Originally Posted by tomfoolery_79
Guys, I'm planning on building a new system, money is a concern. Reading posts and the anandtech review, Fermi seems to be a bit of a let down. If I got it, it would be the 470 for $350 with the hope that future driver optimization will increase performance. Would I be better served by going to a GTS 250 or 260 (currently I'm on an 8800GT 512mb).
The system I would be building would be Win 7, i7 860, 8GB DDR3 RAM. I can save $200 by getting an GTS 250 over the 470, but I'm just wondering if that would be spinning my wheels.
Me being a Nvidia user for a long time will be skipping the Fermi (for now ????, maybe after newer drivers and rev). Only other series I skipped fom Nvidia was the 5xxx series. I just reinvested in another 5870 (my 4th
) to do xfirex again. Only new game that I tested that still has issues is BFBC2 with some artifacts and occasional texture flashes with Cat 10.3, better then with Cat 10.2. Thats only in XfireX but the game runs fine with one 5870, so def a xfire driver issue. ATi is still behind Nvidia when it comes to driver support for new games and def behind in Multi GPU support.
You are not going to gain much going from the 8800GT to the 250 and 260 for most older DX9 games. The real gain would be going to the 275/285/295 from Nvidia and Dx10 (not many Dx10 games tho). But then if you are dead set on Nvidia then I would rec the 470. At least you will have a DX11 card and will not have to think about upgrading any time soon.