I was wondering if you, the community, could offer me some advice on purchasing a new graphic card, ive read so much but haven't seemed to come across the right answer so i've decided to ask the professionals straight on!
Right so my current beast's specifications consist of the following:
Intel Core i7-950 @ 3.1GHz
Coolermaster V8 CPU Air Cooler
Nvidia GTS250 512MB
620W Antec ion2 PSU
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit with Service pack 1
Heres my first set of questions:
I would like to purchase a new graphic card, I was looking at either the Nvidia GTX 560 Ti or the ATI HD6870 (around that price margins), i was reading up that the ATI is better and cheaper but i am worried because they say that ATI does not have PhysX capabilities, does PhysX make a big difference in my gaming experience? Also if i had to buy an ATI would my GTS250 become ineffective? I was reading online about a hack that allows people to use a "hybrid" setup for this kind of ordeal which in turn provides PhysX using the GTS250 and the rendering using the ATI. If i had to use the hack what would the "consequences" be? And would the GTX 560 Ti or the ATI HD6870 be able to run Crysis 2 at MAX details?
More importantly, if i had to buy the GTX560 Ti OR the ATI HD6870 would i still be able to use my GTS250 on the same 620W PSU?
Thanks in advance for your advice and information, it really helps!
They are not really comparable because the 6XXX series are discontinued and the price has stayed the same for a while.
The 560ti was meant to compete with the 6950 1GB, but now that the 6950 1GB's are discontinued, the price has gone up and they are no longer in the same price range.
You should be comparing GTX560ti to HD7850. However, since the HD7850 is newly released, it's priced a little high right now at $250, but it's also a bit faster and has double the memory.
I'm using a MSI GTX 560ti HAWK EDITION right now, have it OC'd and it performs better than a 6950 stock. Don't have any complaints. But right now, I'd go with a 7850...not all games actually use the physx feature , actually only a few do. The 7850 will get you better performance on future games as well, since it revolves around DX 11 so much, if it's OC'd then you can get GTX 570 performance.
edit: not to mention the AMD card has a nice 2gb of memory, right now it doesn't mean much for single monitors, but it will soon, and gives you a better option if you ever want to go eyefinity, you can just crossfire and get amazing performance with 3 monitors...just sayin.