  7. Whats the price of Rdeon 5750?
  8. about £115-130.
  9. Get the cheapest one
    and
    Buy two of them
    This is your only hope
    Sure it expensive but you will feel a real performance boost from GTX 260
  10. The 5770 isn't slower than the 260 by much, if anything. You probably just saw benchmarks with nvidia optimised games. You certainly won't notice much, if any difference in the majority.

    You should be able to pick up a 4890 for £170 though, and that's quite a bit more powerful than any other card mentioned, though lacking dx11.
  11. I don't have a crossfire capable motherboard, mfarrukh.

    Jennyh: I've been trying to get a 4890 but I can't find them in stock anywhere, and overclockers.co.uk want to charge me extortionate shipping amounts. I got hold of an XFX 4890 earlier this week but it was honestly rubbish, 20% performance drop from what it should have been. Also I don't mind about the lack of dx11 or eyefinity, those really aren't priorities for me justnow.
  12. jennyh said:
    The 5770 isn't slower than the 260 by much, if anything. You probably just saw benchmarks with nvidia optimised games. You certainly won't notice much, if any difference in the majority.



    I don't wanna mess with you again, but, just wanna say, 5770<4870=260
  13. Then only hope is to go for 5770
  14. Jennyh: Honestly, I'd rather not buy a rebranded Powercolour (as that's who VTX are), and not from scan either, I have a friend who's currently fighting them in the courts over their terrible business practices.
  15. Just buy a Radeon 5770
    Its roughly the same as 4870 or 260

    Its your only hope
  16. You can pick up an ex-display sapphire 4890 on ebuyer.com, but it's very overpriced.
  17. I'd never buy open-box items. You never know how well it's been handled, too many risks.
  18. Several places in the UK have the HD4870 for close to, or under a hundred quid and it is the direct competitor to the GTX260.
    For more power the HD4890 is around for under your budget but it is rather too expensive for its performance improvement over the far cheaper HD4870 unless you are prepared to overclock it.
    A few places to look: Misco, Overclockers, Scan, CCL, Ebuyer, Dabs, Pixmania, Microdirect, and Novatech-but there are others!
  19. Looking at the charts, the 4870 benches significantly lower than the model of GTX260 216sp that I have.

    I'm looking to match or beat the 260's performance as I plan on keeping the card around for up to 2 years.
  20. alexnessie said:
    Looking at the charts, the 4870 benches significantly lower than the model of GTX260 216sp that I have.

    I'm looking to match or beat the 260's performance as I plan on keeping the card around for up to 2 years.



    4870 or 4890 wont keep up for 2 years

    Like I said, 5770 is your only hope
  21. Why not? I don't plan on buying any DX11 games, and any that do run on DX11 will have a DX10 mode, a lot of new games even still have a DX9 mode.

    I'm not bothered about DX, only pure performance numbers.
  22. alexnessie said:
    Why not? I don't plan on buying any DX11 games, and any that do run on DX11 will have a DX10 mode, a lot of new games even still have a DX9 mode.

    I'm not bothered about DX, only pure performance numbers.



    You are saying this now
    But after six or eight months you'll regret waht you did
    Its not about DirectX11
  23. Right now the fastest card within your budget is the HD4890.
    Of all those discussed or suggested, the HD5770 is, actually, the slowest and suffers a performance hit at higher resolutions due to its 128 bit memory interface.
    Trouble is that ATI currently have a large hole in their range between the 5770 and 5850 and the GTX275 (next step up from the GTX260) is both in short supply and fairly expensive.
Ask a new question

Read More

Graphics Cards Performance Graphics Product