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Hi I have not long finished building my new system which has been an a rather tight budget and I wanted to get it running ASAP. So what I done was to help speed up having a PC actually running rather than waiting a couple of extra months, I bought a motherboard with integrated HD 4250.

Now I have shared max memory possible and I must say it is the best integrated GPU I have ever seen. At the moment I am using my tiny HD Ready 16" TV @ 1280x720 resolution and It runs most my games on low-med settings at that res. I even have Crysis Warhead running in low not the smoothest but playable. But on Friday Im going to Im going to be buying a Full HD monitor and may have enough left over for a Cheap graphics card. I feel that I wont be able to play anything @ 1920x1080.

I am saving up for an ASUS 6950 2gb ref but ideally I would like to get something to keep me going till then even if it only plays in med @ 1920x1080.

I have been looking at the sapphire 4650 1Gb @ £37, VTX 5450 2Gb @ £32 and ASUS 5570 1GB @ £50.

What would be the best option between them ?

The games I will mostly play is Deadspace, COD series, Tom clancy games, NFS world and Crysis Warhead. they dont have to run in the highest settings just as long as they are smooth and playable.

Sorry for th massive post any input will be hugely appreciated

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This is the fastest you're gonna get for the price. It has much more performance than all the other cards you listed.
    
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This is the fastest you're gonna get for the price. It has much more performance than all the other cards you listed.
WOW Thanks I've been hoping to find a 5670 around that price does it make much difference that it only has 1/2Gb of ram.

I also heard I know they run at different speeds but the GPU in the 5570 is the same as the 5670 would it be good for OC to near 5670 even though price difference isn't worth it.

Cant wait to get the 6950

Thanks for the help
Edited by Chrisallison91 - 5/18/11 at 7:11am
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k, so you don't mind DX11? Because 220 GT then. Else if you can afford it (as I don't really know UK prices), a 5750 could be good one
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WOW Thanks I've been hoping to find a 5670 around that price does it make much difference that it only has 1/2Gb of ram.

I also heard I know they run at different speeds but the GPU in the 5570 is the same as the 5670 would it be good for OC to near 5670 even though price difference isn't worth it.

Cant wait to get the 6950

Thanks for the help
About the RAM. Then I don't believe you will see huge difference on 1 or 2 GB ones on that resolution. I believe it's 1200p and above that is requiring 2 GB. But after all you should maybe just wait to buy the monitor till you also got the money for the GPU. As they will both most likely fall in price level.
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Thanks Hokrollo, I have enough for the monitor and may have a little cash spare after so I was just considering getting a slightly better GPU until i have enough for the 6950 but I know the 4250 will run blurays fine at 1080p just not for gaming really i dont mind too much as I can use my XBOX 360.

But I was considering waiting but this little 16" Tv isn't cut out for it @ 1280x720 the text isn't clear and colors are not too great either and I have played around with settings so much tried to adjust text options in windows no difference it is just crap.

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A Radeon HD 5670 will run most games at High/Ultra settings at 1280x720. It's not really a card suitable for 1920x1080, whether it has 512MB of VRAM or higher. It's not gonna keep up unless you lower settings to Medium.

For 1280x720, 512MB of VRAM is more than enough, even with AA. 1GB of VRAM won't really help at 1920x1080 because the card won't be fast enough to play at High settings, anyway.
    
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A Radeon HD 5670 will run most games at High/Ultra settings at 1280x720. It's not really a card suitable for 1920x1080, whether it has 512MB of VRAM or higher. It's not gonna keep up unless you lower settings to Medium.

For 1280x720, 512MB of VRAM is more than enough, even with AA. 1GB of VRAM won't really help at 1920x1080 because the card won't be fast enough to play at High settings, anyway.
I could always downscale to 720 I have an xbox anyway just use that for the games I have untill i can get a good enough card. Maplin have a XFX 5770 2Gb ddr3 for £100 is that decent enough ?

If not I'll just wait till I can get the 6950
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I could always downscale to 720 I have an xbox anyway just use that for the games I have untill i can get a good enough card. Maplin have a XFX 5770 2Gb ddr3 for £100 is that decent enough ?

If not I'll just wait till I can get the 6950
No, it's not worth it. 2GB of VRAM is useless for resolutions lower than 2560x1600, a res too demanding for the 5770 anyway. The Radeon HD 5770 will struggle at 1920x1080 in some games if you play at High with AA.

I don't think it's a good decision to continue to spend money on something you won't use in the future. Get something that will last you until you can upgrade and spend as little as possible for it, because otherwise you're wasting money. Get the Radeon HD 5670.
    
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No, it's not worth it. 2GB of VRAM is useless for resolutions lower than 2560x1600, a res too demanding for the 5770 anyway. The Radeon HD 5770 will struggle at 1920x1080 in some games if you play at High with AA.

I don't think it's a good decision to continue to spend money on something you won't use in the future. Get something that will last you until you can upgrade and spend as little as possible for it, because otherwise you're wasting money. Get the Radeon HD 5670.
Yes I agree I don't want to be throwing money away that is the best decision until I can upgrade in a couple of months.

Thanks for your time much appreciated Chris
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