Choosing a graphics cards is a confusing endeavor. So Tom's Hardware shared their buying results after testing pretty much every card on the planet. Whether you've got $50 to spend or $250 to spend, this list will come in handy:
Best Graphics card price has to be Ati Raideon 5870.To me its the best 1 to get if u wanna play Crysis 2 at full setting and the rest DX11 games.
But it really doesnt make much sense to buy a card for a game your not really going to play much. Like on a thread back, some guy got two (700+) 5890's to run MOH. Look how that turned out. It doesnt pay off since PC gamers get screwed on games that really push the tech. Personally you'd be better off to buy a GTX 470/60 or 5850. I still dont find good games to bring my system down. Starcraft 2 any decent card can run it max; diablo 3, same deal. Put the money into a 32" Monitor or a console you dont have! Just my 10 cents.
Thats why am purchasing a GTX470 at the end of the month. It's a monster card and it can run anything out there at very high settings. Not only that but i wont have to think about upgrading for atleast 1.5 years. Don't need a 5970 or GTX480 at this point in time.
Have a monitor called my 32inch hdtv???
I am buying a 5770 radeon sapphire vapor-x soon. I already have a 42'' HD lcd. My 5770 should be able to play most games at max or high settings at 1080p
have a 5870..still hasnt been tested
Either way in 1.5 years nothing will come out that will push the 470/60 or 5850, we have these super advanced video cards and not much pushes them. You don't need much other than a 250/260 for another 2-3 years.
Brought my 5850 to it's knees at full settings. DX11 games take some ooomph.
=/ My last video card blew out, I'm thinking due to PSU unit not being good enough. I'm thinking of getting a new one, but I dont wanna upgrade my PSU unit.. Bcoz if i upgrade my PSU, I won't be able to afford a gfx upgrade. I wanna be able to run games like Mass Effect/Dragon age/ Splinter Cell at low settings atleast xD Anyways, anyone got any suggestions for this PSU: Max power: 300W Delta Electronics Inc. Model: DPS-300A B-24B Rev: 01 Output +12--18A +5V--22A -12--.8A +3.3 V -- 17A +5 Vaux --2A +3.3 and +5V total power can't exceed 160W Max output - 300 Watts
Tech is cheap these days, you have a pre-made system dont you? Lesson- Always build yourself ;)!
HAHAH!!! 300 WATTS!!!!! My old off the shelf Vaio from Walmart had 450Watts almost 10 years ago. Man, I'm glad I started building my own rigs..... Maybe try an 8600GT? I got one for a little rig I built for my sister, & it runs games decently. I gotta hear the rest of the specs...
300W holy mother of god. 600 minimum COME ON!
What his system specs actually are....lol.
You certainly don't need a 600w power supply as long as its a quality unit. Especially for the class of cards he's considering. You can run a quad core and a 4850 on a 400 watt Corsair. I currently run an overclocked i5 750, overvolted, overclocked 470 gtx, 3 hard drives, a blu-ray drive and 5 case fans off of a 550w Antec basiq.
my heart bleeds for the strain you're putting the PSU under. your choice...
Well I'm sure my power supply appreciates your sympathy but it runs fine. And is on almost on 24/7.
newegg often has decent 400 to 600 watt power supplies for $25 to $30 after rebate. Then just pick up a 4850 or a 250 gts. If you can't afford those then go 4830 or 240 gts. Total should be $100 to $120.
That's not a gaming rig, looks like something you got from Walmart...lol...lemme guess you got a Celeron on it as the processor with an intel mobo?
Actually a overclocked Intel Duo core 2 E7300.. 6GB DDR3 RAM. It's just the video card I'm missing. But I bet you feel real smart with ur celeron comment, go on ^^
Is the most important part of your computer. But a good Corsair. It will last you for years, and your computer as a whole will last longer, run cooler and be overall move stable. Don't blow your money on a cheap psu. It could fry your whole rig.
I guess I will be going for a higher PSU then >.< Well thats a month's or two worth of waiting
My Nvidia 9800GTX+ has treated me so amazing lately. But.. I year for a ATI 5850... It'll keep me occupied for at least 10 years! Maybe. Oh, the system builder's adddiction.
Money well spent. I'm still unable to find a reason to upgrade from my GTX 280.
cause it dosent have games with blu-ray? ATI 5750 1gb GDDR5 phenom 2 550 BE unlocked to 4 cores. 3.7ghz 1 Terabyte HD HDMI and 1066 ddr2 I have A blu ray drive and stuff. just no game on blu ray. weird seems like everyone on this site is suggesting that if i dont store my game data on this particular media that my system sucks. whaddya think?
The only thing I can say about your setup is you may need better RAM; it seems like a bottleneck as your other parts are very good. But assuming your Mobo cannot support faster chips, I think you're okay. (4gb at least right?) My setup: GTX260 Core 216 SC Ed. Q9550 @ 2.83 ghz 6gb 1333 DDR3 ram HAF 932 Case I'm personally Nvidia-only, not because ATI cards aren't good (they're actually better right now, IMO), but because EVGA's step-up program is clutch :D
There is little to no difference in gaming. Look up the benchmarks. You may gain 1 or 2 fps (literally). The money is better spent elsewhere. Blu ray doesn't mean much for gaming. It doesn't make graphics better. That's silly. It just holds more game.
Blu Ray is just a storage medium. Since all PC games are installed on the HDD anyways, this is not an issue at all for PC games. If the make a PC game 100gigs, you just install it. Blu-Ray does not create better graphics
I was just kiddin. my comp is awesome IMO it runs everything 1080p MAX. i was just trying to subvert the ps3 superiority complex involving blu-ray somehow making the 360 incapable of rendering better grapX i dont own either but i know the truth. :) as i have said many time before blu ray is a storage media. not a Graphics card. funniest association ive ever seen just wanted to see what everyone answered. Game on fellas !
My system is starting to show its age. While I want to upgrade to a phenom based system, I just put a 5770 in my computer to give a little more life and wow what a difference it makes. Having a non ancient graphics card(upgraded from a geforce 7950gt, was great for its time but is starting to show its age.) makes me remember why I love pc gaming. No point in stating my system specs as they are nothing impressive.
i7 940 (no O.C, need to buy liquid cooling) ASUS P6X58D Premium 6 GB DDR3 RAM (1600) (Corsair Dominator) 160 GB SSD intel x-25 2 TB WD Caviar 750 PSU VisionTek 5750 (going to xfire) AZZA Full Tower Sony Optical Drive 22x Sony BD drive Win 7 Prem
You can OC on Air with an I7 without water easily up to 3.8. Why oh why did you buy a blu-ray drive...?
I have a core i7 920 6 gig ddr3 1600 intel 80 gig ssd 1000 watt kingwin ps and an old 8800 320 gts Which card so I get any ideas?
Get ATI, their stuff runs cooler. Get a 5870, if you want to substitute for a 5970, just get the 5870 to xfire.
But they both have their problems here and there. ATI has gained a ton of market share, and games will soon be optimized for them. I say ATI all the way. I expect the 5890 to be out before too long though.
GTX 470 or GTX 480 in my opinion. I don't mind paying the premium for PhysX & 3D. Mafia 2 is making extensive use of PhysX. I had a 5870 Xfire setup, & it seemed like every open world game had stuttering. Granted, this was in the first 2 months after they launched. Drivers may have improved since then. Every other game ran smoothly, though, & I also thought that some games looked a bit more "real" rendered on the ATI cards. My 480 ran everything buttery smooth from the get go, & they seem to be just as stable in SLI. Admittedly, SLI is kind of a waste of money with 480s. The performance is technically much better, but you'll rarely notice it unless you're running something like Metro 2033 maxed out in DirectX 11 in 1920x1200 on up.
I was looking at the hydrocopper 470 or 480 to run in my water cooling loop.
i would go with ATI due to price for performance. both have great options though.
@ssean227, I think you're right on the money. Looking at the existing components of your rig, you obviously don't mind paying extra for the best. Get the GTX 480, & I can't imagine you'd be disappointed.
i7-920 OCd to 3.6GHZ Corsair H50 CPU cooler 12GB Corsair DDR3 1600 EVGA 3 WAY SLI MOBO 2 GTX 480s in SLI LG blu-ray burner 300GB WD 10k RPM Raptor OS & game drive 1.5 TB Samsung media storage drive Thermaltake Xaser VI full tower case ABS Majesty 1100 Watt single 12V rail PSU Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Samsung 24" 1920x1200 ToC monitor Building a PC like this has nothing to do with practicality. It's a ridiculous addiction. I don't smoke or drink, though, & I'm not in debt. Fuck it, it's fun.
Never go cheap on a PSU, and it's not just the wattage that counts. The stability of the 12v rail varies and if it dips consistently it can damage your card. I had a 650watt antec true power...plenty of watts...shit stability, it killed my gtx280, RMA'd the 280 and bought a corsair HX-850, awesome stability. 7 year warranty, i'll never buy another brand PSU again. Modular cables are F-ing sick
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