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Best upgrade? Or wait?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by kemistry, 3 Jan 2014.

  1. kemistry

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Oct 2003

    Posts: 406

    Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

    Ive been contemplating upgrading my GPU for a while, I was pretty set on a 290 a while ago but after seeing so many issues ive held off for now.

    My current set up

    2700k @ 4.4
    ASRock extreme3
    8gb
    Evo 250gb SSD, 2x64gb crucials
    Benq xl2411t
    570gtx
    520w psu

    I would ideally like to spend close to £300 as possible, however if there is something really worth getting around £350 then i could stretch to it. A major concern for me is my PSU, a (pretty old) Corsair HX520. Is it up to the job? Will my CPU be a bottleneck for newer cards?
     
  2. Gregster

    Caporegime

    Joined: 24 Sep 2008

    Posts: 38,293

    Location: Essex innit!

    I can't see top end custom 290's being under £350 (Hope I am wrong) for a while (Thank the miners) and nVidia are still expensive as always.

    Your budget puts you a little in no mans land (The £300) If you don't mind taking a gamble, you could grab a 290 reference card like this Sapphire

    The prices for the other AMD cards are a little high for my liking and not sure it is worth all the extra to what they were 6 months ago.

    As for your old HX520, it will be ok but I wouldn't want to push things too hard, as capacitors degrade with age but still should be fine for normal use.
     
  3. kemistry

    Gangster

    Joined: 17 Oct 2003

    Posts: 406

    Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

    Would saving up a little more for a 780 be a sensible choice?
     
  4. Gregster

    Caporegime

    Joined: 24 Sep 2008

    Posts: 38,293

    Location: Essex innit!

    I think so. I have seen some great deals on "This week only" or "Today only", so keep an eye on those.