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Need a video card for 1280x720 res, pc will be hooked up to a 32 inch hdtv full time in the living room. Budget under $200 the lower the better. Would like to keep the card for at least a whole year.

Power supply will be antec 500 watt. Games played will be fallout 3, new Vegas, cod mw3, mainly. Will pick up super cheap steam sale games too whenever possible. I'm guessing at this res I'm gonna need a lot of AA due to screen size and jagged edges looking pretty huge LOL. Thanx
Edited by bman123 - 10/23/11 at 11:49am
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The CPU will either be a x2 560 be or a x4 960 be. I haven't played pc games since the original bioshock so I have a lot of old games to go thru still.
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Maybe a used GTX 470 or if you can find one for cheap new (those cards eat AA). Otherwise, a GTX 560Ti depending on the price. An HD 6870 would be nice too price/performance wise. The Fermi architecture of nVidia is quite a bit ahead on geometry performance (AA, tesselation).

So in this order for performance:

1. GTX 470
2. GTX 560Ti
3. HD 6870/6850

Overall package (power, thermals, performance)

1. GTX 560Ti
2. HD 6870
3. GTX 470
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Am I wrong thinking at this res on a 32 inch hdtv that a lot of AA is needed?
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Originally Posted by bman123 View Post
Am I wrong thinking at this res on a 32 inch hdtv that a lot of AA is needed?
You're not wrong. The lower pixel density paired with that resolution will cause a lot of jaggies to appear on your screen. It may vary for each game though. With GTX 470 and GTX 560Ti you can force SSAA (Supersampling) in most games. Supersampling is the best method as far as IQ goes but your card takes a large performance hit.

Paired with that CPU (either 965BE I guess? or 560BE) the GPU will be bottlenecked at that resolution so you might as well put more strain on the GPU to get the max out of your setup. GTX 470 is the best out of those 3 cards for AA though.
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Would it be better to use a gtx 460 instead?
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You could do quite well with:

4850, 4870, 4890, 5770, 6790, 6850, GTX260, GTX275, GTX460, GTS450, 550Ti. Any of those would be more than suitable for your particular resolution, including AA. You don't need a higher end card at that resolution, by any means.
    
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Would it be better to use a gtx 460 instead?
Better, no. It would be a lot cheaper though. It's not in the same class as the cards I listed though.
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