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post #11 of 32
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ok but i was looking for something lower end. they seem more medium to me
post #12 of 32
Get at least an HD4650 or HD5570 DDR3
The HD6450 will be too slow for you to enjoy civilization 5 with medium settings.
Then spend the rest of your money for another 2gb ddr2 so you have 4gb total for your photoshopping needs.

an HD 2600 XT (which is the minimum for CIV5) is about on par and probably faster than an HD6450

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/HD_2600_XT/
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_6450_Passive/

Civilization 5 Minimum requirements:[7]

Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz Processor
2 GB RAM
8 GB free disk space
DVD Drive for disc-based installation
256 MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT / nVidia GeForce 7900 GS video card, or Core i3 integrated graphics
DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
Internet connection and a Steam account for authentication

Recommended:[7]

Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7
1.8 GHz Quad Core Processor
4 GB RAM
8 GB free disk space
DVD Drive
512 MB ATI 4800/nVidia 9800 or better video card
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post #13 of 32
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ok thats great, thanks very much edalbkrad.

i appreciate you giving me some advice on lower end cards and what would be suitable for civ 5s needs. i can see the reason to go with something a little higher than £30-40 now, which is what i was looking at.

ive had a look at this on, a HD 4850 -

http://www.ebuyer.com/320045-powercolor-hd-4850-1gb-gddr5-vga-dvi-hdmi-pci-e-graphics-card-ax4850-1gbd5-hv3

which is a good price, but only supports Directx 10. Thats not a major problem for Civ 5, and Directx shouldnt be needed for anything else i do, so it seems like a good option to me.

i also found some 6670s, which do support Direc x 11
anyone know if these are any good? -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Radeon-Graphics-PCI-Express-Dust-proof/dp/tech-data/B004XANO24/ref=de_a_smtd

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-HD6670-DDR3-Graphics-Card/dp/tech-data/B005T4K9IA/ref=de_a_smtd

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Graphics-PCI-Express-CrossFireX-Technology/dp/tech-data/B004XANOCO/ref=de_a_smtd

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-HD6670-DDR3-Graphics-Card/dp/tech-data/B005T4K9IA/ref=de_a_smtd

thanks
post #14 of 32
This Asus card is allright.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-Radeon-Graphics-PCI-Express-Dust-proof/dp/tech-data/B004XANO24/ref=de_a_smtd

I would try and save up for a 7750 though if you can, a Sapphire 7750 can be found for under 75 pound.
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post #15 of 32
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what would be the geforce equivalent to a HD 6670?
post #16 of 32
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ok Farih, thanks for that, but why save up for the 7750? whats the big difference?
post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by Xoolio View Post

ok Farih, thanks for that, but why save up for the 7750? whats the big difference?

The 7750 is faster, has newer tech and drivers.

If you go with the 6670 do pick the Asus card i linked you back.
The cooler is nice and silent but above alll it has GDDR5 biggrin.gif
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post #18 of 32
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ok ive had a look at the specs for the 7750 on wikipedia and i can see theyre well above the 6670
i know performance is not all about specs aswell, so i glanced over some reviews and i can see the 7750s are getting some excelent praise

does anyone know, is there a geforce equivalent that is worth looking at? the 7750 seems yo be unusually good for what it is, is the geforce equivalent up to the same kinda scratch?
post #19 of 32
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ok ive been looking at cards, and im considering squeezing for a Radeon 7750

does anyone know if this is a good option? -

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Radeon-HD7750-Graphics-GDDR5/dp/B00761YFPW/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

anyone suggest a better option?

i also saw this XFX which looks nice, but does anyone know if its worth the extra £10?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/XFX-Graphics-Single-Profile-Outputs/dp/tech-data/B0085Z47VK/ref=de_a_smtd

im still considering an older model like HD5570, but may go for these if they are justified
post #20 of 32
get the sapphire HD 7770 Ghz for 82 bucks.

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/13125397/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-7770-ghz-editio.html
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