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Best Value PCi GFX card for around £100 ($150!)

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November 18, 2008 9:18:30 AM

Hi Guys,

Could you please tell me what the best value PCi GFX card for around £100 ($150) is? I have a basic GEFORCE gfx card which is not cutting the mustard!

Thanks peeps,
Nik

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a b U Graphics card
November 18, 2008 11:19:49 AM

Welcome to the forums!

Do you mean PCI Express or simple PCI?
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November 18, 2008 11:49:28 AM

Hopefully you mean PCIe

If so then the ATI 4850 would be a good choice.

If simple PCI then you're screwed because there is good PCI video card.
a b U Graphics card
November 18, 2008 11:54:46 AM

I would recommend a 4830 for £99.86 inc VAT.
It is quite a powerhouse and a great value.
November 18, 2008 11:55:56 AM

Thanks for making me welcome, you seemed like the busiest forum on the net so I thought I'd join up! :) 

Well my PC is only a 6 months old from PC world so i'm guessing its PCIe. My current GFX card is a GeForce 3200 which is obviously well out dated!
November 18, 2008 12:17:45 PM

Is it a Geforce 3 200TI?
a b U Graphics card
November 18, 2008 12:23:01 PM

Yes, the 4850 is a step above the 4830 and would be recommended if you can extend your budget a little more.
November 19, 2008 6:59:38 AM

lol i've actually got a GeForce 8300 GS!! Obviously very out dated now!
a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2008 10:12:29 AM

That would be due to using more than one of the specified card in Crossfire (ATI) or SLI (nVidia).
November 27, 2008 3:44:17 PM

Guys, Is the Nvidia BFG GTX 260 maxcore OCX 896MB as good as the 4850?
a c 198 U Graphics card
November 27, 2008 6:20:50 PM

Fastest card in your price range is the HD4830, the 9600GT is a little slower but cheaper and the HD4850 is a little faster but you`ll be pushed to find it for under 100 UKP.
Those are your choices, now, use a price comparason site to check prices because they vary quite a bit from vendor to vendor.
And the GTX260 is one full league above the HD4850 at twice the price.
a c 198 U Graphics card
November 27, 2008 6:31:39 PM

Sorry, got involved elsewhere. What about the power supply? PC World, like most builders do n`t exactly overspecify that and you`ll need at least 450 Watts (500 is better) for a HD4850.
a b U Graphics card
November 27, 2008 6:51:38 PM

nikmondo said:
Guys, Is the Nvidia BFG GTX 260 maxcore OCX 896MB as good as the 4850?


Yes, in most games the GTX 260 will outperform the 4850.
I is not the best option in it's price range, however.
For about the same price as a GTX 260, you can get the faster 4870.
The 4870 will outperform a GTX 260, just squeeze out a win on the Core 216 variant and it can come close in performance to the GTX 280.
As it can be found for around the same price as a GTX 260, it is a much better buy.
November 28, 2008 9:12:52 AM

coozie7 said:
Fastest card in your price range is the HD4830, the 9600GT is a little slower but cheaper and the HD4850 is a little faster but you`ll be pushed to find it for under 100 UKP.
Those are your choices, now, use a price comparason site to check prices because they vary quite a bit from vendor to vendor.
And the GTX260 is one full league above the HD4850 at twice the price.


The GTX 260 is only £105.74 as per the article in the latest micro mart magazine which is slightly over my budget.

I did wonder if I would need to add a better power supply! So could I have recommendations please!? Also I was thinking of upgrading my DDR RAM. I wasn't planning on spending more than £50 on the RAM so some advise would be grateful......or I could post on the memory section if need be.

Cheers guys,
November 28, 2008 1:38:43 PM

nikmondo said:
The GTX 260 is only £105.74 as per the article in the latest micro mart magazine which is slightly over my budget.

Cheers guys,


I'm guessing that was a miss print on the magazines behalf!!
a c 198 U Graphics card
November 28, 2008 2:46:55 PM

They`re practicaly giving RAM away at the moment, you should easily find 4Gb of 800 MHz memory for under 50 pounds anf 2Gb for less than 30.
For a PSU Corsair seems to be held in high reguard here as does OCZ, so I`d check out prices for 500-550 Watt examples but you really need to tell us what yours is...
Oh and you can find loads of stuff and compare prices on sites like Kelkoo.
November 29, 2008 10:40:08 AM

coozie7 said:
They`re practicaly giving RAM away at the moment, you should easily find 4Gb of 800 MHz memory for under 50 pounds anf 2Gb for less than 30.
For a PSU Corsair seems to be held in high reguard here as does OCZ, so I`d check out prices for 500-550 Watt examples but you really need to tell us what yours is...
Oh and you can find loads of stuff and compare prices on sites like Kelkoo.


Thanks Coozie, when i'm home i'll check my PSU output and post it on here.

Cheers mate.

Nik
December 12, 2008 9:51:22 AM

coozie7 said:
They`re practicaly giving RAM away at the moment, you should easily find 4Gb of 800 MHz memory for under 50 pounds anf 2Gb for less than 30.
For a PSU Corsair seems to be held in high reguard here as does OCZ, so I`d check out prices for 500-550 Watt examples but you really need to tell us what yours is...
Oh and you can find loads of stuff and compare prices on sites like Kelkoo.


Coozie,

Is there a way of checking the PSU output using a program on the PC? I looked at the label and to be honest I was totally confused!

It would help if i knew what i was looking for too!


Your help would be much appreciated!

Thanks,
Nik
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2008 2:09:54 PM

If you post what is on the label, we can help you understand it.
Most important would be the manufacturer, model, +12v amperage (by rail or combine if it gives it) and overall wattage.
December 12, 2008 2:25:09 PM

ok great i'll have a look over the weekend.
December 12, 2008 4:12:58 PM

Here goes!

The make is FSP GROUP INC.

MODEL NO: FSP250-60HEN

AC INPUT 220-230V-2A.50hz

Actually i'm guessing it's 250w as it says total output continuous shall not exceed 250w.

So I need a new PSU me thinks!

a c 198 U Graphics card
December 12, 2008 5:24:56 PM

@nikmondo; Sorry, I was sure I`d posted about the PSU question earlier today;(
Checking it out it only has 12v-8A and 12v14A, not enough for what you have in mind.
The cards so far suggested (ATI4830/4850, Nvidia 9600GT) would all need about 500W from a good supplier such as Corsair or OCZ.
March 31, 2009 2:17:32 PM

Hi Guys,

I've not yet purchased a GFX card and was wondering for the prices mentioned are the ATI4830/4850 and the Nvidia 9600GT cards still the cards to go with?

Thanks,
Nik
a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2009 12:05:29 PM

At this point you are better off waiting a few weeks for ATI and nVidia to release their latest cards.

The new 4770 should give the 4830/4850 a run for performance, offer lower power consumption and is expected to be priced at $99.
Above that, the 4870 is the new favorite with its new price putting it just above the 4850 while the yet to be released 4890 will offer nearly GTX 280 performance for a little more.

At the very least, the new cards should further lower the prices on their current cards.
April 1, 2009 12:32:45 PM

outlw6669 said:
At this point you are better off waiting a few weeks for ATI and nVidia to release their latest cards.

The new 4770 should give the 4830/4850 a run for performance, offer lower power consumption and is expected to be priced at $99.
Above that, the 4870 is the new favorite with its new price putting it just above the 4850 while the yet to be released 4890 will offer nearly GTX 280 performance for a little more.

At the very least, the new cards should further lower the prices on their current cards.


Thanks very much for your help.

I'll wait a few weeks and will keep checking on the prices. What's the best store to purchase from?

Thanks again,
Nik
a b U Graphics card
April 1, 2009 12:45:56 PM

Not for sure about the best site in the UK but I have heard good things about overclockers.co.uk.
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