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Upgrade My GTX260 but not changing system

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by justyjust, 3 Aug 2014.

  1. justyjust


    Joined: 14 Sep 2008

    Posts: 5

    Hi people

    Been a while since I upgraded my pc, still running old gear but its still going well for what i need it for. I have changed the location of my pc and brought a smaller case as my cooler master comos it one huge mother.
    My specs
    intel Q6600 2.4GHZ quad
    8GB DDR2
    Asus P5Q Deluxe
    2T HDD
    GTX260 without HDMI

    In the near future Im going to build a new high spec ITX but for now i want to upgrade my graphics card to enable me to have a HDMI, i been looking at upgrading to a GTX295 but also been looking at newer cards but as I'm not upgrading my hardware maybe its not worth it.

    the only games i play on the pc is rocksmith and ruse maybe some other new games, I'm not to fussed about dx11 but would be nice if my systems any good for that.

    what do you think, looking to spend up to £60 secondhand if needed GTX295 or not
  2. Minstadave


    Joined: 8 Jan 2004

    Posts: 29,072

    Location: Rutland

    GTX 295 is an odd choice, will be power hungry for its performance. You'd be better off with something like a 7950/760.
  3. Gregster


    Joined: 24 Sep 2008

    Posts: 38,292

    Location: Essex innit!

  4. joeyjojo


    Joined: 2 Dec 2005

    Posts: 5,515

    Location: Herts

    Have a look at this handy GPU hierarchy chart


    £60 SH will get you up into the 7850 category (I got one for £50 posted last month, so maybe even the one above) which also contains the 295. But, you'd be mad to get a 295 over a 7850. It's old technology and very energy inefficient relative to new stuff.
  5. andybird123


    Joined: 30 Nov 2011

    Posts: 10,830

    2nd hand 650ti would get my vote
  6. justyjust


    Joined: 14 Sep 2008

    Posts: 5

    I have been looking out for a gtx560 seems a pretty good card all round
  7. joeyjojo


    Joined: 2 Dec 2005

    Posts: 5,515

    Location: Herts

    The 5 series are a decent option, but relatively power hungry by todays standards (released in 2011 so can't blame them). In the last 12 months I went (prices include P&P):

    GTX 260 (£27.50)
    GTX 460 (£40)
    GTX 560 Ti (£51)
    HD 7850 (£50)

    Every step was an upgrade. I'd recommend going for the newest card you can, something like an AMD 7790, 7850, or R7 265.

    On the Nvidia side you really want a 650 Ti Boost. The 6 series (Kepler) were a huge improvement over the 5. However they've held their value a lot better than competing AMD cards so you probably won't find much in-budget. The plain 650 Ti isn't all that much faster than your 260, you can do a lot better.
  8. almighty15


    Joined: 15 Dec 2008

    Posts: 3,417

    Why not get a GTX750ti
  9. varkanoid


    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 12,360

    Location: The TARDIS, Wakefield, UK

  10. joeyjojo


    Joined: 2 Dec 2005

    Posts: 5,515

    Location: Herts

    The 750 Ti is £100 new, OP is looking for £60 SH.

    P.S. the R7 265 is a better choice than the 750 Ti for exactly the same price (more future proof).
  11. Resa69


    Joined: 25 Aug 2013

    Posts: 186

    Location: London, Northolt

  12. Doogles


    Joined: 22 Mar 2014

    Posts: 3,951

    HD 7850 2GB would be great, I had two of them in crossfire and loved them, at 1080p they are great and would balance your system brilliantly. Overclocks like a god also :)
  13. gurusan


    Joined: 2 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,483

    Location: Portland, OR

    I'm still running my 7850 and am very pleased with the performance.
    I would advise overclocking the Q6600 to at least 3.4GHz
  14. apostolis_kt

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Oct 2010

    Posts: 1,175

    7850 is the way to go on that price range.

    Q6600 great processor brings back memories when i wanted one so bad but in Greece was stupidly expensive.