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I've had no problem with my AMD/ATi card with the newest drivers. It maybe old but still runs very well with games today.

If you are staying with nVidia,

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1372-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card for $169.99 after rebate.

OR

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card This card is $184.99 after rebate.
    
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another 460
I suggest you not going to AMD, there is lots of problems with drivers whatever..
This is absolutely not true. I have used tons of Nvidia and AMD/ATI hardware and have NEVER had any more issues with AMD than I have with Nvidia. At one time or another each will put out a crappy driver, but that is usually fixed in short order. Currently running 6870 in my HTPC that gets tons of gaming use and my son has a 6850, that gets tons of use as well. Both cards have been flawless. And have a GTX 580 in my gaming rig that runs perfect as well. In the past I ran a 6950, 6950 crossfire, 5770, , 5850 crossfire, 4890,4850, 3850, 9800, 9500 and more. Also used Nvidia cards since my old TNT2, geforce 2, geforce 3 ti, geforce 4200ti, 6800gt, 6600, 7900gt, 8800gt, GTX 260, GTX 270, 460 and now a 580.

Above does not take into account the near 100 rigs I have built for friends, family, coworkers and word of mouth over the last decade using said graphics cards with nary a display/gaming complaint that was not almost always, easily fixed.
post #13 of 31
Grab another gtx 460 from the egg. Also i have never had these ati drivers mess up or crash my games. Grab an open box deal for a 6950 from newegg also. You wont be disappointed going with Ati/AMD. People that complain about ATI/AMD drivers probably had a faulty card because UPS and FEDEX play soccer, basketball, and football with the boxes that they deliver.
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I know from experience, i had 6870 before
choppy games, BSOD with some drivers etc etc..
I know what you mean insyxion about 6870's in crossfire. I had them for 30 days and experienced BSOD's (10.2 driver) and microstutter.

Until I decided to go 3D vision and sold/returned them. I'm happier with one strong single GPU solution. No heat, driver issues, or microstutter. I'm still playable maxed ULTRA, everything turned up/on settings in games anyway.

AMD does better with less microstutter with the higher end 6950 & 6970's though. For some reason the 6870 & 6850's don't do as well.

Brettjv turned me onto this review I've not seen up until today which really explained the difference between Crossfire and SLI in cards and dual cards in general.

Micro-Stuttering And GPU Scaling In CrossFire And SLI
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ANyway, back on topic with OP's question.

I'll stick with your budget. I'd have suggested for you to get another GTX 460 but your current card isn't 1GB VRAM. Even for single monitor you at least want 1GB VRAM.

Here's my suggestions from both camps.

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB $239.99 w/Free Shipping after MIR $219.99

EVGA (AR) GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1GB $249.99 after MIR $229.99 w/$4.99 shipping.

Comes with Free Batman Arkum City game. ($50 value). If it's 'out of stock' and you can't find another somewhere else you can get the "KR" version for same price but it's 3 yr warranty instead of "AR" lifetime.

SAPPHIRE 100312-1GDP Radeon HD 6950 1GB $239.99 w/Free Shipping after MIR $224.99.

MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC Radeon HD 6950 1GB $259.99 after MIR $234.99 w/$7.87 shipping .


It's the least GPU you should have to play games with a single monitor. Having 2GB VRAM is nice but it's not going to do much at your resolution to even be visable. Anything better and your looking at more money from these cards.

Hope this narrows it down.

As for the Nvidia side, the best card for price is defintely the MSI GTX 560Ti TFII/OC.

The game makes the EVGA GTX 560Ti only $184.98 if you even want the game. Otherwise back to the MSI. Both are great cards and either you'll be happy with.

As for the AMD side, Sapphire is my personal favorite however the 'brand' isn't, (I'd go for the Toxic, but out of your price range) so the MSI TFII 6950 would be my choice for those options.

There are some older gen cards that are good alternatives as well. Up to you if you'd like something more current or not. Personally I'd go current cards.
     
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You can always sell your current card and buy an even better one! Or are you already doing that?
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The argument that ATI drivers are crap is the biggest load of uninformed crap I have seen posted and yet it keeps surfacing. Not because it doesnt happen, but because people think that ATI is a bigger problem than nVidia. There was a time in the past there were issues. This time has gone. There are issues at times with both. Yet, both resolve them.

All of this aside, if you have a PSU capable of handling it then go with a second 460 if thats what you have. If you do not feel like doing a multiple GPU setup then grab yourself a 6870 for sub 200USD. However do not expect a massive increase in performance over your 460 in most games and especially in the games your worried about your FPS in already.
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another 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127518

or gtx 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162051

I suggest you not going to AMD, there is lots of problems with drivers whatever..
and here is the nvDOA fun boy. I have never had probs with drivers on the ati side whereas on nvidia on the old 8800 gt i was killing my time with the drivers.

@ op find a used 6870
post #19 of 31
What games are you playing? I can max pretty much all the games I play with the 460 gtx.

Your cheapest and most cost effective option would be adding another 460 768mb used or OB from newegg. I've seen them go below $100.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3809/n...the-200-king/6
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post #20 of 31
Jesus, whats with the fanboyism here? Go with the 460 SLI, that would be the most economical solution, if not, you can sell the 460 and get a 6950 which is better than the 560ti considerably and not much more expensive as well. A 560ti might be a good alternative though.
    
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