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Okay, there's a lot of recommendations for both the 460 and the 6850. I'm leaning more towards the 6850 side, but I've heard bad things about ATI/AMD drivers. Are the rumors true?
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OMGZ0r AMD RADEON 6990 LOLZ
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I would edit my first post about the last mention I made to the HD5770, but I'll do it here so it's easier to find: the HD5770 will be superseeded in a matter of days by the HD6790, which is a cutdown version of the HD6850. It does have higher energy requirements, as explained in this article, but it retains the 256-bit bus, the 32 ROP's, and comes with a 840 Mhz clockspeed, along with the HD6870 4.2 Ghz memory clock, so even though it's got 800 shaders, just like the HD5770, those 800 shaders are faster because of the optimized architecture (just like the HD6850 with 960 shaders is close to the 5850 with 1440 sahders), but also because of all the other spes I mentioned. For the price I bet it will be a best seller. A good option to consider too.
 
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[QUOTE=xJavontax;12923898]My sig rig is a laptop hehe. I hate it.

lol i cant believe i missed that!
    
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Okay, there's a lot of recommendations for both the 460 and the 6850. I'm leaning more towards the 6850 side, but I've heard bad things about ATI/AMD drivers. Are the rumors true?
They're not. AMD's drivers are just as good as NVIDIA's. The old story about drivers being worse has been false for quite some time now.
    
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Okay, there's a lot of recommendations for both the 460 and the 6850. I'm leaning more towards the 6850 side, but I've heard bad things about ATI/AMD drivers. Are the rumors true?
It depends on your system and many other factors, but I'd say you can get problems with either, depending on what specific system configuration you've got.

I had a Radeon HD6850 before I bought the GTX460. The HD6850 was a bit faster at stock in Crysis versus the GTX460 at stock, but I got a faulty card, from one of the first batches (I got it as soon as it came out in November) which has a voltage spike problem in the circuit that fed the RAM which would make the card crash the whole PC and need a hard reboot. Since then they have corrected that hardware problem and I would assume it's safe to buy one now. I also had some driver problems, but some could be related to the underlying hardware problem. And it was a new card, so problems were to be expected. At this time both cards have quite a few drivers to chose from, so it shouldn't be a problem.

I've always used Nvidia cards without problems, and I also have a Radeon HD4670 on my Media Center, and I can say the drivers haven't given me any headaches. I've played Left 4 Dead 2 and Crysis and Crysis Warhead on my Media Center without problems. Oh, and I am also running a legacy P4 system with a Radeon X1950 Pro with Catalyst 10.2 (the latest for this legacy card) and can even play the same games as on my Media Center, plus Half-Life 2 without problems.
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Cheapest option is probably the GTS 450. Next would be the 5770 or GTX 460 (768mb).

For your resolution, those would be just fine.
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OMGZ0r AMD RADEON 6990 LOLZ
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Okay, I'll admit that I laughed lol
[quote=ninox999;12924104]
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My sig rig is a laptop hehe. I hate it.

lol i cant believe i missed that!
It's all good lol, mistakes happen.
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They're not. AMD's drivers are just as good as NVIDIA's. The old story about drivers being worse has been false for quite some time now.
Ahh okay, thanks.
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I would edit my first post about the last mention I made to the HD5770, but I'll do it here so it's easier to find: the HD5770 will be superseeded in a matter of days by the HD6790, which is a cutdown version of the HD6850. It does have higher energy requirements, as explained in this article, but it retains the 256-bit bus, the 32 ROP's, and comes with a 840 Mhz clockspeed, along with the HD6870 4.2 Ghz memory clock, so even though it's got 800 shaders, just like the HD5770, those 800 shaders are faster because of the optimized architecture (just like the HD6850 with 960 shaders is close to the 5850 with 1440 sahders), but also because of all the other spes I mentioned. For the price I bet it will be a best seller. A good option to consider too.
Yeah, I won't be buying my rig just yet. I haven't decided whether or not I want to buy everything at once, or buy parts at at time. So we'll see. Thanks for the informative post!
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