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Right now I'm running a system with cross fired ATI HD4850s. Some of the time everything's fine, but I don't have consistency. Sometimes I can play for hours without issues, sometimes I can't play 5 minutes without a freeze. I'm trying to make gameplay videos for youtube, and don't want to put out videos that have freezes, or restarts due to complications.

I'm looking for a good single card alternative, although I will consider otherwise. Also, I'm looking for an nvidia card this time around. I've just had too many bad experiences with these cards to stick with ATI.

My price range is around $300.

I'm running:

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 / 2.66 GHz
RAM: 9GB DDR3 SDRAM
GPU:2 x HD4850 - Crossfire X
HDD: 750GB @ 7200rpm
Chipset: Intel X58 Express
PSU: SILVERSTONE 650W

Thanks for your input guys.
post #2 of 11
JUst a thought... Good deals
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See, this is the kind of stuff that confuses me lol.

This card: http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...s%20Family&sw=

Has 2 GB of memory, 822Mhz.

This card: http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...s%20Family&sw=

Has 1GB of memory, but higher speeds. And it's got "DS superclocked" in the name.

Which is better? lol
Edited by GrimLP - 7/22/11 at 12:35pm
post #4 of 11
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EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Maximum Graphics Edition Crysis 2
http://www.evga.com/products/moreInf...s%20Family&sw=

Thoughts on that one? I have no real interest in Crysis 2, but this one seems good, and is in my price range.
post #5 of 11
for $300, i'd say get a non-reference gtx570, i.e.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814261096

if you wanna save a few bucks then get the 560ti. get the 1gb if you have a single monitor setup, 2gb is a bit of an overkill in most games but will be beneficial in certain games like metro2033 and crysis2(dx11)

if you go with evga, get a card with part number ending with AR or A1, those cards come with lifetime warranty if you register with evga within 30 days of purchase. other than this, there isn't much point sticking with evga. asus and msi cards have better resale value in my opinion, as their warranty isn't registered to a name but to serial number.

don't look at clock speed when you buy 560ti or 570(non-reference), those 2 cards can be overclocked quite well and rather easily, so you don't have to pay the extra bucks for factory overclock.
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for $300, i'd say get a non-reference gtx570, i.e.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814261096

if you wanna save a few bucks then get the 560ti. get the 1gb if you have a single monitor setup, 2gb is a bit of an overkill in most games but will be beneficial in certain games like metro2033 and crysis2(dx11)

if you go with evga, get a card with part number ending with AR or A1, those cards come with lifetime warranty if you register with evga within 30 days of purchase. other than this, there isn't much point sticking with evga. asus and msi cards have better resale value in my opinion, as their warranty isn't registered to a name but to serial number.

don't look at clock speed when you buy 560ti or 570(non-reference), those 2 cards can be overclocked quite well and rather easily, so you don't have to pay the extra bucks for factory overclock.
Well, I was out earlier and happened by a best buy. Went in and impulse bought an Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 Ti. I was quite pleased after installation, finally free of apparent freezing and CTD when playing games like Brink and BC2. Although, when I ran it through the systemrequirementslab, for my next game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, I got some interesting results.



and



Now for some reason, it's looking at my computer and saying I have 4GB of video ram. This doesn't seem possible, as I'm only running the 560 Ti, and it's a 1GB card. I am running 9GB of RAM so I don't know if that's having some effect?
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Mmmmmm, love it.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by GrimLP View Post
Well, I was out earlier and happened by a best buy. Went in and impulse bought an Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 Ti. I was quite pleased after installation, finally free of apparent freezing and CTD when playing games like Brink and BC2. Although, when I ran it through the systemrequirementslab, for my next game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, I got some interesting results.


Now for some reason, it's looking at my computer and saying I have 4GB of video ram. This doesn't seem possible, as I'm only running the 560 Ti, and it's a 1GB card. I am running 9GB of RAM so I don't know if that's having some effect?
Your system is probably just allocating Extra RAM as VRAM. The same thing happens to me.
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post #9 of 11
I agree with the gtx 560 ti. I highly recommend getting two for SLI.
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I agree with the gtx 560 ti. I highly recommend getting two for SLI.
This may happen in the future. Can't convince the wife to let me spend more money so soon lol.
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