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PCI-E Card for around £200-£220

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Bezinator, 11 Jul 2006.

  1. Bezinator

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 456

    Location: Brighton

    Hi,

    Im looking for a GFX card for around the price mentioned above, my £50 7300GS is doing ok but to play games like Quake4 and CSS on full res and without FPS configs is becoming a pain!

    Also the card must last a good 6-8 months being able to play the top games

    I have heard of the X1900 being a good card.

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  2. Richdog

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

    Posts: 26,339

    Location: Utopia

    You won't get an X1900 for £220 unless you're very luck in the MM (which you can't access anyway), but you can get a 7900GT for £180 brand new online, and that will overclock close to 7900GTX speeds, albeit with half the RAM.
     
  3. Bezinator

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 456

    Location: Brighton

    What about this?

    GX-047-CO Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (3056) (GX-047-CO)
    £219.95 £219.95
     
  4. Richdog

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

    Posts: 26,339

    Location: Utopia

    You missed a bit...

    (£258.44 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    lol...
     
  5. Bezinator

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 456

    Location: Brighton

    I feel slightly bullied on these forums :( lol

    Cheers for pointing that out :)
     
  6. Booner!

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,129

    bez mate, go for a X1800XT , dam fast and you can get a good one for £160 , keep the change for the pub....or a new game :D

    but if you want to spend it, go for:

    HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X1800 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-043-HT)

    Price: £174.95 (£205.57 Including VAT at 17.5%)

    Quiet and 512mb or ram which will keep you going at HIGH resolutions :p
     
    Last edited: 11 Jul 2006
  7. pastymuncher

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 12 Jul 2005

    Posts: 19,000

    Location: Aberlour, NE Scotland

    I have to admit that with all the problems with the 7900 series i would be going with the X1800 that Booner mentioned. There is no way that i would touch this generation of Nvidia cards with all the failures reported on here.
     
  8. Darkwave

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,780

    Seconding the X1800XT 256MB for £160, utter bargain, and you can use the savings to buy a Zalman VF900 for £25 which will let you keep it completely silent and/or OC the hell out of it. The 7900GT is only worth buying if you plan to do a pencil mod, and even then the failure rate on the 7900 series is higher than any card in the last 2-3 years at a minimum.
     
  9. Bezinator

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 456

    Location: Brighton

    x1800 will last around 6-8 months playing the latest games say Quake 4 and more which are coming out?
     
  10. Booner!

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 29 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,129

    well, it will play all directX9 games... you will need windows "vista" and directx10 card to play the newer games towards the 6-8months end period when directx10 games come out, but for now it will play all the latest games, i cant think of too many games that are directx10 anyways so an X1800XT would be a great buy, infact I am purchasing one next week ;)
     
  11. ACESHIGH

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    Easily.


    The X1800XT is definitely the best bang per buck card at the moment.
    Topend performance for near midrange price.

    There are very few DX10 games that i know of on the recent horizon. Besides, for the next couple of years the games released with DX10 will be backwards compatible with DX9.
     
  12. Darkwave

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,780

    ACESHIGH is correct. The DX10 games coming out, Crysis for example, will be playable on DX9 cards.

    In fact, all the Crysis videos you guys have seen so far have been rendered purely on the X1900XT-X, so don't bother buying a DX10 card until Q2 next year when there are actually games out other than Crysis that would use it, or they will be obsolete super quick.
     
  13. dante6491

    Soldato

    Joined: 30 Jun 2006

    Posts: 6,035

    Location: London

    what mobo you got.... shove another 7300 in there if you can. overclock them... boom lots of power for like a third of the price
     
  14. Bezinator

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 456

    Location: Brighton

    I have a cheap msi mobo but it has a two PCI-E slots.

    I think i might just purchased the x1800 next week :)
     
  15. lay-z-boy

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 9,231

    Location: Nantwich

    :confused:

    7300gs cant do sli
    nor would it be fast if you could.

    x1800 512mb, i say go for that, the r520/r580 cores love memory and its going to last longer into the future not to mention its faster.
     
  16. Bezinator

    Gangster

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 456

    Location: Brighton

    Yup think thats the card for me - thanks for all your views *prepares to get hes CC ready :)* lol
     
  17. Bennah

    Soldato

    Joined: 1 Jul 2004

    Posts: 7,232

    Location: Sunny Manchester

  18. Eliot

    Soldato

    Joined: 29 Mar 2005

    Posts: 5,792

    dont. touch. a .7900
     
  19. Darkwave

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Oct 2005

    Posts: 13,780

    They're nice cards, but I have to agree. Overpriced, especially considering the failure rate is worse than any series of graphics card in the last few years.
     
  20. Richdog

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

    Posts: 26,339

    Location: Utopia

    I haven't heard much about this failure epidemic... s it really that bad? Any particular brands or models?