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Old March 23, 2011, 09:43 AM
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I'm just curious what the best card is for under $150.

Mostly for video playback but capable of basic gaming. The only games I've been exposed to is WoW and COD so the card should be good for either of those.

The monitor is 22" (1680 x 1050) and the cpu is Q6600 so processor power is already there.

Does it matter if it's ATI or Nvidia? I was told ATI is better for video playback. Is that true?

I also use Linux, though, and for most uses, Nvidia is said to be better for when using Linux!

My PSU is only a Corsair 520W so maybe I should stick to cards with lower power consumption just in case?

I'm just keeping my eye on cards including used cards but not in a rush yet. :)

There's so many cards being released and I am confused about what is what.

One other thing, I read that many cards get 'crippled' or manufacturers cripple a card so I want one that is fully optimized so if it means it's $20 to $50 than a 'crippled' card, I'd try to get that one instead.

Any suggestions?
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Old March 23, 2011, 09:49 AM
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NCIX.com - Buy ASUS Radeon HD 6850 DirectCU 790MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI DisplayPort HDMI PCI-E Video Card - ASUS - EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 - in Canada

Pretty much better than everything in it's pricerange (especially the new 550ti) except for maybe a gtx 460 1gb OC which is usually over $150 if you aren;t getting the OC version.
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Under $150 for 1680x1050 I would get a gtx 460 768mb. Would be quite powerful for that resolution and keep you under your budget if you buy on sale. Only problem is the new gtx 550 is supposed to take its place at the same price and performs worse. If you do want one I suggest buying sooner and not later.
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Under $150 for 1680x1050 I would get a gtx 460 768mb.
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Is the 768mb versions of the GTX 460 'better' than the ATI HD 6850 then?

I don't know how to compare. I guess there's benchmarks but it won't tell the entire story, would it?
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Is the 768mb versions of the GTX 460 'better' than the ATI HD 6850 then?

I don't know how to compare. I guess there's benchmarks but it won't tell the entire story, would it?
Benchmarks don't tell the whole thing.

I.E. my system is no-where near the system SKYMTL uses here for testing. So even using the identical Cards I would not get the type of performance he gets.

That being said, the 460 is really a bargin card and very respectable. I'd go for it for sure.

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I'm happy with my ASUS GTX 460 768MB. Didn't start overclocking it yet cus that's going to take a while, but so far, I'm loving it. Can run SC2 at Ultra settings on 1280X1024. Didn't test any other games yet though...

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Is the 768mb versions of the GTX 460 'better' than the ATI HD 6850 then?

I don't know how to compare. I guess there's benchmarks but it won't tell the entire story, would it?

Generally the 768mb GTX 460 is just a small amount slower than the 6850, but you can get it quite a bit cheaper. IMO its the better deal (though the 6850 is a great card as well). Excellent deal mentioned above.
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Also, the op is using linux.

The last time I used linux, ati had pretty bad drivers for linux, if any.
I suggest going for a 460.
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Also, the op is using linux.

The last time I used linux, ati had pretty bad drivers for linux, if any.
I suggest going for a 460.
True. I have Windows 7 on a partition, though. I liked it a lot more than XP!

ATI is supposedly getting better in Linux but I am currently using an older Nvidia card so I can't really give first-hand experience with ATI cards in Linux. That's why I'm not sure which to go with.

For low to high, I think it's like this?:

HD 5770 to HD 6850 and for Nvidia, 450 to 768mb GTX 460.

The high end cards ppl are recommending look like really good deals, though. Hard to choose between them although the Nvidia card is cheaper. Are newer cards going to be released any time soon? Any chance of the ATI cards going to $100-ish..? :)

The Nvidia card for about $100 and change is very tempting, however. Am I losing anything going under 1gb?
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