Sorry, to ask this, but i want to make sure, that, i can get the right video card for my new Intel i7. Which Video Card will work perfectly, for example AMD, works very well with ATI Radeon.
thank you so much, in advance for any honest answer!
asked Feb 21 '11 at 00:45
I have an Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.7Ghz
Really depends on what card you have now, and your price range for upgrading.
Any newer Video Card will work with your Intel Core i7 Processor & Motherboard, the name isn't really a factor.
AMD / ATI / NVIDIA all have good video cards & every one of them are compatible with Intel or AMD processors.
The AMD 6870 is a great Video card to use, or for use in Crossfire (2 Cards), but this is not a cheap, this would give you triple monitor support though.
You definitely have to tell the person giving you recommendations how much you want to spend, because your budget is always the first consideration!
The most important thing you need to consider BEFORE you purchase a card is your power supply, you may need to upgrade your power supply for your video card. (Most likely)
The next most important thing is knowing your Bus Type for your Motherboard, it will most likelly be (PCIe X16).
If you want more technical help with this, email me, for it would be too long to post specific help for on these boards.
============= Based upon the information you provided here are my recommendations:
Affordable Performance - NVIDIA GTS 450
(NOTE: This Video Card can play Battlefield Bad Company 2 in HD)
Midrange - NVIDIA GTX 460 - 1 GB DDR5
Midgrange - AMD 6850 - 1 GB DDR5
Both of graphic card is good, but it will really depend on their benchmark performance. Nvidia GTS 450 is a decent graphic card for gaming in 1680x1050 resolution and below with some 1920x1080 resolutions with the exceptions on lower qualities. ATI Radeon 5770 is another good graphic card in a price range similar to the Nvidia GTS 450, but Radeon 5770 is a little bit faster. I recommend GTX 460 graphic cards where it is really good if you really want a much better gaming performance but it is not that cheaper than GTS 450 graphic cards.
The Nvidia GTS 450 is affordable for a good graphic card. The Nvidia GTX 460 is more of a mainstream card, while Nvidia GTX 470 cards are better and are more enthusiast level cards. If you want a cheaper graphic that can performs better in gaming, then choose GTS 450. But I recommend the cheapest GTX 460 (specially 768MB version GeForce GTX 460) as it performs 30% - 40% faster than GTS 450
I would recommend ATI/AMD cards. If you want to start gaming, I would recommend a 6750, for about $75. I currently have that card, and can run on Ultra settings on most games on a single monitor. That card also supports Eyefinity, so you can play on 3 monitors (if you have 3 of the same). I can usually run games on high settings on my 3 monitor eyefinity setup. It really depends how much you want to spend on a card, but I feel this card gives great performance for the price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150572
answered Nov 26 '11 at 22:01
There are several benchmarks out there that say as far as performance goes, ATI with Intel is the way to go. I just upgraded to an ATI Radeon HD 5450 a few months ago and it plays Black Ops without a hiccup. Soon however I will be upgrading to an ATI Radeon HD 6950.
For performance, ATI no question. nVidia is good but it's not the best. And if price is an issue. My 5450 was less than $200 and like I said, Black Ops runs like a dream
answered Feb 21 '11 at 11:23
Nvidia cards perform better, but they are generally more expensive (sometimes alot). As of this moment, the GTX 580 is the fastest single GPU graphics card in production. I suggest that you get a single GPU card, because dual GPU setups have some finicky problems in a lot of games, stuff like micro stuttering etc. Also, some people seem to think its better to get 2 lower end cards and put them into SLI or Crossfire rather than getting one higher end card. Don't do that! Single cards are the way to go! You shouldn't be running an SLI or Crossfire setup unless they are both high end cards, then you would be an enthusiast. Don't forget you need enough juice from your power supply, specifically the amount of amps on the 12 volt rail.
I have a GTX 580 with a 800watt PSU and it runs great, max's out Crysis Warhead at 1080p on DX10 with no problem (I also use a Sandy Bridge i7). Performance wise, the slight edge seems to go with Nvidia, but I've had experience with both and AMD is just as good.
In short, choose any new graphics card! (Nvidia 5xx series and AMD 6xxx series)
AMD cards if you want three or more monitors without buying two graphics cards. NVIDIA if you work with a lot of programs that support NVIDIA GPU acceleration. NVIDIA cards in most cases run games better too but they also tend to cost more.
answered Nov 27 '11 at 19:15