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Hello all,

I have been building my sig rig for about 9 months now. Even have a build diary going: http://www.overclock.net/amd-general...krusher33.html. Had to stop overclocking. I found max CPU and RAM and what not but kept getting BSOD's. The consensus is that the onboard GPU chip is causing it since it's sharing the ram.

I'm looking for a single card be it Nvidia or ATI. Just best value for the money that can play the games I play and stream some good movies or even play movies. Blue Ray may be added some day down the road but not anytime soon as I don't have any. I like to have high graphics in the games but I know that comes with a price so i won't be disappointed if I can't max out the settings.

Just bought Dragon Age, Amnesia, KOTOR, and King Arthur games off Steam. In the future I plan to purchase BC2, Dragon Age 2, and Diablo 3.

Same goes for the monitor. Currently I'm using a 19" 1600x900 res. No clue what's it's like to have a 1080 resolution considering my TV is still a 30" console one. But I'm sure I would like the best resolution for the money.

Budget for both monitor and gpu close to $300-400 as possible with the GPU being around $200 or less. Will be purchased within January or February.

Update: I have decided to go with a 6850 but need some brand recommendations.

Thanks and I do rep if I find the posts helpful.
Edited by Krusher33 - 1/14/11 at 1:56pm
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I'm currently in the same boat, looking to upgrade to a "bang for the buck" card. Mostly to play Civ 5 and some of the upcoming games out in the new year (elder scrolls 5?).

I understand that the oc settings i've done with evga to my gpu aren't probably recommended (Furmark goes to 85°C :S), but they do work for Civ 5 without artifacts or extreme temp.

(EDIT): After browsing around newegg these are options i came up with that might suit both myself and krusher,

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...E14-150-501-TS
Edited by Zardoz - 1/4/11 at 1:48pm
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Originally Posted by Zardoz View Post

(EDIT): After browsing around newegg these are options i came up with that might suit both myself and krusher,

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...E14-150-501-TS
Thanks.

Lowest amount of response to my thread ever.

I don't know how to compare Nvidia to ATI cards except with benchmarks. But even then some reviews are biased towards one or the other.

I'll probably just get a 5770 and call it a day. Question is, what brand?
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I'm seriously considering the
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 EVGA GeForce

or a

GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 01G-P3-1366-TR

As for how to compare the two i really wouldn't know, i've used nvidia for as long as i can remember. but there is this...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Somenoob View Post
ATI has Stream processors arranged in units of five to make up a 1 5-isssue shader (800 stream processors /5=160 Shaders). IIRC each one of those stream processors can do 1 operation-per-clock. Nvidia has a more straight forward approach with 1 shader= 1 shader. However you can't compare ATIs and Nvidias numbers.

ATI moved AA operations from ROPs to the Stream Processors with R600. On nvidia cards AA is still handeled by ROPs. However on ATI cards the ROPs still have a impact on AA performance.(Improved pixel fill-rate increased AA performance with Rv770).
Right now i'd be leaning more towards the nvidia because of the 256-bit mem interface and i've read in some of the customer feedback that ati drivers don't handle multi monitors well.

Still a crapshoot as to where to find an acceptable one at a decent price.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zardoz View Post
I'm seriously considering the
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 EVGA GeForce

or a

GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 01G-P3-1366-TR
You can't compare graphics cards through the number of stream processors or CUDA cores since they're designed differently. You should read reviews and benchmarks to see performance. Usually, when reading reviews, I just skip to the games I actually care about. Who cares if a card is better at Crysis if I don't play the game anyway? My bet, GTX 460 SE will be faster than the HD 5770.
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I saw that in another hot deals site and I'm really bummed out about it. I'm betting they'll be out of stock by the time I have money for it.
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post #8 of 14
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I have been leaning towards the Zotac GTX 460 768mb today.

@Newegg: $125 after MIR.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500173

People say to get the 1GB one, but looking at Anand's Bench comparisons, there's only 3-10 FPS difference in most games on resolutions I would play at. Just not worth the extra $30 IMO.
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As for the monitor I'm using this and it works great. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-059-_-Product
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As for the monitor I'm using this and it works great. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-059-_-Product
That's a pretty nice monitor. I have been looking at ASUS, Acer, and Dell in terms of monitors.
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