Picking a New Video Card

GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII Registered User regular
Hey guys. So a couple weeks ago my graphics card went up on me, and I'm in need of a new one. I've never installed a video card before, and I'm kinda paralyzed by the choices out there.

Newegg had a nice tutorial on matching appropriate hardware, so I feel pretty comfortable with that.

Previously I was running a 1G Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT. My price range is around $150 and I'm wondering if there's a comparable or better card for that range that you guys could recommend. Lots of choices on Newegg, but I haven't been able to narrow things down in a way that I really like. Figured I'd once again turn to the collective wisdom of the boards for some assistance.

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  • kaliyamakaliyama Left to find less-moderated fora Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    The best resource is to identify a few in your price range then research them at tom's hardware. They have a great series of benchmarks to use.

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  • kleinfehnkleinfehn Registered User
    edited November 2010
    For that price your best bet would either be a Radeon 5770 or a nvidia 460. The 5770 is cheaper and I think there is a black friday deal on newegg for $100 with a rebate and a 460 for around 150.

    Link for the 5770:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338&cm_re=5770-_-14-161-338-_-Product

    A very good deal for that price.

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  • Torso BoyTorso Boy Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    The choice paralysis is usually a result of seeing all those damned brands. For the most part, they really don't matter and you're safe going with the cheapest version of the card you want, or if you have a case window, the prettiest- unless user reviews on the site are glaringly bad.

    I can vouch for the Radeon HD 5770. For the money it's an excellent choice. It'll run what's out now and is as futureproof as you can really get in this business. The 5750 or other slightly cheaper and slightly more expensive options tend to have much less bang-for-your-buck.

    AFAIK Nvidia's offering at that price point is also solid.

    If you have SLI or Crossfire capability, it's worth going with whichever your motherboard favours, so down the road you can always throw a second card in. By the time you'll need it, they'll have gone down in price anyway.

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  • GuekGuek Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    i've been looking for a video card thread and this is the closest thing i could find.

    anyone know if this card is worth the asking price?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130573

    how does it compare to the 5770 posted earlier? i've always leaned more towards nvidia myself

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  • kleinfehnkleinfehn Registered User
    edited December 2010
    Guek wrote: »
    i've been looking for a video card thread and this is the closest thing i could find.

    anyone know if this card is worth the asking price?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130573

    how does it compare to the 5770 posted earlier? i've always leaned more towards nvidia myself

    The two will perform about the same, with the 5770 having a few more FPS in some games, but game that are nvidia biased will perform better on the 450. I would say get the 5770 if given the choice.

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  • krapst78krapst78 Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    The AMD 5770 should outperform that superclocked GTS 450 in almost all benchmarks.

    If you really want more bang for your buck, then you'll need to move up to the GTX 460 which will give almost a 50% performance boost for $40 more.

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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Or a GTX 465 for $30 more

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162052

    Of course that card uses more power and produces more heat.

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited December 2010
    Macro9 wrote: »
    Or a GTX 465 for $30 more

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162052

    Of course that card uses more power and produces more heat.

    You don't want a GTX 465, both it and the HD 5830 should be avoided.

    The HD 5770 is good and if you can swing $180 a 6870 is very good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348

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