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So I'm starting this thread just for the discussion of older hardware that still has life left in it. I'm trying to make a super cheap build as a challenge to see what old hardware still can hold its own at say low 1080p settings, in particular graphics cards from the GT 2/4/6 gens is what I'm aiming for. Paired with say a Q6600 and 4-8gb of DDR2. What old cards do you feel can still hold their own a little when others may pass them off as 'dead and buried?'

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3 minutes ago, xedalpha said:

So I'm starting this thread just for the discussion of older hardware that still has life left in it. I'm trying to make a super cheap build as a challenge to see what old hardware still can hold its own at say low 1080p settings, in particular graphics cards from the GT 2/4/6 gens is what I'm aiming for. Paired with say a Q6600 and 4-8gb of DDR2. What old cards do you feel can still hold their own a little when others may pass them off as 'dead and buried?'

gtx 680 or 780

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How cheap specifically?

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17 minutes ago, bleedblue said:

How cheap specifically?

Oh, I'd go for really challenging, say sub £40/50usd ish. 

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Maybe you could find an nvidia 670 for cheap (around 70$).

 

With my 760 I can play PUBG just fine with low medium settings with an Intel 4690 at stock, plus Heartstone and Paladins just fine maxed out on 1080p.

 

A Q6600 is a pretty hefty bottleneck so I'm not sure how the two would fare in today's gaming.

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I actually found a GT 1030 used for £45, which ended up surprisingly good for budget gaming on reasonable settings. For those who can't get hold of a 750ti and want something modern that can pull it's weight and is just a bit more expensive than the GT 710 i'd really recommend it if you can find it cheap. 

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GTX 670 will outperform the C2Q by a fair margin (cpu bottleneck).

Ive got one in a system with dual E5440's (effectively C2Q 9650's) and the CPUs are what kills gaming performance where the 670 can play anything current at 1080p in a modern system.

 

I'd go for a 650 Ti/660 if you can get one.

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HD 6970. TeraScale is under rated.

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On ‎1‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 7:04 AM, xedalpha said:

So I'm starting this thread just for the discussion of older hardware that still has life left in it. I'm trying to make a super cheap build as a challenge to see what old hardware still can hold its own at say low 1080p settings, in particular graphics cards from the GT 2/4/6 gens is what I'm aiming for. Paired with say a Q6600 and 4-8gb of DDR2. What old cards do you feel can still hold their own a little when others may pass them off as 'dead and buried?'

I hunt for deals like these.

Here are some decent deals. Some of these autions are ending in a day or so, some are buy it now.

All good price to performance ratio.

 

Auction GTX 760 $40 + shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/GIGABYTE-GTX760-Windforce-2GB-256-bit-GPU-GV-N760OC-2GD-REV2-0/263462316587?hash=item3d5793ea2b:g:mT8AAOSwVLRabKQF

 

Auction GTX 580 $20 + shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nvidia-GeForce-GTX-480-1-5GB-PCI-E-x16-Graphic-Card-669-11022-0000/292424242474?hash=item4415d7d52a:g:EMYAAOSwEUdaan73

 

Buy it now GTX 580 $55 + shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/PNY-XLR8-GeForce-GTX-580/192339598264?epid=109585562&hash=item2cc8555bb8:g:OpEAAOSwYxBZ6gzt

 

Buy it now GTX 570 $55 Free shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/EVGA-GeForce-GTX-570-1Gb-PCI-Express-2-0-x16/222815636169?epid=109629313&hash=item33e0d8cac9:g:USwAAOSwZ5haa1Ox

 

Buy it now GTX 480 $50 Free shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Alienware-Nvidia-GeForce-GTX-480-1-5GB-PCI-E-VIdeo-Card-X2HXX/302609839350?epid=1400445559&hash=item4674f3b4f6:g:JQYAAOSwp7taY7b5

 

Buy it now GTX 460 $35 + shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/SPARKLE-GeForce-GTX-460-Fermi-DirectX-11-SXX4601024D5UNM-1GB-256-Bit-GDDR5-PCI/282808749012?epid=109590085&hash=item41d8b70bd4:g:noIAAOSwNMVaWvid

 

buy it now GTX 460 $33 + shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-NVIDIA-GEFORCE-ENGTX460-768MB-DDR5-2DVI-MINI-HDMI-PCI-EXPRESS-VIDEO-CARD/122556112250?epid=86073256&hash=item1c88e9dd7a:g:xGQAAOSwstJZSEPQ

 

 Buy it not GTX 650 ti $36 + shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-650ti-GTX650TI-DF-1GD-1GB-D5-128Bit-Video-Game-Card/152872751710?hash=item2397ed125e:g:VaYAAOSwFmxaYiOZ

 

Auction GTX 550 ti $11 + shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-550-Ti-1GB-PCI-E-Graphic-Card-699-11050-0000/352264763958?hash=item52049dba36:g:At0AAOSwBV5aan7w

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