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Graphics card help....please

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Looking to get a 1GB graphics card with HDMI, not looking to spend more than £50 - £60ish. There are a few out there but im not clued up on the tech side of things......... clock speed, processor spee…
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Looking to get a 1GB graphics card with HDMI, not looking to spend more than £50 - £60ish. There are a few out there but im not clued up on the tech side of things......... clock speed, processor speed, shoud it have a fan or not.....things like that?? It will be linked to 2 screens tho?! Im not a heavy gamer on the pc, just looking to upgrade and take away from the shared graphics.

I have an Acer Aspire M3641 Intel core 2 Quad Q6600, 3GB Ram
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
if thats your usuage then i cant see why you need 1gb version, 512mb would suffice fine unless gaming seriously.
#2
awoodhall2003
if thats your usuage then i cant see why you need 1gb version, 512mb would suffice fine unless gaming seriously.


I can see your point, but for only a few quid more you can get 1Gb cards. And you never know, I might just come across a game that I like for the pc.
#3
As long as the cards with 1GB only costing a few quid more are the same specification, then of course go for the 1GB. If however your talking about two different cards costing the same price, but one has 512mb and one has 1GB, don't automatically assume the 1GB one is better.
#4
sooty73
I can see your point, but for only a few quid more you can get 1Gb cards. And you never know, I might just come across a game that I like for the pc.


thats fair enough but i wouldnt let the size of the memory dictate. id look best bang for buck and then if the 1gb is only a bit more get it. :thumbsup:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/621580/xfx-radeon-4850-512mb-65-del-aria
Thats a good solid card, ive got the 4870 1gb and its flies, and plays anything i throw at it.
#5
sooty73
I can see your point, but for only a few quid more you can get 1Gb cards. And you never know, I might just come across a game that I like for the pc.


What you need to know is what PSU do you have as there are many graphics cards at that price but some will run on a 300w PSU but some will require a £400w PSU,
#6
awoodhall2003
thats fair enough but i wouldnt let the size of the memory dictate. id look best bang for buck and then if the 1gb is only a bit more get it. :thumbsup:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/621580/xfx-radeon-4850-512mb-65-del-aria
Thats a good solid card, ive got the 4870 1gb and its flies, and plays anything i throw at it.


Thats a good card but really need a 400w PSU at the least,
#7
tonyg1962
What you need to know is what PSU do you have as there are many graphics cards at that price but some will run on a 300w PSU but some will require a £400w PSU,


....there I might find a problem, the power unit is an ATX 250PA, im thinking this is only an 250w unit??
#8
sooty73
....there I might find a problem, the power unit is an ATX 250PA, im thinking this is only an 250w unit??


Yeah you are really gonna struggle,About the lowest power card is the sapphire HD 4670 which uses 70watts and may just work with that unless you are willinjg to buy a PSU
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173708

I find its best to buy a decent PSU and when you sell your PC in the future you can always remobve it and put it in your new PC so is a good investment,
#9
sooty73
I can see your point, but for only a few quid more you can get 1Gb cards. And you never know, I might just come across a game that I like for the pc.


An £80 (£120 on release) 4850 comes with 512mb as standard and is twice as fast as anything in your budget. Extra memory is often cheap and if it's an option for £3 more then go for it but it should be at the bottom of your list of desirable things, not the top.

Are you looking for dual-HDMI as that's rare? If not is the second screen going to be connected via VGA or DVI? Apart from ATI's new 5000-series (which are currently overpriced for their performance) all cards with three outputs only support two monitors at once and I don't know whether it's normally any two or whether HDMI usually only works with a specific one.

The Radeon HD 4650 at around £40 is a good entry level card with a little grunt, the version using DDR3 memory is faster than the one using DDR2 so I'd pick up one of those if you can find one with HDMI.

Technically the fastest cards in your price range are going to be things like the 4670 GDDR3 version, GT 240 GDDR5 version and 5570 but once you start pushing the upper end of your budget it's not much more to a better value mainstream card like a 4850 (Aria currently have one for £72: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/621580/xfx-radeon-4850-512mb-65-del-aria)

Unfortunately the power of the card doesn't depend on how serious you are, just on what games you want to run so if you're looking forward to A Vampyre Story 2: A Bat's Tale and Victoria 2 you'll get away with a much cheaper graphics card than if you want to run Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Fallout: New Vegas.

EDIT: Looks like I've been multi-ninjad.
#10
EndlessWaves.....

Only 1 screen HDMI (the tv) as the E drive is a blueray/hd/dvd/cd multi drive, other screen is vga. Theres a possability that I will want to run more modern power hungry games (looks like im now in the market for a better PSU)? The main thing I wanted to know was.....is more better. Looks like its not. Does the card youve put a link to have an HDMI port??
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DVI is exactly the same video signal to HDMI so the only advantage of a dedicated HDMI port is that it's easier to get sound through without having to use a specific adapter.

Aria don't specify what outputs the card has but from the picture it appears to be twin DVI which will work for you (one via a DVI to VGA adapter, the other via a DVI to HDMI adapter).
#13
Thanks 'Endless' for your help. HDMI would be better as that side of things is really only for sending Blueray to the tv, so sound being sent with it would be better than seperately, purely for ease!? Ive found a card at a local trader (Star Computers) that looks like it will fit the bill and if bought with the higher wattage PSU, he will do me a deal on the price making it worth it. (PCI-E 1024Mb Nvidia GeForce 9500GT), cant seem to find a pick of it on the site tho. The next one up at £70ish the ( PCI-E 1024Mb Nvidia Geforce 9600GT) is very tempting too. I think both will do for what I use of the comp.

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