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July 29, 2010 9:24:45 AM

HI!

nVidia and ATI...... I currently have a GeForce 8600GT and am thinking of upgrading. But can't make up my mind.

nVidia 2XXseries or ATI 4XXXseries ???

Which is better in terms of cost, performance,heating and power consumption?
Where I come from(South Asia) the climate is Warm and a little bit dusty, I do not have any liquid cooling systems to keep a low temperature inside the CPU so reliability is also an issue.


Any ideas on which brand or card to choose???

Thanks in Advance. :) 


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July 29, 2010 9:30:46 AM

On the cards in that sort of price range I would say getting a top end 2xx card like the 285 or 295 they would outdo the 4xxx series from ATI.. but if you are looking for a cheap reliable graphics card then you could go for the 4850 or 4870
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July 29, 2010 9:32:36 AM

A quick note.

Am planing on using this new VGA for about 3 years, so need to make sure it won't be out of date by the time i buy it(Next month) :) 
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July 29, 2010 9:55:23 AM

Tell us first your full specs:
CPU? RAM? PSU? MOBO? Monitor? Budget?
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July 29, 2010 10:31:47 AM

get a gfx from nvidia 200 series nvidia cards can bare higher temps easily most ati cards crashes at higher temprature gtx 275 gtx 285

well whats ur CPU? RAM? PSU? MOBO? Monitor? Budget?

p.s why not nvidia 400 series
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July 29, 2010 1:03:24 PM

How much of an improvement would you like? The 8600GT is very weak by today's standards, but if your uses are not particularly demanding, there's no reason to buy a top-end card. If a modest improvement is all you need, look for a HD4670 or HD5570. Neither will need much power.
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Moving up from that, I'd choose a HD5770 before a nVidia equivalent due to lower power usage. Stronger than that, a nVidia GTX 460 is probably technically a better choice than the HD5870.

Below the *, you also need to consider your PSU. You will need a quality 500W-550W PSU for the stronger cards. A quality PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and is 80+ certified for efficiency. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and Enermax are among the better brands.
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July 29, 2010 3:16:37 PM

Well so sorry for not mentioning the specs guys,
i5 750
6GB DDR3 1333
500GB HDD
Intel Mo Bo
17' Wide screen LCD
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July 29, 2010 8:10:21 PM

with 17 inch monitor 200 series card will be an overkill if u still want a 200 series card go for gts250

best for your resolution u will be able to max out everything maybe some high levels of AA too
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August 5, 2010 3:26:23 AM

well I did some research and found that the GeForce 465 Gtx SC is within my price range close to $265. I was thinking of going for it rather than 250 Gts. what do you think??

Thanks in advance :) 
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August 5, 2010 7:00:22 AM

The 465 is overkill for a 17" monitor.It does not provide value at that price. Get a GTx 460 768 MB instead for 200$.
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August 5, 2010 7:09:12 AM

well, if the GTX 465 is in your price range, is there no way of you upgrading your monitor??

yes, it will be a waste to get a great card but not using it to its full potential, unless .....

what OS are you running at? if windows 7, go for the GTX 465, mainly for Direct X11 capabilities!!!

Dane

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August 5, 2010 6:26:39 PM

I say get a bigger screen before you upgrade the GPU. Having a faster card at that resolution is not going to result in any gains.

The GTX 465 is not considered a great buy since the 460 is on par for much less.
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August 6, 2010 3:14:25 PM

Dane Bouwer said:
well, if the GTX 465 is in your price range, is there no way of you upgrading your monitor??

yes, it will be a waste to get a great card but not using it to its full potential, unless .....

what OS are you running at? if windows 7, go for the GTX 465, mainly for Direct X11 capabilities!!!

Dane


Well yes I do Have Windows 7...... Thanks for the heads up :) 
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August 6, 2010 3:17:29 PM

Umm... I don't mean to sound like a total noob but can someone explain what is meant by this term "Overkill"??? It's a new term for me.... I'm still new to these technical terms. :) 
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August 6, 2010 3:21:08 PM

it means your card will be over powered for your small screen. 17" it's pretty tiny, probably no bigger resolution then 1440x900 or so, which is pretty small. I'd get a GTX 460 and that should last you long enough for the next little while and also if you upgrade to a larger monitor. Should also be in your budget if you can afford a 465
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August 6, 2010 4:12:31 PM

Petey1013 said:
it means your card will be over powered for your small screen. 17" it's pretty tiny, probably no bigger resolution then 1440x900 or so, which is pretty small. I'd get a GTX 460 and that should last you long enough for the next little while and also if you upgrade to a larger monitor. Should also be in your budget if you can afford a 465



Thanks mate.... :) 
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August 6, 2010 4:24:47 PM

What Size of Monitor should I go For to get the best out of the 465 gtx?? How about 19'??
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August 8, 2010 2:58:55 AM

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