Graphics Cards Below £100

    Hey there,

    I was looking to upgrade. Mainly because my current card, an X1800 PCI-E, is playing up a lot now, and regularly overheats. It's not overclocked or anything, but the case used to get scorching hot without me noticing. It was only recently that I rectified this situation, but I believe the damage has been done now as far as the GPU is concerned. I can't play anything post-early 2007, that's reasonably graphic intensive, without trouble (bearing in mind I'm playing these games on low to medium settings anyway.)

    SO, anyway, my question! I wanted to go NVIDIA now, good choice?

    I'm looking to play new releases, but I'm not someone who has to max out settings and everything. As long as I can push for medium to high then I'm happy. Anything that would run Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2, or COD with a nice sheen would be good.

    I have £100 to throw. Ideally I'd want to spend as little of this as possible, and get a card that performs reliably, but I know these things come at a price. Anyway, let me know what you guys think?

    Thanks in advance.


    Original Poster

    Thanks for the reply.

    I guess not, but I couldn't be totally sure (I'm not the most knowledgeable guy with these things).

    Would this handle Left 4 Dead and Far Cry 2 at medium-to-high settings?

    And I heard ATIs are more susceptible to overheating than NVIDIAs, is that true? Would I need to take exra precautions with air flow and such? My computer currently has an idle temperature of about 45c.

    well im pretty sure ud b fine with this graphics supports playing games well up to hd.......give it a day......a few more ppl will give u their opinion on which graphics card they thik is right for u....what ur best off doing is copying the model name of their suggestions then go into google and type in the name and then add "reviews"...there should be some reviews on the net about users experience with each card.

    Graphics Card
    Alternative: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT
    UK Pricing: £96.74 (inc. VAT)
    US Pricing: $119.90 (ex. Tax)

    Basically just a rebadged 8800 GT with Nvidia’s Hybrid Power (which unless you’re running an Nvidia nForce 7-series motherboard for AMD processors, you’ll never use), this card took the market by storm when it was released in October last year - it was one of the best bang-for-buck graphics cards we've ever seen and is still roughly on a par with AMD's newly released Radeon HD 4830 in most benchmarks.

    Although the 9800 GT has now been dethroned by the Radeon HD 4850 as the best bang for buck on the market and replaced by the more expensive GeForce 9800 GTX+ in Nvidia's product line, it still offers reasonable performance and good value for money at lower resolutions. If you really can't stand the red team for whatever reason then this is the best second choice, but it is convincingly outperformed in every single benchmark by the HD 4850, so seriously consider whether saving £30 is worth the drop in performance.

    It is £99.99 on but the 4850 is £130 and Is a Beast of a card

    i was going to hit the 4850 but thought it was over ops budget, agrred tho snakey...great card that.

    Original Poster

    thanks for the input, microsnakey.

    I wasn't considering going over that 100 mark, but if you're saying I could get a top of the line card for that extra 30 quid I might consider stretching my finances.

    Some more info about the 4850
    Graphics Card
    First Choice: Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+ 512MB
    UK Pricing: £129.33 (inc. VAT)
    US Pricing: $169.99 (ex. Tax)

    The current king of bang per buck graphics card is without a doubt the ATI Radeon HD 4850, delivering fantastic performance for a its price point and even snapping at the heels of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 260 (the one with 192 stream processors) – which sell for about fifty pounds more than the 4850, if you can still get one that is!

    As availability of Radeon HD 4850-based products has improved, we’ve started to see an increasing number of pre-overclocked, custom cooled versions from various board partners. While the Palit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic is our card of choice, availability in the UK is pretty rubbish right now. Because of this, the next best option is the Powercolor Radeon HD 4850 PCS+, which impressed us with its affordability and excellent thermal performance.What Hardware Should I Buy? - Dec 2008 Affordable Hardware - 1

    While the price might have risen to about £130 it’s still fantastic value, and is certainly preferable to the new lower priced Radeon HD 4830, especially as the Powercolor comes prefitted with an excellent aftermarket cooler to replace the ridiculously toasty stock 4850 cooler.

    For your £130, you’re getting a whisper quiet, incredibly efficient custom cooler and plenty of overclocking headroom to get the most out of the card. Even at stock settings, the RV770 based HD 4850 is more than enough to play any modern game at 1,280 x 1,024 and 1,680 x 1,050 resolutions in high detail (yes, even Crysis).

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the information again, Snakey. What do you think of this 4850?…468

    It also comes with a big ol' fan, and customer reviews seem to be happy with its abilities.

    You should look at this one…705

    good make and a £ then the shapphire, and the 4850 is fantastic
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