Curious to see what you guys consider to be a good GPU. Here are the criteria;
Price, Performance, Power Consumption, Heat, Dual-GPU vs Single, Size, Noise, Manufacturer(AIB), someone tell me if I forget any.
Price, Performance are my main considerations. I'd prefer a very fast, single GPU over dual as they are more efficient (i.e. ATI 5850 vs Crossfire 5770).
Power use to be fairly honest, doesn't really bug me much. I don't leave my PC on, and it's really only on while I'm gaming. All I care about then is performance.
Noise & Heat are important to me, but aren't my biggest concerns. I want it to run cool enough that it performs well, without turning my room into an oven. Noise wise, you can either move the PC under your desk and turn your speakers up, or just deal with it.
I have a full tower case with plenty of room in it (intentionally) so size isn't a big issue.
Surely I don't want to spend 100$ more for the card that only 10%-20% faster.
I don't want a kitchen stove inside my case.
I would prefer a single card instead of dual cards (CF/SLI).
Also i don't want a power hungry card, so the monthly bills won't choke me...
Give me a single hi-perfomance GPU wth lots of on-board number crunching capacity (A min of 1 Gig on-GPU). VRAM-cool beans! Extends the "virtual clock-speed" of you CPU. If your CPU and GPU "fly in formation" and have a large reserve of physical ram (6-10Gigs), then you have the right GPU. Same goes for your PC.
Price, performance, noise, heat, power consumption(idle, load i don't care that much) and manufacturer. As for dual cards i do not need/want any. Single card is enough.
I like the 5770 and 5850. I own 5770, could not afford the 5850 at the time of the purchase. Wish i had one.
As for size, i own a mid tower case, if it doesn't fit, just move the hard drives, problem solved .
Wrong, you try to buy as much as you can with the cash you have. So for that price, witch is the best video card that you can get? That's what the first 2 words i posted above mean, "Price,performance". Some people can afford better cards then others but all want to buy the best card for their money.