What's a good vid card for my daughter's computer ??
She uses her desktop for surfing and she plays a lot of Sims 3.
The power supply is only 430 W. ( Antec ) and the cpu is a dual-core pentium.
I want an inexpensive card, that doesnt use much power....and can still run Sims3 at descent graphics settings. She was using my old GTX 8800 , but it over-heated and died.
oh yeah, I will only buy nvidia cards, no ATI.
The fact of the matter is that from a price/performance perspective the $149 GTX 650 Ti 1GB is not competitive enough with the $169 Radeon HD 7850 1GB. At its best the GTX 650 Ti can match the 7850, and at its worse it can only keep up with a 7770. The end result is that most of the time the GTX 650 Ti is going to lose to the 7850 by more than the 13% price difference between the two, which means that NVIDIA is coming up short even if they are the cheaper option.
i sold my radeon 7770 for $60 so im sure you could find a similar deal used.... thing was a great card for the price.. it had about gtx460 levels of performance while using barely any power.. i ran borderlands 2 at 1080p almost maxed out
I've had absolutely no problems with ATi drivers for quite some time. In fact, when I dumped my nVidia 8800, it was because I was having so many driver issues. The only place their drivers might still be lacking is Crossfire, but for a simple single card system, the drivers install just fine and work like a champ.
Prince of the OC Crusaders
Intel i7 3.2GHz @ 3.93GHz
Cooler Master V8
Asus P9X79 Pro
16GB Patriot Viper Extreme DDR3-1600
MSI Radeon HD6950 - Unlocked to 6970
1TB/1.5TB - 200/80/500GB Seagate SATA (7200RPM)
Asus 20x DVD-RW DL DVD-RW
So i finally picked up an HD 6670 for 66 $ , not including a 20 $ rebate.
This card doesnt need much power at all, and it plays Sims 3 very well. In fact it's like a new computer.
I'm glad i got rid of that crappy old GTX 8800.