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Hey guys, are max settings on games just for the enthusiast or do they make a real difference? Im talking mainly about AA. Im pretty new to PC gaming and was wondering if it was actually worth spending alot on a top graphics card or going SLI/CF just to get max settings? Is AA on alot better compared to it being off? I saw a video of crysis being compared with no AA to 8xAA and it didnt look a great deal different but i bet the fps dropped with it on. Is it better to just play with a decent fps at high settings rather than complete max. Obviously its great to max a game out though. Thanks
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post #2 of 15
I never really notice the difference past medium-highish or 4xAA. I'll take a higher frame rate takes over image quality any day.

Depends on what you want, take a look at some screen shots and decide, a high end system costs a lot more obviously.

If you can settle for medium setting in most games, you probably won't be upgrading very often, saving you a lot of money.
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post #3 of 15
Unless you're sat with your eyeball on the monitor a high AA wont make that much difference.

Better to find a good balance between performance and visual quality than go all out visual quality (unless you have a rig that can actually handle it)
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post #4 of 15
the way it looks is completely subjective... that being said, i think it makes a huge difference but AA has diminishing returns (IE from no AA to 2x is a big difference then not as much from 2x->4x and from 4x->8x is even less noticeable) and keep in mind 1920x1080 res AA will be much more noticeable than the typical 420 youtube res or the youtube 720 hd that some videos support
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post #5 of 15
Looking at your rig, I'd say make the relatively small investment for CF because you're pretty stacked in every other department. It's nice to be able to play around with high-end graphics options without sacrificing playable FPS.
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^yea 5870 CFX will last you for years if you don't HAVE to play every game at maxed.
right now though, 5870 CFX will max out all games.
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post #7 of 15
the larger the monitor you have, the higher AA you will need.

otherwise 2 and 4 will do just fine.

Some games do not handle AA very well, like crysis, AA would not apply to leaves and such causing it to look bad at times, unless you use super sampling.
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OC your CPU to 4.0Ghz, buy another 5870 and max games! Problem solved.
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Originally Posted by Antsu View Post
OC your CPU to 4.0Ghz, buy another 5870 and max games! Problem solved.
I dont think i need to OC my cpu anymore really. Im just gonna wait for ivy bridge to get 4+ghz.
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It always bothers me when I know the game can go higher, it sucks.
    
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