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AMD or NVIDIA with £150-£200 budget@ 1280x1024 initially, 1920x1200 eventually?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by LifeOnMars, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. LifeOnMars

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    I previously had an HD 4850 paired with an X2 6000 which gave me all sorts of problems at 1280 x1024 and crappy juddery framerates. I understand I may have had a defective card which is fine but has left me with a bad taste in my mouth for ATI cards, anyways, I moved onto a 9800 GT and framerates were actually far better and gameplay overall was alot smoother.

    I recently purchased a Toliman BE chip off DarkNova on these very forums and its currently sitting @ 3ghz on 1.3v. I have now got rid of my 9800GT and my old X2 chip and I'm looking to purchase a graphics card which would compliment the chip nicely and not be drastically bottlenecked. Initially I'll be gaming at 1280 x 1024 but will be looking at 1920 x 1200 monitors within the next month. I am willing to go back to ATI as after all this an AMD board that I am using but I'm still very wary after my 4850 experience. Either way suggest me a card and if anyone can point me in the direction of any indicators as to how my chip will scale at higher resolutions that would be very handy. Thanks guys.

    BTW, my onboard HD 3200 rocks :laugh: Gaming at 800 x 600 I'm giving U2KOnline a run for his money :rolleyes::cool:
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    Well ..

    I'm sittin pretty with a GTS and gaming 1080p med-high ~45-55fps. I say a 4870 or GTX260 and above, but this all depends on HOW SOON you will be going 19x12.
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    I would say I'll be going 1920 x 1200 within the next 1 - 2 months.
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    ^^agreed, but I would wait seen as the 285 might drop...
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    Bottlenecking or scaling with my chip at that res....any linkies anyone would be greatly appreciated :)
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    The price and performance of GPU changes more quickly than that of TFTs.

    Therefore WAIT until you have the new TFT before you upgrade the GPU.

    *** OTHER WAY ROUND ***

    GPUs depreciate more quickly than TFTs. Therefore invest in the slower depreciating item first, ie. the TFT.
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    Appreciate your point but to be honest, Im currently on integrated HD 3200 so need to get a card first. I understand I will have to wait before I can get an absolute beast to run exceptional framerates at that res I just want one that is a known performer at that res with todays games for my allotted budget.
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    Basically what Lemonade is saying, 1280x1024 is more cpu bottlenecking of a resolution than that of 19x12. Sure you could purchase a 4670 or a 4850 and it really wouldn't matter one bit when gaming at 1280x1024. You're minimum fps may change but your maximum fps wouldn't at all.

    EDIT: If your saying a month or 2 I would wait to purchase both at the same time.
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    So any links of my cpu scaling at 1920 x 1200 with any cards?

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