Best bet for under £100

fishya

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Hi,
Obviously wanting to play BF3 when it comes out, my graphics card atm won't even attempt to play the demo (2600 XT), I have a Dell XPS 420 (I know I shouldn't have got a Dell). Its got a Core2 Quad Core processor, 4GB RAM, and a "375 Watt PSU", though I'm told it may pass as a 500W.

I guess my question is can you recommend what graphics card will best play BF3 (Directx11?) for under £100 and can't be too power hungry!

Thanks
Fishy
 

Gothams Finest

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I would recomend a HD5670

http://www.cclonline.com/product/54719/11168-30-20G/Graphics-Cards/Sapphire-ATI-Radeon-HD-5670-1GB-Graphics-Card/VGA0164/

It has DX11, very good performance for the price and is also very power efficient which is ideal for you and also doesn't require an external power connection. AMD recommend 400w but you might get away with 375w, but ideally your going to want to upgrade your PSU to a better quality one.

Though with this card and your budget don't expect to be able to play BF3 with anything higher then the lowest settings.

 

fishya

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Thanks gothems finest! I will consider this, though I remember reading somewhere that the Dell XPS420 though is rated as 375W, its actually more like 500W, I think ideally I would get a card that is the best my pc can handle so I can play on best possible graphics ;) (still with less than £100 budget though!) btw I've got Vista 32 bit if that changes anything
Cheers
 

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There is very little performance difference between the 5670 and the 6670 a couple a FPS at best, the 6670 used to be more expensive then the 5670 which is why I didn't recommend it but if you can get the 6670 for the same price as the 5670 then its worth getting.

 

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Erm yes, the Dell 375W PSU is more reliable than the Corsair CX430 V2, which, can easily run a HD 6850 and even a HD 6870.

Which, I might add, consumes ~40W i.e 3.5A(Source : http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/296?vs=290), and my power supply, which has 34A, is running my HD 6870(975/1175 @ 1200mV) and Phenom II @ 4.2Ghz - 1.425Vcore, fine, and his system will draw quite a bit less.

So yes.
It will work OP.

EDIT : OP, if you want to go refurbed, OcUK have the B Grade (3 Month Warranty) GTX 460 768Mb for £80, which is quite a beloved patriot faster than any of the other cards mentioned, even more so when overclocked Link : http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BG-124-OK I say you should go for it.
 

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You can risk your own parts on a generic PSU with your own money, but don't do it with the OP's :non:

Fishya If you do go for a GTX 460 make sure you've got a fire extinguisher handy ;)
 

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And O.P don't listen to Batman, the GTX 460 recommends a PSU with 24A on the 12V rail, yours has 30, and Dell PSU's are known to be capable of exceeding there specs.
 

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SO the XFX 450W Core Edition 80Plus BRONZE PSU(OEM Seasonic) is Generic?

And a Corsair CX430 V2 80plus with 28A on +12V are generic?

Please don't post if you don't know what you are talking about.
 

Gothams Finest

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Fishya its easy for these people to recommend stuff when it isnt their own money they are spending/risking. Dont buy "B grade" parts from OCUK it could be unboxed, damaged, with missing parts or all of the above and your only get 2 weeks warranty

Lots of people have had problems with "B grade" parts from there. Your taking a risk but it yours money at end of the day.
 

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lol WOW that guy really doesn't know what hes talking about :p.

and about B-grade products, does gothems finest know that OCuk put those items under a one and half hours worth of intense testing, they NEVER put up items that have ANY sort of fault including heat damage etc.
 

Gothams Finest

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Work for ocuk do ya?

Don't change the fact that lots of people have been sold faulty hardware from ocuk, how do you suppose that happens if they "NEVER put up items that have ANY sort of fault"
 

yummerzzz

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Mostly from damage during shipping, though not to the actual GPU, maybe a broken box, not all the wires, maybe without a driver CD.

Not sure what your argument there is, all you have to do it go to OcUK to find out.
 

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:lol: How do you know that faults are "from damage during shipping" do you personally deliver each and every b grade item form ocuk? :sarcastic:

Broken boxes, missing wires and cds do not count as faulty.

Lots of people receive faulty b-grade hardware from ocuk (as in the actual hardware does not work or in other words is broken). Ocuk state that after the 14 days are up its upto you to sort it out yourself.

So im not sure what your argument is, as you can't just "go to ocuK to find out" if its been 14 days.
 

yummerzzz

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"The warranty on B-Grade products is 90 days with Overclockers UK and any left over warranty is with the manufacturer."

Yes, I have ordered a B-Grade product.

Where are you getting this 14 days stuff from?
 

yummerzzz

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~3 Months isn't better than 2 weeks?
Are you serious, or just trolling?

Also, B Grade isn't faulty.
Also, you should be feeling pretty bad now that everyone of your points have been proven wrong by a "Kiddo".