I have a 21" CRT (max res. 2048*1536) and I'm looking for a graphics card to match it. I'm hoping to play at either 1600*1200 with highest settings or 2048*1536 (maybe AA on both, but its not required). My choices of cards are limited to about $300 (Canadian dollars) which gives me the options of a 4870 512mb or gtx 260 (192 shaders). The 1gb 4870 and better gtx 260 are priced out of my range in Canada. Also, I'm limited to getting stuff from actual stores and not internet stores. Games I'm playing are COD4, TF2, Dead Space, GRID, World in Conflict, and UT3
Which card should I get?
PS. My system it's going in:
550w Coolermaster Extreme Power
If you're going for 1600x1200, then the HD 4870 512MB would suit you nicely. However if you're planning on running 2048x1536 I suggest you save a little more and get your hands on at least an HD 4850 X2.
The HD 4870 512MB can handle CoD4 nicely at 2048x1536. It looks like 31/72/149 fps (min, average, max).
However, in World in Conflict it only gets 12/35/60 at that resolution. Still playable but not great IMO. It gets 18/47/84 at 1600x1200, which is very good.
The HD 4850 X2 would do a lot better at high resolutions, especially because it has 2 GB of RAM. It gets 19/48/92 in World in Conflict at 2048x1536 for example, or 36/106/281 in CoD4 at 2048x1536.
You can find the 4850 x2 for $513 at newegg.ca for example. Why can't you use an Internet store? No credit card? You do realize that an Internet store will save you 8% PST if it's not in your province, right?
Only if you're a doctor specializing in back strains and spinal cord injuries.
Or if you're a person who likes the black to be black and the colors to be most realistic. CRT produces better quality images then LCD's do. I know... I know... there are some super-duper high end LCD's that are near CRT quality in terms of image, but they cost a LOT.
Of course, it would need a parent with a credit card. They can trust NCIX, I've personally bought things on a credit card from them often. If they're worried about the credit card number being captured by hackers on the way there, they should know it uses SSL i.e. it's encrypted. AFAIK banks cover any losses from such things, with maybe a $50 deductible.
BTW, $325 on a purchase without PST is 325+5%, i.e. like $302 spent in a local store with 13% GST+PST. That applies if you live in Ontario. No idea about other provinces.