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Hello I am new, first post but have a noobie question. I am building my own comp soon, and about to order on newegg but have some questions about the GPU that I should order. I am mainly building the comp for gaming (BF3, Skyrim, Dota2, etc). My question is whether to get 1gb or 2gb card (HD 6950). I am going to be playing at a max of 1920X1080 res, so would I get notable differences with the 2gb vs the 1gb at that resolution? The 2gb is about 80-100 bucks more and I don't want to be spending money if I am not getting performance upgrades. From what I've read, the 2gb gives notable performance only at the uber high resolutions, so I just need some advice/clarification, because I'm rather new at this

Specifically the cards I am looking at are here (Sapphire sold out )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161372

vs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161363

Thanks for your time
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At 1920x1080, 1GB should be enough. 2GB is more for multi-monitor setups (or really high resolutions)
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the 1GB version will be fine for you.

There's a lot of fuss as to whether any games use more than a 1gb framebuffer at 1080p. Some definitely do, but typically only with high levels of AA (which essentially is a mechanism for re-rendering at a higher resolution and then downscaling).
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One of those cards is a 6850.
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are you guys joking?

1080P gaming 1gb is not enough if you bump up settings.......

if you plan on playing on max medium youll be fine with 1gb...otherwise NO , Battlefield 3 chews through vram!


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are you guys joking?

1080P gaming 1gb is not enough if you bump up settings.......

if you plan on playing on max medium youll be fine with 1gb...otherwise NO , Battlefield 3 chews through vram!


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Well, for a start, those tests are run at 1920x1200, which is 11% more pixels than 1920x1080.

Additionally, just because games there are using in excess of 1gb doesn't mean the FPS of the game would be lower with a 1gb card...it depends how much swapping it's doing with ram, and if this swapping causes the framebuffer to fall to a point where the ram is interrupting it.

You're right in one sense though - for only a few more $$ it's probably worth going for 2gb 'just in case'
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System ram = 1600mhz

Vram = 5,000mhz+-


Hardrive is about....i dunno....100mhz equivilent?

trust me as soon as you start swapping even with system ram its gonna slow......as soon as it starts using your harddrive = crash

and going from 1920*1080 ---> 1920*1200 is 6% more pixels not 11 percent.
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Simply put, since you're not going to take the time to search and read for the info you want detailed answers to BEFORE you buy ...

BUY THIS CARD ... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102945 = $245 after MIR, I KNOW it's OOS at NewEgg right now, but wait a day or two it and put it on AUTO NOTIFY, it WILL come back in stock, and is a better option than either of the HIS cards IMO.

IF you don't want to wait - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...002&CatId=7005 = $250 @ tigerdirect after MIR, w/ THREE FREE GAMES ! { Dirt3 / DEUS EX: Human Revolution / Total War: Shogun 2 }

... or buy the HIS 2GB HD-6950 @ $270, simply put it's a waste NOT to buy a 2GB card, as you will outgrow the 1GB card sooner than you think, just playing BF3 might do it
and the 1 GB HIS card you intended to Link is already $249.99 + $7.56 for shipping ... you'd be a FOOL to buy that card, and as mentioned the $165 after MIR + $7.56 for shipping one that you DID link was to a HD-6850 not the 1GB HD-6950.

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My bad on linking the 6850 I had a million tabs open and screwed up the links.

Thanks for the info I'm going to keep doing more research I have much to learn
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