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Old 01-19-2011, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Considering a new video card, advice appreciated.

Ever since I have acquired SC2, I have sedired to play it on high settings or ultra settings with little to no major framerate drops. My current video card, the ATI 5670 does decent on a mix between high and medium, however online play suffers, even on low settings at times. I am playing at a monitor resolution of 1440x900 (19 inch screen).
I am considering a GTX 460, in particular This one.

I am willing to spend up to $200. Any other video card suggestions are welcome.
I am leaning towards a nvidia video card as opposed to an ATI/AMD video card. This is because SC2 has been reported to have better driver support for nvidia cards. Also, SC2supports AA for nvidia only, and a little eye candy never hurt.


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That is a great card, I doubt you will have any trouble playing SCII with that GPU. It almost seems like overkill for that game. Saw this 460 on sale at CompUSA (galaxy card)- almost 1/2 price from the full 1 GB MSI- granted not same card, but still should play SCII at high settings on that size monitor. Check out the link for the card I am talking about. Tried to link the page- but I failed.
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That is a great card, I doubt you will have any trouble playing SCII with that GPU. It almost seems like overkill for that game. Saw this 460 on sale- almost 1/2 price from the full 1 GB MSI- granted not same card, but still should play SCII at high settings on that size monitor. Check out the link fro the card I am talking about.

http://images.highspeedbackbone.net/...4-mfg02-sm.jpg
I believe I found the card you were talking about, it is about half the price. However, it's memory interface of 192-bit is a bit concerning, I have heard that the 192-bit 460s are held back compared to a "full" 460, such as the one I listed.
Galaxy 60XMH6HS3HMW GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) GC 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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yes- not really the "same " card as the "full" 460 - but still a good card. You get what you pay for. - but, my boys are playing SCII on an older 8600gts card on medium settings with a older HP Athlon dual core on a 19 monitor. So, I don't think it is a really super video card intensive game on a 19 inch monitor. Obviously, the full 460 is much better- the question is do you NEED that much GPU and it is worth the extra $100 to you. Of coarse, the full 460 does have headroom for future builds and future games and the MSI build card is probably better build that a Galaxy card. Just giving my 2 cents and giving you options..
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yes- not really the "same " card as the "full" 460 - but still a good card. You get what you pay for. - but, my boys are playing SCII on an older 8600gts card on medium settings with a older HP Athlon dual core on a 19 monitor. So, I don't think it is a really super video card intensive game on a 19 inch monitor. Obviously, the full 460 is much better- the question is do you NEED that much GPU and it is worth the extra $100 to you. Of coarse, the full 460 does have headroom for future builds and future games and the MSI build card is probably better build that a Galaxy card. Just giving my 2 cents and giving you options..
Just what I was thinking. It may be overkill, but some future-proofing for me would be nice. Also, the Hawk is rumored to be able to overclock the core clock to 1Ghz
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It sounds like you have decided then. Hopefully it will be as good as it looks.
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yes- not really the "same " card as the "full" 460 - but still a good card. You get what you pay for. - but, my boys are playing SCII on an older 8600gts card on medium settings with a older HP Athlon dual core on a 19 monitor. So, I don't think it is a really super video card intensive game on a 19 inch monitor. Obviously, the full 460 is much better- the question is do you NEED that much GPU and it is worth the extra $100 to you. Of coarse, the full 460 does have headroom for future builds and future games and the MSI build card is probably better build that a Galaxy card. Just giving my 2 cents and giving you options..
regardless if the 460 1GB card is better then the 768mb varient, its certainly not double the performance and it's almost double the cost, thats a HUGE differance. Also statements like the "MSI build card is probably better" has no basis at all and they are most likely produced in the same factory with a different sticker slapped on. Neither card has lifetime warranty, so definately the galaxy is without a doubt the better buy. For $110 it's the perfect card that can last 3-4 years before you get another one.
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Yes- I agree VampD, that is why I brought up the option to him- but he was firm on buying the MSI - even though it was nearly double the cost. So I was being nice - which you are obviously not inclined to be. And in my opinion , which I am entitled to, MSI is a better name brand than Galaxy. There is no reason to say my opinion has " no basis at all". I was not being definitive with my opinion and even said "probably" and "my 2 cents" - read the New Egg reviews on galaxy cards before you flame me.
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