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Just looking to upgrade to something that can Run IV and similar games as well as possible.


My current system is:






- Manufacturer: ASRock

- Model: K10N78FullHD-hSLI.. 

- BIOS Manufacturer: American Megatrends Inc.

- BIOS Model: Default System BIOS, version P1.70

- Connections: PCI1 (Free), PCI2 (Free), PCIE1 (Free), PCIE2 (In use)

- Ports:





- Model: AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core Processor (Quad Core)

- Clock Speed: 2300 MHz

- Socket & Cache(s): CPUSocket, 2,048 KB L2 Cache, 2,048 KB L3 Cache





- Size: 3,326 MB RAM

- Type(s): 2,048 MB RAM (DDR2-266 PC2-2100 133 MHz, DIMM), 2,048 MB RAM (DDR2-266 PC2-2100 133 MHz, DIMM)





- File Format(s): NTFS (C:)

- Size: 465.76 GB (465.76 GB (C:) )

- Free Space: 22.55 GB (22.55 GB (C:) )





- Type(s): C: Local Fixed Disk, D: Unknown, E: Unknown, F: Removable Disk, G: Removable Disk, H: Removable Disk, I: Removable Disk, J: Unknown, K: Unknown, L: Unknown

- Model(s): C: MDT MD5000AAJS-00TKA0 ATA Device IDE, D: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223Q ATA Device, E: MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0000, F: Unknown, G: Unknown, H: Unknown, I: Unknown, J: MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0001, K: MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0002, L: MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0003



Sound Card


- Manufacturer: Realtek

- Model: Realtek High Definition Audio




- Manufacturer: (Standard monitor types)

- Model: Generic PnP Monitor

- Screen Resolution: 1920x1080 (Widescreen 16:9 WXGA Full HD 1080p/i)

- Color Depth: 32-bit

- Refresh Rate: 50 Hz





- Manufacturer: Microsoft

- Model: Microsoft PS/2 Mouse

- # of Buttons: 2

- Connection: PS/2





- Model: Standard PS/2 Keyboard

- Type: Enhanced (101- or 102-key)

- # of Function Keys: 12



Network Card


- Model(s): NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller (Ethernet 802.3), RT73 USB Wireless LAN Card (Ethernet 802.3)

- Addresses: IP:, MAC: 00:1F:1F:35:19:05, DHCP:





- Version: 10.1



Operating System


- Name: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic

- Version: 6.0.6001

- Service Pack: Service Pack 1



I will be buying this PSU as well Corsair 500W CX Series PSU


Looking for the best graphics card for £100 or under.


Help appreciated smile.gif

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What video card are you using right now?

No pointing in giving you suggestions to a card that isn't any better than what you already have.



BTW, you're running Vista there is a SP2 out you might want to look at getting. Or better still get Win7.

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Found this on that same Amazon you linked to.

XFX AMD HD6790 for £99.99 + £4.65 shipping http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-Radeon-Graphic.../dp/B005FE272A/

Or for just a bit more Sapphire HD6850 for £107.95 plus free shipping http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-11180-00-...ata/B0048027IQ/

Both require at least a 500W PSU


If you want to go with nVidia this time around

KFA2 GTX 550 Ti for £101.99 free shipping http://www.amazon.co.uk/KFA2-GeForce-Graph.../dp/B0065NXTOK/

EVGA Nvidia GTS450 Superclocked for £99.97 free shipping http://www.amazon.co.uk/01G-P3-1452-EK-Nvi.../dp/B0042VSTX8/

Both of these only need a 400W PSU with +12V @ 24Amps so that PSU you picked out will be more than enough.


If you go with the nVidia, personally I would pick the eVGA card only because I've dealt with them before and they have very good tech support as well as RMA support.

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It's okay for its price. Just avoid DDR3 versions, only GDDR5 are worth buying.


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Good point yojo. I didn't notice that, I was only paying attention to the prices. It's harder to narrow down what you're looking for at Amazon


Here is the DDR5 version but it's not Superclocked but it is cheaper http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-Nvidia-01G-P3.../dp/B005320R7G/

Better still, eVGA GTX 550Ti SC for £94.99 http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-Nvidia-01G-P3.../dp/B004T1CJ96/


The 6790 is slightly better than the 550Ti, according toe Guru3d.com's review, but only as much as around 10fps in some cases or just 3fps in others.

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Right... ok so I'll go with the 550Ti then, I won't be ordering it until tomorrow though (payday) so any more advice or whatever is great!

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Don't just take Wolf's opinion on it, see if you can find it reviewed online, IIRC, Maximum PC (I have to reference them, since they do a good job benchmarking I believe) allows people to access older issues off their site for free, if you can nail down if and when they covered some hardware you've got interest in.




BTW, what's wrong with DDR3, if you're talking GDDR?! I wonder about this early on, DDR is Double Data Rate, and it dates back to the early 2000s, then of course DDR2, SDRAM, VRAM is often used just as a term for video dedicated RAM, it's not an entirely different memory type, but I always felt that GDDR is supposed to be the current standard, since older vid Ram is still available on cards offered for sale (new, not used)

I don't have GDDR5 yet, since it's fairly new, I believe.

If you're on a budget, you're likely to pay more just for that, add in higher RAM size as well




This is a better article, I searched:



The link in that to DDR and what the numbers mean will be helpful for any memory shopper, really!



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What's wrong with GDDR3? Well GDDR5 is better for one.

Yep GDDR5 is farily new alright, AMD was the first to release a card with it, the 4870 back in June 2008.


Look. I'm not making any choices for him. I'm only showing him what is out there. I couldn't care if he went with AMD/ATI or nVidia. And yes I did look at reviews, like I said, and again as I said the review at Guru3d.com said the 6790 is a better card even if only slightly better. He choose the 5500Ti, I only pointed out a better 550Ti than what I had previously posted.


I think Maximum PC does a bad job of benchmarking. They use just 1 setting for all of the benchmarks, which is fine if you run the game at the same setting and if by using that setting was constant when changing any other setting more so the resolution however that's not the case. I've seen ATI cards meet or beat the nVidia cards they are pitted against at some resolutions but as the res gets higher and higher they will start to slip away, and at the same time vise versa.


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A newer generation, a higher number, however, key to note, a higher number in the VIDEO CARD MODEL alone will not mean you're getting a better gaming card, I found that out personally.

You referring to MaxPC's "Zero Point machine"? For benchmarking? I can't recall how old the info was but they did report in some cases, it was not up to spec for a good match up.

There is the OverClockers (Club?) websites around for enthusiasts

I found a review of my ECS board there, running Crysis and other notable games that do put the pressure on the gaming end of things. After asking, did a bit of searching, linked a few to start with - tutorials. GDDR is different from mainboard RAM

Often you're picking a card with a compromise somewhere, if on a budget




Charming Charlie MIGHT be able to use this info I found, or anyone looking for a better idea about the PCI express revisions;



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Thanks all, have placed the order this morning!


EVGA Nvidia GTX 550Ti SC Graphics Card (1GB, GDDR5)

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Great. Glad to hear it.



Problem solved.


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