Im sorry to be asking this question since alot of people basically seem to be asking the same thing, but no one seems to be answering my question. as of right now not last year or in the future what is the best video card for gaming? i want to play games like cod waw and crysis at decently high settings. i have researched many many cards here and do not really understand the benchmarks. i would just like a card for 200 or less that can handle these games, while still leaving me in a good spot for new upcoming games. hopefully it can use dx 10. i am building my system and am doing so around the video card. again i am sorry for asking the same question that has been covered so many times before.
Just like the A10 'Warthog' :Built around its main cannon;)
What resoloution of monitor will you use? The larger it is, the more powerful the card needs to be.
For 22" 1680x1024 or less, on a new build rather than as an upgrade I'd say either the GTX260 or 1Gb HD4870, both can be found for under $200 (U.S.).
i did search google but i could not find the exact answers i was looking for and must have missed that site. so i just thought that i would ask, a nd like i said i knew i was going to get yelled at and told to look. when i look for a card on a site like newegg, there will be multiple cards that all carry the same ati or nvidia chipset but made by different companies and have different clock speeds, stream processors, and all of that confuses me i would just like someone to guide me and help me make the decision to get the best card i can.
the monitor is a 19" lcd and its resolution is set to 1280 x 1024 i dont necessarilly have to be able to play the game at that resolution but i would like to be able to play at at least 1024 x 768. the card i have now can play crysis and other games but most of the games are played on low at 640 x 480 or 800 x 600 the card i have now is a diamond stealth (i dont know the model number ) but it has a radeon 9550 on it. i know that ANY card i get will be an improvement over that but i just dont want to be sitting here at the same time next year going through this again. but i do appreciate your help and any more you could give me would be appreciated.
i guess what i need is someone to shop with me and guide me through this process.
@wbixby: You are building new, right? If so, take a look at the Homebuilt Forum, even post a few questions about the new build there.
For a new build I would still go for the 1 Gb HD4870 or GTX260. Both of these are far, far more than you need at 1280x1024 but providing you pair it with a good CPU they will keep gaming at this resoloution for a very long time and should easily enable you to upgrade the monitor to 1680x1080 (20-22") later if you choose.
My rules of buying a card:
1: Make does not matter; The warranty is far more importaint than who made the card.
2: The chip does not matter; As long as they are roughly equal in performance one (Nvidia or ATI) will do better in some games than others and vice versa.
3: Do not pay extra for 'overclocked' cards; If you want it overclocked do it yourself.
4: Do not look at the 'shaders'; Nvidia and ATI have different ideas about what a shader is and you cannot compare them on just the numbers quoted.
5: Do not look at the clockspeed; see 3.
6: Even if you are not in the US, take a look at the Newegg site, the customer reviews can give you information not found in 'proper' reviews.
7: This chart tells you where the cards place relative to each other. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/radeon-geforce-gtx,review...
after reading your post i think maybe ill look for a better warrantied vid card but that is the one that i think ill get. the only other thing im not sure of is the mobo if it is sufficient or not. but maybe you guys could let me know if im in good shape or not
@ wbixby: Post a question in the Homebuilt Forum on that spec although I will make a few observations:
The 775 platform is getting old which is going to make any future upgrades either difficult or just impossible so I would suggest looking to AMD for the CPU and motherboard rather than Intel.
Not certain about the PSU but I would be happier recommending something from a make known to me : Corsair, Seasonic, Pc Power and Cooling, OCZ or Antec. Look to about 500-550 for a single HD4870 or 650 or more to Crossfire later.
For graphics you have two options here:
1:Get the HD4870 the card is vast overkill right now but this is a new build and overspecifying the graphics will give room for a larger monitor or just a longer life rather than getting something that is 'good enough' now only to have to upgrade again next year.
2: Get a CF motherboard and a single HD4770 and Crossfire when or if things start to slow down. This will be the least expensive option.
All right, under 200, if you ask me, the best solution is 4850/4770 CF. You get a certain 4850 for $90 on newegg. Get two of those.
Best value for money and can play your games great even at 1920 x 1200.