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February 24, 2010 7:17:02 PM

I am going to buy a Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 and I have been wondering if it I should even bother with my processor and memory so my games don't run very slowly even with a good graphics card.

I have a

Core 2 Quad Q8200(2.33GHz)

with

4GB (2 x 2GB) PC6400 DDR2 800 Dual Channel Memory

I have a Nvidia GeForce GT 220 right now and I want to be sure my processor won't seriously hold back this graphics card if I do buy it.

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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2010 7:25:42 PM

It will run fine, although why buy old tech like that I ain't sure.
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February 24, 2010 7:27:13 PM

Old? What else do you recommend in the ~$200 range? I heard the 5770 has a TON of problems with windows 7 so i'm not buying that.
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February 24, 2010 7:39:42 PM

You can get a 4870 for $170 on the 'Egg...still newer than the 2xx series...
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2010 7:53:29 PM

Okini, STFU.

OP, whilst the 260 is still a good card I just don't think you would be best off buying one of them unless you really don't want an ati card.

As to the 5770's problems I am not sure on that one. These things are always overstated on the internet as only those with problems complain.
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2010 7:58:01 PM

You would be hard-pressed to bottleneck anything with a Q8200. You're good.

I would not, however, spend $200 on a DirectX 10 video card, and if I had to, I'd take the 4870 over that one. For any card above the $100 range, you're currently going to end up paying about a 20% premium for the same performance if you go with nvidia. They are not competitively priced at the high end right now.

I would go ahead and get the 5770. Those kinds of complaints happen any time a new card or a new OS comes out. It's basically just the process of the manufacturers ironing out the bugs through driver updates, and half the time, it's fixed by the time word has gotten around to you. There's nothing inherently wrong with the 5770, and it's definitely the best choice of the three IMO.
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2010 7:59:32 PM

strangestranger said:
Okini, STFU.


LOL. :D 
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2010 8:03:31 PM

5770's problems are really overblown, ATI says 2 million Evergreen GPU's have shipped, when they said that is was basically between Cypress (5800), Juniper (5700), and Mobility.
5% or less was mobile, and 5700:5800 = 2:1, so:
1,000,000 x .95 = 950,000 Cypress/Juniper
2/3 of them were Juniper, so 950,000 x 2/3 = 63,333 chips shipped.

That was a month ago, so that's probably the minimum sold now.
Out of 63K there's what? 2000 problems?
2000/63,333 = 3%.
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February 24, 2010 10:13:39 PM

+1 5770,

Ya the GT260 is still a good card, but there are better cards, that are future proof, for cheaper. You can also wait for the 5830. The 5700's and 5800's had some issues yes, but there has been a fix for most. Also, there are plenty of resources on the web to get them working the way you want. I have a 5850, and when I installed it there was alot of lil issues i wasnt happy about like flickering, and a low clock 2d mode that stinks. Now I got a hotfixed beast that OC's like a champ, and created a profile that does not allow the card to underclock and :D 
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a b U Graphics card
February 24, 2010 10:23:14 PM

If you can spend a bit more like 250, a 5830 comes out tomorrow and the specs and benchmarks so far look very promising.
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February 24, 2010 10:31:27 PM

sabot00 said:
5770's problems are really overblown, ATI says 2 million Evergreen GPU's have shipped, when they said that is was basically between Cypress (5800), Juniper (5700), and Mobility.
5% or less was mobile, and 5700:5800 = 2:1, so:
1,000,000 x .95 = 950,000 Cypress/Juniper
2/3 of them were Juniper, so 950,000 x 2/3 = 63,333 chips shipped.

That was a month ago, so that's probably the minimum sold now.
Out of 63K there's what? 2000 problems?
2000/63,333 = 3%.


+1, although you two thirds of 950,000 is 633,333, meaning 2,000 problems comes out to .3%
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