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    Old 12-04-2010, 12:43 PM
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    Recently I have been looking into getting some games running in 3D, although I am still a little confused by the tech. There are quite a few decent-looking 3D monitors that come bundled with the NVidia 3D vision pack but since I currently have a Radeon 5850 card it looks like I will have to upgrade to a more powerful NVidia model.

    Unfortunately there are many cards available and it is too difficult to figure out exactly what would be suitable for both gaming and 3D stuff. It has hard to find a site that just reviews everything and gives them a rating. Does anyone have any recomendations? I don't want to spend much more than £300 unless I have to. The rest of my rig is about a year old so it isn't quite cutting edge anyway, but it should be enough to hold together under the strain of three dimensions.

    Thanks for any advice.
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    It seems to me that the best option is just get the best Nvidia card you can afford, which is either the GTX470 or a 480, which I think are just dipping towards the £300 mark. Hope this helps.
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    I THINK that you need SLI for Nividia cards to do 3D.......or maybe thats to do their surround (multi monitor) setup. I cant remember which.

    If its just 1 card, then Id get the fastest one you can afford. The GTX470 for $250 is the best "value" card. Overclock it and its as fast as the $320 5870 and nearly as fast as the $400 GTX480.
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    A 5850 is a very good GPU, a few forum members would sanp your hand off for it, but as 3D vision is Nvidia's technology, and you want that, then i guess there is no choice really. You could easily pick up a [URL="http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/14819702/Inno3D-GeForce-GTX-470-1280MB-GDDR5-PCI-Express-2-0-Graphics-Card/Product.html"]GTX 470[/URL] for £167. But if you sold, and got some money for that 5850, you might stretch to the best single GPU about atm the [URL="http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/17814661/EVGA-NVIDIA-Geforce-GTX-580-1-5GB-GDDR5-PCI-Express-2-0-Graphics-Card/Product.html?searchstring=GTX+580&searchtype=allpr oducts&searchsource=0&urlrefer=search"]GTX 580[/URL] for £390. Bu tthe 470 is still a great choice, just remember that your going to need more power to run a GTX 470 than an ATI 5850. What is your power supply like ?


    This maybe helful [URL="http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-requirements.html"]Nvidia 3D-Vision Requirements[/URL]
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    I THINK that you need SLI for Nividia cards to do 3D.......or maybe thats to do their surround (multi monitor) setup. I cant remember which.
    (GTX 260 (SLI) and up) Multiple Nvidia cards = Nvidia Surround

    (8000 series and up) Single (as well dual cards) = Nvidia 3D

    Single ATI (5000 series and up) card = capable of both 3d and Eyefinity.

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    A 5850 is a very good GPU, a few forum members would sanp your hand off for it, but as 3D vision is Nvidia's technology, and you want that, then i guess there is no choice really.
    [URL="http://www.sanp.ca/"]So your suggestion we heal is hand with Naturopathic practices from Saskatchewan?[/URL] I'm so proud of you noticing my provinces advancements in the medical field
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    [URL="http://www.sanp.ca/"]So your suggestion we heal is hand with Naturopathic practices from Saskatchewan?[/URL] I'm so proud of you noticing my provinces advancements in the medical field
    lol, that health tip is quite useful actually, i do suffer from severe Arthritis myself
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    A 5850 is a very good GPU, a few forum members would sanp your hand off for it, but as 3D vision is Nvidia's technology, and you want that, then i guess there is no choice really.
    Blame Adam Oxford, who was recommending it for the PCG rig back in January when my previous PC broke Is M3rv suggesting that Nivida 3D will actually work with my 5000+ ATI card though or is that a different technology?

    My PSU is 600W, so hopefully that will be enough as long as I don't go along the SLI route.

    Thanks for the suggestions guys, I will have a look at the options you have given me.
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    He even down graded that 5850 to a 5830, which was in the rig for a long time too

    Nvidia's official PSU recomendation is 550w for a GTX 470, while the 5850 was 500w. They do overstate the reqirements a bit, compared to reviews, but If its a quality brand power supply, like Corsair or Antec, it maybe ok.
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    I searched a site for GTX 480 cards but it came up with a few dozen ranging from £290-£530. Why is there so much difference?

    Anyway, this one is the cheapest. Does this look okay? I worry that because it is the cheapest there must be something wrong with it

    [url]http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1536mb-msi-v801-gtx-480-40nm-3696mhz-gddr5-gpu-700mhz-shader-1401mhz-480-cores-2xdvi-hdmi[/url]
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    Your going to have problems trying to run a GTX 480 on a 600w PSU imo.
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