Hi all. I am running Ubuntu 10.10 and am looking for everyone's opinion on the best video card to get. I would also like to know why you think this card is better than others out there for gaming and multi-screen. (currently 2 screens, thinking of getting 1 more). My budget is right around 250ish. Thoughts?
Yea, reading through my original post, I was a bit vague and I apologise. It's funny you should mention the 6950 because that is exactly what I was looking at last night after looking at some benchmark tests here.
Honestly, as far as games go, the only game I currently play is WoW with my wife and this card is WAY overkill for that but I want the potential to do more. The main purpose actually comes down to multi-monitor applications. I currently have 2 monitors and want to upgrade that to 3. I work from home and always have alot going on the screens (multiple browser tabs in multiple windows, several rdp and shell sessions up, etc). I believe that my computer can handle the load just fine (Q6600, 8GB Ram, 32G SSD for OS and main programs) but my video card is a geforce 8600gts. What are your overall thoughts on the link I posted?
Your 8GB of RAM is perfect for what you've described your routines as, also for WoW, so that's fine. TBH your biggest limiting factor with filling those two [or soon-to-be three] screens will probably be your Q6600. While a great old chip, it's falling behind, and WoW is very CPU limited. I can't really recommend a new chip with your budget though, as anything better for LGA775 is more expensive than buying an i5-760.
For you, I'd recommend staying Nvidia. Ati is better in recent years with their linux drivers, but Nvidia has supported linux for longer and therefore, will generally be less of a pain in the ass for you. Also, as shown several times, WoW doesn't like Radeon. [http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6990-anti...]
It's slightly beaten out by the 6950 in most cases, but for the reasons I just mentioned, you may consider it. The only other thing to mention would be that the 560 only has a GB of RAM, and if you move up to 3 screens that will probably start to hurt you.