Can i go from A nvidia gefore card to a ati card?

I read somewhere that if you switch from a nvidia geforce card to an ati card you will not be able to gain all the features of the ati card. or something along those lines.
Is that true?
Cuz my motherboard already had multiple Nvidia cards running in it, (the gts 450, 9500gs, and the gtx 460)
Now i am back to the 9500 gs and i ned to replace it asap.
Are there any new cards coming out soon?
Cuz i was thinking about getting the 6850 but dont know if i should.
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  1. Whoever said that is spewing nonsense. Just uninstall the nVidia drivers, run Driver Sweeper (google it) in Safe Mode, and install the ATI drivers. It's easy, and you will get ALL promised features.
  2. Thank You!
    So do you think i should swap out my 9500 gs for this card
    http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=034759
    Or do you recommended another card preferably from the same site.
    i got to buy it from the store:)
    Budget is kinda an issue. i cant go over 200$
  3. any recomendations!?
  4. ptwick said:
    any recomendations!?


    Yes, that is a good card.

    And even if you weren't to do a drive sweep, most the time there is no issues just installing the new card. The drive sweeper is more of an issue with paste drivers, but it can't hurt to do it.
  5. do you thin my q8200 will be to much a bottleneck for it?
    here are my results from when i had the gtx 460
    http://3dmark.com/3dmv/2907024
  6. Also you need to find out what type and brand of Powersupply you have now -- so that you ensure the new GPU is going to be able to have enough stable power to run ! (would hate to get a new video card and not be able to use it because the Power supply did not have enough power !

    You might need to budget for a replacement Powersupply in the upgrade also which might change the decision you make !
  7. If it handled a GTX460 it'll run an HD6850.

    Also, your Q8200 has a low clock. See if you can bring it up to at LEAST 2.8ghz.
  8. shadow187 said:
    If it handled a GTX460 it'll run an HD6850.

    Also, your Q8200 has a low clock. See if you can bring it up to at LEAST 2.8ghz.


    Perhaps but he never said why he is back to the 9500 instead of the 460 !! Possibly because the system was not stable with it in there ??
  9. i got a 700w coolermaster for 50 bucks i think im all set for power!
    and i cant oc my q8200, locked bios.. lol its sucks.. im never buying brand name computers ever agaiN!
  10. Yes, switching brands has no effect on card performance or available features. I have done this myself with no problems.
  11. I think what you heard is that you will lose Nvidia perks like Phsyx that ATI cards do not have, and you just got confused on how it was worded.
  12. no i returned it cuz i payed to much for it lol, 280 bucks i didnt think i needed such a super card. Im am actually looking for a lower end card. worked pretty good and i was working well with my system. Here is a link comparing my score to similar scores.
    My score:
    http://3dmark.com/3dm11/603717
    Other scores with people who have similar pc specs:
    http://3dmark.com/search?resultTypeId=232&linkedDisplayAdapters=1&cpuModelId=862&chipsetId=619
  13. lol alot of people got the card since i did my test lol! i used to be in the top few!
  14. What card do you recommend then? should i get the 6850 or should i go a little lower?
  15. Not much of a fan of the ATI/AMD anymore, so if you're going that route, I couldn't be of any help. Good luck to you.
  16. it could be either one
  17. I'd just grab the 6850 and be done with it. What you will need sooner than later, however, is a new motherboard. This'll allow you to OC your processor.
  18. A 6850 is fine.
    Go for it!
  19. joshua07 said:
    Not much of a fan of the ATI/AMD anymore, so if you're going that route, I couldn't be of any help. Good luck to you.

    You don't need to be a fan to recommend him a card, that's pretty illogical and draconian.
  20. sabot00 said:
    You don't need to be a fan to recommend him a card, that's pretty illogical and draconian.


    Not a fan = don't know much about ATI cards = cant help.

    Dont be an ass on someone else's thread.

    Thank you. Have a nice day. :)
  21. joshua07 said:
    Not a fan = don't know much about ATI cards = cant help.

    Dont be an ass on someone else's thread.

    Thank you. Have a nice day. :)


    You don't need to be a fan to know much about ATI's cards.

    Say you didn't like AMD, does that automatically mean you will never read reviews of their CPU's and GPU's?
    Liking (being a fan) is completely separate from knowing.

    Just because I know something does not mean I like it, just because I like or dislike something does not mean I know or do not know something.
  22. sabot00 said:
    You don't need to be a fan to know much about ATI's cards.

    Say you didn't like AMD, does that automatically mean you will never read reviews of their CPU's and GPU's?
    Liking (being a fan) is completely separate from knowing.

    Just because I know something does not mean I like it, just because I like or dislike something does not mean I know or do not know something.


    Ok, seriously? I'm not going to argue with you on this guy's thread about something stupid. Sorry, I don't know a whole lot about ATI cards, I stick with Nvidia. That's just my preference. Sorry you don't like that but if you don't have anything to help ptwick, please keep your comments off here.
  23. joshua07 said:
    Ok, seriously? I'm not going to argue with you on this guy's thread about something stupid. Sorry, I don't know a whole lot about ATI cards, I stick with Nvidia. That's just my preference. Sorry you don't like that but if you don't have anything to help ptwick, please keep your comments off here.


    The only problem is that, say your presented with a scenario. The guy that requires help, let's call him Mark, has a $200 budget. ATI has a card that offers performance X, and nVidia has a card that offers performance .7(X). Both are $200.

    You will recommend, against any sort of logic, the nVidian card simply because that's all you know. While right from your perspective, ignorance isn't bliss.

    This thread can be pretty much locked as the OP's questions are answered. You can change between nVidia and ATI. I myself used to that; switching between an HD4650 and a 7600GT every other weekend.
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