I know, I know. These threads are all the rage these days. But this is important!
Now, there are two cards I'm looking at purchasing: The NVIDIA GTX 470 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550&cm_re=geforce_gtx_470-_-14-130-550-_-Product
) or the ATI HD 5850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121370&cm_re=ATI_HD_5850-_-14-121-370-_-Product). They both cost roughly the same amount of money and score high on the benchmarks; but here's the catch: The 470 is 545 points ahead of the other according to this benchmark -- http://videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html --
while the 5850 is 459 points ahead of the 470 according to this benchmark -- http://www.graphicscardbenchmarks.com/gpubench/index.cfm/graphics-card-and-gpu-blog/ffxiv-benchmark-performance-calculator/
As a typically PC-clueless gamer, you can imagine how much this perplexes me. One benchmark says x is the best; one says the complete opposite. Which list am I supposed to trust? Is any of this even rationally correct? Somebody please put me out of my misery and let me know which card would suit me best. D: Thanks in advance.
Also (if it helps at all), these were my benchmark results:
Windows Vista Home Premium (6.0. Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.100218-0019)
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU
Q9400 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs). ~2.7GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GT 230
(Results from 1280x720)
LOAD TIME: 12261 ms
(Results from 1920x1080)
LOAD TIME: 13335 ms
(Let me know if you need any extra information to help give the right advice. Thanks again!)