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1680x1050 monitor - Help decide on video card

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March 2, 2010 5:38:14 PM

Hi!

I'm building a new computer and I'm wondering what video card I should buy.

My monitor resolution is 1680x1050

My ideal price range : 200$ CAD

I would like to be able to play in high details at that resolution and with great framerates... I've always played on Intel video cards as I've been using laptop for quite a long time and I want to treat myself...

I just don't want to buy something that will be totally overkill for that resolution.

Games that will be tempting me in the near future are :

Global Agenda
PerfectWorld

And surely later :

Starcraft 2
Diablo 3
Guild Wars 2

My system parts were choosen so that they are more quiet than average and not too power hungry (Seasonic X-650 PSU, Antec Mini P180, etc ) but not totally silent. I would like a video card that fits that mindset.

I also have a friend who only swears by NVidia and keeps saying ATI has compatibility problems with many games so I would like "confirmation" that it ain't true !

So I was leaning toward :

Ati 5750, 5770, 5850 or GTX 260.

5850 is out of my price range but I might go there is it's not totally overkill and makes sure I don't have to upgrade again within a year or so. In 2 years I'll probably buy a new card anyway.

More specifically I was thinking more along the lines of these 2 models since I remember reading that this was a quiet setup with two slower fans.

MSI N260GTX Twin Frozr OC GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail (200$)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127464&cm_re=260-_-14-127-464-_-Product

Or :

MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail (190$)


Let me know what you think guys and feel free to give suggestions...

Thanks!
March 2, 2010 6:45:10 PM

I'm buying in Canada and your video card is 175$ without a free game for standard clock speed.

The MSI is 190$ OCed to 875 Mhz

The XFX XXX edition, clocked at 875MHZ is 200$.

Is it worth the 15-25$ extra?

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March 2, 2010 6:50:25 PM

OC cards are rarely worth the extra money

you can OC the card yourself or spend the extra $30 on a better GPU cooler then the OC edition one
March 2, 2010 7:17:02 PM

I would have to agree with the above. ATI Catalyst allows you to OC fairly easily.
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March 2, 2010 7:31:27 PM

In your place, I'd get a HD5770. Not at your resolution, but if you ever go higher, I've seen too many graphs in reviews where the 260 chokes because it has <1GB of RAM on it. As unlikely as it would be, it's worth leaving the option open. You also mentioned quiet and low-power; the HD5770 ramps way down when idle, and the load is so low that your excellent PSU would be able to shut off its fan.

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March 2, 2010 8:03:19 PM
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trembl27 said:
I'm buying in Canada and your video card is 175$ without a free game for standard clock speed.

The MSI is 190$ OCed to 875 Mhz

The XFX XXX edition, clocked at 875MHZ is 200$.

Is it worth the 15-25$ extra?



Nope, Overclocked cards are rarely worth it, that is a 25MHZ increase, which is easily obtained through catalyst control center. I personally have both my 5770s with stock cooler at 900mhz, 1300mhz. You can use the extra cash to switch cooler if you really need to, but you shouldn't because the cooler on the 5770 is great, I could go higher with mine, I just hate high fan noises :)  Get the XFX card I recommended with the free Battleforge game coupon. It's great.
March 8, 2010 11:17:22 PM

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