I've been upgrading my computer a lot over the past few months and finally upgraded to Windows 7 (mostly because it's impossible to find XP 64-bit). As such, I'm missing most of my games and as I was going to start reinstalling, I found this little gem I never quite finished: GTA IV. However, I'm finding that I can't handle the game at it's highest settings.
I used to have dual GeForce 8800 GTS cards connected with SLI, but while trying to get these beefy monsters back into my PC following some annoying purchases, I accidentally bent and broke one of the little cylinders around the edge of the card (capacitors, I believe?). I'm too scared to put it back into my machine. So, now my graphics are much weaker than they were before. One card is plenty to handle most games I play (Quake Live, Minecraft, and WoW) but makes me sad during GTA IV cut-scenes.
tl;dr I want a card that can handle GTA IV with everything turned up. I'd prefer not to spend more than $300, but I'm willing to spend up to $600.
CPU: Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3100 MHz
RAM: 4x4GB (all being properly recognized by Win7 )
GPU: GeForce 8800 GTS
PSU: SeaSonic 650W Modular
Resolution: 1920x1080 (also the resolution I'd like GTA IV to run)
I'm sure you guys get lots of requests like this. Hopefully you've got time for mine, too!
The video card is not the problem, as far as GTAIV goes. GTAIV is unfortunately a shitty console port (ignoring the awesome gameplay and modding potential and everything else that makes that okay).
So, most of GTAIV is handled at the CPU level. However a good gpu is still useful for GTAIV and other games as well.
Right now your best bet is probably a 6950 2GB, ~$290.
If you want to go over that you could get a 6970.
I don't really know much about Nvidia cards but I know from experience that those are much more expensive and have less vram.
So, I'm looking at the 6950 (2GB) and it looks like a solid buy. Before I go about buying it though, I wanna know if it's worth it to buy 2 since my motherboard claims to be CrossfireX ready. And if I buy 2, should I get 2 2GB ones or 2 1GB ones?
You can't unlock the shaders on the 1GB to flash it to a 6970, if that matters to you. Two 6950's at even stock speeds will run anything you throw at them, but so will two 560Ti's and they are cheaper....
I ended up getting a 560 Ti. I plan to purchase a second one next month (trying to spread out my expenses), though it may not be necessary. This card runs every cut scene I've encountered so far in highest settings with perfect lip syncing. And for the price, it was a great buy.
Thanks to everyone who helped point me in the right direction!