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I've just bought a ASrock P67 Fatality Performance and I'm trying to figure out what would be the best GPU to use with a 1680 x 1050 resolution.
Although PhysX is nice, I do not necessarily need it so I am not limited to only Nvidia GPUs wink.gif

All help is greatly appreciated biggrin.gif
post #2 of 23
Best one that you can afford smile.gif Bang for the buck would be a 6950, on the Nvidia side a 570 would do well though a 6850/70 or 560ti would do fine as well!

I know its a lot of choices, 560ti should do well at just about any setting with 1680 x 1050, and slightly lower settings on 1920 x 1080/1200 - a 570 would be a great addition if you chose to upgrade in the future to a higher resolution, or wanted to be able to max out most games for the next few years.
Edited by appleg33k85 - 8/6/11 at 8:42am
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85;14486183 
Best one that you can afford smile.gif Bang for the buck would be a 6950, on the Nvidia side a 570 would do well though a 6850/70 or 560ti would do fine as well!

I need to take consideration in games like Metro 2033, Crysis 2, & any other graphic whore games. I honestly think the 6870 or 560ti will do the job for those at that resolution or am I mistaken? I'm cool if I can have a combination of medium & high settings for those specific games while running high frame rates.
post #4 of 23
That is the resolution of my monitor wink.gif

Before answering, it is important to know what CPU you have. If I suggest a card too powerful, the CPU is going to bottleneck.

I'll just go ahead and assume you are using a Quad Core Core i5 2xxx or Core i7 2600 series.

If that is the case, you won't have problems with CPU bottlenecking, especially when using an unlocked CPU like the 2500k or 2600k.
(Just read you filled in your system specs)

In that case, the best card you can get is a GTX580 1.5GB. That might be a bit expensive for you tough.

Other choices would be a GTX480 (if you can still find one on sale) with an Arctic Cooling Accelero Extreme Plus (normally sold separately, altough one brand sold the cards with this cooler).

You can also go for the GTX570, but try choosing one with a revamped VRM power delivery system, as the stock one is weak for the work it has to do (especially if you consider overclocking).

On the AMD side, the best price performance is the HD6950 2GB.


EDIT: just read your second post. Yes, definitely, if you want to play those games (speaking from experience), you will want a card with more than 1GB of VRAM, pick one of the those I suggested above.

EDIT 2: Oh, you're cool with medium / high with those games (Metro 2033 even has Very High, and a new Metro game is coming too), then a GTX560ti or HD6870 will do.
Edited by tpi2007 - 8/6/11 at 8:50am
 
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GTX 580

You really should have given a price range. There are so many cards to choose from.
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post #6 of 23
You won't be able to max out Metro with a 560ti, you should have nice high settings, and the Vram will be fine for that resolution, though I'm a fan of having the extra ram of a 570, again its all price range, a 560ti would certainly suit your needs quite well, and would give you room for expansion.
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post #7 of 23
The 560Ti is great bang for buck with plenty of overclocking potential.

The 6950/6970 have plenty of raw performance and would do very well for your resolution indeed.
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post #8 of 23
For a single card (slot) I'd get a GTX590 if I wanted the best.

However, GTX580 SLI > GTX590.
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Price range is $300 to $500. I'm a very good shopper for deals wink.gif The less I can spend is always better but if I have to spend a bit more for my needs then so be it thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan;14486275 
Price range is $300 to $500. I'm a very good shopper for deals wink.gif The less I can spend is always better but if I have to spend a bit more for my needs then so be it thumb.gif

I think 560ti really has to take the cake, it gives you good performance right now, and with your motherboard you can SLI later on if you decide you want to step up to a higher resolution, or if games get a bit too tough. No sense in going with a 580, they aren't really the best bang for the buck (had 3 of them, love the performance in surround gaming)
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