Some time in the near future I plan on replacing my Athlon AM2 x2 and 8gb 800hz mem with AM3 and 8gb 1066 to improve my gaming experience with game like First Flight and BattleField 2 Bad Company.
However for right now I'm not really impressed with my GTS 450. Perhaps it doesn't like the new mother board?
Anyway, everywhere I read about how much better the ATI cards are. Even in here with their card reviews. I have to tell you, once upon a time I used ATI all the time until there drivers became really buggy. So I switched to NVIDIA, which have been great.
Now here I am again looking for another card and I seriously thinking about ATI. How are their drivers these days and is there something you all might recommend for about 150 - 250. What about one low and one high?
Thanks for you time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If your happy with Nvidia I would just step up to a GTX 560 or 560 Ti. They are loads better then a gts 450 you bought. I use a GTX 285 on my primary cuz like you I've had better luck with Nvidia cards. However my Media center runs a ATI 4770 and it hasn't given me cause to complain. Just my 2 cents.
This is what I would do. Don't sink a lot of money into a video card unless your upgrading your mother board and memory soon. If your willing to send up to $250 get the CPU and GPU now and you'll see a nice bump in how your games run. The 800mhz ram is good. You won't see a big jump going to 1066mhz.
AMD/ATI drivers are really quite stable nowadays. I haven't been interested long enough to know if they were bad in the past, but they work great for my radeon 5750.
I don't think that either AMD or NVidia is better overall. Just look for who has the best card at your price range. Here's the September best graphics cards article by Tom's: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...
As you can see, there are a fair number of AMD and NVidia cards. Just pick a price.
For your price range, $150-$250, the best value in there is, IMO, the Radeon 6950 1GB for ~220 after rebate. If you don't want to go quite that high, however (and I most certainly wouldn't recommend upgrading at all without a better CPU), a GTX 460 1GB is a great choice.