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Is this a reasonable graphics card for entry level gaming/minecraft and mods etc please?

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Hi, I have chosen a pc build finally for my child's christmas present but it doesn't come with a graphics card so I was advisex to get one that was gddr5 with at least 2gb of ram. Is this one ok? Will… Read More
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7m, 2w agoPosted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, I have chosen a pc build finally for my child's christmas present but it doesn't come with a graphics card so I was advisex to get one that was gddr5 with at least 2gb of ram. Is this one ok? Will I (total noob) be able to fit it? Your advice is very much appreciated :)
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7m, 2w agoPosted 7 months, 2 weeks ago
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#2
Id look at a used 750ti, can get one for around £50 and will run in most prebuilt systems.
#3
This card is fine for what you want it for
#4
surely it has onboard gfx , an onboard will be ok for minecraft depending on the specs. What parts are in the pc
#5
Would help if we knew what the rest of the system looked like. As suggested above a used 750ti would be good or if you want to spend a little more an amd 460 would be a better choice.

They have a pristine condition 750ti boost here on amazon comes down to £73.77 with free shipping would be way better than the 240 and you have good return policy if any issues.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00I602S92/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used&m=A2OAJ7377F756P



Edited By: LittleChimp on Dec 01, 2016 10:30: Info
#6
Yeah if it's AMD 10 or something they have r7 graphics built in. Have you got space on your motherboard for a graphics card. ?
#7

That's the DDR3 version, not a GDDR5 version. I'd expect the DDR3 version to be similar in power to current integrated graphics as possessed by a £65 CPU like a Pentium G4500 or A8-7600. A GDDR5 version (typically 30-50% faster) is £5 more:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Radeon-GDDR5-Graphics-Boost/dp/B00FL8GW1W/ref=sr_1_10?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1480588975&sr=1-10&keywords=GDDR5

Although as mentioned above an an R7 360 or GTX 750ti at just under twice the price is around 3-4x the speed so between those and the integrated graphics cards at this price are rarely bought or tested.
#9
The above is the one I was going to put it in
#10
EndlessWaves

That's the DDR3 version, not a GDDR5 version. I'd expect the DDR3 version to be similar in power to current integrated graphics as possessed by a £65 CPU like a Pentium G4500 or A8-7600. A GDDR5 version (typically 30-50% faster) is £5 more:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Radeon-GDDR5-Graphics-Boost/dp/B00FL8GW1W/ref=sr_1_10?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1480588975&sr=1-10&keywords=GDDR5

Although as mentioned above an an R7 360 or GTX 750ti at just under twice the price is around 3-4x the speed so between those and the integrated graphics cards at this price are rarely bought or tested.


Thanks :)
#12
The Bulldozer FX-4100 does not have graphics itself, so the "no graphics card" means it must be motherboard graphics - typically less potent than the AMD A-series where it's built in to the CPU.

If a R7 240 will do, CEX have a 2GB DDR3 model in stock (1 only) at £25

or R7 250X at £32 - only a 1GB, but GDDR5 and a fair bit more powerful than the 240

I'm well happy with my Nvidia GT730 from CEX at a miserly £15 (now £18, but also appears at another price), but there are 3 possible models - I had a chance to look it over at my local store and was pleased to find it had 64 bit DDR3 and not 128 bit, since the 64b model has the newer Kepler core, the 128b has the older Fermi

Yes, I'm a bit of a connoisseur of graphics cards at CEX, there are some bargains at the mid-low range, but some of the newer cards mean that older "once great" cards can be poor value now.
#13
Great shout on cex Matt. I just had a look and they have an ati 270 2gb for 60 pounds which is a bargain. This card can still play most games at 1080p so it would handle minecraft easily.

If your son wanted to play anything more advanced in the future then this would cover you as well. The 270 is about the same as the PlayStation 4's graphics so it would make a great present.
#14
matth9999
The Bulldozer FX-4100 does not have graphics itself, so the "no graphics card" means it must be motherboard graphics - typically less potent than the AMD A-series where it's built in to the CPU.

If a R7 240 will do, CEX have a 2GB DDR3 model in stock (1 only) at £25

or R7 250X at £32 - only a 1GB, but GDDR5 and a fair bit more powerful than the 240

I'm well happy with my Nvidia GT730 from CEX at a miserly £15 (now £18, but also appears at another price), but there are 3 possible models - I had a chance to look it over at my local store and was pleased to find it had 64 bit DDR3 and not 128 bit, since the 64b model has the newer Kepler core, the 128b has the older Fermi

Yes, I'm a bit of a connoisseur of graphics cards at CEX, there are some bargains at the mid-low range, but some of the newer cards mean that older "once great" cards can be poor value now.


Thank you! Sooo which one do you think is best? x
#15
LittleChimp
Great shout on cex Matt. I just had a look and they have an ati 270 2gb for 60 pounds which is a bargain. This card can still play most games at 1080p so it would handle minecraft easily.

If your son wanted to play anything more advanced in the future then this would cover you as well. The 270 is about the same as the PlayStation 4's graphics so it would make a great present.


Great! Thanks. Its so confusing to me all of this lol. I was advised that this pc would be good for upgrading in the future, no idea myself.Thank goodness for all of you and the wisdom you impart! :))))
#16
The memory has very little to do with graphics performance, at least initially. The one you posted is 2gb but is basically a media playback card. My 1.2gb gtx570 would absolutely obliterate it though, with like 5-10x the performance.

Anyway that pc is alright but it's 5 years old and other than graphics isn't really upgradable at least not in a way that's worth it. An ssd could help though and is a cheap upgrade.

Graphics wise you've got a few recommendations of cards to look at. I've got a GTX 260 (Sparkle Calibre X265) that I'd do for £20 + p&p if that helps.

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