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Hi There, I hope you can help me. I've recently built a gaming PC. Yesterday the GPU that was given to me has stopped working. Nothing was being displayed on the various monitors when I turned t… Read More
Geekynerd12 Avatar
3m, 3w agoPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi There,

I hope you can help me.

I've recently built a gaming PC. Yesterday the GPU that was given to me has stopped working. Nothing was being displayed on the various monitors when I turned the PC on. I had a red LED turn on the mother board just above the GPU. It was a Sapphire Radeon R9 280X Vapor. I'm looking to spend roughly £350 max if possible. I'm hoping reach to ultra settings with pretty much any game that I throw at it with the possibility of 4k.

I've been recommend Maplin as they have a finance option.

I hope you can help.

Thanks in advance.
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3m, 3w agoPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
for £350 is a nvidia 1070
#2
Have you checked the cables on the card/monitor and also checked that you card is seated correctly and that the fan connected and not clogged with dust ?

I'm hoping reach to ultra settings with pretty much any game that I throw at it with the possibility of 4k.

I have a 980 Ti (about 7~15% slower than a GTX1070) with an i7 6700/32GB and this system is just about capable of smooth gameplay with ultra 1080p settings on current AAA releases. If you want ultra settings at 4k on modern releases you are going to want a minimum of a GTX1080 or possibly two 1070's.

Edited By: dozstanford on Jan 28, 2017 22:00
#3
Is the PSU working? May have burned out if underpowered
#4
we need to know your hardware before we can offer advise, 1070 is the best in your price range but it would be an upgrade - as such your other parts may need upgrading else they could be be a limiting factor


cpu I would don't bother with a 1070 if you're running anything below i5 6500
#5
ps. a red light doesn't mean broken, it could have been knocked loose or - depending on your motherboard - the light may be stupidly placed and the error has nothing to do with the graphics card

if nothing else grab the card and take it to a local shop, they will shove it in a machine and tell you for definite, you can also price up a 1070, RX 480 or whatever else you are thinking of (though likely cheaper online)

Edited By: murtgurge on Jan 28, 2017 22:07
#6
Don't go Maplin, overpriced and usually have a poor selection, well my local does. Get a CC with interest free and go to ebuyer, scan, overclockers or even amazon and compare prices.
#7
murtgurge
we need to know your hardware before we can offer advise, 1070 is the best in your price range but it would be an upgrade - as such your other parts may need upgrading else they could be be a limiting factor


cpu I would don't bother with a 1070 if you're running anything below i5 6500


I seriously doubt an ivy bridge or even sandybridge i5 would bottleneck the 1070. Most games are gpu dependent not the other way around.

1070 would have no problems on most games with even a pentium. And it will be compatible with most motherboards made in the last 10 years with a spare pcie slot
#8
Is the pc working well with the onboard graphics? The best GPU for your needs depends on your current cpu, it may not be worth spending over £150 or £210 if the processor is not up to the task.
rx 480 will give you ultra settings with pretty much any game. You will have to drop the setting a lot at 4k.
#9
gowf
murtgurge
I would don't bother with a 1070 if you're running anything below i5 6500
I seriously doubt an ivy bridge or even sandybridge i5 would bottleneck the 1070.
True in none demanding games like CoD IF, Doom, Far Cry Primal, Quantum Break, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Titanfall 2. However, 11 of the biggest games from last year are CPU demanding, and produce lower FPS even using a RX480 / GTX 1060. Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, The Division, F1 2016, Gears 4, Hitman, Mafia III, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, Overwatch, Total War Warhammer. A 2500k will give you 25% less FPS on average than possible with a 1060 and only half the performance with a 1080. All the other cpu's you mentioned would be slower still.
#10
In many ways it also depends on the resolution he plays at and what kind of fps he is after. But the GPU is certainly the bottleneck in most games especially at higher resolutions and if he has the money I would always spend more on the graphics. The CPU, depending on what he has, can be upgraded or overclocked later on. It is true many games like battlefield can be CPU intensive. But then there's always a bottleneck on the computer somewhere! I just didn't agree with original post that only 6500 i5 would be compatible with a Gtx 1070...
#11
gowf
murtgurge
we need to know your hardware before we can offer advise, 1070 is the best in your price range but it would be an upgrade - as such your other parts may need upgrading else they could be be a limiting factor
cpu I would don't bother with a 1070 if you're running anything below i5 6500
I seriously doubt an ivy bridge or even sandybridge i5 would bottleneck the 1070. Most games are gpu dependent not the other way around.
1070 would have no problems on most games with even a pentium. And it will be compatible with most motherboards made in the last 10 years with a spare pcie slot
my pc has i7 2600k sandybridge, and from experience you don't want this set up (with 1070) for new releases like battlefield 1


Edited By: murtgurge on Jan 29, 2017 12:20
#12
murtgurge
gowf
murtgurge
we need to know your hardware before we can offer advise, 1070 is the best in your price range but it would be an upgrade - as such your other parts may need upgrading else they could be be a limiting factor
cpu I would don't bother with a 1070 if you're running anything below i5 6500
I seriously doubt an ivy bridge or even sandybridge i5 would bottleneck the 1070. Most games are gpu dependent not the other way around.
1070 would have no problems on most games with even a pentium. And it will be compatible with most motherboards made in the last 10 years with a spare pcie slot
my pc has i7 2600k sandybridge, and from experience you don't want this set up (with 1070) for new releases like battlefield 1
2ng gen i7 seems fine to me for a 1070 and battlefield 1, my i7 4790k is running perfectly fine even though considering its a 3 year old CPU.
#13
Hi everyone, just wanted to say thank you for your suggestions so far.

I saw that a few people wanted to know what I currently have to be able to make the best suggestion.

I currently have
I5 6600K
Asus Z170 Pro motherboard
G Skill Trident Z 16GB DDR4.
1TB Western Digital Blue HDD. (I'm going to be upgrading to an ssd real soon. Not sure if I should get an M.2 ssd card.

Thanks in advance.
#14
Geekynerd12
Hi everyone, just wanted to say thank you for your suggestions so far.
I saw that a few people wanted to know what I currently have to be able to make the best suggestion.
I currently have
I5 6600K
Asus Z170 Pro motherboard
G Skill Trident Z 16GB DDR4.
1TB Western Digital Blue HDD. (I'm going to be upgrading to an ssd real soon. Not sure if I should get an M.2 ssd card.
Thanks in advance.
1070 will go in that build swimmingly

you can get an m.2 if you want but if money is a factor then there really isn't any performance difference playing games so just go for what you can afford

depending on how many games you have you should only need 120-250gb ssd (store OS, programs, games on there) then general files on your HDD
#15
get RX480 8gb now for 200 ish and add next one in future. Now will be perfect for 1080 ULTRA and with second one for 4k high/ultra
#16
Thanks everyone for commenting. I'm definitely going to get the 1070. IV had a look and there is so many that IV come across. I literally have no idea what the differences are. Iv only come across one the 350 range and that was at PC world. No idea if it's any good. Im drawn to the Asus strix.
#17
Geekynerd12
Thanks everyone for commenting. I'm definitely going to get the 1070. IV had a look and there is so many that IV come across. I literally have no idea what the differences are. Iv only come across one the 350 range and that was at PC world. No idea if it's any good. Im drawn to the Asus strix.
typically the difference will only be noise/temp/size - just get whichever is best pricewise really,

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