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Tour of Heads

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#1 12 years ago

I just got a new computer with a 3 GHz Pentium D (dual-core), 2GB RAM, and a 256mb nVidia GeForce 6800. I didn't want to spend the money on a better graphics card at the time, but I have since realized that it's just not going to cut it for upcoming games. But I can't decide whether to get an nVidia or an ATI! What are the pros and cons of each? And are there any suggestions on what model would give me my money's worth and not become obsolete in 2 months? Thanks!




dirtmann

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#2 12 years ago

they are about the same.

Just pick and you be fine, You allready have nvidia i would stick with them.




Tas

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#3 12 years ago

Acording to several respected hardware related sites, the 7800 is the best agp card you can get. Since i dont have SLI, i got myself one of those, and it does its job very well.

If you do have an SLI motherboard.. well, i cant be of help. :P




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#4 12 years ago

Just buy the card that offers you the best bang for the buck, NVidia or ATi. There really isn't any notable difference between the two right now, altho ATi are sometimes (not always true) regarded as better in very high end card, and NVidia on middle range card (not always true). In the end, it all goes down to price, personnal preference and fanboysm. I personally prefer ATi, but mostly because I'm used to their cards and I had a bad experience with a bad NVidia card (wich doesn't mean Nvidia card are bad, since others had problems with ATi cards too).




Aristotle13

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#5 12 years ago

Let's start with a budget, also it's not entire clear if yoru looking for an agp card or pci E




Oblivious

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#6 12 years ago

I presume it's a pci-e card you need since you said the pc was new. And since you already have a decent card with the 6800, I would look at getting at least an ATI x1800xt or an Nvidia 7900gt ($300 range), otherwise the performance increase won't be too significant.

If you can swing it, go all out and get an x1900xtx or a 7900gtx ($500-$600 range).

Posting how much you are looking/willing to spend would be helpful.




Ultimate-Omen

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#7 12 years ago
ObliviousI presume it's a pci-e card you need since you said the pc was new. And since you already have a decent card with the 6800, I would look at getting at least an ATI x1800xt or an Nvidia 7900gt ($300 range), otherwise the performance increase won't be too significant. If you can swing it, go all out and get an x1900xtx or a 7900gtx ($500-$600 range). Posting how much you are looking/willing to spend would be helpful.

don't wanna seem biased but x1900xtx (if bought from ati, as in not a thirdparty card such as powercolor, etc.) has better performance than the 7900gtx. although i use an ATI, i find nvidia much easier to overclock due to the NVtweak tool.




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#8 12 years ago
Ultimate-Omenalthough i use an ATI, i find nvidia much easier to overclock due to the NVtweak tool.

Used ATI Tool? Extremely easy to use ATI Tool: atitool.jpg

On subject now, I prefer ATI. The last nVidia card I had was an MX440, and I greatly disliked its preformance. My friend has had 3 nVidia cards burn out on him. I have had none, but his problems with them have led me to stray away from them. I'm sure the newer series have excellent quality though, so take your pick. Also, if you want to find a good review of both, go to www.tomshardware.com




Aristotle13

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#9 12 years ago
Ultimate-Omendon't wanna seem biased but x1900xtx (if bought from ati, as in not a thirdparty card such as powercolor, etc.) has better performance than the 7900gtx. although i use an ATI, i find nvidia much easier to overclock due to the NVtweak tool.

totally agree. The thing I miss about my Nvidia card was the ease of OC'n with a better tool called RivaTuner. Has better HW monitor, programable fan control, etc. And yes, if you buy ATi, buy an actual ATi card. But you can say I'm a little biased as well. :naughty:




Ultimate-Omen

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#10 12 years ago
Aristotle13totally agree. The thing I miss about my Nvidia card was the ease of OC'n with a better tool called RivaTuner. Has better HW monitor, programable fan control, etc. And yes, if you buy ATi, buy an actual ATi card. But you can say I'm a little biased as well. :naughty:

of course, i don't have one direct from ATi. yet my powercolor card is serving me very well. i love how the packaging had my native language on it (russian). but yea, I use ATiTool to OC my x800gto. works great, checks for artifacts, overrides fan speeds, overrides refresh rates. basically it does what i need it to do. now if only i could scrape together $12 for some ram heatsinks...