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

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January 31, 2010 2:38:58 PM

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!

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a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 2:42:30 PM

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=N82E168...


OR

Wait for $200 USD 5830 to come.
It's around the corner. Maybe released in the first or second week of FEBRUARY
January 31, 2010 2:44:59 PM

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.
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a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 2:49:53 PM

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


January 31, 2010 2:51:42 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 2:56:04 PM

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
January 31, 2010 2:59:40 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:01:18 PM

Whats the price of Rdeon 5750?
January 31, 2010 3:03:03 PM

about £115-130.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:04:43 PM

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
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:05:26 PM

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.
January 31, 2010 3:07:32 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:08:41 PM

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

a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:09:34 PM

Then only hope is to go for 5770
January 31, 2010 3:11:43 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:13:24 PM

Just buy a Radeon 5770
Its roughly the same as 4870 or 260

Its your only hope
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:14:31 PM

You can pick up an ex-display sapphire 4890 on ebuyer.com, but it's very overpriced.
January 31, 2010 3:15:58 PM

I'd never buy open-box items. You never know how well it's been handled, too many risks.
a c 177 U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:16:09 PM

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!
January 31, 2010 3:20:32 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:24:21 PM

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
January 31, 2010 3:26:33 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:32:34 PM

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
a c 177 U Graphics card
January 31, 2010 3:44:59 PM

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.
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