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Post by simple on Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:24 pm

Hi I am looking at nvidia cards at the moment I want one around £100 or less but it must have a hdmi connection aswell as the vga / dvi etc and capable to play hd movies and photo editing..... but it also needs to be better than my old 8600 that i have had for ever (thanks to zebs).

my board is a ASUS P6X58D-E


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Post by zebadee on Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:41 am

Hi Smile
Have a slight problem here.
nVidia cards don't really work as well as the competition.
Budget wise that is.

For £100 the Novatech AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024MB GDDR5 is almost untouchable.
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/graphics-cards/362152/amd-radeon-hd-6850

nVidia the closest to this is GIGABYTE Geforce GTX 560 OC 1024MB GDDR5 @£145.99

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Post by SithTracy on Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:21 am

I have a budget nVidia 550Ti card with Display Port and HDMI (full not micro). Works good for my needs. I am not a gamer. It is a ZOTAC brand. I think I paid right around $100 US for it a few months back. AMD/ATI cards are every bit as good though. I'll add though, for photo work, I prefer the nVidia card. ATI colors seem to be geared more for gaming as, really, most of the consumer cards are, even at the budget.
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Post by zebadee on Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:32 am

SithTracy wrote:I have a budget nVidia 550Ti card with Display Port and HDMI (full not micro). Works good for my needs. I am not a gamer. It is a ZOTAC brand. I think I paid right around $100 US for it a few months back. AMD/ATI cards are every bit as good though. I'll add though, for photo work, I prefer the nVidia card. ATI colors seem to be geared more for gaming as, really, most of the consumer cards are, even at the budget.

Hi Smile
The 550Ti is around £94 here.
The AMD 6850 @ £6 more is well worth it.

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Post by simple on Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:41 pm

I am a bit worried when it comes to amd cards my mate had one and he had nothing but problems with his rig as soon as he switched cards hey presto it run fine ... maybe his card was faulty this was about a year ago . I really need a new card as im lacking one LOL
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Post by SithTracy on Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:30 am

I've got cards from both companies. Not a present, but, I had a dud nVidia before and a dud ATI/AMD. It happens. My nVidia was corrected with a firmware update; the ATI/AMD with an exchange. I don't have the latest offering from either, but it sounds like you will be cutting some cost and I know you do a lot of photo work... Just my two cents, I prefer doing photo work on the nVidia on the Windows rig. My MacBook has AMD 6000 series graphics and it looks great too. Really, either way I think you will be happy. The only illusion I will say about AMD, they release new drivers monthly, but they are often geared towards gamers.

How each one handles OpenCL should be critical to your decision for use with Lightroom and Photoshop... do some homework on that. Either way, whatever you go with, you should be happy with it.
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Post by simple on Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:53 pm

photo work is more important to me than anything I dont game no more Wink
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Post by simple on Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:39 am

ok guys I got a 550ti think it will be more than enough for me i just walked to pcworld and collected it

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Post by SithTracy on Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:51 am

Happy with mine!
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Post by simple on Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:47 am

the bloke at the counter says uummm you have your work cut out tonight ..... eh two minute job mate its been in ages LOL I am now just shifting some files ready for a annual format seeing as it is bank holiday weekend I have time to do it
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