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As of yesterdays patch my video card decided to throw a wobbler, i now think waht ever was done has destroyed my card as i am now getting mas corruption loading into windows, all drivers where updated and i never had any issues with my system prior to the game crashing out and doing weird and wonderfull things to my card.

so ive now decided to go purchase a new card can anyone recomend a good decent card that will have no problems with STO. Currently i ahve a Nvidia 8800GTs and ive hd no troule with till yesterday.
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# 2
02-24-2010, 03:18 AM
5970, pros it's pretty much the fastest single card and has 2 gigs of vid mem, cons it's pricey and large (I do mean large) and power consuming. Other than that anything is fair game, though generally it seems the 260's been recommended for STO due to it's better than normal compatibility compared to some of the other cards. It's a cheap enough card if you want to just dive in, though if you want to play other things I'd do a bit more research first. Also the 260 is an aging card and doesn't support dx11.
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# 3
02-24-2010, 06:13 AM
A nice GTX295 will run it loverly
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# 4
02-24-2010, 08:17 AM
Whats the size of your power supply and what CPU are you running?

Not much sense in jumping into any brand of high end card if your CPU ends up your bottle neck and or your PSU is not large enough to support it.

Assuming your machine can support it. A GTX 260 is a pretty good bang for the buck card for STO.
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# 5
02-24-2010, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by sintri View Post
5970, pros it's pretty much the fastest single card and has 2 gigs of vid mem, cons it's pricey and large (I do mean large) and power consuming. Other than that anything is fair game, though generally it seems the 260's been recommended for STO due to it's better than normal compatibility compared to some of the other cards. It's a cheap enough card if you want to just dive in, though if you want to play other things I'd do a bit more research first. Also the 260 is an aging card and doesn't support dx11.
DX11 meh :p
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# 6
02-25-2010, 12:38 PM
I use a 9500GT with no issues... and it runs fine on a system with a small power supply. (mine is one of the stock Dell 300W PSU's). It's also cheap. (under $100)
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# 7
02-25-2010, 01:01 PM
The Computer Enthusiast site Tom's Hardware has a nice article on STO graphics performance, with a nice breakdown of their recent graphic card recommendations...
Quote:
However, if you want to push STO's fidelity to maximum at full resolution, you're going to need some decent graphics hardware. At 1280x1024, you'll want a GeForce 9600 GT, at minimum. For 1680x1050, a Radeon HD 4850 will do the trick. At 1920x1200, a GeForce GTS 250, GTX 260, Radeon HD 4890, Radeon HD 5750, or better should be on your shopping list. At 2560x1600, consider lowering the detail a bit, because none of the cards we've tested here could hit a solid 30 FPS at maximum settings.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...line,2553.html
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# 8
02-25-2010, 05:59 PM
I also had a 8800 GTS that died on the 2nd day of head start.

Replaced it with a 5770 Ati instead, had no problems since.

What does concern me tho is everything was fine on the 8800GTS also until it died, so I have a element of concern that STO could just as easily kill my 5770 just as unexpectedly.
Atleast its covered under warranty atm since its brand new, but I've been running STO using the limited frames option of 30fps and the framesleep to reduce GPU load just incase.
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# 9
02-25-2010, 10:51 PM
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I use a 9500GT with no issues... and it runs fine on a system with a small power supply. (mine is one of the stock Dell 300W PSU's). It's also cheap. (under $100)
I'm glad to hear that the 9500 GT works well on a 300 W PSU. I'm trying to get a friend of mine who has a lower-end 4-year-old PC to join us in STO, and this budget card is exactly what I think he needs now. Thanks a bunch!
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# 10
02-26-2010, 06:34 AM
Thanks all for the info, still cardless at mo but hopefully get my hands on a new one of some description this weekend.

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