I am looking to do a dual boot Linux/Windows build. I was thinking about using solely integrated graphics. My last computer wasn't spectacular as far as graphics (to put it lightly - can't play some games or play some on low settings) so I didn't think it would be bad. I will be doing a dual-monitor setup over DVI with 1920x1200 with 23" screens.
However, I'm thinking about adding a graphics card. I'm okay with medium settings on games, though high is nice too (if it's not expensive). My budget is roughly around $100-$150 for a card. I was suggested the Nvidia GTX 560 though and I'm giving second thoughts to getting 6770 since I see a lot of threads suggesting 68xx. Games I'll attempt to play include Portal and League of Legends. I'll probably play more complex games since the video card will let me play them.
I'll also be developing a bit using OpenGL, though that's not a high priority.
Also, I've heard a new set of cards is being released in the first couple weeks of January. Will these older cards go down?
I'm confused ..... you said $100-150 budget but then linked a $250 card ?
AT $150 get a 6870
At $215 - $230, I'd get a 560 Ti factory OC'd.
Right, I don't really know much on graphics cards, so I guess I put it up there so I can understand why I would want that card. I could go for it early next year if it goes down to $200 if it has features I want, but probably not. I mean, sure I'd love an i9 CPU, but an i5 CPU also does what I need it to do since I'm not running a video processing studio. Similarly, I'm essentially trying to find out what would give me the most bang for my buck by kindof comparing them. The 6770 I originally thought of going with, the 560 I was suggested, and the 6870 people seem to suggest a lot on these forums.
I also don't know if higher-end cards would be targeted to a more Windows-specific environment, more accepting of a Linux environment, or about the same as a lower end card, as far as how good the drivers make use of the video card.