ATI or Nvidia, personal choice, or smart choice?

By mattkorz ยท 16 replies
Oct 11, 2006
  1. I'm looking to build a new computer, and i set a $200 budget for the card. I dont really need an amazing card, just something that can perform/oc well. I'd like to max out some of my fave games, Like CS, WoW, Fear, ect. I've found a couple really good cards, but when it comes down to it, I cant decide between the ATI chipset, or and Nvidia. I've tried both chipsets in previous builds, and both have been up to par. Here's my current specs for the build.

    DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD
    AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 ClawHammer 2.6GHz Socket 939

    Any recommendations?
    Thnx :)
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    If you really want an FX-55, why not get the San Diego version instead?
    As far as Nvidia or ATi it really depends on the games. Some do better with ATi and some with Nvidia.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Yeah that's right JMMD. As far as ur budget is concerned though, it boils down to either the ATi Radeon X1900GT vs the NVIDIA GeForce 7900GS. The X1900GT pwns the NVIDIA card any time of the day.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    I think NVIDIA gives you a better picture, but I also use ATI PCI Express still not bad though. It boils down on what you want to spend?
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I would go for NVIDIA for the more competitive prices and for ease of use, their control panel is a breeze to use. ATi on the other hand wins in terms of raw performance but availability and price is a problem compared to NVIDIA, in addition to their horrible Catalyst Control Center. I hope they improve it soon coz the 7950GX2 is looking pretty tempting to me.:D
  6. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    7900GS = 1900GT in prices - and yet i've heard the 1900GT will destroy the 7900GS....
    I never use the control center, it's garbage. Just get the drivers themselves and install. In case of overclocking/fan control[if needed] use ATITool.
    I've heard the 7950GX2 is incompatible with some mobos? Also, I've heard two 7950GX2s in SLI will be beaten by two 1950XTXs in Crossfire.
  7. HeAdCrAb KILLA

    HeAdCrAb KILLA TS Rookie Posts: 24

    ATi or nVIDIA

    It all comes down to personal preference. I prefer nVidia but I also like a bunch of the cards ATi has put out. I am running a GeForce 6800GT OC in my system and I am able to run all my games at high video settings without a problem.
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    And I love ATI, I love my Radeon card, and I'm happy with the Control Center. I don't know why you guys don't like it.
  9. Face of LA

    Face of LA TS Rookie Posts: 163

    They both good, But 200$ for the budget,
    Get the 7900 nVidia

  10. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    No X1900GT beats 7900GT and 7900GS. You just like nVidia. X1900GT Is smart choice, 7900GS is your personal choice. The connect3d X1900GT is on sale for 175$ 250$ origional.
  11. mattkorz

    mattkorz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Updating my orignal post.

    Ok, so here's the "update" of my system. I took some of the advice as far as the mobo and cpu goes, and as far as looks goes, I found a decent Nvidia card. I know that if I post it, all you Ati fanatics will rip it apart, but Ill put it up anyways. Tell me what y'all think? :)

    Oh, and all these things can be found on They're are my most trusted site as far as computer parts go.

    DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard

    AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 San Diego 2.6GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADAFX55BNBOX

    G.SKILL 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory Model F1-3200PHU1-1GBNS

    Rosewill RP550-2 ATX 2.01 550W Power Supply

    XFX PVT71PUDE3 Geforce 7900GS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 XT Edition Video Card - Newegg link
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Awesome build mattkorz, well done! The CPU and video card are pretty good and will play almost all games out there on full detail. Why didn't you get the 7900GT though, it's way better than the GS? I guess it's coz of the price. But still, great system.:grinthumb
  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I'll second what Rage said. Pretty good system, and nice video card :D
  14. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    The 7900GT's are for 225$ on newegg, after rebate.
  15. johnmayo

    johnmayo Banned Posts: 61

    The nVidia GeForce 7950GX2 in QUAD SLi owns everything..

  16. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    I find it extremely bloated for no real reason. ATI Tool is a little odd to use due to the sections they put stuff in, but it can do everything CCC can without the extended startup time and [possible] memory hogging(I'm assuming since it takes forever to start, it may not hog memory though).
  17. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Well, I disable ATI services, and I have a fast startup time. Disabling them, CCC doesn't use any single MB of RAM :)

    And it works great!
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