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post #1 of 19
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I need a new graphics card, i have an X1950XTX and it's aging, i can play oblivion or fallout on like 40-50fps if i'm lucky. I get weird artifacts too.

I need something for under £150, that gives great performance and possibly a good little overclocker too. I don't want to go too far down, like a GTX460 or HD5770 or something of the like, not enough performance.

Another question, my current power supply (the one on my tag stopped working for some reason) only has one pci-e cable, so would using a molex to pci-e be okay? I have a 650W model.
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post #2 of 19
It depends what power supply you have. The wattage alone doesn't tell much. Might be helpful to post the exact model. As for the video card, an hd6950 should be good if you can find it for that much. If your psu has only one pci-e connector, might not be the best idea to get a gtx470 / gtx480 or another high power card (which will be fast when overclocked) unless you decide to get another one.
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It's an Atrix model, while unknown, it's proved to be quite stable.

I wasn't planning to pay enough to buy a 470 or a 6950, they're about £200 or more. I need something mid-range below £150-£160.

And surely using a pci-e connector would be good enough?
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post #4 of 19
I suggest a ATI 5830. I have two HIS 5830s (only used for a week, then back in their boxes) that I'm willing to sell for less than 70 Euros (each) or 135 Euros for both. Their great cards and scale well in crossfire.
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Originally Posted by Darkwisdom View Post
be quite stable.
Be quiet! are the best od the bests Just kidding I know what You're mean. Fo 160 pounds You can get GTX560Ti or GTX560 they're both great cards. Also If You're lucky try to search 6950.
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post #6 of 19
I picked up a GTX460 1GB for £114 from amazon

You could also use the pci-e connector plus 2 molex using the adapator the card would come with.
    
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post #7 of 19
6850 then flash to a 6870
 
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post #8 of 19
Get the GTX 460, it will run Oblivion & Fallout without any probs.
post #9 of 19
Best budget card I suppose would be the Sapphire HD5850 Xtreme. LINK! Also, if you could stretch your budget by about £20-30 then you get yourself a GTX560Ti or a HD6950.
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post #10 of 19
There's no need to go for some expensive cards, GIGABYTE's HD5770 SO is the best card now I think, it's only about $130 and it's sold with their specific overclocked software OCGuru, Ultra Durable Materials, comparing with the price last year, it's almost 50% off, there's no reason not to buy this 5770SO.
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