need your advice on buying a good graphics card that will provide crisp images and use as little electricity as it's possible. From what I can see current cards seem to have a separate power cable. I wonder how much electricity do they consume when one plays, say, GTA4 or Crisis ?
Now, I've got a not-so-great eyesight so I use 1024x768 definition and would like to know which GPU should I get to have a crisp fonts and all that ?
I will pay like up to 210$ What's better nvidia or ati ?
PSU - Corsair TX650W
i5 core 2500k
Kingston 4GB Ram
Mobo - Intel BLKDP67BAB3
A 6950 or a 560 ti are way way WAY overkill for 1024x768. In fact, a 7770 is probably overkill for today's games at that resolution but it's a good value as far as power consumption & "future proofing" are concerned.
AMD Cards are great pieces of hardware, no doubting that but their drivers are in their adolescence and need maturing to become to their full potentiel.
Nvidia cards are truly my favorite right now, and their drivers are very stable for me and I was glad I went nvidia with my 560 ti's.
Now, onto choosing a card.
AS you can see from the chart Matto posted the 560 ti is the best card for mid ranges, hands down, you should probably get the Msi GTX 560 ti twin frozr or the MSI hawk models, or get the EVGA 448 core version. You won't be disappointed with Nvidia or AMD but I favor nvidia when building.
Wow, it seems like most people here are pro-ATI I was always told that Nvidia was actually better than ATI and now hmm...
Most people are biased, that does not necessarily mean that one is better than the other. It just means they tend to shout louder and make claims without providing reference links.
Clearly, your question has been answered though, with a budget of $210, there really is no better choice right now than a GTX 560 Ti. The 6950's and GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores are too expensive; and the GTX 560/6870 are cheaper, but significantly less powerful. Refer back to that performance chart and keep in mind that the GTX 560 Ti listed there is one at stock clocks, while most of the models that you are likely to purchase are going to be factory overclocked. Bump up the performance to 950 mhz, and you will running more in the range of a 6970 and GTX 570... for $210.
To illustrate the point, the Zotac AMP! comes factory clocked at 950 mhz: