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I've used both companies over the years, in both single and multiple card setups. I can tell you when ATI first introduced crossfire it sucked incredibly. SLI used the 'tooth' method from the start IIRC and it is the route both companies use now. Honestly both companies have had their issues. NVidia is no better than AMD; AMD is no better than NVidia. Period. Anyone who tells you otherwise in a general statement is a fanboi.


However, NVidia and AMD both do shine in certain areas. As much as AMD users try to downplay it, NVidia does offer CUDA and PhysX. And as much as NVidia fanbois try to hype it, the truth is most users never care about either. I am on such user. Oh sure, Batman: Arkham Asylum looked a litter more gloss with PhysX, but I don't miss it on playthroughs on my AMD cards now. If I was someone who coded for a living or did lots of rendering I would also pick NVidia over AMD. And lastly, NVidia offers a serious advantage over AMD if you want to Fold for the Cure. Feel free to google it.

AMD is not without it's own benefits however. I've had far better luck setting up Eyefinity from AMD than I have setting up Surround from NVidia. AMD cards allow you to use more than 2 screens on just one video card as well, whereas NVidia does not. Most importantly to me, AMD represents a much better bang for the buck performance wise when looking into building a PC.

Some of the people on here will toss out driver problems as a reason to exclude one company or the other. That's trash, forget about it. Since AMD acquired ATI the driver scene is on par with NVidia. Both companies shoot to release monthly driver updates.

So man in conclusion, none of this matters to you. Your buying a prebuilt. Waste of your money, but there you have it. Go ahead and buy whichever is more expensive as it may actually be the better performer. Or scrap that idea and let us here at OCN, help you build a rig worth that $3000.
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I wish I was here earlier, would have said neither is more popular. They have perks and downsides on both sides. Pre-built can't compete with custom builds. AMD drivers are fine. Practically everything already stated
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It isn't about popularity, its about performance.
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If I see one more "inb4thelock", "fanboy", or "troll", the user that posted it WILL get infractions handed out. This is ridiculous.

THREAD CLEANED (25 posts, will NOT be missed.....)

On topic:
Dude, for $3000 you're getting ROYALLY ripped off. $3000 would buy you GTX580 3GB SLI and a 2600k build that does 4.8-5.0GHz with water cooling. You shouldn't be settling for GTS 450's in SLI ($120 cards) or a single HD6950 ($250 card). You should be getting the best of the best for $3000.

Do a little more research, watch some youtube video's, read some guides here at OCN. Build your own machine for $3000. You won't regret it one bit. Sounds like the build you're getting is only going to be worth about $800 or so in parts.
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Originally Posted by dklimitless View Post
1) Tell us your budget for the graphics card first of all and intended use/monitor(s) being driven by it. ( eg: A GTX580 1.5GB might be more popular than the 3GB version but if you are playing texture-hungry games on 3x30" maxed, you might want to rethink purchases...)

2) Popularity is not what you should base your purchase on. It is a very, very, very, very bad way to live your tech-life (and RL for that matter). What you should look for is the price/performance ratio for the cards as well as benches and comments from people who actually own the cards (Take these with a grain of salt as a number of people tend to be biased towards their purchases)

3)More detail about the entire rig will go a long way.
correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think you want your rig to be a show-off and yet someone will spend half the price and pwn your hardware or match the performance...
Hi. I pretty much gave up on this thread yesterday when everyone started bashing me but thanks for the advice.

My budget is about 3000 dollars.

This is the build I was looking at. Hope I formatted this right lol.


But people are saying to go with AMD instead? They're definitely the most expensive.

For 100 dollars more I can get this: 1.25GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti

For 150 more I can get this: 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 6950

And for 600 dollars more I can get this: 4GB GDDR5 AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 6990

So its worth it to get the AMDs?
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HUGE waste of money. Huge. I'm not bashing you, I'm bashing Alienware. Time for a custom build that stomps it.
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Could you please think about buying the parts and building your own? You will get much better performance for the money and will learn something in the process.
 
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post #38 of 59
Sorry if it seems like im bashing as well but that system you could build yourself for about 1,300

It is not hard to learn how to build a computer. All you basicly do is plug everything together. You can also get a much nicer case, and a clean windows Basicly a very nice build.

With 3,000 dollars you can build a GOD-like computer vs. that overpriced Alienware.

Its your choice as to whether to do this or not though. Most of us would rather build one for much cheaper and not pay overpriced crap.

Funny how your getting an SLI GTS 450. No point to that. Go for the Single GTX 560Ti.
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Hi. I pretty much gave up on this thread yesterday when everyone started bashing me but thanks for the advice.

My budget is about 3000 dollars.

This is the build I was looking at. Hope I formatted this right lol.


But people are saying to go with AMD instead? They're definitely the most expensive.

For 100 dollars more I can get this: 1.25GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti

For 150 more I can get this: 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6950

And for 600 dollars more I can get this: 4GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon™ HD 6990

So its worth it to get the AMDs?
Thats a waste of money, do some research and build your own it will be well worth it.

(Off topic, when did nvidia make 1.5gb GTS 450s and 1.25gb GTX 560ti's?)
 
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OEM 1.5Gb GTS 450's to trick people into thinking more performance comes with a higher number? You could get a Asus P8P67 Pro, 2600k, full water loop, a few GTX 580's, SSD, couple HDD's, X850, 8Gb RAM, OS, programs, monitor, good keyboard and mouse for less. Just to start. If you really wanted, you could squeeze two 590's in.

And you get OCN for your support line.
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