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I have already posted in the AMD section and have selected the X4 840 as my CPU. I am also going to upgrade my graphics card and hard drive. I have an antec 430w power supply.

In terms of graphics I do not have a big budget but then I am not going to be playing games either. My uses: LOTS of multi-tasking, youtube HD and DVD HD (in future when I get a blu-ray drive) with very occasional DVD converting.

I have less than £50 ($80) to spend and this is what I have come up with so far (all 1GB):

These two at similar prices:

Asus 5450:
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=39539

Sapphire 5450:
http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Pr...x16--GDDR3-GPU for same price

or Gigabyte for £10 more (my motherboard is Gigabyte M52L-S3P so perhaps better with compatibility/more stable?):

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Pr...DDR3-PCI-E-2-1

But for the same price as the Gigabyte I could get XFX which is 5570:

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Home/Pr...PCI-E-2-1-DDR3

Is it worth spending the extra £10? Any other suggestions?

Your help will be much appreciated.
post #2 of 5
Honestly if you go the 5450 route, it doesn't matter which card you pick up. I would go asus because I think they have the best customer service but that is just a personal preference. Look for the card that has the best warranty. As for the 5570, that card will give a reasonably performance increase over the 5450. For only 10 extra I would go for that . Plus the card comes with a lifetime warranty. However, if you are not gaming you would be fine with the 5450 so it is up to you whether you want to spend 10 extra or not.
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post #3 of 5
This is a good little card, Sapphire HD 5670

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=39374

It does have less video memory then the cards you chose but this is a faster card itself
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Thank you for your help.

The Sapphire 5670 is a little over my budget and considering I'm not gaming I might not really need it?

I'm keen on the 5570 at just under £50 but I have just posted in the hard disk section asking if I should go for a SSD as I'm upgrading there too. If it is suggested I do then I'll go for the 5450 to save money and fund the SSD. I'll probably get quicker performance by spending more on an SSD anyway right?
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You'd probably be better off with a fast HDD instead, samsung f3's and western digital blacks are usually recommended in that department
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