Originally Posted by vernong1992
Both of which are untrue
While its true AMD has had their driver issues in the past, this is not really a problem anymore. Still, if you aren't convinced about the GPU being nVidia, at least since you said you want the rig to last a few years; I would really consider going at least a Quad-core from AMD or even Intel (because the whole nVidia + Intel is also not true either).
awesome, thx 4 the feedback so far : )
As far as the nvidia vs ati graphics card thing, it was explained to me that nvidia does a really thorough job of getting free or discounted graphics cards and information out to game development studios, and so the vast majority of games are made on nvidia cards/drivers. This of course has the effect of making sure the game gets 90% of it's testing on nvidia cards (obviously every testing department and programming department needs at least one radeon to test on as well, but the fact that all the developers are working on nvidia day in and day out, they tend to catch more bugs and tune better for the green team) so even if ati has gotten their act together, nvidia still has the edge on game compatibility.
good to know you have more freedom choosing processors/mobos independent of your choice of GFX card now : ) i'll have to consider my processor/mobo choices again...
I went for 2 faster cores instead of 4, because games are not going to be built assuming that people have 4 cores for quite a long time. longer than 2 years for sure. There are more and more games that can take advantage of additional cores if you have them, but they will not ship a game requiring more than 2 to run at 30 fps on high settings.
One question i thought of after posting last night was to ask whether i need a mobo that can support ddr3 to work with my graphics card... the card is listed as using GDDR3. is that just on the graphics card itself? or does it want access to ddr3 ram on my mobo as well?