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Need Advice : Best Graphics card to play at 1280 x 1024 + AA + AF

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December 13, 2008 2:37:31 AM

I want to buy a Graphics card for my 17" monitor to play at 1280 x 1024 resolution with full AA and AF.
well as usual the benchmark is Crysis on maxout settings where it should give atleast 40-45 fps avg.

I would spent something in range of 100 - 200$
December 13, 2008 4:02:51 AM

Before we start, your expectations for Crysis are honestly a little high. Check this chart out...

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...

While I believe the processor used to get these results was a little weak (E6*** Core 2 at 2.93 Ghz?), 40-45 FPS in Crysis at the settings you mentioned is still incredible.

More benchmarks if you don't believe me...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/radeon-h...

Regardless...there are still decent cards available for the price range you are looking at. These cards will notably play Crysis on high with good frames and play other games on high or very high with great frames.

HD 4870 - I would normally suggest the GTX 260, but that's a hair above your price range. Fortunately, the HD 4870, which performs at a similar level, can be found for less than $200 now. Great performance, but a little toasty.

HD 4850 - $160 - $170...arguably one of the better buys out there.

Now an important question for you:

What kind of processor and power supply do you have?
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December 13, 2008 4:30:06 AM

swapneel said:
I want to buy a Graphics card for my 17" monitor to play at 1280 x 1024 resolution with full AA and AF.
well as usual the benchmark is Crysis on maxout settings where it should give atleast 40-45 fps avg.

I would spent something in range of 100 - 200$


FUTURE PROOFING

a card that will run one game now at 1280x1024 wont run a new game at the same res a year from now, its more down to your budget - can you afford a GTX280? obviously not so you buy the best thing you can get at your budget etc.

Also depends on your rig and what it can do eg power that card, no point if its a Pentium D or Celeron

The 4850 is a champ for the price and will play MOST of TODAYS games at that res but dont expect next gen games to run so well etc.
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December 13, 2008 5:04:58 AM

Depends on your setup. I say get a 4870 since they can be found for less than $200. If you're going to get a 4850 get the 1GB version. If you have an SLi board then you may want to think about getting two 9800 Gts to run in SLi.
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December 13, 2008 7:06:20 AM

Get a 4870. It still won't run Crysis on those settings though.
December 13, 2008 1:17:57 PM

Sorry was away !!!!!!!!

Well i thought the resolution might help me :ouch: 

My budget is upto 200$ !!!
i would prefer a high setting with 0AA and 25-30 fps should be fine

and my system
AMD ATHLON X2 5600+
1 x 2GB MEMORY running at 800 mhz
SMPS : i would have it new (i had checked it out) hope 600W would be good since system is not heavily loaded (other then 2HDD and DVD WR nothing else)

and one more question :
what impact might DX11 have on gaming hardware ??
December 13, 2008 3:29:46 PM

Based on your recent post, it sounds like it is time for an HD 4850.

A web site with links to reviews:

http://www.gpureview.com/Radeon-HD-4850-card-566.html

And as far as DX11 goes...all I know is what I've read on Wikipedia, which isn't much and isn't necessarily the most reliable. Regardless...

Microsoft unveiled Direct3D 11 at the Gamefest 08 event in Seattle, with the major scheduled features including GPGPU support, tessellation support, and improved multi-threading support to assist video game developers in developing games that better utilize multi-core processors. Direct3D 11 will run on Windows Vista and its successor Windows 7. Parts of the new API such as multi-threaded resource handling can be supported on Direct3D 9/10/10.1-class hardware. Hardware tesselation and Shader Model 5.0 will require Direct3D 11 supporting hardware. Microsoft has since released the Direct3D 11 Technical Preview.
December 13, 2008 6:07:32 PM

seems i will get 4850 or 4870 !!!
thou i will try and get 1GB one if it is 4850 !!!

Thanks for the replies !!!
March 6, 2009 7:15:16 AM

i'm in the same situation budget limit for the video card is max 250$ only the price on this video cards are higher in my country then us so i can't buy from newegg or other retailer so any sugestions on what video card should i go i use the same 1280x1024 my pc specs are q9550 ; 2gb ddr3 (gonna upgrade soon motheboard supports 16 gb) ; P5Q3 MB has 2 pcie 2.0 slots so in the end i was thinking of 2 hd 3850 x2 in crossfire. Thanks
March 6, 2009 7:16:40 AM

p.s 650w psu
March 6, 2009 2:27:02 PM

HD 3850 in crossfire is weaker than the HD 4850. I don't know your prices, but that's how the performance goes.
March 6, 2009 2:41:21 PM

Dekasav said:
HD 3850 in crossfire is weaker than the HD 4850. I don't know your prices, but that's how the performance goes.




i said hd 3850 x2 in crossfire that means 4 gpu's (hd 3850 x2 - 1gb ddr3, 512 bit); 2 hd 3850 x2 = 2 GB ddr3 1024 bits is that correct now ?
March 6, 2009 2:55:37 PM

swapneel said:

My budget is upto 200$ !!!
i would prefer a high setting with 0AA and 25-30 fps should be fine


Hmm... You're expecting a little too less for $200. My 8800GTS(G92) runs it at very high(xp hack) with fps ranging from 20 to above 40(depending which location) at 1280 x 1024 (without AA and AF that is).

For $200 I got to agree with you guys, 4870!
March 6, 2009 4:08:53 PM

4830, 4850 4870 or 260 GTX should be fine. I kno that the 4870 512 can be fond for quite a bargain, and its perfect for that resolution, but to be honest back when I switched from 9800 GX2 to 280 GTX in aug I had that resolution, and AA could be enabled up to 16X with the 280 but with the GX2 max was 4 with out killing the card.

SO really depends on what games you want to play.

like romulus said my first choice is 4870 (or 4850) Enjoy!
March 9, 2011 3:49:55 PM

the last reply was at 3-6-2009, can i get updates pleeeeeeaaaaaaassseee
and i heard something about future-proofing, is it the future yet?"
at 1280x1024 too, and willing to change anything ANYTHING at ANY PRICe to the most framerate at my resolutuioon
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