Looking for a little help and yes I’ve read many of the messages and reviews. My question is what video card do you all recommend based on the following criteria:
1. Cost <= $350
2. Reliability/Durability ( I won’t be over-clocking)
3. Fast frame rates in World of Warcraft at the highest resolution possible.
If you have a suggestion and play WOW would you post your frame rates best and worst? I’m assuming your worst would be in a 40 man raid during combat. I’m also hoping the card will have satisfactory performance with the Oblivion (Morrowind Upgrade) game but that has yet to be released.
My hardware is:
Intel D915PBL PCI-E
Asus EN5900 128meg video board
The above computer was a gift and I’m happy with everything except for the video card. I originally had an ATI 9500pro 128meg AGP card and that seemed to perform better than my current card at high resolutions. Also, I’m a little leery of NVIDIA because I’m seeing some artifacts with my current card. I tried changing the drivers without success. I probably have a bad card so I don’t want to eliminate NVIDIA.
Currently I’m considering the following two cards but at this point in the search I willing to switch choices:
I have an eVGA 7800GT @ 470/1100....mhmm lub lub lub.
If your looking for the best card stock specifications...the GT is your choice.
If you like doing a wee bit of tweaking, the X1800XL (stock cooler) can almost make XT speeds, provided you up the fan speed to %100. Like I said that 90nm process really shows itself. The problem, the X is a few bucks more...
but I found this, with the rebate...its in your price range.
Either way, both cards are great, and you'll have a good time playing WoW.
WoW is actually a very RAM intensive game...the more you can throw in your machine, the better. You might want to consider going with a little less of a GPU and take that cash to throw in some more RAM.