New graphics card for motion graphics / video editing / gaming

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Less than a month from now.
BUDGET RANGE: $100 - $200 (after rebates)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Motion graphics (After Effects), video editing (Premiere), gaming (mostly Valve)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Radeon x1950 Pro, upgrading PS along with the new video card -- likely 750w

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.ca, ncix.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080


I was originally looking at this:

BFG BFGEGTX260MC896OCDE GeForce GTX 260 Overclocked MAXCORE Video Card - 896MB GDDR3, PCIe 2.0 x16, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Dual VGA Support
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4683600&CatId=3775

I've always bought ATI, but Adobe products are heavily biased towards nVidia and OpenGL. The 260 also has a good track record for After Effects. At $189.97 (after rebates), it's definitely on for a hell of a sale. But I'm noticing a bunch of ATI cards around the same price range that are a little newer or have better specs on paper. Is this GTX 260 a good buy, even though it's a little dated, or are there newer cards around the same price range I should be looking at? Or is this already completely overkill, and I should be looking more at the $100 rage?

I'm assuming, of course, that it's more than time to replace my x1950 Pro. Or am I underestimating its power? How much of a jump would I see going from the x1950 to a GTX 260?
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  1. You are spot on with your choice and reasons.. I'd have myself recommended a GTX 260.. You may get a radeon HD 5770 for a similar price but looking at your order of working priority, i'd still recommend a GTX 260.. And it'd show a significant jump in performance over the X1950, especially in gaming..
  2. A new option has presented itself:

    MSI GeForce GTX 260 Twin Frozr OC 655MHZ 896MB 2.1GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI Video Card
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=50775&vpn=N260GTX%20TwinFrozr%20OC&manufacture=MSI/MicroStar&promoid=1069

    Essentially the same price as the BFG (http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4683600&Sku=B52-0262), but clocked slightly higher and with a better stock cooling solution. I'm assuming I should jump on the MSI?
  3. Its completely your choice.. I would check on warranty though.. I heard BFG provides lifetime warranty.!!
  4. Any reason for choosing a 750W PSU over a 550W PSU?
    Even a GTX 285 would run on a good 550W PSU.
  5. Emperus said:
    Its completely your choice.. I would check on warranty though.. I heard BFG provides lifetime warranty.!!


    I decided to grab the MSI. Better cooling, higher clock, and though the BFG has a lifetime warranty, the MSI still has a 3-year.

    Anonymous said:
    Any reason for choosing a 750W PSU over a 550W PSU?
    Even a GTX 285 would run on a good 550W PSU.


    I have a 500w right now running four hard drives, and might be adding more drives in the near future. I felt like I was already stretching it a bit thin, and there's no harm in going overkill on the PSU. I picked up a Corsair TX750W yesterday, which should handle things nicely.
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