I7 920, asus P6T, 6 gig ram, a caviar black HD, a 24" lcd monitor at 1280 x 1080
win7 at 64bit
Have used a 8800gts for years in old system.
I mostly do online games, but may start trying some single player ones for fun.
Right now the prices are annoying.
Nvidia wont have new dx11 cards till after march, maybe 2nd quarter. I read in march they will release some renamed old cards as a 300 series but not dx11.
right now costs are:
geforce 260 $200-220
5850 $265 on sale to 310
in order rated at
Now at the current cost this week, what the heck should I buy?
I wanted nvidia cause used em for years and reliable. But they seem to be not good performance for money anymore.
I read tons of posts about ati drivers for 4xxx series having issues, also their fan controls being problematic.
I also read the 4xxx series has been stopped and thats why prices going up, cause becoming scarse due to no new production.
I also read the nvidia 2xx series also being stopped soon.
So given costs right now, is it worth an extra $50 to get the 5850? Is it even worth buying a cheap card to wait for nvidia dx11 cards, whenever those come out?
what would you folks recommend?
I dont wnat spend 200 dollars for a card good for only a year or so, but dont want to spend a ton for a card i dont need for games i play.
At 1280 x 1080 all of those cards are overkill. If that's a 512mb 8800GTS it should be great for that resolution. If it's 320/640mb it should still be pretty good but for a card that would be a nice upgrade this HD4850 would be a good choice and a nice deal; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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 - 9800 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)
1280 x 1024 is a typical 19" monitor resolution. Did you mean 1920 x 1080....or perhaps your card limited you to that resolution ?
As you can see in the article, even the $50 card does great at your stated resolution. Looking at the last page of that article, it says that yoiu gotta jump 3 tiers to see a real difference. That puts you in the territory of the 9800 GTX, 9800 GTX+,
GTS 250 HD 4850 and HD 5750
I'd say the 250 is the absolute ,most expensive card you should consider at this point....at least until you up your resolution.