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Gerowen, 22 Dec 2013
Posted 22 Dec 2013
How much are you willing to spend? I have a XFX HD6870 that runs great on my Debian 7 desktop, with fglrx drivers. Maybe you can find something similar to that?
If you want Linux support go nVidia, no doubt about that. Their drivers are so much better, especially for Valve stuff lately.
For simple compositors and games this should be absolutely fine. I have a 330M in my laptop with about half the power of that card and have no issue playing Portal 2 or TF2 at 1600x900 near 60FPS (in Windows, but Linux shouldn't be too big a difference).
You could go down to the 620 or 610 but they're both a big performance hit for a $10-$20 price difference.
It depends if you want Nvidia or AMD. I prefer AMD for three reasons. 1. They're cheaper, 2. The open source drivers are far far better, and 3. They produce less heat / use less power. Although the Nvidia proprietary drivers tend to be of a higher quality. You could try something like these:
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