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Graphics Almost settling on a new gfx card.... Advice needed though

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by st1x, 12 Aug 2012.

  1. st1x

    st1x Surviving on low specs since '86

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    Hi folks.

    As the title suggests i have had my eye on...

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-...800mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1050mhz-dl-dvi-hdmi-mdp

    that little number. but having been out of the loop for longer than i want to admit, i have to throw myself on the mercy of the forums and ask for some advice.

    I was thinking a 7870 because its in my price range (just over 200 quid) and i remember that frozr did some decent cooling a while back on something or other...

    i digress.

    is it a good card for the money, has anyone had any problems with it, are there any other deals out there that would be better for the kind of cash that i want to spend..

    Would someone also mind getting a tape measure and letting me know how long it is? ive got limited room and my gtx 280 has about 2mm clearance before it hits the hd bays. I dont want to break out the :dremel: but if i have to i will.

    Thanks in advance,

    Nic
     
  2. Kodongo

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    My first piece of advice would be to sit tight for a week or two because the 660Ti is surely going to force prices down for the 7850, 7870 and 7950 when it is revealed.

    If your heart is set on a 7870, I would direct you to the MSi 7870 Hawk from Overclockers. With shipping, it comes in at £239 but it comes with two games and it's a newer iteration of the 7870 with higher stock clocks and better Twin Frozr IV cooling.
     
  3. Harlequin

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    if rumour mill is right then GTX 660 pries will be shockingly close to gtx 670 prices....
     
  4. Instagib

    Instagib Well-Known Member

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    That does not suprise me one bit. Gpu prices are getting rather silly.

    The 660ti went on sale for $299 at best buy in america when they jumped the gun recently, so something like £299 over here can be expected.

    Its still worth waiting for, just for the price knock on its bound to have.
     
  5. Xahl

    Xahl Your mum's a Dremel

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    Is there any specific reason you want the 7870? There are cheaper cards that will run the most modern games perfectly fine.
     
  6. Jaybles

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    Every graphics card thread in the last 2 months looking at this budget has said wait a week or 2 for the 660. It's still not here. :(
     
  7. hoochy

    hoochy Need moar cooling

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    This. I couldn't be bothered waiting any longer to buy mine so I settled on a 7850. To be honest coming from the ancient GPU i was using before I was bound not to be dissapointed, but my expectations have been surpassed with this card due to the ease of overclocking and the outputs/fps I am getting in BF3 etc...
     
  8. Harlequin

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    gtx 660 is next week - but rumour says its not as cheap as we hope
     
  9. st1x

    st1x Surviving on low specs since '86

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    No real reason to be honest. I know how much ive got to drop on a gfx card and i dont mind paying a little bit more on top of that for a bit extra clock speed and some decent cooling.

    £230 is my top limit but if what you say about the 660 bringing down prices i guess i can afford to wait a little bit to see if the price comes down much...it would be nice, but hell i'm not going to wait forever.

    Infact, now i come to think about it, i AM going to wait a little bit...instead im going to drop some $ onto a new SSD.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/256g...basic-kit-sata-iii-read-520mb-s-write-400mb-s

    seems to be a very good deal at the moment.

    Thanks for your input guys, it's always appreciated :)

    Nic
     
  10. murraynt

    murraynt Well-Known Member

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    That's a cracking SSD. :rock:

    The 7870 Kodongo suggested looks like a great buy.
     
  11. law99

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    Except we've had it from a Bit-tech staffer that the review is out in 3 days. So, that would infer we are actually v.close to the launch
     

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