Hi guys I've been reading the forums for quite sometime never bothered to create an account until now. lol
I am building a new gaming rig for the first time. I got all my components chosen except for the graphics card. I've looked up a bunch about these cards. So I've heard that 1gb of memory won't be enough to satisfy BF3. Also I've seen many people say that the gtx 480 is loud and runs hot but will it run hot in a phantom 410? And I've heard AMD's record of releasing drivers for new games is not so great. Also EVGA is awesome according to many.
As the title says I need help on choosing between these cards:
BUDGET RANGE: Around $250ish USD for the graphics card
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(BF3, Skyrim, Batman, Assassin's Creed 3, etc), Editing music and video, and basics(microsoft office, internet, etc)
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: New system but I will get a OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU: i5 2400
Mobo: Asus p8z68-v le
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 16gb
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500gb
Case: NZXT Phantom 410
Optical drive: Sony blu- ray drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Amazon but others that ship in the US are okay.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Noise is not really an issue since I will game with my headset plugged in so I wouldn't hear the fans hopefully. Will all 3 of these cards be futureproof for 2-3 years? Or even more?
Completely avoid GTX 480 its an old high temperature, power consuming card, not worth by any means . The other two cards is definitely good, and you can go with which ever you like most. Their is no special driver issues with AMD. I have been using there GPU for some years now and not faced any major issues till now. The issues i faced with there driver is some setting on there control panel wont save properly. But that got fixed on some latter driver versions. Driver issues is not unique to AMD it applies to nVidia as well, non is better. I feels you may wait a little more for the Radeon HD 7870 ,nVidia kepler to release............
MSi Hawk all the way!twinfrozer cooler is very good.i think you can easily hit 1ghz on it.and if you can wait a few more days and spend $300 then HD7870.it's newer tech,overclocks like dream,beats 570 in more of the cases and runs cooler.power consumption i low and you can xfire on your 700w psu in future.