Cheap but better card than a 9800GT?

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  1. ocelot20

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    Hello,

    I have a Dell Studio Xps. It has a i3-550 CPU and 8gb RAM. At the moment it has a 1gb 9800GT inside. At the moment it plays all the games I own like GTA IV, Crysis, Arma 2. Am just wondering if I can get a better card for around £60 as I was going to buy another 9800gt to put into another PC I have. But I thought I may as well buy a better card than the 9800gt and put the 9800gt into my other PC.

    So any recommendation's?

    Thanks.
     
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    New or second hand?

    If you're talking new then performance tends to drop off sharply below about £70-80 but the 9800GT is old so something like the Radeon 6670 GDDR5 should give you similar performance but less heat and power consumption.
     
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    New or second hand is fine. The 9800GT I have at the moment is a Inno 3D Green Edition so I don't think it uses a lot of power anyhow.

    Edit: Also if possible I would like a card that dose audio over HDMI. At the moment my PC is connected to a 42" HDTV but no sound over HDMI. So I have to use some cheap old speakers witch I would like to move from my main set up.
     
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    Ok so I have found 2 ATI 6670 cards on ebay both brand new and about same price of £58.

    One is a PowerColor 1gb GDDR3 and the other is a ASUS 1gb GDDR5 what is the difference?
     
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    The GDDR5 one is faster, and it's the one all of the reviews have been done on.
     
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    Thanks I will read up on the GDDR5 one then go from there.
     
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    It's also worth looking at the slightly more expensive options, a Radeon 7750 for £10-15 is 40% faster for example.
     
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    if you can find a 5750 / 5770 / 6750 / 6770 for cheap ( they go for around £40 on the classifieds) that would be decent
     
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    What is the 9800gt card that the op has equal to in the ati range of cards?
     
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    Thanks for that I found a all of them cards in my price range. But I just had a look at what watt the power supply is in my Dell and its only 300watt. All of them cards require 500+watt gutted.
     
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    Radeon 4830/4770.

    They require that if you want to plug them into an i7 system with six hard drives sure. The 6670/7750 only use 50 Watts themselves so if you've got a more modest system it's perfectly possible to run them on a 300W PSU.
     
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    At the moment the system is running i3-550 and 1x 1tb hard and 2x4gb ram (8gb total).

    I found this 5750 xfx hd 5750 pci-e 2.0 graphics card | eBay

    So would 300watt be fine for that card plus the i3 ect? I don't plan on upgrading this any more for a long time as I hardly play PC games.
     
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    Too be honest I still have a 5750 I use and it does alright but I don't think that is worth £55 because the guy has already used it. I think a 5750 is fine on a decent 300W PSU like a dell maybe
    But if you can get a brand new 6670 GDDR5 for £58 like that - Asus AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB Graphics Card - 90-C1CQR5-L0UAY0YZ - CCL Computers

    and you would be playing it safe with the PSU, it also doesn't need an extra power connector and would be worth more if you sell it.
    If you got a 5750/5770 for maybe £40-45 used then I would chance it but 55 is too much
     
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    Thanks for the help LJx. Ok what am thinking at the moment is get the 6670 as it looks like it will be perfect for my needs. Then when I get paid next month get a new PSU.

    I noticed Amazon are selling a 600 watt Cooler Master for £50. Am pretty sure I could get that cheaper if I shop around. I know there is much cheaper 600 watt PSU from various brands but some of them I have never heard of before.
     
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    You won't need a new PSU for the 6670. If you want to get a new PSU then you might as well get the more powerful graphics card too
     

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