Hi i need some help to figure out what path to take when upgrading my video card
my current system looks like this
Core 2 Duo stock speed at 2.4 overcloked at 3.3
Driver: NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT (2 GPUs) sli
Memory 8gb dd2
Im looking to replace my aging 2x 7950gt.
I dont need sli support
I do want dx 10 or 11. DX11 is not a must because i might build myself another system in about 1 1/2 to 2 years
I want something that will make my cpu reach it's full potential Here are some of my choices from my local vendor.
Thanks for your insight, about the 4890 they dont have it in stock it looks like it might be discontinued. Getting the items from newegg might end up costing me a little fortune shipping charges to canada and customs will kill the savings.
i looked at newegg .ca and they dont have any 4890 in stock there is always this option but i can't imagine a 300$ gpu being a good match for my old little cpu
If you buy the 5850, it'll be overkill, but you could bring it over to your new machine.
That's the main thing to consider, in fact. If you're bringing the card over, a 5850 is a good choice, or if you're limited by budget, a 5750 or 5770 and crossfire it in your new machine.
If you're just looking for a decent card to fill in for a year or so, I'd say just pick up a 4850 for $100. It's hard to beat the value you get there, and probably not worth spending a lot to get a 4870 or 4890.
A C2D OCed to 3.3gz is still pretty nice, the deciding factor should be your resolution. For 1680x1050 and above I would go for the HD5770. Below that the HD4850 or HD5750 should be great. The HD5750 is DX11, slightly faster and significantly more power efficient but it also costs more.
These questions are made harder to answer than necessary w/o a playing resolution.
If your building a new rig soon, one option might be to use the GT 220 / 240 and then carry it over to your new rig as a dedicated PhysX card. Of course for that to be viable, you'd have to be into PhysX features....some are, some ain't. You decide:
Nvidia cards over $100 are generally overpriced for the performance. The GT 240 in particular is overpriced even in comparison to other Nvidia cards. Two in SLI is not a good idea.
Physx isn't a big deal mainly because it is limited to Nvidia cards so developers don't tend to bother with it. It's been around for years and there are very few games where it makes a real difference(Batman:AA and Sacred 2.)
For 1680x1050 I would recommend the HD5770. It's $158 on newegg(I linked it earlier) not $190. The HD5750 would still give decent performance at your resolution if you can't afford the HD5770; http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
I would get the HIS card. Good brand, it's still slightly cheaper even with that sale and has the rebate as well.
I'm not sure if it's true but I've heard XFX bins their cards. What that means is they offer 3 different versions of the card with different levels of overclocking. That means the cards that overclock the best are going to be reserved for the more expensive editions which means the basic edition might not OC as well as cards from a brand that doesn't separate the cards like that. However I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't true as almost all factory OCs are usually well within the capability of the card so if I had to guess they wouldn't need to bin the cards. Something to consider though if you plan to OC(you should, no reason not to.)
Thanks going with the HIS card it's just so hard to get a card, it seems today the choices are insane plus the dx models. Compared to 3 to 5 years ago we only had a hand full from each side with only dx 9.