Now that we're a month in I'm curious what everyone's opinion is. I'm looking for something to upgrade my aging 8800GTX, and get the GPU in line with the rest of my system. Budget is in the $250 range, with room to move with justification.
Target Games: Civ V (just purchased this weekend during the 40% off sale), SCII, Rift, L4D2. Will also be getting Crysis 2 when it's released. Oh, and can't forget Minesweeper.
Resolution: 1920x1200 (dual-monitors, but only game on one), rarely use AA mostly because smooth game play is more important than better visuals.
SLI/Crossfire: None, only ever going single GPU for graphics, but...
AMD vs. nVidia: I'm somewhat preferential to nVidia, only because of PhysX and the fact that I have extra cards I could toss in for physics offloading. Sure, not a lot of games that use them, but replaying Batman with full support could be fun for a while. And PhysX is far more widespread than OpenCL physics right now. Conversely, AMD cards have the better video port options, and Eyefinity, though I don't ever see myself being able to justify adding a 3rd monitor to this setup (I only go all out, so it would have to be another 24" IPS panel, i.e. Dell U2410...).
Manufacturer: AMD regains from ground here because they have XFX with the double lifetime warranty (just a single lifetime warranty is fine). Given the problems that I've been running into with GPUs lately, having a lifetime warranty over 3 years is definitely a point of consideration.
Factory OC'ed: I run my system at stock, mostly because I see no need to up my CPU. No desire to try messing around with the GPU settings to take things up a level, but I have no qualms with a factory OC'ed card that gets full warranty.
Lastly: Looking to buy today. Maybe stop at Canada Computers, Tiger Direct, or even head out to the NCIX store on the way home. Got the night free, so want to take advantage with some gaming.
Anyone want to chime in on conclusions they've come to?
Intel i7 860, Asus P7P55D Pro, 4x2GB Corsair XMS3 1600 (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9), EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked
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