Upgrading Video card

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SlowDave
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Hello all,

Saving money to buy win7 and a new video card. Been a nivda man for the last sevral years but and told that I may get a better bang for the buck with ATI.

Been looking at the nivda 260's or 275's. Waiting for the next release of the 300's so prices may fall, but some of the forums I've read many are talking good things about ATI.

What wood be a Good match for a dual core E8500, 4 gig ram, 700 watt Thermatake ps, running xp now but 7 soon? Navida, Which one? or ATI, which one? for around 200$

Thanks Dave

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Check out the 5770. At the moment I would only be looking at ATI since NVIDIA has yet to release their DX11 cards.

Warmacblu
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I am a huge nVIDIA fan as well but if I were in the market for a GPU right now I would be looking at ATi unless you want to wait for the release of the new nVIDIA GPU's; which I would do. So it's really up to you, wait for the new GPU's to come out or purchase now with ATi.

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Well for $200 its hard but I would try to find a gtx 275-that or wait for gt300-
Nvidia prices have goten bad recently despite ati 5000's-MEH!

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Actually, Nvidia is struggling alot more to make any more 200 series GPUs with GF100 comming up.

SlowDave
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Thanks guys,

Like I said I've been a nvidia guy for the last few years, but direct x11 and performance is making ATI look good.

I was going to get another nvidia card and use my old GTS 8800 640meg card as a physx card. I read that you can still use Ati and a nvidia card as a physx card with a hack? How?

Is having a physx card worth the hassle or only on certain games that calls for it? I only play a few games at a time a year. Right now playing COD world ar war and Dirt 2. Looking for Bad company 2 here soon.

Thanks again, Dave

rippa86
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i wouldnt bother with a physx card unless you where a hardcore gamer.

thats just me though, i remember rodney saying there was some for of drivers out there to get the physx working using ati cards. he just said to google it.

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i would go for an XFX ATI 5770, especially if you are going into win7, i wouldnt want to wait to try out DX11
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SlowDave
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Silly question, I notice that it seems like most ati card users are running AMD cpu's. My M/B is an evga 680i w/nvida chipset and an INTELL dual core cpu. Any compadability issues here with a ATI video card. I don't think it would but notice alot of people that were complaining was running simular setup.

I have another question while I'm thinking of it, Is there much differance between 4 gigs or 6 gigs of ram? I seen some talking in forums that gaming only uses 4 gigs, but extra ram could be used by background processes? I'm trying to extend the life of this system as a desent gaming machine without putting to much into it.

Thanks Dave

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the ATI card will have no compadability issues, but you will not be able to run crossfire on that board.

and the people talking about the 6g of ram would be talking about the i7 motherboards with tripple channel memory.

undeadkingpr
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Yep no problems with one Ati card-

I have 6 gigs but only becuase it was cheaper than 4 at the time(but why I honestly don't know). In reality-no it won't make much of a difference. Unless you are a graphics desighner or PS etc. I would go by prices.