I'm little out of the loop regarding video cards. I did a little research, but still need some help.
9600gt ddr3 512MB (my 1st vga)
PSU 400CX Corsair
At first it's going to be used at 1680x1050 (e-ips).
I'm still undecided about the price point:
$100: GTX 650 ($95) and HD 7770 ($125)
$150: GTX 650 TI ($145) and HD 7850 ($175)
Very important: silent! durable! and power consumption.
Games bundled have zero impact on my purchase decision as im planning to use the video card for some time.
Sapphire has one of the best coolers (DUAL X), but.. keep reading...
Long story short, I was going toward the Sapphire HD 7850 1GB until i read this
about the HD 78XX. Write up:
: random flickering issues, not often but occasional. Latest drivers (12.11) seem to have fixed most of the issues, but also reports
about the flickering happening outside the OS.
: flickering and black screen. Lots of people having problem with this one due to hardware issues and apparently its mainly sapphires fault. A few other brands have the issue (eg. ASUS, MSI). It seems to be officially recognized by AMD. [LINK 1]
From reading i got the impression AMD is a little on the slow side to fix important driver issues and that CCC can be cumbersome at times, but feel free to lecture me if i got the wrong idea.
I realize the best option is the HD 7850 (30% over the GTX 650 TI in some games), but i'm not sure what i should go for at this point as i don't want to deal with poor drivers or hardware problems with the HD 78XX.
I thought about the GTX 660 (non TI), but its little above my budget, i'm not sure.
Opinions on the subject, advises on cards, everything that could help me decide my next purchase will be appreciated.
Please stay on topic, be objective and honest about what you think.
Thanks in advance. ^^