3D Noob needs advice

Hi All,

I'm investigating the viability of moving into the world of 3D gaming and I'm getting more confused and uncertain the more I read.

MY questions are pretty general, I have an ATI Radeon HD4870x2 with a Samsung T260 LCD. Can that form part of a 3D setup?

Do I need to buy a Nvidia 280 and a set of 3D glasses and a new monitor?

Any advice or pointers would be very welcome!
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  1. Here's a blatant copy-paste from the Nvidia website of the cards that support 3D gaming:

    GeForce GTX 580
    GeForce GTX 570
    GeForce GTX 480
    GeForce GTX 470
    GeForce GTX 465
    GeForce GTX 460
    GeForce GTS 450
    GeForce GT 340
    GeForce GT 330
    GeForce GT 320
    GeForce GTX 295
    GeForce GTX 285
    GeForce GTX 280
    GeForce GTX 275
    GeForce GTX 260
    GeForce GTS 250
    GeForce GTS 240
    GeForce GT 140
    GeForce 9800 GX2
    GeForce 9800 GTX+
    GeForce 9800 GTX
    GeForce 9800 GT
    GeForce 9600 GT
    GeForce 8800 Ultra
    GeForce 8800 GTX
    GeForce 8800 GTS
    GeForce 8800 GT

    From the AMD site:

    AMD Radeon™ HD 6870
    AMD Radeon™ HD 6850
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5970
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5870
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5850
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5830
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5770
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5750
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5670
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5570
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5550
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5450
  2. That is to say, not all of those cards would be POWERFUL enough for 3D gaming, but they support it! You would indeed need the glasses, and a compatible monitor.
  3. plastichairball said:
    That is to say, not all of those cards would be POWERFUL enough for 3D gaming, but they support it! You would indeed need the glasses, and a compatible monitor.


    Anything from the 5750 and up on the amd side and the 8800gtx(excluding the 9600gt) and up would be powerful enough albeit at certain resolutions.Another thing to note is that 3d glasses and drivers are supported by Nvidia,while on AMD's site you will have to use 3rd party software.
  4. 1. No you can't, HD4870x2 isn't 3D capable, you need NVIDIA card and 3D monitor+3d glasses.
    2. Do not buy an old tech like GTX280, you'll better with newer tech like GTX460, GTX470, GTX570, or even GTX580.
  5. Hey everybody!

    Thank you very much for your replies. It seems my vid card+monitor just arent old enough to be retired just yet.

    I may be in a position to get a smaller (32") 3D TV at some point and then it will be more worthwhile for me to get a new graphics card and 3d glasses.

    Reviews of 3d sound great but it would need to be for the cost of getting equipped.

    Thanks!
  6. That is quite right. Your system is pretty awesome right now, no need to retire it just yet. Arguably, 3D hasn't really taken off yet (if it will) so there's no rush. Let it become more refined, commonplace and cost-effective before you take the plunge.
  7. ^+1
    good point, your current HD4870x2 is still great even for today's standard, i bet you can maxed out almost anything with that card. :)
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