Video card decision help


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  1. jonbonazza

    jonbonazza Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok, so I am about to build a really nice gameing rig here soon and I need some help deciding on a video card setup.
    The mobo I will be using supports CrossfireX and I was wondering, should I go with a single nVidia card or make use of the CrossfireX and go with two ATI cards?

    nVida cards are much more expensive, but their driver quality is MUCH better than ATI's. ATI on the other hand offer higher quality cards for a lower price (In other words, you pay less for and ATI with the same specs as a more expensive nVidia). What do you all recommend? Also, which particular card(s) would you recommend?
     

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  2. NYCHitman1

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    I'm a little biased b/c I'm a Nvidia fanboy but I have seen some ATI cards that recently have caught my eye.

    You could go with 2x for ATI Crossfire X: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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    Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-1371-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
     
  3. jonbonazza

    jonbonazza Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks, Just realized my board does, indeed support SLI, so I will probably be going with dual nVidia cards...
     
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    No problem. If you need anything else, just ask.
     
  5. Zenze

    Zenze Well-Known Member

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    I'd get a GTX 460. If you want to look at more check out tomshardware.com
     
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    jonbonazza Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Should I go with a single GTX series card or go with 2 GTS 260's?
     
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    My vote goes for single GTX 460.
     
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    jonbonazza Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok cool. I will look more into that one then.
     
  9. jtisgeek

    jtisgeek New Member

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    Nvidia stuff will be better with sli it's light years ahead driver wise than crossfire. I hate there hardware so take the good and bad.
     
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    Both have had issues with drivers, and so far on either side I haven't had any real issue. I've had Crossfire before, and I have SLI now. I personally like Crossfire better just for the simple fact that with my SLI setup now, I've seen a lot more microstuddering to the point where some games I have to disable SLI. The 2 260's will definitely have the edge in power, but lack of dx11 and tessellation will kill it. Battlefield 3 is going to require dx11 hardware. Which means any DX10 card will work, but no tessellation.
     
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    Head over to Tomshardware.com/us and I apologize for the flood of ads (use Opera or a similar browser with ad block) and take a look at some of the video card guides. They test cards with current games and explain how the games are dependant on CPU or GPU power.
     
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    I would go with nVIDIA SLI I have always been a fan of nVIDIA and never had a problem
    TigerDirect, TomsHardware, and Newegg are some great sites to look at
     
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    Here is a good review article about some best video cards.
     
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