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Want to upgrade my graphics card ???

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by simon109, 11 Jul 2006.

  1. simon109


    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 102

    Location: Hampshire UK


    Go a new pc about 6 months ago with P4 3.4GHZ, 2GB Ram etc. It came with a Radeon X550 but I would like something better, but theres hundreds to choose from. Any suggestions on a good card that will make a noticable difference over my X550. I'm not a game player but use my pc for my simulator which is very graphics card hungry. The card they recommend that is at the top of their list is the R 9800 XT ?

    I require a PCi Express type, any suggestions please ? I don't want to spend £100+ on a card and not notice any differance. I would say £200 is my limit, maybe could go a little higher ?

  2. Gashman


    Joined: 28 Mar 2006

    Posts: 4,379

    Location: Jarrow, Tyne And Wear

    7600GT for around 110 pounds, HUUUUUUGE difference over a X550
  3. jrodga2k5


    Joined: 28 Oct 2005

    Posts: 8,819

    Location: Scotland

    For around £160 you can have the x1800xt 256 which is an even bigger performance difference! The two reocmmended thus far though are going to show you massive increases on what you previously had!
  4. simon109


    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 102

    Location: Hampshire UK


    There seems to be a few cards in the 1800xt range is there any in partcular i should look for ? also is it worth paying extra for 512mb.

  5. Cyber-Mav


    Joined: 30 Jul 2005

    Posts: 15,522

    Location: Midlands

  6. simon109


    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 102

    Location: Hampshire UK

    I will stick with 256mb then :D

    I've narrowed it down to these now then,

    Connect3D ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB
    Sapphire ATI Radeon X1800 XT 256MB

    Whats the difference in the two, apart from £10 :p

    HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X1800 GTO ICEQ3 SILENT TURBO 256MB
    PowerColor ATI Radeon X1800 GTO 256MB

    Again whats the differnece in these two ? and also what the difference between the XT & GTO cards


    Last edited: 11 Jul 2006


    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

    Posts: 4,305

    With the Sapphire card you get to choose i think 2 full retail games from 4 - i think the ones are Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Brother In Arms: Road to Hill 30, Richard Burns Rally and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within.

    If you want one of those games for a tenner it might be the go. Otherwise get the cheaper card.

    These cards have different coolers. The HIS one is silent & cools a bit better to i believe. The HIS card is also overclocked a little faster too.

    The X1800XT is the card to get. Not much more cost but the perfromance is 50-75% better. The X1800XT are the best bang per buck imo.
    Last edited: 12 Jul 2006
  8. simon109


    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

    Posts: 102

    Location: Hampshire UK

    Thankyou. :)

  9. hp7909


    Joined: 8 Jun 2003

    Posts: 5,016

    Caution though! Make sure power supply (PSU) is up to taking a X1800 XT :) Ideally should be...
    • At least 380w's;
    • & 22A or above on the +12v RAIL (if split, add up the numbers).
    This info should be printed on the side of the PSU :cool:
    Last edited: 12 Jul 2006