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New graphic card.

Discussion in 'CivBE - Tech Support' started by Goglutin, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. Goglutin

    Goglutin Chieftain

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    Well.. My Graphic card is dead... almost...

    I'm on for a new one but its a big mess out there to find out the one I need.

    I do not play many games oustside from strategy games so I dont know what to priorize??

    In fact .. do I really need a 2Gig video card or should I choose 1Gig with a faster clock?

    There are so many cards I just dont know what to choose and I have only a 100$ budget.

    Any opinions? My old card was a Geforce Gt-620 2Gig... but the performance were really bad... I hope I'll get something better !!

    Thx for any help

    Here are 3 choices I looked...

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8245491&CatId=28


    http://www.staples.ca/en/NVIDIA-GeF...-DDR3-64-Bit-2GB/product_1019326_2-CA_1_20001


    http://www.staples.ca/en/ZOTAC-GeFo...ideo-Card-English/product_214810_2-CA_1_20001
     
  2. forty2j

    forty2j Chieftain

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    Fun fact: Civ is more stressful on your GPU than most action games.

    The factors in choosing a card are.. complicated. Besides clock speed and VRAM size, you need to consider VRAM speed, # of shader cores, and more.

    Honestly, the cards you selected aren't going to get you $100 worth of performance. At your budget, I'd seriously consider picking up a slightly used specimen of a year or two old fantastic card on eBay, where the seller has upgraded to this year's model. For example, the Nvidia 660 ti is a fantastic mid-high level card from 2012 which can still give high or better graphics in Civ, and can be found for $50-100 second hand. (http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=251755590592)

    The amount of VRAM you need depends primarily on your resolution, but generally speaking 2 GB is the sweet spot for most configurations.


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  3. ls612

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    If you could swing it a 660ti or a 760 would be great values. I know that there are 760s available for $150 now and I expect them to come further down in price when 960s are released.
     
  4. Goglutin

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    First I want to thank you guys...

    Well... I've done my homework on my side too and from what I read a 1G video card with a PCI 3.0 and DDR5 (128bits) is 6 times faster than a 2G with PCI 2.0 and DDR3 (64 bits).

    From what is said on most gaming forums 2G is not very important unless you run many monitors. I only have one so... I just hope I haven't made a bad choice after all.

    Finally I've gone for this : (I invested a bit more)

    http://www.staples.ca/en/ZOTAC-GeFo...d-Synergy-Edition/product_214806_2-CA_1_20001
     
  5. forty2j

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    So Staples.ca doesn't let you do anything unless you put in your Canadian postal code.. :lol:

    But I'm familiar with the 650, and it's a pretty good choice if you don't consider the secondary market an option. Assuming you're running at full HD (1920x1080) or less, 1GB VRAM shouldn't pose much of a bottleneck, and you're absolutely right about the difference between GDDR5 and GDDR3.

    Happy gaming!


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  6. coliny

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    You could pick up a R9 290 which would give you all the performance you require.
     
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