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I'm helping a buddy complete his rig tomorrow and we're wondering if a 6870 is perfect for gaming @ 1280x1024. He play mainly 1st person shooters (Crysis, Metro 2033, COD series, & etc). Should he buy the 6870 or go with a lower tier GPU?

Please do not waste your time convincing him to go Nvidia. He's stuck on red
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post #2 of 24
I think that even a 6850 would be fine. The 6870 is perfect for 1680x1050(Like mine)
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post #3 of 24
Probably overkill for that res, a 6770 should be fine. Why not tell him to upgrade his monitor?
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post #4 of 24
6870 = max everything at 1280x1024.
a 6770 would be cheaper and will play most games on high settings at 1280x1024.

I say go for a 6850 just in case he changes monitors in the future.
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post #5 of 24
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Probably overkill for that res, a 6770 should be fine. Why not tell him to upgrade his monitor?
He's very satisfied with his (2) NEC MultiSync 70GX2 monitors. He wants to be sure that he will have awesome performance when playing games like Crysis 2 & BF3 @ 1280x1024. He would rather have a little more power than just having enough for those games I had mentioned.
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post #6 of 24
6870 or a second hand 5870.
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post #7 of 24
depends what cpu he has ,cpu has a greater affect at lower resolutions

and yeah a 6870 is overkill

a 6850 will be better suited and still run decent up to 1080p
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post #8 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post
He's very satisfied with his (2) NEC MultiSync 70GX2 monitors. He wants to be sure that he will have awesome performance when playing games like Crysis 2 & BF3 @ 1280x1024. He would rather have a little more power than just having enough for those games I had mentioned.
The 6870 can handle most games at 1080p on High or 'Ultra,' at usually 40-60+fps. At 1280x1024 the 6770/6850 would be your best bet, which may still be under-lacking for the GPU.

Of course I don't know the CPU, so if he's running a dual core that could be a slight problem.
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post #9 of 24
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depends what cpu he has ,cpu has a greater affect at lower resolutions
He's using an i5 2300.
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post #10 of 24
I can tell you exactly, just look at my sig. Performance-wise the 6790 is perfect for 1280x1024.
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