• New Graphics Card.
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I really cannot decide what graphics card to buy ;( I'm thinking around £150, but I can extend to whatever really. But I'm not really in the mood to blow £400 on a card ;). My only requirements are ability to support 2 DVI monitors + 1xHDMI TV. 1 of the monitors also has an HDMI port, so could be 2xHDMI + 1xDVI. Or hell, 3xHDMI and I'll buy a new secondary monitor, been looking for an excuse ;). Anyway, I've been looking at the ATI X8750 range. I've had Nvidea for my past cards but my current GTX240 is getting a tad slow in it's old age. I fear with Skyrim and such games approaching it might tax itself. Plus the AGP port on the GTX240 is bust and no longer supports my second monitor :(. Which is why I'm buying it now, and not end of September like I planned. So, yea enough rambling. What's the best card around for £150 :) Not that it matters but CPU/RAM Specs: 8GB Vengance RAM - 1600mhz running at 1300mhz. I5 760 running at max turbo freq of 3753 per core. Stays cool, no voltage increase just clk. 500gb HDD for OS 1TB HDD for games I might get a Seagate Hybrid, or a SSD along with the card. Not really fussed about load times though. So Might not :).
You're looking at a 6870 on that budget. [url]http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-msi-hd-6870-hawk-4200mhz-gddr5-gpu-930mhz-1120-stream-processors-2x-dvi-hdmi-mdp[/url] I don't think you can connect three monitors to a single card without using an active display adapter, I could be wrong but I'm not sure if 2xDVI 1xHDMI (or vice versa) will work so wait for someone more knowledgeable to come in, either way a 6870 is the way to go on that budget.
[URL="http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-hd-6950-pci-e-21-%28x16%29-5000mhz-gddr5-gpu-800mhz-1408-cores-dvi-hdmi-mdp"]6950[/URL] is a little over 150 if you are willing to go for that, otherwise a 6870 is what you should be getting 3 monitors will require a active displayport adapter which goes for around 30$ off just about any site(hook 2 up via DVI and one via minidp, or 1 via HDMI 1 dvi and 1 minidp)
[QUOTE=RoFLWaFFLEZZ;31598109][URL="http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-hd-6950-pci-e-21-%28x16%29-5000mhz-gddr5-gpu-800mhz-1408-cores-dvi-hdmi-mdp"]6950[/URL] is a little over 150 if you are willing to go for that, otherwise a 6870 is what you should be getting 3 monitors will require a active displayport adapter which goes for around 30$ off just about any site(hook 2 up via DVI and one via minidp, or 1 via HDMI 1 dvi and 1 minidp)[/QUOTE] £50 isn't a little over £150 ;). However I found it cheaper elsewhere. [url]http://www.saverstore.com/product/20073671/XFXATI-Radeon-HD-6950-1024MB-PCI-E-21-DVIHDMIDual-Link-DVIMini-DisplayPort-Graphics-Card[/url]
that one is cheaper because its the 1GB version, doesn't make much of a difference i'd imagine unless you are planning on using eyefinity
Maybe I should wait for the new range to be released. I'd hate to buy one this week and find the new range released mid September. I'd assume mid/end September to be a prime time for hardware releases due to elitists upgrades for the fall games. Although I don't want to buy the new range, the price of the old range my drop significantly. [editline]8th August 2011[/editline] I'm about to buy the - Inno 3d GeForce GTX 570 - 1.2 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.0 (N57V-2DDN-J5KS) I'll wait an hour to see if anyone posts a reason not to, but it seems to outperform the 6950 in all tests I can find.
570 is a decent card but you'll need two of them to run 3 monitors at the same time(assuming that is what you meant in the OP)
[QUOTE=RoFLWaFFLEZZ;31601652]570 is a decent card but you'll need two of them to run 3 monitors at the same time(assuming that is what you meant in the OP)[/QUOTE] Kinda, I want 3 plugged in at once but only ever want to run 2. If I'm watching TV I won't have the PC monitors on. And it does have 3 output ports.
[QUOTE=Pantho;31613676]Kinda, I want 3 plugged in at once but only ever want to run 2. If I'm watching TV I won't have the PC monitors on. And it does have 3 output ports.[/QUOTE]You need 2 570's to support 3.
[QUOTE=Pantho;31613676]Kinda, I want 3 plugged in at once but only ever want to run 2. If I'm watching TV I won't have the PC monitors on. And it does have 3 output ports.[/QUOTE] 3 doesn't really mean you can use all 3 at the same time basically, you'll only be able to enable 2 at the same time in windows/whatever OS you are using unless you get two cards
I said i only want 2 active. But i dont want to plug and unplug cables every night. Changing in windows settings is fine.
then the 570 would be the way to go
I ended up buying this: [url]http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-evga-gtx-570-hd-superclocked-40nm-3900mhz-gddr5-gpu-797mhz-shader-1594mhz-480-cores[/url] :) Bought a new secondary monitor while I was at it as well.
you could have gotten a twin frozr III for two quid more [url]http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-msi-gtx-570-twin-frozr-iii-power-edition-oc-40nm-4000mhz-gddr5-gpu-770mhz-shader-1540mhz[/url]
[QUOTE=reapaninja;31627054]you could have gotten a twin frozr III for two quid more [url]http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-msi-gtx-570-twin-frozr-iii-power-edition-oc-40nm-4000mhz-gddr5-gpu-770mhz-shader-1540mhz[/url][/QUOTE] Unsure why that is better given specifications of both. Although I do know MSI, but EVGA looks like a different company.
Better cooling, no performance difference but overclocking would be easier on the card and overall temperatures would just be lower, worth the £2 really.
[QUOTE=David Tennant;31638602]Better cooling, no performance difference but overclocking would be easier on the card and overall temperatures would just be lower, worth the £2 really.[/QUOTE] 2fans doesn't always mean better though. Although in this case it helps, the EVGA has some editions to help with cooling. The specifications are a tad better and any statistics I find shows it slightly out performs the MSI. Not noticeably though, just a few FPS. I guess for £2 either way they both have positive and negatives. However the 2 HDMI ports do help me a tad so that was the main selling point.
Should have gotten the Twin Frozr III, so much better than the Evga one. You payed extra for the factory OC too.
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