OP: in all honesty, much as I hate to go against AMD again (my rig is all green), nVidia have been doing better with their drivers recently where AMD have had a lot of problems for game launches, and nVidia cards gnerally seem to offer smoother performance than AMD - AMD cards will sometimes spike on a particular frame, so although the FPS numbers are similar, you get a better visual experience with nVidia at the moment. If you've always had nVidia in the past, you may as well stay with what you know.
Also, buying a mobo now to upgrade soon is daft, because it's such a big job to swap a mobo out - just spend the few extra pennies now and save yourself the hours of rebuilding the rig and redoing Windows etc.
true, i think most of the items will be going onto my christmas wish list so present money will at least subsidise them a little
As I said, it's a personal vendetta not something based on the overall market but I still wouldn't recommend their stuff out of principle and so far the MSI is doing a great job
RE motherboards; read the reviews. Personally I've always disliked MSI. Asus have in the past not been without their problems but my current ASUS original i7 socket motherboard is solid as a rock. When I was shopping for it Gigabyte were absolute garbage even though I had always been a fan...
Point is every manufacturer has its good and bad series of boards. Read the reviews before you buy as unless a dozen of us all have the board you are looking at we can't really comment on whether it is good or not as we might have had the 1 bad/good one in the batch.
a quick update, i know there not the very best graphics card out there but i have just been given a brand new, still sealed in the box XFX ATI 6770 1GB for free....so thats saved me 90-100ish quid for now.
Thank you cousin who accidentally clicked "add to basket" on Aria.co.uk twice without realising
I just need to save up for a processor board and ram bundle
The 6770 is a great mid range card - may need dropping to 1680x1050 or so in some games but free is good!
at the moment it will only be at 1280x1024 anyway
I've got the 5770 - i.e. the same bloody card apart from a minor decoding block - and at that resolution you will be more than fine with that card. Anything from the last couple of years should run at High, if not V High (possible exception: BF3) and anything older than that, you can go all the way. They're also incredibly easy to overclock...
sounds like ive dropped lucky on this one then, cant wait to get it running, im currently playing Dead Island and at the moment the graphics lag really badly sometimes
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