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Originally Posted by srafig4 View Post
buy GT 430 OC or 5670 are good choice.
GT430s have really terrible performance in gaming. I would not suggest them unless it's a HTPC build or in an application where the user just needs a video head but doesn't need acceleration.

The 5670 you are suggesting, has twice as many render output units, more than twice as many texture mapping units, and is available in a DDR5 configuration, which makes it a competent entry level gaming card.

I'm not sure how a GT430 and a 5670 get mentioned together as possible options. They are very different cards performance wise.
     
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GT430s have really terrible performance in gaming. I would not suggest them unless it's a HTPC build or in an application where the user just needs a video head but doesn't need acceleration.

The 5670 you are suggesting, has twice as many render output units, more than twice as many texture mapping units, and is available in a DDR5 configuration, which makes it a competent entry level gaming card.

I'm not sure how a GT430 and a 5670 get mentioned together as possible options. They are very different cards performance wise.
You do realize they honestly are roughly pretty darn close performance wise, right? ATi / AMD and Nvidia cards handle shaders WAAAAAAY different than each other. Just because the AMD card has double the shaders doesn't make it twice the performance of the Nvidia card.

EDIT:
Judging from an actual gaming benchmark though..... you do appear to be slightly correct. The GT430 does suck for gaming. It looks to be basically a GT220 / 9500GT / 8600GT.
Edited by pioneerisloud - 11/2/11 at 2:45am
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You do realize they honestly are roughly pretty darn close performance wise, right? ATi / AMD and Nvidia cards handle shaders WAAAAAAY different than each other. Just because the AMD card has double the shaders doesn't make it twice the performance of the Nvidia card.

EDIT:
Judging from an actual gaming benchmark though..... you do appear to be slightly correct. The GT430 does suck for gaming. It looks to be basically a GT220 / 9500GT / 8600GT.
I didn't say shader, I said render output units and texture mapping units.

As it turns out, the GT430 and 5670 aren't too far different from each-other as far as shaders are concerned. The 96 shader processors in the GT430 are not too far behind the performance of the 400 unified shaders in the 5670, but this doesn't matter, because as you found out in the benchmarks, the gt430 is internally bottlenecked by its lack of ROPs/TMUs/RAM Bandwidth.

Also... interestingly enough, that benchmark that you found, lists the GT430 as having 16TMUs and a "1600MHZ" memory bus; as far as I know, the GT430 only has 8 TMUs but most ship with an 1800MHZ memory bus... I wonder if there was a change to the specification of the 430 along the way, and I wonder what card they actually tested in that benchmark. Well, either way, the point is that the performance of a modern GT430 could be even worse than the performance delivered in that benchmark if it in fact modern shipping versions have even less TMUs.

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I personally would go with the GTX 275. Would probably play most games at high settings for the mst part no problem and great price. I paid $100 bucks for my 9600GT years ago.
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You can get really great deals off craigslist, I've bought and sold gpu's on there.

At that price point its your best best to get something decent.

If you insist on getting something brand new, your best bet is the Radeon HD 5670

as per Toms Hardware's monthly best gpu for the money article....

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ce,3042-2.html
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