I'm having trouble choosing what video card to get for my new PC. I'm currently using on-board graphics, but this fails to play games smoothly. I'm hoping to play games like Crysis and GTA IV at very high settings.
My Specs are:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHZ
6144MB DDR2 RAM
Vista Home Premium 64-bit
The slot is PCI Express 2.0 x16.
I'm leaning towards the Radeon HD4890, but if there are other suggestions for cards at about this price range they would be greatly appreciated.
Yeah a 4890 is a good choice and it overclocks well. It won't max out Crysis at certain resolutions but it will for the smaller ones. What resolution screen to you plan to play on. If you've got a big screen your only choice is a dual-gpu solution for maxing it out. I think you only have 1 PCI-E slot (just a guess) so you could get a 4870x2 or a GTX295, if you have the money.
At what resoloution? What power supply do you have? Which motherboard is installed?
For now I'd say either the GTX275 or HD4890 would be the best choice.
If your case is a mid tower check the cooling, a lot of coolers dump some or all of their heat into the case and with summer getting warmer, this could cause issues.
These companies off the best warranties : XFX, EVGA and BFG. Both EVGA and BFG offer 'step up' programs allowing you to 'step up' to a higher card for only the price difference; See their websites for details.
To play crysis at very high settings you would need something like a 4870x2, gtx295, or a crossfire/sli rig to even approach playable frame rates. You would also need to substantially overclock the cpu.
For everything else a 4890/275 would be fine.. though that depends what resolution you like to play at.
I must question the choice of a slow quad core CPU though, when games get the multi threading support in the future it may perform better than a dual core.. but as far as a budget system goes a fast dual core would have been a better choice. Of course you can always overclock the CPU.
man you need a new monitor badly, 1280 x 720 ouch. Shop around you can get the standard in gaming now (24") 1920 x 1200 for less than $300. The 4890 is a good choice but the 5000 series( Direct X11) is just around the corner from ATI I would wait and see another month or so.
@ Gordan_Freemans_Toaster: At 1280x720 I'd drop in a 9600GT/9800GT/HD4850 and hold on until some DX11 hardware is released and reviewed. The Internet Rumour Mill has the release about October or possibly August depending on which source you use. Both cards can play most games at high provided you keep the AA low or off.
Also, it will allow you a little longer to save for a screen/card upgrade which will, trust me, be stunning. (Well I was stunned moving up from 19 to 24" and a 8800GTS 640 to a HD4870).
For your current mnitor, go for a 4850/4770/9800GT/GTS 250. Rest is awaste of money and resources.
If you plan to upgrade your monitor on the same card, then go for 4870 1GB/4890/GTX 260/GTX275.
Also, keep in mind that the DX 11 cards are rumored to be here by October ( thats the time when all the major games release- call of duty MC 2, NFS, Assassins creed 2 etc). A $150 DX11 card would easily beat all the above mentioned cards in DX11 games, but not at DX10 Games.
So, tread carefully on the path you choose henceforth....lol... Kidding....
Get a 4890, OC your CPU and be happy. You will be able to run Crysis on High at that res, most likely anyway. If you want to raise your settings to very high at least lower some of the more CPU intensive options to high or medium to prevent your CPU from bottlenecking your GPU as much.