Hello folks from RPS, I'm currently looking into doing a PC upgrade soon, and my target is a new GPU at the moment.
After googling and reading some reviews, and checking what's available on local hardware stores, my options fall into these three.
NVidia GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 EVGA 273.08U$S
NVidia GTX 460se EVGA 1GB GDDR5 237.22U$S
ATI Radeon HD6850 1GB DDR5 XFX 239.08U$S
I've been told that an upgrade to an ATI card might have the risks of ATI's careless work with their drivers, leaving unresolved bugs as such with OpenGL(which I use mainly for development). But the price difference is quite a big gap compared to the GTX I linked, which I think is similar on performance.
Then it falls under the other choice the cheaper GTX 460se, with a claimed lower performance.
Which of these would be the best bang for the buck, also considering safe drivers, low noise, and good temperature? Potential for overclocking is considered too, but I'm not really into that.
I use this system mainly for gaming, at a screen resolution of 1600x900, and it won't be upgraded in the near future.