I am looking at purchasing an nVidia graphics card for my new build. I am a heavy gamer, and the remainder of my build is as follows:
MOBO: Asus Maximus V Gene
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB 1600
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
FAN: Noctua DH-14
CASE: Phantom 410
PSU: SeaSonic 850w
HDD: 2x Corsair Neutron 240GB - RAID 0
Monitor --- Asus PA238Q -- 1920x1080
I am looking specifically for an nVidia card to see how well they run, the last gaming system I had was running the Radeon Mobility HD 3870X2 setup... they were decent, but I wasn't impressed with their feature set or their driver support, and I've heard that the Green Team is generally much better on drivers.
Here are some of the main games I play:
Mass Effect Series
Fallout New Vegas -- heavily modded
Skyrim -- heavily modded
Love RPG's and strategy, willing to try most other types of games, looking to use my system with minimal upgrades for about 4 or 5 years.
The 680 I am considering is the MSI Lightning for its overclocking potential. I am planning on heavily overclocking the remainder of my system as well, if that makes any difference. As for the 670, if you feel that is a better choice, please recommend a good make/model for me that will last for a while, only a potential SLI of another within the next few years. Thank you!!
Keep in mind the mods you use in games eat up VRAM like no other- something that just isn't Nvidia's strong suit atm.
Overclocking tends to favor AMD as well (from what I've seen) if you can get a card with unlocked voltage. Keep in mind that all Nvidia cards now-a-days are voltage locked, which will hamper a bit your OC'ing headroom.
With a 670 I would go with the 4 gigabyte model of the ASUS 670 DirectCU II card. Most stock cards from nvidia are as snoogins as suggested not enough as AMD comes stock with 3 gigabytes but that isn't to say you can't do better then 2 they make 4 gigabyte cards. ASUS cards are quiet perform well and stay pretty cool. It would also go quite nice with your asus board and it would match not that many care but I care about that stuff . I feel the difference between the 670 and the 680 is quite small and I wouldn't pay the extra for a 680 given that.
...You guys really think a 7970 is worth it? I'm a bit leery of ATI/AMD due to my experience with the 3870 being much slower than I expected mostly due to the drivers, as far as I'm aware... The reason I'm leaning more toward nVidia is since I've yet to use an nVidia card (at least a high-end one, I had a 210 in one of my laptops, but whatever...)
You would be fine either way sir. You could get a 7970 and be fine. AMD cards historically have done better with Skyrim. HOWEVER! With you playing borderlands games probably 2 I would suspect I would go with a 680 and if you needed the extra ram because of Skyrim you could get the 4 gigabyte card and bet fat and happy
Borderlands 2 (it makes a world of difference I have a 670 and it definitely shows using physx)
AMD (NO PHYSX) NVIDIA (PHYSX)
Oh... and I haven't tried using many hi-res texture mods yet... I'm not thinking of going all overboard with the 2048... I'd try the 1024's and see if I like em... don't see the point of the 2048's when my monitor is 1920x1080... but anyway...
oh, something else, dual slot cards are preferable since I'm using a mATX board... would love to leave room for SLI, since that's all I'm planning on doing to give the video the extra umph about a couple years down the road.
So, bigshootr, it sounds like you're saying my MSI Lightning is a good choice, since it's a 680, 2 gigs, can be overvolted, and has been documented at running at 1350 on it's own air cooler? I heard you say 680 since I mentioned Borderlands and 2 gigs'd be okay since I'm not going crazy with hi-res texture mods...