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For Linux, are ATI or AMD GPUs really that bad? What about Price/Performance ratio when compared to Nvidia?

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Hello,
I recently finished my first full computer build and am now stuck on which GPU to use. I have been using the built-in Intel HD 3000 until I can figure this out. Price/performance ratio is very important to me. I know that there are millions of threads, articles and benchmarks floating around on which GPU one should buy, however this just makes the decision all that more difficult. I'm primarily a Linux user, though I currently have Windows 8 Consumer Preview installed because I'm wanting to play at least one game; Total War: Shogun 2 and I don't want to spend the $130 for an OEM version of Windows when I'll only be using it for a month at the most. After I've had my fill of this game, I'll be going back to Ubuntu (particularly Gnome-Shell).

My build:
AsRock z77 Extreme 6 Motherboard
Core i5 2500k (I plan on OC'ing to about 4ghz -air cooled)
Sandisk Extreme 120g SSD
8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600 DDR3
Seasonic Modular 620w M12II PSU (24A per 12v Rail = 48A)

I have pretty much always used Nvidia graphics cards, except for this one time about 10 years ago when I switched to ATI. Due to many driver issues and a seeming performance lag, I promised myself that I would always stick with Nvidia. However, not wanting to relegate myself to fanboi status and because I have read multiple benchmarks/reviews that put ATI (or is it now AMD?) as having much better cost/performance ratio, I am seriously considering an ATI video card. No matter how hard I try though, I can't seem to shake the feeling that I'm going to regret moving from Nvidia to ATI.

1.) Since I'm primarily a Linux user, would it not be so wise to purchase an AMD graphics card - or are the driver issues (for both Windows and Linux) a thing of the past?

2.) Are there other reasons that I should or should not choose one brand over another, considering my specific build (e.g. PSU or chipset)?

3.) Is the OC'ability better for one brand over another (which could ultimately render the published benchmarks irrelevant)?

4.) Will "Total War: Shogun 2" even play on "Windows 8 Consumer Preview"?

I'm wanting to stay in the $150 range, though if the price/performance ratio is better at a slightly -to- moderately higher price, I would be willing to spring for it. I'm primarily looking for the biggest bang for the buck, while trying to mitigate any future headaches.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated...


--airspoon
Edited by airspoon - 4/21/12 at 1:32pm
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Does anyone have experience with the AMD HD 6870 or HD 6850 under Linux? I saw on the Ubuntu forums where at least a couple of people were having issues with Gnome Shell, while others aren't -which is extremely confusing.... Also, on a different note, does anyone know if relatively modern games like Total War: Shogun 2, will work under the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 (so far, the only practical reason that I'm needing a graphics card in the first place)? Thanks.
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