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    Hi everyone,

    Currently I have an XFX HD 5870, which as far as I'm aware is still a pretty decent card. The thing is, it seems to be packing up, I'll get a lot of freezing, it'll get very noisey, I get some crashing now and then etc

    So, I'm looking to replace/upgrade it. My budget is £150 - £200, what would your best recommendations be in this price range and how is it going to compare to my 5870 at the moment?

    Thanks for the help everyone!
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    Two of these are marginally above your budget, but they're awesome graphics cards for the price. Starting with the most expensive:

    1. http://www.dabs.com/products/gainwar...SSC.html?src=3

    2. http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-gef...SWV.html?src=3

    3. http://www.dabs.com/products/gainwar...SSB.html?src=3

    Hope I helped
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    (Original post by Vonlenska)
    Two of these are marginally above your budget, but they're awesome graphics cards for the price. Starting with the most expensive:

    1. http://www.dabs.com/products/gainwar...SSC.html?src=3

    2. http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-gef...SWV.html?src=3

    3. http://www.dabs.com/products/gainwar...SSB.html?src=3

    Hope I helped
    Hi, yup this is pretty helpful. They're all 760s though and they're all slightly over £200, are there any other cards that you'd recommend or do you think that if I'm going to spend say, £180, then I may as well stretch to the 760?
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    (Original post by You Failed)
    Hi, yup this is pretty helpful. They're all 760s though and they're all slightly over £200, are there any other cards that you'd recommend or do you think that if I'm going to spend say, £180, then I may as well stretch to the 760?
    Personally I would, the 760 is more efficient than the 670 and still gets better fps.
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    A GTX 760 is probably the best way to go. Do some bargain hunting on the web and you should be able to find one sub 200, but paying more than that could get a cooler/quieter one if that is important to you. That card will be able to run pretty much everything on ultra, bar a few very demanding games, with decent frame rates. It will probably be a decent upgrade from your 5870, and should last quite a while! Also, I'm not entirely sure and I don't have the figures, but AMD cards tend to be more power hungry, especially the older generations. So running this card *could* also be a tad cheaper.
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    (Original post by You Failed)
    Hi, yup this is pretty helpful. They're all 760s though and they're all slightly over £200, are there any other cards that you'd recommend or do you think that if I'm going to spend say, £180, then I may as well stretch to the 760?
    Well, if you get a 660, you're just going to be left in the technological dust quicker than you would if you bought a 760. Right now I have a 550TI which is starting to strain under newer games, and I wholly regret not saving up the extra 30-50 quid to buy a far superior card.
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    (Original post by You Failed)
    Hi, yup this is pretty helpful. They're all 760s though and they're all slightly over £200, are there any other cards that you'd recommend or do you think that if I'm going to spend say, £180, then I may as well stretch to the 760?
    After a quick google search, I found these three sub 200, though I think spending more time with it you could find a better deal

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-e...mhz-cores-1152

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-p...mhz-cores-1152

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=56421
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    The 760 is a great card but i would recommend this....

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-m...dmi-2x-mini-dp

    if you dont want to spend the extra 12 pound then this would be fine aswell....

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-x...dmi-2x-mini-dp

    I have the msi 7950 and i have oc'd reallly easily to beat out a 770.....

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    (Original post by NJam)
    After a quick google search, I found these three sub 200, though I think spending more time with it you could find a better deal

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-e...mhz-cores-1152

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-p...mhz-cores-1152

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=56421
    Naice work. I believe http://www.ebuyer.com has some wonderful bargains too.
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    (Original post by NJam)
    After a quick google search, I found these three sub 200, though I think spending more time with it you could find a better deal

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-e...mhz-cores-1152

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-p...mhz-cores-1152

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=56421

    please for the love all that is good dont get a blower style card....they are quite bad in terms of cooling....to get remotely good temps you need to run them on high and they become freaking loud...

    -Anubikai
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    (Original post by Fayaiz Ahmed)
    The 760 is a great card but i would recommend this....

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-m...dmi-2x-mini-dp

    if you dont want to spend the extra 12 pound then this would be fine aswell....

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-x...dmi-2x-mini-dp

    I have the msi 7950 and i have oc'd reallly easily to beat out a 770.....

    -Anubikai
    If the OP is comfortable OCing his card (which I would recommend, but not everyone is willing to do so) then the 7950 is probably the better option. At stock, the 760 is the one to go for IMO. Plus if you're going to OC then realistically you want to spend more on a card with better cooling, which probably takes it out of OP's price range.
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    my 7950 oc'd to 1300mhz/1650mhz tops out around 76-78 degrees celsius........aslong as the card doesnt break 90 your card will be fine for a very long time...i like to keep mine under 80 to be safe...

    -Anubikai
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    (Original post by Rainingshame)
    Personally I would, the 760 is more efficient than the 670 and still gets better fps.

    (Original post by NJam)
    A GTX 760 is probably the best way to go. Do some bargain hunting on the web and you should be able to find one sub 200, but paying more than that could get a cooler/quieter one if that is important to you. That card will be able to run pretty much everything on ultra, bar a few very demanding games, with decent frame rates. It will probably be a decent upgrade from your 5870, and should last quite a while! Also, I'm not entirely sure and I don't have the figures, but AMD cards tend to be more power hungry, especially the older generations. So running this card *could* also be a tad cheaper.

    (Original post by Vonlenska)
    Well, if you get a 660, you're just going to be left in the technological dust quicker than you would if you bought a 760. Right now I have a 550TI which is starting to strain under newer games, and I wholly regret not saving up the extra 30-50 quid to buy a far superior card.

    (Original post by Fayaiz Ahmed)
    please for the love all that is good dont get a blower style card....they are quite bad in terms of cooling....to get remotely good temps you need to run them on high and they become freaking loud...

    -Anubikai
    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I probably will get the 760. In terms of different manufacturers, what would the most reliable be? There seems to be a wide range of variety even within the same card in terms of cooling solutions, performance, price etc
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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I probably will get the 760. In terms of different manufacturers, what would the most reliable be? There seems to be a wide range of variety even within the same card in terms of cooling solutions, performance, price etc
    Usually if you stick to a well know manufacturer like ASUS/Gigabyte/MSI/EVGA etc. you'll be alright.

    I don't have the time right now to do a sum up for you, but you could have a look at this discussion on tomshardware:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/...d-gtx-760.html

    Or this article:

    http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4608...vga-vs-inno-3d

    Hopefully those should clear some things up and let you get the best deal
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    (Original post by NJam)
    Usually if you stick to a well know manufacturer like ASUS/Gigabyte/MSI/EVGA etc. you'll be alright.

    I don't have the time right now to do a sum up for you, but you could have a look at this discussion on tomshardware:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/...d-gtx-760.html

    Or this article:

    http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4608...vga-vs-inno-3d

    Hopefully those should clear some things up and let you get the best deal
    Cool will do!
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    (Original post by You Failed)
    Hi everyone,

    Currently I have an XFX HD 5870, which as far as I'm aware is still a pretty decent card. The thing is, it seems to be packing up, I'll get a lot of freezing, it'll get very noisey, I get some crashing now and then etc

    So, I'm looking to replace/upgrade it. My budget is £150 - £200, what would your best recommendations be in this price range and how is it going to compare to my 5870 at the moment?

    Thanks for the help everyone!
    Hi, I had the exact same graphics card but eventually got problems like overheating, noise, freezing up and crashing games etc. until it just stopped working.

    I ended up getting it replaced with the Sapphire HD 6870 OC, it's only very slightly less powerful, but it was intended as the newer version along with the 6850 to replace the 5850/5870s.

    I haven't had any problems with it ever since, and currently all games run at max settings @ 1080p resolution. I've had it since last year and it cost around £110 at the time, got it fairly cheap I think from Ebuyer.

    There's better deals around now, and for your budget I'd recommend:

    For AMD cards, go for HD 7870.
    You can now get them as cheap as £160, here's an awesome deal: http://www.ebuyer.com/434557-gigabyt...-gv-r787oc-2gd

    For nVidia cards, go for the GTX 660 Ti. The prices are slightly more erratic for this IMO and bit more expensive. I think you should narrow it down to 1 nVidia card and 1 AMD card and then Google them 'x vs y' for reviews. A deal on the 660 Ti here (make sure it is the Ti version): http://www.ebuyer.com/396967-gigabyt...-gv-n660oc-2gd

    NOTE: In any case, go for at least 2GB GDDR5! Within next year or so games will start using up dedicated memory beyond the 1GB mark, it just won't be enough anymore.

    All in all, 2 cards from Gigabyte for around the same price ~£160-170, both have a deal going on, both excellent cards.

    EDIT: I'm using the Intel i5 2500K CPU and 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600MHz with CL7 timings. I'll be upgrading it to 8GB soon since it's not enough anymore. The high-end gfx cards are overkill IMO, it's not always about that, you need to consider everything else and bottlenecks.
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    (Original post by You Failed)
    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I probably will get the 760. In terms of different manufacturers, what would the most reliable be? There seems to be a wide range of variety even within the same card in terms of cooling solutions, performance, price etc
    Before buying, make sure to Google it and just have a quick read on the conclusions and benchmark results and frame rates for games (usually they have various ones at different settings and alongside other graphics cards in the same range).

    For instance, here's a review from Bit-tech on the stock 760 card: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/201...-2gb-review/10

    You can use the drop-down menu to select the different games they tested on and compared with other cards near the same range.

    As for manufacturers, don't always go for the cheapest, look at the cooling method, any modifications (factory overclocked?), the comments and the brand (generally I find the main players e.g. Sapphire, Gigabyte, MSi etc. are all reliable). If you spot a card with better cooling then get that one instead - there will usually be pictures of it and a description.

    Personally I tend to go for AMD/ATI cards instead of nVidia because they're almost always evenly matched but cheaper.
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    (Original post by You Failed)
    Hi everyone,

    Currently I have an XFX HD 5870, which as far as I'm aware is still a pretty decent card. The thing is, it seems to be packing up, I'll get a lot of freezing, it'll get very noisey, I get some crashing now and then etc

    So, I'm looking to replace/upgrade it. My budget is £150 - £200, what would your best recommendations be in this price range and how is it going to compare to my 5870 at the moment?

    Thanks for the help everyone!
    I would opt for either of these 2 gtx760
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-m...mhz-cores-1152

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-a...2mhz-cores-115


    Or a gtx670
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-a...cores-1344-2xd

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-m...cores-1344-2xd

    or a 7950
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-m...dmi-2x-mini-dp
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    (Original post by You Failed)
    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I probably will get the 760. In terms of different manufacturers, what would the most reliable be? There seems to be a wide range of variety even within the same card in terms of cooling solutions, performance, price etc
    Asus generally come out well. They have the Direct CU II which has a great aftermarket cooler and power phases etc.
 
 
 
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