Recently I fired up my computer to find a number of blue vertical lines across the screen. After some testing it seems they're related to the video card.
I have an nVidia 8800 GTS that has served me well for the last 3 or 4 years and I'm looking to replace it because of this problem.
I'd like to be able to play some relatively new games such as Modern Warfare 2, Crysis etc. But I wouldn't call myself a hardcore gamer. Usually I play SC or World of Warcraft (yes, lame but a great way to chill after work and school).
I was considering a GeForce 250 because it's low price and still offers better performance than the 8800 GTS. Would you guys consider this a good choice or is there something better?
I should mention that I will likely be building a second system within 6 months so this card doesn't have to be the be-all and end-all; I'll save that for the new box.
Since I'm admittedly a noob, I was also wondering if I could get your input on manufacturers. I notice that there are 4+ companies making the same cards (i.e. BFG, Asus, Sparkle, Gigabyte, etc.) and I've no idea how much of a difference this makes. I'd appreciate any insight into this as I'm completely clueless here.
If it is the 128 Core 8800GTS 512MB then there would be a 5% increase average, the GTS 250 is the 9800GTX+ which is a die shrink of the 9800GTX which is an overclocked version of the 8800GTS 512MB 128core.
Resolution is a missing piece of the answer, if 1680x1050 or lower I would suggestion the 5750, if 1920x1080 or higher, 5770. Any choice for 2/3s the cost will not carry the same potential or features. If there is a hard price ceiling, then the $99 4850 would indeed be a solid price performer.