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What grade of Graphics do you use?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by joytime360, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. joytime360

    joytime360 New Member

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    So do you splurge on Graphics? Or are bottom-of-the-basement ones good enough for you?

    I just get the Foxconn Cinema Premium AMD 785G Onboard HD4200 Graphics only $20 bucks, it costs $110 before.

    So do you buy premium Graphics? What about ones with premium grade?
     
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  2. Thrackan

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    I dunno what your definition of Premium Grade is, but I just had to buy a 5850.. Do have the same (disabled) onboard graphics chip though :)
     
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    If i had a bigger screen and the money i'd buy an ATI HD 5850 but my screen only goes upto 1280/1024 so i bought a GPU to match.
     
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    A pair of evga 8800GTS 512MB cards in SLI :)
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    I bought the HD4670, it was cheap and it's cool and all good. It's way more than I actually need. I tend to look at price/performance first and then power consumption and noise.
     
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    i bought the sapphire hd5850 after being a nvidia diehard for last umpteen years, and very happy with it, I have another one on the way that will be for sale shortly Dragon
     
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    4870 crossfire


    I have that same onboard, and its just no good for gaming even at low res.
     
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    I always tend to go middle of the road. Bang for buck. Cutting edge is bleeding edge, at least on the wallet. And my new 5750 games it up just fine.
     
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    i have a BFG GTX 285 OC+ and its great!
     
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    i am very happy with my 4650 its been a great card for the price and is also why i left the green camp, there cards in the same range at the time cost more and never performed half as good for me. i have an nividia 7600 and an 7800 and they just cant handle the games i have half as well as me ati.
     
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    I love good graphics but as many others, I'm a bang for the buck addict, so I'm still stuck with my 9800gt. I also have a 8600gt that I swap, just for the sake of using it! I was astonished to see last time that it played dirt2 @ 1920 with a constant 30+ fps, ok the details were low but if someone doesn't care about graphics, its a good card.
     
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    I try to replace hardware while it still has some value left in it. Traded off a pair of GTX280 cards for my 5870.
     
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    I needed a single slot card that matched my old processor so I could play CoD5 with my buddies, I upgraded from a 6700XL (overclocked 6600GT) to a X1650XT for free, but that card made so much noise, I bought a 9600GT green edition. As the numbers suspect, I tend to go mid-performance :)
     
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    I have a XFX HD4870 non-reference design, overclocked to 830core 1000mem on stock volts. It does its job just fine on a 22" monitor.
     
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    I generally buy the lowest card out of the high range. The GTX260 or HD4830 type of card. Still in the top performance bracket, but at the bottom of that bracket.

    And before anyone says "but you've got a GTX285 and an HD4890", the GTX285 was a free step-up from my original GTX260 216, and the HD4890 was just too sweet looking to pass up...

    But as far back as I can remember, I tended to go just below the top like this.

    In the 8000 series I went with an 8800GS, which I stepped up to a 9600GSO. I also went with an 8800GTS 512MB which I stepped up to a 9800GTX(for free again).
    In the HD3000 series I went with the HD3850, which I sold for an HD4670.
    In the 7000 series I went with the 7900GT after my original 7800GT.
    I went with the 9800SE, which I unlocked.
    I went with the 9500Pro.
     
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    I usually tend to buy the mid model of a performance segment. GF 256 SDRam (DDR was the faster one); MX440 as a replacement for the dead GF 256. --- 4400Ti AGP 8X (4600 was available at that time, dunno about a 4800) --- ATI 9800PRO (There was the 9800XT and the 9800SE, the pro was in the middle) -- 7800GT, (there was the GTX) --- 9800GTX (There was the GX2) and now the HD5870 (There is a 5970).


    Ok so not the middle model, the 2nd best one :D
     
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    For years I have promised myself to move to the "mid-range" section, but because ATI cards tend to be dirt cheap (usually) I always end up getting entry level high-end cards.
     
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    High-end setups. I had a 8800GT SLI about a day after the 8800GT came out, then bought a HD4870X2 on launch day.

    Currently waiting to see what GF100 brings on the table.
     
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    I've got a nVidia 8800GT... no idea where this is rated by today's mean's. I also think my chipset is holding the card back somewhat aswel... or maybe that is just because I'm expecting more from the card than it can actually give??
     
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    Bottom of the barrel, I'm talking GMA 950 while considering an upgrade to a 4350 or 8400gs- until I got hooked to Folding :D
     
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    gtx260 SLi... usualy go price/performance high end.... if was to upgrade now it would be to CF 5850's or a 5970. but waiting until nv finally comes out and the 5890 for the prices to drop.

    Go premium or go home
     
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    I upgrade whenever I want something new to tinker with, and I generally go high end :).
     
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    Like Jetster, I go for bang for the buck. If I ever, two months after buying a video card, found it was already going for 20% less, I'd feel like a real tool. That's what tends to happen when one buys top-end components. You pay 40% more for 5% more performance, and in a couple months, the card is worth half as much. Just wasteful, in my mind.

    Ironically, I'm running 12 GPUs in eight video cards (on two systems). :laugh: But they're fold Folding@home, and even then, I picked them up at max bang for buck—two 8800GTS 512s and five 9800GX2s, all Ebayed for a total under $750. I want to be able to do as much as I can with my limited resources, so throwing money away is not an option.
     
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    Last generation's high end, usually. Went from X1800 to 8800GTX to 4870.
     
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    i like going second from the top, usually the refresh.

    EG, 8800GTX was first gen top - 8800GTS (320/640MB was first gen second)
    So i went 8800GT 512MB (8800GTS being the only higher one in the second gen)

    I went 4870, when the 4890 was out (i got the 1GB models at least)
     
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