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February 13, 2010 11:37:51 AM

I'm thinking about building a budget gaming rig and I've decided on 2.66GHz Core i5 and 4GB of DDR3 with an MSI P55-CD53 mobo but I can't decide between gts 250 or gtx 260
Any Help?
Thanks
KC

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February 13, 2010 11:39:02 AM

GTX260
or maybe ATI 4870. Or ATI 5770.
February 13, 2010 11:45:49 AM

Neither.

HD5770 is better choice at that price range.
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a b U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 12:01:32 PM

I agree with Andy, however, the 260 is the better choice if you go with Nvidia.
February 13, 2010 12:11:49 PM

Yeah i prefer nvidia for phsyX as i don't need eyefinity(I could barely fit a 24" display)
February 13, 2010 12:15:51 PM

Also I want to note wheter i should go for a core i3 as it is a 100euros cheaper and down the line it has the same socket as i5
Any thoughts????
February 13, 2010 12:28:12 PM

To be honest i would stay with the i5 as it is better build quality
February 13, 2010 12:40:31 PM

Flightsimluke said:
To be honest i would stay with the i5 as it is better build quality

4 cores>2 cores

Ever burnt a DVD, defragged HDD and played GTAIV at the same time? Even the fastest 200 dollar i3 will simply commit suicide trying to do what my low end Athlon X4 does without even breaking into a sweat. The extra money will be well spent, trust me.
a b U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 3:31:30 PM

Kracer said:
Yeah i prefer nvidia for phsyX as i don't need eyefinity(I could barely fit a 24" display)


PhysX is only on a few certain titles, so what games do you play?
February 13, 2010 3:38:53 PM

If your flying around in FSX, stay with the i5. Give us some games your going to play and your expectations.
a c 376 U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 3:43:32 PM

DX11 is a much more important feature than Physx. Go for the HD5770.
February 13, 2010 5:28:42 PM

Yeah i think crysis warhead at sub 720p everything maxed out including vsync
a b U Graphics card
February 13, 2010 6:08:17 PM

PhysX is only GPU-accelerated in like 3 notable titles, Batman: AA, Mirror's Edge, and Sacred 2.
The 5770 doesn't only have Eyefinity, it also has DX11, DX11 is included with both Win 7 & Vista SP2. Developers will use DX11, PhysX not so much.
February 13, 2010 6:48:55 PM

madass said:
4 cores>2 cores

Ever burnt a DVD, defragged HDD and played GTAIV at the same time? Even the fastest 200 dollar i3 will simply commit suicide trying to do what my low end Athlon X4 does without even breaking into a sweat. The extra money will be well spent, trust me.


Well said my friend, well said
February 14, 2010 2:18:36 AM

sabot00 said:
PhysX is only GPU-accelerated in like 3 notable titles, Batman: AA, Mirror's Edge, and Sacred 2.
The 5770 doesn't only have Eyefinity, it also has DX11, DX11 is included with both Win 7 & Vista SP2. Developers will use DX11, PhysX not so much.

+1

@OP: This is the reason why I recommended HD5770 instead.
February 14, 2010 7:51:01 AM

yeah it has been settled that DX11 is more important than PhysX but i Want to take into consideration Cuda and stream, I know that most gpu accelarated programs use open cl or microsoft direct compute but which is more widespread Cuda or Stream?
(by the way I'm not going to spend 150 euros on any software)
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2010 8:43:06 AM

Budget + great gaming for around $100 = GTS 250
Greater technology and built for the future for around $160+= HD5770

personally I own the GTS 250, paid around 115 and love the piss out of it.
I had upgraded from the 8800GT which I thought was great...it just keeps getting better for cheaper.
a b U Graphics card
February 14, 2010 11:53:32 AM

Kracer said:
yeah it has been settled that DX11 is more important than PhysX but i Want to take into consideration Cuda and stream, I know that most gpu accelarated programs use open cl or microsoft direct compute but which is more widespread Cuda or Stream?
(by the way I'm not going to spend 150 euros on any software)


actually, DirectCompute and opencl are not used much since they are relatively new, though expect to see it used much more than CUDA and Stream as they are both cross-vendor, and opencl is also cross-platform.

Between Stream and CUDA, i would say CUDA is used much more often, since NV marketed the crap out of CUDA. Also, i found CUDa just a tad bit easier to develop for than Stream
February 14, 2010 12:34:18 PM

i had the same problem, ended up buying a GTX 260 and im really happy =)
i can play pretty much any game at the highest settings with 4X AA at minimum with really nice frame rates. either way, you can't go wrong, just try to find a brand that gives you like 5 years waranty at minimum or some games in the box, mine came with Grid, 3D mark Vantage, and some demos from Nvidias own software.
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