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#1 Sep 26 2010 at 11:44 PM Rating: Decent
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I am currently using 2 8800 GTS 512 evga video cards. I am thinking of doing a upgrade.

Is there a better brand then evga? I rather try sticking with evga since I think the video card would work better with my evga motherboard. Or does that make any difference on what type of video card?

I am looking at either a:

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

EVGA 01G-P3-1465-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I want something that can run ffxiv decently, without breaking my wallet. Any other video cards you recommand?

What about getting 2 EVGA 512-P3-1153-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card?
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#2 Sep 27 2010 at 12:04 AM Rating: Decent
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HD 5770 works like a charm for me on mild settings.
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#3 Sep 27 2010 at 1:10 AM Rating: Decent
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I would stick to one card for now and SLI later if you want more performance. EVGA is good brand cause you get lifetime warranty when you register your card on their site.

The 460 or 470 will run game good. The 470 will do better of course, but at cost.
#4 Sep 27 2010 at 1:14 AM Rating: Good
I would just go to a GTX 460, or 470, obviously you'll get the better performance out of the 470. The 460 runs it quite well though, I have one myself with a meh CPU, and I have everything set to high and easily get over 30 FPS. As fort he brand, it doesn't matter too much, that being said, I've had to RMA stuff from BFG and EVGA, and both have been top notch, so EVGA is a good bet if you want to stick with them.

You can also use one of your 8800's to be dedicated to Physx. Then sell the other one off, or give it to someone who can make use of it...or do whatever you want with it.
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#5 Sep 27 2010 at 3:56 AM Rating: Decent
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I'd go with a ATI card myself.. the new GTX 400 series are okay.. but for high end price/performance.. the 5850 is the best card out there right now. You can pick up a new 5850 for about $250, which is priced comparable to a GTX 460, and will perform better. Easily overclock it, and you will get even better performance than a GTX 470.

Overclocking the 5850 is as simple as installing MSI Afterburner, unlocking the clock speeds, and changing it to 890/1200 on stock voltages.. and BAM! you got a card that's nearly as good as a HD 5870.

Recently built a new computer around a 5850, I'm getting about 4900 on the High Benchmark.. CPU is an i5-760.

So yea.. ignore the NVidia people for now.. if you're really looking to spend some money on a decent GPU, go with the 5850. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161330

#6 Sep 27 2010 at 3:57 AM Rating: Default
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Bite the bullet, switch to ATI, SLI is so dead, Crossfire is the new... wait for the ATI 6000 in a few months but if you need a card now I'd say MSI 5870 Lightning

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127509&cm_re=msi_5870-_-14-127-509-_-Product

Edited, Sep 27th 2010 3:00am by Dkay
#7 Sep 27 2010 at 4:12 AM Rating: Decent
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I picked up a HD 5750 from compusa for 129 and I got a 6500 on the bechmark, the game runs perfect with no lag at all
#8 Sep 27 2010 at 7:59 AM Rating: Good
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Thank you all for your suggestions.

I am going with EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card and use 1 of my 8800 gts 512 set dedicated to Physx.
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#9 Sep 27 2010 at 8:19 AM Rating: Good
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BizzyMe wrote:
Thank you all for your suggestions.

I am going with EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card and use 1 of my 8800 gts 512 set dedicated to Physx.


Please let me know how it turns out. I'm also using 2 x 8800GTS 512 and was wondering what kind of gain I would get going to a GTX 460/470.

The G92 core 8800GTS was a powerhouse for its time and in SLI they probably come close to a GTX460. (discussion) I was thinking it might be more of a sidegrade. Obviously in terms of heat,power,noise, it would be welcome ^.^ and I would be able to eventually SLI them for a big gain.



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#10 Sep 27 2010 at 10:04 AM Rating: Good
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Just fyi if you didnt see it SLI and Crossfire only work on alt-tab-less full screen. And ya ATi is a better bang for your buck on price, power and heat.
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#11 Sep 27 2010 at 10:31 AM Rating: Decent
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How are your 8800's running this game? Thats what I'm using right now, and I'm looking to get some sort of gauge on what to expect before I can upgrade my card.
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#12 Sep 27 2010 at 11:00 AM Rating: Good
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BizzyMe wrote:
Thank you all for your suggestions.

I am going with EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card and use 1 of my 8800 gts 512 set dedicated to Physx.


I have 1 x EVGA GTX 470 Superclocked as well and it is impossible to gauge. None of my games slow it down. I am waiting for retail release of ffxiv, and I am confident.
#13 Sep 27 2010 at 11:06 AM Rating: Good
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I have a EVGA GTX470 and I OCed it to max. It runs the game no problem and I have all of the stuff set at high and highest setting. Just expect it to run HOT...that card is breathing fire everything I play the game. Even if you won't be overclocking it...learn how to set customer fan profile with a program call MSI afterburner. The stock auto fan profile is a big pile of donkey poo.
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#14 Sep 27 2010 at 11:30 AM Rating: Good
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The game runs great on a GTX 480, with all settings at their highest.
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#15 Sep 27 2010 at 12:51 PM Rating: Good
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spdr wrote:
How are your 8800's running this game? Thats what I'm using right now, and I'm looking to get some sort of gauge on what to expect before I can upgrade my card.


Well I keep crashing... So I turn my setting down to standard to see if that helps. Just waiting to see if it crashes on standard settings.

I ended up going with the EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card instead of the superclocked 1 because of price. I hear I can overclock some.

Well it just crashed on standard settings. I can't wait for my new video card.. Can't stand the crashes.

Edited, Sep 27th 2010 11:55am by BizzyMe

Edited, Sep 27th 2010 11:59am by BizzyMe
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#16 Sep 27 2010 at 1:14 PM Rating: Decent
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I have two Evga 460 1gig superclocked you noted at the top in SLI. I currently however just use one card (explain why below) and does run well on high settings at 1920 x 1080. Personally though I run the game windowed at 1600 x 1024 because I've grown to use my PC still while running game in background. I did consider the 470 like you but the performance didn't justify the additional cost.

I may have observed one major issue with this game however. It currently doesn't make use of SLI at all. While running some temperature tests on my two cards using GPU-z I noticed the load was only 65% on one card and 3% on the 2nd while in town, Limsa Lominsa. This though is just quick speculation because I had to warranty replace one of the 460's because it was overheating (30 C higher than normal on just 65% load? BAD CARD!) So yea, if anyone else can look into it to confirm this I think would give even better idea what kind of card can handle game.
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#17 Sep 27 2010 at 1:20 PM Rating: Decent
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BizzyMe wrote:
spdr wrote:
How are your 8800's running this game? Thats what I'm using right now, and I'm looking to get some sort of gauge on what to expect before I can upgrade my card.


Well I keep crashing... So I turn my setting down to standard to see if that helps. Just waiting to see if it crashes on standard settings.

I ended up going with the EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card instead of the superclocked 1 because of price. I hear I can overclock some.

Well it just crashed on standard settings. I can't wait for my new video card.. Can't stand the crashes.

Edited, Sep 27th 2010 11:55am by BizzyMe

Edited, Sep 27th 2010 11:59am by BizzyMe

Thanks, probably gonna have to deal with running on low for a couple weeks then until I can pick up a new card.
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