I immediately replaced the GPU with the one in my old computer, a Geforce GTX 260. It seems to work much better than the Radeon 6670 however I was considering upgrading this to one of the newer cards. My question is, do you think this would be worth it and if so what suggestions do you have for a replacement?
So far I am looking at the Radeon 7770 and possibly GTX 560. My price range would be in the under $150 area if possible.
well i mean the Ti version which is based on GK106. the non Ti version is based on GK107 which are more in line with your GTX260 in terms of performance. in general GTX650 Ti are a bit faster than 7770. 7770 is cheaper than 650 Ti
Oh really? Well, that is good to hear. One question, how much variation is there among manufacturers? That card I linked is Power Color and only has 2 reviews, but price was is the cheapest I can find that includes the 2 GB. Also, is the 2GB worth the extra few dollars or is 1GB basically the same?
Ah okay, on my monitor i usually play at 1680 x 1050... right now it looks like i can get that 1GB Sapphire for roughly the same price as the 2 GB power color. Links below. Any recommendation on which one is superior?
PowerColor doesn't usually make the most rock solid of cards and I am boycotting them for their Swastika theme that used on one of their coolers.
Sapphire has traditionally made some of the best ATI/AMD cards on the market but avoid buying ANY card that uses SMD mounted ferrite shielded inductors.
MSI and Asus are safe bets for the 7850 as they have a much higher build quality than most and have great cooling.
Thank you for the response. I looked at that Sapphire card again but did not see mention of this smd mounted ferrite shielded inductors your speak of. Did you notice that just from the pictures? I do like the fact that it has dual fans and I have also heard what you say that Sapphire has a great reputation.