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I'm stuck, what card do i buy? £200-300

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by DeadLOK, 11 May 2010.

  1. DeadLOK

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Jan 2004

    Posts: 778

    Location: Doncaster

    My 9800 GT has died out of warranty and im looking for a card to replace it.

    Willing to spend between £200-300.

    At work I can get a XFX 5850 for £235 and a Gainward GTX 470 for £275 and I hear theyre on a similar level.. the no brainer seems to be the ATI but the NVIDIA is new and ive always stuck with the nvidia camp of old.

    I'd look at other cards those are just examples.. can someone advise me on whats best to buy at the moment?

    Mainly play call of duty series and NFS shift at the moment, spec as signature but looking to upgrade eventually with this card in place.
     
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  2. 'Wes

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Jun 2009

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    Location: Łódź, Poland

    5850.
     
  3. DeadLOK

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Jan 2004

    Posts: 778

    Location: Doncaster

    Any reasons? Ive noticed a lot of talk of a common grey screen problem on these cards.

    Would a 5870 give me much benefit over a 5850?
     
  4. 'Wes

    Capodecina

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    Grey screen fix.

    To answer your question, the 5850 and the 470 are similar in performance, it's just the 5850 is cheaper and you can get more for your money with the 5850.

    I would get the 470 though.
     
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  5. Marine-RX179

    Capodecina

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    Get a 5850. And overclock your Q6600 if you haven't already done so.
     
  6. Oizu

    Hitman

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    Location: Here and There.

    5850 no doubt, great card at a great price
     
  7. DeadLOK

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Jan 2004

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    Location: Doncaster

    sounds like a done deal..

    i haven't overclocked my q6600 I must admit I never got around to it.
     
  8. Muel

    Mobster

    Joined: 26 Jun 2009

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    Location: Sheffield

    For these games even a 5850 is an overkill. My 5830 is basically idleing running them all at full settings.

    You could get a 5850 for £240ish, or a 5830 for £160ish. Big price jump and you probably won't use the extra power unless you run more modern games.

    You could also go 5830 CF in the future, which is a much faster setup than a single 5870, but costs around the same.
     
  9. Marine-RX179

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    I feel sorry for your 9800GT :D It died before it even got the chance of running at 100% of its capability with the Q6600 at stock speed bottlenecking it :p
     
  10. DeadLOK

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Jan 2004

    Posts: 778

    Location: Doncaster

    Haha.. I dont the bloody thing.. the majority of these asus 9800 gt's the company I work for sold went bad.. they seem to overheat insanely even though the fans are running fine.

    Muel thanks for your input but im sure more demanding games will come out and I don't want to have to keep buying new cards as I seem to be doing at the moment :confused:
     
  11. Devious

    Mobster

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    I'd get a GTX 470.
     
  12. aowc02

    Gangster

    Joined: 13 Aug 2009

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    Location: Princes Risborough

    +1 for the 5850.

    When the price drops in the future, you can crossfire the ******* ;)
     
  13. jorzeh

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Jun 2009

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    Location: Stockport

    5850 for me proven Overclocker well known that can outperform a 5870 once overclocked i'd say thats reason enough right there, Not to mention the cash you would save over a 470GTX you could buy some games.
     
  14. Echo

    Wise Guy

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    Location: South-West Wales

    5850, summer is coming :D
     
  15. Orcvader

    Capodecina

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    Location: Greater London

    What res do you play on? A 5850 is definetly the best choice at that price range.
     
  16. 'Wes

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    Might want to remove the swear word.
     
  17. rounddodger

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Liverpool

    The 5850 is the better 'bang for buck' performance-wise, especially when overclocked however the 470 has CUDA and PhysX (for what they are worth) and I prefer the software & driver package from NV personally.
     
  18. alex24

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    You could try 5770 crossfire. That could be fun! Overclock them and they'll outperform a 5870. That said, so would a 5850!
     
  19. DeadLOK

    Hitman

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    1280x1024.. don't laugh :o

    Echo, what do you mean summer is coming?
     
  20. Danny_75

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    If you look about the net you will find a 5870 for £300....