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I was trying to work inside his budget. I fully agree the 6950 is the better card, but its also way outside the range he provided. Though I will admit I haven't looked at the benchmarks on the 550 yet.
That's often the mistake. We recommend cards simply based on the guidelines the OP has set.

But you have to remember - YOU'RE the expert.

In regards to the GTS 550, it's just like the GTX 560 - an overclocked GF104 (GF114) set to APPEAR better but actually is worse with lower SPs.

It's like the 1333-FSB Conroe/Wolfdale CPUs. They SEEM more snazzy, but you actually get a lower multiplier for the same price.

Don't let nVidia screw with you! Get an HD 6950 and screw with them
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You guys are posting faster than I can reply. Got a few questions. I have onboard ATI graphics, is there any advantage to getting an ATI card vs a Geforce card as some have suggested? Is there a minimum amount of memory I should be looking for? Also are there any brands I should buy or stay away from? I am kind of new to all this so give me details.

If you have onboard ati/amd graphics You can most likely do hybrid crossfire by combining an ati graphics card with the onboard ati graphics on your motherboard to get a boost in graphics power vs getting a nvidia card.
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Yup, just checked the benchies. Sorry changing recommendation to a 460, definitely the better architecture still.

Or save the extra coin and get the 6950 like Track said.
Edited by Firehawk - 3/27/11 at 9:09pm
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If you have onboard ati/amd graphics You can most likely do hybrid crossfire by combining an ati graphics card with the onboard ati graphics on your motherboard to get a boost in graphics power vs getting a nvidia card.
Are you seriously suggesting he strap that crappy HD 4250 to his new GPU?

I'm sorry, that's just uneducated.
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For reference, the card I linked on 1st page (ASUS GTX460) I have running BF:BC2 on advanced settings on 1920X1080 resolution and it stays at a steady 60 FPS. It overclocks really well also. Don't know what other games you play but I'm very happy with its performance. Don't think you'll find a better card for the money.
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If you have onboard ati/amd graphics You can most likely do hybrid crossfire by combining an ati graphics card with the onboard ati graphics on your motherboard to get a boost in graphics power vs getting a nvidia card.
That is kind of what I was wondering about. I found this card on newegg. Does anyone see anything wrong with it? Also what is the difference between DDR and GDDR?
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That is kind of what I was wondering about. I found this card on newegg. Does anyone see anything wrong with it? Also what is the difference between DDR and GDDR?
GDDR is dedicated to the graphics card.
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GDDR is dedicated to the graphics card.
Does that make enough difference where I should get one over the other?
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post #29 of 64
Radeon 6870 is a good mid price graphics card. got mine for $200
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Does that make enough difference where I should get one over the other?
To be honest the only thing I see going for the card you linked is it is DX11 capable. You have a pretty decent PC. I'd get a pretty decent card to go with it. At the price range you listed of $100-$150 you can beat the performance on the GTX460 I linked on the 1st page.
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