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Alright, so I've got a pretty good deal lined up right now on a Q9400, being the good OCN'er that I am I cannot simply let a good deal pass me by, so I bought it but currently have no use for it, so I've decided to build a relatively cheap/simple system around it...found a nice deal on some RAM and a 600 watt OCZ refurbished power supply...so my question to you guys is what video cards would you recommend, most bang for the buck? I know there are certain projects optimited for cuda and other projects that use DP, so I realize there will not be a card that is the best for everything...so i guess in your experiences, what are the best cards for nvidia and what are the best cards for ati/amd? I'm thinking of a budget somewhere between 100 and 150 (since the entire rest of the computer will be costing me less than 200 chip included ) for a nice solid card to do some good BOINC crunching...thoughts?

::edit:: found this card at my local microcenter...seems like a pretty decent card especially if i can get it half-off...
Edited by b3machi7ke - 7/26/11 at 5:08am
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post #2 of 19
This will do the job, is twice as fast as the 450...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...208&CatId=3669

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...293&CatId=3669


Any 460 will seriously smash any 450... perhaps you can find a deal on OCN "for Sale"... I bet you could get a good one for cheaper there or on ebay.

Also, you might be able to pick up a pair of them for cheap... I use a pair of them in my AMD 1090T system.



Edited by Tex1954 - 7/26/11 at 5:50am
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post #3 of 19
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NVIDIA cards with AMD chip? that's not very fanboi-ish of you... :-P

hmm...i never realized how many more processors were on the 460 vs the 450...that definitely would make a huge difference...i haven't really looked at video cards since i got my 275s which actually do a pretty decent job with cuda stuff on BOINC, even @ stock...definitely was liking the 450 as it was only 70 bucks and about 15 minutes away from where i live well crap, now i actually gotta decide what to do...just one of the 460s is right inside my budget and two will go way over...but i have been needing to upgrade the 275s for when BF3 comes out, and this is a pretty good price, almost 40% off the retail price...dang it Tex, why you makin' me think, it's too early in the morning for that!!!
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post #4 of 19
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=6820707

They were available online until the stock ran out...

One GTX 460 will clobber BOTH of those 9800 GT cards I have... Look at the spreadsheet times to compare. BOTH 9800's take one hour to complete 2 PG WU's. ONE GTX 460 can do 2 WU's in 46 minutes.

Also, Milkyway and some other CUDA 1.3 or higher tasks won't run on the 9800's because the hardware inside won't support certain features.

A GTX460 is hard to beat price/performance wise.


Edited by Tex1954 - 7/26/11 at 6:51am
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post #5 of 19
My vote for the GTX 460. Mine runs like a champ, and stays nice cool and quiet.
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http://www.overclock.net/video/99010...1gb-price.html

GTX 460's on sale now at OCN! Make a $110 offer and I bet you get it!

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http://www.overclock.net/video/99010...1gb-price.html

GTX 460's on sale now at OCN! Make a $110 offer and I bet you get it!

saw another one on OCN for 100 bucks...maybe i'll pick up two and put the 275s in the linux box, and put the 460s in the sig rig...good lookin'
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If you can get a good deal on the 786Mb model. I would jump. They are usually cheaper and can OC better from what I hear. Which means more points/cost
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just made a couple offers, we shall see what happens next...if not, i'll just have to scrounge up a couple older video cards to slap in until i can find some good deals...
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Another option is the 6850
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