Re: Graphics card help
Hey guys, it's been a while, and I've been thinking the graphics question over. My drivers seem to have become relatively stable, as I have not had any issues in a long time. The release of the HD 6850 on Newegg recently brought my attention back to the issue. I was surprised by its low cost, as it is designed to replace the more expensive 5830 and 5850 (correct me if I'm wrong). If I can wait a month, I may be able to afford the new cards. However, this would be extreme overkill as I don't game, I don't watch blu-ray movies, and I don't do any excessive video editing. All that I would need it for is photo editing, f@h, online videos, etc. However, I must respect my ego and get something nice. I think that you answered my question already, but I just don't understand your answer, so ima rephrase my question.
The cards that I'm considering are the ATI HD4850, 4870, 5570, and 5670 (The 5750 I took off the list because it's too expensive for a piece of hardware that I don't need) as well as the Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT, 450 GTS, 430 GT, and possibly some 200 series cards. I've heard that the CUDA core Nvidia cards are better at F@H, so I've decided to consider them. How important are DirectX 11, PhysX, CUDA, etc. when it comes to folding, video playback, photo editing, and everyday home use? Is SLI or CrossFireX with two cheaper cards a better option? Should I go with a cheaper model and OC it? Should I get a cheap 5000 series card for main use and a $20 Nvidia card for f@h (if that's even possible)? I'm sorry for making you guys try to explain to me over and over again, but I'm just not understanding. Thanks for helping me.
AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
ATI Radeon R9 280 x2 Crossfire
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX
Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz 2x8GB
EVGA Supernova 850 G2
Cooler Master HAF 932