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7 best budget graphics cards 2014: what's the best budget graphics card you can buy in the UK?

The Top 7 cheap graphics cards you can buy in the UK in 2014

PC Advisor selects and reviews the seven best graphics cards available for less than £150 in the UK in 2014.

7. PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti

At the time of writing, pricing wasn’t totally clear. However, assuming a price of around £125, the AMD Radeon 7850 is clearly this card’s biggest competitor. That card offers marginally more performance for a price for around £25 more. There may well be some juicy pricing strategies on the 650 Ti in the next couple of months. Currently though, the 7850 is probably better value.

6. MSI GeForce GTX 650 Power Edition OC

The MSI GeForce GTX 650 Power Edition OC is actually a pretty decent card. It’s already possibly a value option next to the 7770, and this MSI version has several upgrades that seem to make it that bit more fearsome. Add good overclocking and the incredible power efficiency, and the 650 is an appetising buy at around the £90 mark.

5. Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti WindForce OC 2048MB

The 750 Ti is exciting in terms of what it could deliver for the future. It's less interesting as a product for today. The Gigabyte is very much in line with other 750 Ti cards, but costs around £15 to £20 more than the 650 Ti. Given that the latter offers very comparable performance, it's hard to say that the 750 Ti is good value. However, the technology is clearly more efficient, and this will allow nVidia to equip future chips with far more firepower - or conserve energy in the case of mobile-oriented products. The future looks bright for Maxwell and its ilk. As a standalone desktop product, though, the 750 Ti makes little sense when viewed alongside the considerably cheaper 650 Ti.

4. XFX Radeon R7-265 2GB Core Edition

It's hard to get excited about a card like the 265. Nonetheless, it serves an important purpose for those who have a very specific budget. We certainly wouldn't recommend the 750 Ti over this card, as the 265 is very much the superior product in terms of performance. It's a shame that it doesn't have the features of some of the the newer AMDs. As a value for money product, though, the 265 is another very capable addition from AMD.

3. MSI R7 260X 2GD5 OC

The AMD R7 260X is a definite improvement on the previous 7790, even if it isn't a country mile ahead. Given a straight choice between the two, at the same price, the 260X is leaner and a little meaner. Having said that, the 7790 can currently be bought for around £20 less than the 260X. Given that difference we'd be tempted to go for the 7790 instead. The 7790 is likely to be disappearing from the market very shortly, though, leaving the way clear for the 260X to establish itself as a very competent, if rather unexciting mid-range graphics card.

2. Gigabyte HD 7770 OC

Unless you’re really strapped for cash, the Gigabyte HD 7770 OC is a better card. The superior specifications and improved fan are well worth the extra, and the Gigabyte HD 7770 OC offers quite playable game framerates in today’s titles, just as long as you aren’t expecting fireworks – you’ll still need to spend £250 or more for strong frame rates in titles like Crysis. The 6850 remains a slightly faster bet if you can find it, although the difference is marginal, and the 7770 OC’s architecture may well see it improving slightly in future games. As a value prospect, the Gigabyte HD 7770 OC is an excellent little card.

1. MSI Radeon R9 270 Gaming Edition

At first glance, the 270 might seem a relatively unexciting addition. Close to the 270X in many respects, but just a little slower, can it really offer anything? Well, yes, actually. The price is juicier, and the performance surprisingly upbeat. It outclasses the 260X and is well worth the extra money. It's also not very far behind the 270X, but is more modest in terms of power and noise. As a perfectly-poised consumer gaming card, the 270 is, well, perfect

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