I've just built a new PC - Intel i5 processor, gigabyte p55-ud4 motherboard, 4GB or corsair 1600Mhz RAM, Zotac GTS 250 AMP! gfx card.
Is running 1600mhz ram on a motherboard that supports only 1333mhz or 2200mhz ram going to be a problem? Will I need to underclock it?
Also, I'm finding that my videocard seems to be really underperforming when running the 3dmark vantage benchmarking test. its down to 9 fps alot and rarely goes above 30 fps......surely this isnt right? according to the 3dmark, my gfx benchmark is in the bottom 30-35% or so :-(
well the 250 gts isnt that great, so that actually sounds about normal for high intensity games, but does sound a tiny bit low, but i think its nothing. the mobo will either accept the ram as is, or underclock it itself, so no worries there.
Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09
$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830 $110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)
Benchmarks really aren't an issue, the issue is how does it play the games you wanna play at the resolution of your monitor.
From the above article:
GeForce GTS 250 512MB - Good 1920x1200 performance in most games
The dissapearance of the $100 Radeon HD 4850 has not only opened up the GeForce 9800 GT and Radeon HD 4830 for recommended status, but also the GeForce GTS 250.
At $110, the 512MB version of this card offers respectable performance, and nothing else in the price range can compare to it. As fast as the Radeon HD 4850 and new Radeon HD 5750 (and notably cheaper), the GeForce GTS 250 has no real competition from the rest of the sub-$150 market at this time.
Bear in mind that going this route instead of the Radeon HD 5750 will cost you DirectX 11 support and Eyefinity. But in the context of gaming, you'll need to make other quality sacrifices long before trying to enjoy either value-add in the $110 range.