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I'm about to depart with my current rig and start from scratch. The ONE concern that I have.. is that I haven't chosen what video card I should purchase...

Opinions please?

I'm partial to Nvidia....And the 8800 GT has served me well.

I'm a heavy Gamer.. and can't stand playing on less than the highest graphics settings possible. I know that the video card alone doesn't pull the weight.. but you get my point.

^_^ Anyone have any recommendations?
 

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I have a few questions:
1) Do you have a budget?
2) Would you be looking at going with dual cards later? If so, what mobo do you have?
3) Do you fold?
 

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Right now, there is no reason to buy nvidia in the $100-200 range. The 4850 and 4870's are so cheap.

4850's are about $140, 4870's are 170. The 4870's are about equal to the $50 more expensive GTX 260 216.
 

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Hmmm...

*Reading Over*

Budget ... I'll say.. $1000?

Crossfire - SLI : .. Never tried... I've always wanted to experiment.. So yes. Consider the MB that I have SLI/Crossfire Compatible.
 

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Originally Posted by low strife View Post
Right now, there is no reason to buy nvidia in the $100-200 range. The 4850 and 4870's are so cheap.

4850's are about $140, 4870's are 170. The 4870's are about equal to the $50 more expensive GTX 260 216.
See, I'm reluctant because I've only owned a lower end ATI and it was crap on wheels. =/ So I'll just have to look into that..
 

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See, I'm reluctant because I've only owned a lower end ATI and it was crap on wheels. =/ So I'll just have to look into that..
just get a gtx 260 core 216. And $1000? you mean for a whole rig right? thats alot of $ for just graphics
but if you got it GTX 295 quad sli is $1000 and uber pwnage. I still reccomend getting the 260 216 though.
 

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Hmm, with $1000 for a setup, I would recommend the GTX 260 with 216 stream processors, as someone else mentioned. It has a good price and will perform well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130434

If you need something a bit cheaper, I would get a 4870 1Gb version. It's a good card and it's not low end, so you shouldn't have any problems.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102801

If you can afford to spend a bit more, the GTX 285 is a great option too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130442
 

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just get a gtx 260 core 216. And $1000? you mean for a whole rig right? thats alot of $ for just graphics
but if you got it GTX 295 quad sli is $1000 and uber pwnage. I still reccomend getting the 260 216 though.
Hahah! Sorry about that! I did, indeed, mean for the entire rig. That would be INSANE for graphics. I'd have absolutely no need for something like that. Hahaha. ^^;

Just something that I would be extremely happy with that would fit in a $1000 Rig budget.

GTX 260 you say?... *Goes to research*
 

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Hmm, with $1000 for a setup, I would recommend the GTX 260 with 216 stream processors, as someone else mentioned. It has a good price and will perform well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130434

If you need something a bit cheaper, I would get a 4870 1Gb version. It's a good card and it's not low end, so you shouldn't have any problems.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102801

If you can afford to spend a bit more, the GTX 285 is a great option too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130442
GTX 285 ==> Jesus Christ.. o_O I'd Like to have some ROOM in my case. Hahah.

GTX 260 ==> This seems like the card to get then? Hmm... But if I fell into wanting to SLI with this...I'd be better off with the 285 correct?

The overall cost of two 260's would be ultimately less than two 285's in the future.. However I suspect the 285's would outperform? ... Though is THAT much muscle REALLY needed?

Leaning towards the GTX 260.
 

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Build the rest of your system on paper to figure out the money left for a Graphics card.$1000 for a system can be used up with a $300 cpu and a $250 mobo.Thats not going with an I7 which would run a lot more.Get the rest of your system done then give us a gfx card budget number.
 

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You have no need at all for two 285's. In the near future there probably won't be anything that would require that much muscle. I'd stick with the 260, but make sure if it isn't the one I linked, it should be 55nm and have 216 stream processors.
 

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I would suggest a second 8800GT 512MB if you are concerned on price.
On the higher end you can have a GTX285.

Or the nicest looking configuration I think I ever look at is GTX260 SLI. Makes me drool.

Also, not trying to Hijack this thread, but what is the big difference between 192 core and 216 core? would they not perform relatively the same? I mean is it really worth it to throw in the extra 30$ for the 216 over the the 180$ after MIR 192?
 

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I'd still get a 4870. Crap graphics cards are just that, crap. 4850's and 4870's are notoriously reliable. The only problem with them is that they run a bit hot (you need to adjust the fan speed), but this isn't a problem if you have good case airflow.
 

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260 CORE 216s overclocked can come close to 285 performance, maybe even equal em if u got some good overclockers. they can beat GTX 280s. sli gtx 260 216 will still kick but, 285s really arent that much better.
BE SURE TO GET A CORE 216 AND READ REVIEWS OF THE CORE 216!!!!

It is worth $30 more for the 216 vs the 192. FOR SURE! it has 24 extra shading processors, which really closes the gap between the 260 and the 280.
you could do a $1000 i7 build easily maybe even with a 260. You arent gonna be getting a OS or any fancy peripherals, but it can be done.
 
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Build the rest of your system on paper to figure out the money left for a Graphics card.$1000 for a system can be used up with a $300 cpu and a $250 mobo.Thats not going with an I7 which would run a lot more.Get the rest of your system done then give us a gfx card budget number.
Sorry, it took me a little time.

By RETAIL price.. I was able to price a rig with specific things that I wanted for right at $700. Now I know the guys here have better things to offer with much better savings.. so I'll low ball my budget and estimate $350 on graphics.

Judging from what I've read.. and on what I've learned from researching.. I'll shoot for the 260.. and if needed later on, grab a second one.

Thanks a lot for the help guys! +rep for the help.
 

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