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    What Video Card Should I Buy?

    $50-100: Find something on ebay/craigslist or save your money
    $110-150: GTX 460 768MB (460 1GB on rebate)
    $150-200: GTX 460 1GB or AMD 6850
    $200-300: GTX 560 Ti or AMD 6950 2GB
    $300-400: GTX 570 or AMD 6970 (only if your chicken to unlock)
    $400+: GTX 580

    Cards NOT TO GET
    GTX 550 Ti, its shit its over priced and the 460 768MB is better and cheaper
    AMD 6790, its shit and again its over priced as well as out classed by the 6850 for $10 more

    Do I get AMD or Nvidia? Depends:
    AM you get overall better power consumption in most cases as well as 3 monitors if your willing to spend the extra $35 on a Display Port adapter or on a monitor with Display Port.
    Nvidia: better Direct Comput performance (on the fly texture compression like Civ 5), better Tessellation (major DX 11 feature), Linux support (some would say windows drivers too :P )

    For my money I would go Nvidia over AMD for the Direct Compute and Tessellation since I think they will both be features highly utilized in games over the next two years. Thats said most people would rather have 3 monitors and the best overall feature set for the least money and thats why my Hardware Buying guide is AMD bias in the graphics department.

    I never recomend SLI or CrossFire. If you are OK with sometimes only getting 1/2 the performance of your SLI/CrossFire setup, dont mind the extra cost on your motherboard, the extra expense of a 750w+ Power Supply, not to mention the added heat and cost of power, than your more than welcome to spend 2x as much money on two cards.

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    GTX 460 1MB

    fix dat shit and delete my poast :V

    kthnx

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by RazoR
    GTX 460 1MB

    fix dat shit and delete my poast :V

    kthnx
    care to make an argument, or explain what is wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by High Sierra
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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryas Nia
    Quote Originally Posted by RazoR
    GTX 460 1MB

    fix dat shit and delete my poast :V

    kthnx
    care to make an argument, or explain what is wrong?
    Last time I had a 1MB videocard was in 94.
    Need more speakers

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    [quote=Mashie Saldana]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Ryas Nia":1ao00kz8
    Quote Originally Posted by RazoR
    GTX 460 1MB

    fix dat shit and delete my poast :V

    kthnx
    care to make an argument, or explain what is wrong?
    Last time I had a 1MB videocard was in 94. [/quote:1ao00kz8]

    couldent tell me in corp chat, had to share my fail with everyone... i see how it is.

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    [quote=Ryas Nia][quote="Mashie Saldana":3650vzs3]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Ryas Nia":3650vzs3
    Quote Originally Posted by RazoR
    GTX 460 1MB

    fix dat shit and delete my poast :V

    kthnx
    care to make an argument, or explain what is wrong?
    Last time I had a 1MB videocard was in 94. [/quote:3650vzs3]

    couldent tell me in corp chat, had to share my fail with everyone... i see how it is.[/quote:3650vzs3]
    What is the fun in that?
    Need more speakers

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Probably outside the scope of this post, but I've seen fairly regular sales putting the 5870 in the 150-200 bracket, which would be better than the normal options at that price point. Only good for as long as sales and stock last though

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eard
    Probably outside the scope of this post, but I've seen fairly regular sales putting the 5870 in the 150-200 bracket, which would be better than the normal options at that price point. Only good for as long as sales and stock last though
    Might be an idea to say where you've seen bargains too, links optional to help some brothers out.

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    yeah this is a sticky for people to contribute to, GFX card on its own was a big enough and frequent enough question that I thought it deserved its own thread. I will clean it out every time i do an update that way its not full of old links

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    560ti deal (via hardforum.com) is probably best bang for buck deal right now (in US ldo). Left the referer link in as it's not like failheap has its own.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... RmCjCdByAF
    Galaxy GeForce GTX 560 TI GC 1GB DDR5 PCIe
    Current Price: $239.99 - $30 MIR - $10 Coupon = $199.99
    Coupon: CKG26710
    Expires on 4/18

    No current 5870 deals, I jumped on the XFX for $170 after MIR a couple weeks back as a reference point.

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Uk prices suck so much, any deals found would be nice.
    spaceships go woosh

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Sapphire has a new low-cost 5850 out:

    OCUK - 107, in stock
    EBuyer - 105, pre-order

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    this was 2days ago

    out with the very old in with the new

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vasponger
    this was 2days ago

    out with the very old in with the new

    brahdeon

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Just adding a few points in regards to CFX/SLI.

    * Need to constantly update drivers and profiles to ensure compatibility.
    * New games usually wont work properly for the first month(s).
    * More likely to cause crashes of varying serverity.

    I have run several setups of either and always ended up selling the cards after a month or so usage. Might be stupid, but I have always thought the technology compelling, and the newest CFX on 6xxx cards is better than ever, however still quite problematic, something review sites don't shed enough light on imo.

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Just got a MBP (5,1) with an nVidia 9600M GT - what can and can't I do with this graphics card?

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    you can play wow/eve, you can play flashgames on line, you cannot play Crysis.

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    Which shader method is it?

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?


    Quote Originally Posted by High Sierra
    HERE! YOU'VE TAKEN EVERYTHING ELSE! TAKE MY PANTS!

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    Re: What Video Card Should I Buy?

    any problems with getting a 460s like this? http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...ov-gtx461.html

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