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40 - 60 Graphic Card Upgrade for this pc


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#1 L1GHT

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 02:33 PM

AMD Athlon II x2 250 3.00 Ghz

2 GB RAM

Asus M4A88T-M

ATI Radeon HD4250 (Integrated with Mobo)

Corsair CX430

 

This is my brother's pc which from what you can see have integrated graphic card, which is not good to start with when you play a lot of games. I have from £40 to £60 for new graphic card for this pc. It would be good if I could buy graphics card which won't bottleneck processor and run such games as GTA IV, Skyrim or Saints Row IV at leas on Low or Medium if it's possible. We have tried to run Skyrim, everything was alright but FPS rate was so low when the fight begins and that was usually when there was more action than unusual. My guess would be Graphic Card which is integrated as I'm sure he can run this game if I buy better one. Can someone recommend and list 3 graphics card in the following price range: around £40, £50 and £60. What I mean by around is that it could be for example £46 or £49 etc.

 

I appreciate any help.

Thanks 


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#2 ihavanswer

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 04:32 PM

Im going to assume you are in the UK since you use £

 

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-sapphire-radeon-radeon-r7-240-1800mhz-gddr5-gpu-730mhz-boost-780mhz-320-streams-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-sapphire-radeon-radeon-r7-240-1800mhz-gddr3-gpu-730mhz-boost-780mhz-320-streams-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-radeon-r7-250-boost-28nm-1600mhz-gddr3-gpu-1000mhz-boost-1050mhz-384-streams-d-sub-dvi-d-hdm

 

not always, but in this case, the more expensive you go, the more powerful the card is.



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 09:55 AM

Here's a few -

 

Under £40 - Nvidia GT 720 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-01gp32722kr  (will be slow on all but old games at low resolutions)

Under £50 - AMD R7 240 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr724oc2gi (bit better than above, but still slow)

Under £60 - AMD R7 250 GDDR5 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r72501gd5oc (getting somewhere now, will be usable on newer games)

Just over £60 - AMD R7 260 GDDR5 - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r72601gd5oc (significantly more powerful than all of the cards above)

 

Of these, I think the first two are not really worth bothering with.  But I would definitely go for the R7-260 considering at this moment in time it's just £7 over.  It is a version with 1Gb memory (2Gb cards are more expensive) but I think that is not going to be too much of a problem.  Here is a review of the R7-260.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 06:12 PM

Is the R7 my only option ? I know that you have recommended R7 2GB DDR3 in my £400 setup and I think this one is quate weak, the one from my setup. What's the difference between DDR3 and DDR5 and what difference does it make as both are the same but only have different DDR version if I can call it and what I want to know is how does DDR version relates to the performance in games when you have DDR3 and DDR5 ?  Would I find something from Nvidia withing this price range or does ATI Radeon is my only option, if not I will go for that R7-260 DDR5 one which you have recommended.



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Posted 26 October 2014 - 06:48 PM

GDDR5 is a lot faster than DDR3.   Faster memory = more memory bandwidth = better performance.  Memory performance seems to make a lot of difference to GPU performance.  If limited by budget to choosing between 1Gb of GDDR5 or 2Gb of DDR3, I would always choose the 1Gb GDDR5 version.

 

No these are not the only choices.

 

The R7-260 is about equal in performance with Nvidia's GTX 750.  The GTX 750 is an excellent card and is more power efficient than the Radeon, but it's more expensive than the R7-260 at the moment in the UK.

The R7-250 and R7-250X go up against Nvidia's GT 740.  The GT 740 seems so low key, no-ones bothered to review it in detail, but this is the only one I could find (they compare it to an R7-250X) - http://www.redgamingtech.com/radeon-r7-250x-geforce-gtx-740-benchmark-review/  I believe it's a rehash of the older GTX650 card.


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#6 L1GHT

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 02:52 PM

Thanks for explanation and yeah now I understand more about what you have said. As I can see that AMD R7 260 GDDR5 is my best option here right ? I don't know why but when I'm always buying new graphics card and it's small I'm thinking that it's like this -> Small Card = Low Performance and Big Card = High Performance as when I'm looking at NVIDIA series usually they have some powerfull graphics card that are quiet big iny my opinion like latest GTX series.



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Posted 30 October 2014 - 09:38 AM

These are both solid budget cards

 

http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-amd-radeon-r7-250-boost-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-92ZQ.html?refs=501990000&src=3

 

http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-geforce-gt-740-933mhz-2gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-9Q5Z.html?refs=501990000&src=3






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