I mostly use my PC for a media center, but I also play games, right now it is New Vegas running Nvamp 1.53 with all graphics additions running at high quality.
I have a PNY GTS 250 (1GB DDR3 128bit) and recentlly bought a EVGA GTX 550 Ti and after installing it, really didn't notice a difference, so I returned it, now that was a jump from DDR3 to 5 and from 128 bit to 192 bit, I want a card that will run FNV at Ultra graphics, but still be powerful enuf that I will be able to transfer it to the LGA1155 Ivy bridge that I plan to build by Q2 of 2012. (btw my current mb does not support SLI) (New mb is MSI p67a-gd80)
Question 1- Are the other brands like: HIS, Zotac, sparlke, galaxy, etc just as good as PNY, ASUS and EVGA?
Question 2 - Should I be going for higher bits? or high GB?
Question 3 - What do you guys recommend? My max price range is $400 tops
256 bit is the way to go, most modern cards have that. You should really only have 1gb unless you plan on gaming on more than 1 monitor.
Max price range 400? And you buy a 550 ti? If you want Nvidia you can get a 570 gtx which is on sale on newegg right now for 300 after mir. It can play any modern games max with aa on 1080p. You can always sli it when you build your new rig.
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On the Tom's Hardware Graphics Card Hierarchy[tomshardware.com] list, the 550 ti is only a single step up from a GTS 250. When upgrading graphics, people often recommend going up at least two steps otherwise you may not notice a difference. You should get at least a GTX 560 ti or a plain 560.
The total amount of memory and the memory bus width are not a good measure of a graphics' card's overall performance. You could have a low-end card with 2GB of ram and a 256bit bus but a weak core causing it to have poor performance. Performance depends on all aspects of a card's design so you can't just look at a few of its specs to determine how it will perform.
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