So, basically there are like 3 million GPUs out there and they confuse me. I want a card I won't need to replace for a while. I am looking mainly for an ATI card as I have no knowledge of Geforce cards. I am open to the idea of a Geforce card if it suits my other hardware better.
Basically, here is my specs... I have yet to buy these parts but it is what I will get.
Basically, I want a GPU that can play World of Warcraft at max settings (shouldn't be hard), and play most current FPS/3rd person action/adventure games at high, though not necessarily max settings. Other games like Dragon Age 1 or 2 when it comes out, Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect, Team Fortress 2 and any Halflife 2-based games, the new Aliens vs Predator game, etc etc... basically that level of graphics.
I would prefer options up to $150... if this is a joke of a price range for what I want... well, performance trumps price, although I am not in a position to spend much over $200 so no sexy ATI 6970s.
Ah very nice, thanks. Another thing... I currently have a case with 3 normal sized fans in it (not sure actual specs on size, but the usual square fans) in a large case... would the stock cooling on the parts i am getting be good enough?
They will be adequate until you start overclocking, when overclocking you may want an aftermarket cooler for the CPU, the graphics cards can usually handle overclocks better with the stock heatsink fan, than processors can. From an airflow perspective it is good to have more fans blowing into the case than out, and its good for the air to move front to back.
Oh really? I have always wondered how best to situate the fans. The way I have them now is, in addition to psu, cpu, and gpu fans, is 2 fans in back of case blowing in and one in lower front of tower that blows out. Should i swap them like have the 2 fans in the back next to the cards blow out with the front in?
Now that I say it out, it does sound more logical that way...
Yes you always want the air moving from front to back..change the front ones to be blowing air in(these are called intake fans) and switch the ones in the back so their blowing out the back(these are called exhaust).If you have any fans on the top they should also be blowing air out as it is logic(heat rises).
^i agree,the 460 is better than the 5770 even if it's the 768mb version.And you don't really need the extra 256mb because your not using a big screen.Although i always say to get the 1G version because it is futureproof,being able to have 1G is better if you decide to get a new monitor that is 1080p.