Possibly moving back to ATI?


Oct 22, 2010

I know you get this asked a-lot in here but I have to ask it.

About a year ago my 9800gt card died and I picked up on a GTS 450.

Since then I needed to replace my motherboard what I got is a:
ASRock A770DE+ AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD


Some time in the near future I plan on replacing my Athlon AM2 x2 and 8gb 800hz mem with AM3 and 8gb 1066 to improve my gaming experience with game like First Flight and BattleField 2 Bad Company.

However for right now I'm not really impressed with my GTS 450. Perhaps it doesn't like the new mother board?

Anyway, everywhere I read about how much better the ATI cards are. Even in here with their card reviews. I have to tell you, once upon a time I used ATI all the time until there drivers became really buggy. So I switched to NVIDIA, which have been great.

Now here I am again looking for another card and I seriously thinking about ATI. How are their drivers these days and is there something you all might recommend for about 150 - 250. What about one low and one high?

Thanks for you time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If your happy with Nvidia I would just step up to a GTX 560 or 560 Ti. They are loads better then a gts 450 you bought. I use a GTX 285 on my primary cuz like you I've had better luck with Nvidia cards. However my Media center runs a ATI 4770 and it hasn't given me cause to complain. Just my 2 cents.


Jul 16, 2011
This is what I would do. Don't sink a lot of money into a video card unless your upgrading your mother board and memory soon. If your willing to send up to $250 get the CPU and GPU now and you'll see a nice bump in how your games run. The 800mhz ram is good. You won't see a big jump going to 1066mhz.

MSI N550GTX-Ti Cyclone OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black

Hears a good GPU as well if you want to save more money. It's just not as good as the other two.
SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB

Good luck hope this helped.


Nov 1, 2009
+1 for Saint7269's comment.

AMD/ATI drivers are really quite stable nowadays. I haven't been interested long enough to know if they were bad in the past, but they work great for my radeon 5750.

I don't think that either AMD or NVidia is better overall. Just look for who has the best card at your price range. Here's the September best graphics cards article by Tom's:
As you can see, there are a fair number of AMD and NVidia cards. Just pick a price.

For your price range, $150-$250, the best value in there is, IMO, the Radeon 6950 1GB for ~220 after rebate. If you don't want to go quite that high, however (and I most certainly wouldn't recommend upgrading at all without a better CPU), a GTX 460 1GB is a great choice.