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    Default Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    Im looking to buy a new PC (seeing as Im too cackhanded/lazy to build my own one) and have been looking at a couple that dont seem too bad on fleabay. I can cope with most of the differences, but what would be the better gfx card setup to have out of these:

    Nvidia Geforce 9500GT 1gb + Nvidia Physx + Nvidia Gforce7150 512mb + NForce 630i

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    ATi Radeon HD 4850 512mb


    I know next to nothing about these thingymajigs but my initial thought was definately the first as theres more dedicated memory, but Im worried that having more than 1 card may cause driver issues?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated...

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    the 4850 would be the zonda the 9500 would be a moped..

    that is simple eh...

    min geforce card today would be an 8800 series...

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    Stick in a Nvidia 280 if you got the money as its got built in physix engine (8800 upwards)
    if money scarce get the 250 or the ATi equivalant
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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    Balls, looks likes its back to the drawing board for me then. I was looking at something like this:

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    Which looked to be a bit decent for around £500-£600, think I might need to have a rethink...

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    m8 thats a good board, chip mem etc just a crap gfx card...

    are you able to build your own or is that beyond you..

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    Think it would probably be beyond me. Ive only ever swapped out a hdd or dvd drive and dont think I could build my own - not sure if I would want to risk it..

    Although I suppose I could have a bash by just buying those components seperately and plumping for a different gfx card... or as a last resort, could even ask the ebayer to shove a different one in (depending on cost, as he/she custom builds them..)

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    lets be fair here..a pc has always been a modular thing...

    only diff is the old days it was setting up jumpers for voltage and bus speeds etc..

    nowadays its slap it in a case , plug it all in , switch it on and let the bios sort it out.

    piece of piss m8.

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    Cheers guys - been looking around again and looking at dual card setups. Is there much difference between these:

    512MB GEFORCE 9800GTX+ PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT (x2)

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    1024MB GEFORCE 9800GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT (x2)

    Obviously the second has more memory, but is actually cheaper that the GTX - would there be a noticable difference between the two?

    Definately looking at either taking the plump and bulding it, or just getting someone to build a custom one for me - [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] seems quite reasonable..

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    gtx about 15% - 20% better but double for 2 cards...

    i think you would be better getting one gtx 280 than 2 of anythin else m8....


    a single GTX 280 beat two GeForce 9800 GTX cards running in SLI by a 9-percent margin.........
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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    Quote Originally Posted by wakadoo View Post
    gtx about 15% - 20% better but double for 2 cards...

    i think you would be better getting one gtx 280 than 2 of anythin else m8....


    a single GTX 280 beat two GeForce 9800 GTX cards running in SLI by a 9-percent margin.........
    Agreed. If you have the money the GTX 280 is definitely a good buy.

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    The GTX280 takes it over my budget by the looks of it (I was pushing it with 2 cards!) - it adds over £100 to the price by swapping the 2 cards to the gtx280 (on that [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] site anyhoo)

    Cheers for all the advice guys, need to keep looking round and having a think (Ill have a maximum of £800 to spend on a pc excluding monitor, and theres no way the missus will let me spend it again anytime soon so need to make sure I get the best I can!)

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    Default Re: Looking to buy a new PC - advice needed on gfx cards..

    Quote Originally Posted by silentbob10 View Post
    The GTX280 takes it over my budget by the looks of it (I was pushing it with 2 cards!) - it adds over £100 to the price by swapping the 2 cards to the gtx280 (on that [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] site anyhoo)

    Cheers for all the advice guys, need to keep looking round and having a think (Ill have a maximum of £800 to spend on a pc excluding monitor, and theres no way the missus will let me spend it again anytime soon so need to make sure I get the best I can!)

    £800 quid eh.....................................i was close but went over a little..

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