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GPU R9 270 or RX 470

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I currently have a HTPC set up in the living room which I fancy turning into a bit of a console alternative but have not looked at graphics cards in years. I built the computer earlier in the year … Read More
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10m, 1w agoPosted 10 months, 1 week ago
I currently have a HTPC set up in the living room which I fancy turning into a bit of a console alternative but have not looked at graphics cards in years.

I built the computer earlier in the year with the following components

A10-7850K

8Gb DDR3

FM2A88X Extreme6+

128gb SSD

500 Watt PSU

(will probabaly add a cheap sata HDD for extra storage)

After looking at what I have I have decided I have 150w to spare on the GPU which does limit my options somewhat, I don’t really want to change the PSU yet. I've also decided to stick to AMD for future crossfire options. Another thing to consider is I had a go at the wife for spending money at the weekend and we both agreed to stop buying things we didn't need for a while (lol). I have narrowed it down to the R9 270 (which I can get used for £50ish) or a new RX 470 for around £175, so the question is do I spend £50 now on the 270 or exercise some patience and get a 470 in a few months? Given the system specs would I be wasting a 470 in it?
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10m, 1w agoPosted 10 months, 1 week ago
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#1
I would think crossfire benefits would be limited by your cpu if you went for a second 470. I would probably go for a secondhand 970, they can be got for cheap and you can get a very good overclockers version for less than the 470
#2
n217970
I have decided I have 150w to spare on the GPU

Unless you've got a lot more in there than listed or a PSU that delivers a lot less than 500W then you're not going to be using anything like 350W. Even half that, 175W, would be a high estimate.

Have you tried gaming on the integrated graphics? You paid a lot of money for them over the otherwise identical 860k so they're well worth a go. They won't run the more demanding games, but they will run a lot of others.

As for the card choice, the 470 is undoubtedly the better card but if the computer's plugged into a TV so that the 270's lack of freesync support isn't a big deal then for £50 it's definitely the more sensible purchase.
#3
Chidmas
I would think crossfire benefits would be limited by your cpu if you went for a second 470. I would probably go for a secondhand 970, they can be got for cheap and you can get a very good overclockers version for less than the 470

A good point not considered, I'll look into the 970.
#4
EndlessWaves
n217970
I have decided I have 150w to spare on the GPU
Unless you've got a lot more in there than listed or a PSU that delivers a lot less than 500W then you're not going to be using anything like 350W. Even half that, 175W, would be a high estimate.

Have you tried gaming on the integrated graphics? You paid a lot of money for them over the otherwise identical 860k so they're well worth a go. They won't run the more demanding games, but they will run a lot of others.

As for the card choice, the 470 is undoubtedly the better card but if the computer's plugged into a TV so that the 270's lack of freesync support isn't a big deal then for £50 it's definitely the more sensible purchase.

There are a few things like sat cards etc, but the PSU is not exactly high end so would prefer to have a healthy redundancy.

Intergrated graphics I have used and it does run some games but not that well, I am really looking for something that can be a PS4 alternative (not sure if I am being overly optimistic). The PC was never really built with games in mind, I put the 7850k in it for the (albeit limited) 4k output for films, I just thought I would try and repurpose this box as opposed to building a new computer again (and trying to find somewhere to put it)

Thanks for your recommendation.
#5
It can definitely run at ps4 level and better as the ps4 isn't that great in quality. It basically runs an apu similar to yours with hbm memory
#6
The 7850 is a great card and will play most games on high, they overclock very easily to, have you tried it on games, it will play Battlefield 4 on medium to high at about 40-50fps, far cry 3 and Tomb Raider also play at good speeds.

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