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Graphics GPU for 1280x1024

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Da_Rude_Baboon, 15 Nov 2011.

  1. Da_Rude_Baboon

    Da_Rude_Baboon What the?

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    Hi All,

    I am going to donate my old PC to my nephew but it will need a GPU upgrade. I'm looking for the cheapest GPU that will play modern games, luckily he only has a 17" monitor so it wont need to be too powerful. Current spec below.

    Q6600
    4GB RAM
    8800GT

    Thanks,

    DRB
     
  2. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    A 8800GT will be able to play anything at that resolution, and a lot of games on max. A 450GTS will easily be enough at that resolution, if you want a DX11 card. Or you could a second hand 260GTX.
     
  3. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

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    Cheapest meaning how much? A preowned 4870 is pretty much the best value GPU you can get currently, costing about £35 if you know where to look. As for DX11, don't bother with cheap GPUs as they simply won't handle the tessellation.
     
  4. Da_Rude_Baboon

    Da_Rude_Baboon What the?

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    £50 would be the top of the budget.
     
  5. murraynt

    murraynt Well-Known Member

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    A second hand 5770?
     
  6. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

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    You can get him a GTX275 if you are happy with DX10; 5770 is a little above budget at £60ish.
     
  7. yassarikhan786

    yassarikhan786 Ultramodder(Not)

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    +1 on the GTX275. Will be awesome at 1280x1024.
     
  8. jake9891

    jake9891 Loves Internet Shopping

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    personally I would keep the 8800GT, I've been playing games with it on 1920x1080 resolution and they still looked fairly good
     
  9. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

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    I had an 8800GT briefly and Test Drive Unlimied (first one from 2006) crippled it at 1920x1080. It's a good card, but definitely showing its age now. :)
     
  10. Redbeaver

    Redbeaver The Other Red Meat

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    my 8800GTS 640MB plays BF3 at low-med settings at 1680x1050.

    u should check with ur nephew and see what games he like to play first IMHO.

    but yeah, a 275 would wipe the floor at 1280x1024.
     
  11. Da_Rude_Baboon

    Da_Rude_Baboon What the?

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    At the moment he doesn't really play anything as he is a console gamer. I have gifted him L4D over steam so I could play that with him but he complained he needed a gamepad. Kids today. :rolleyes: I'll stick with whats there and see how he gets on.
     
  12. penryn 2 hertz

    penryn 2 hertz I'm not a science fiction writer...

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    Dose the motherboard do sli?
     
  13. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    At that res the 8800GT should do fine I would have thought, if not, the 260/275 are both fantastic cards.
     
  14. The Protocol

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    I second that but a 5750 single slot would be better I think
     
  15. Farting Bob

    Farting Bob New Member

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    I suggest you buy nothing, as the 8800GT will be more than adequate for such a low resolution. If it still works then there is no reason to look elsewhere unless he finds he wants to take PC gaming more seriously and buy a new monitor. No point spending money before you need to.
     
  16. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    8800GT is still an improvement over any console.

    Just saying.
     

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