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I want to run 2560x1600, card for new rig?

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I came across a new cashflow recently, and want to get a monitor that supports 2560x1600 resolution. What kind of graphics power will I need to run intensive games like BF3 and Metro etc.. Will I need either dual 6990's or 590's or can I go with less?
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Depends if you want to max them by a long shot. 2 X 580's would be able to do it, 2 6990's would just smash it as would 2 X 590's they both seem like overkill option. You aren't running 3 monitors so I wouldn't think you would even need 4 GPU's to basically power one monitor with that res. The best bet is to check Guru3D and see how the games play with what cards. 2 X 580's would be fine though.
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post #3 of 6
HD 6970 CF are probably your best bet. In reality i would wait for 79XX.
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I get by okay with one 6970. You will need a high end SLi\crossfire setup if you want fully maxed settings in the high end games, but a single decent card can keep up okay with a blend of medium and high. I run skyrim smoothly at 2560x1600 for example.
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post #5 of 6
Invest twice the amount you would spend on it in a good mutual fund, then get free rig upgrades every 4 years for life. biggrin.gif
post #6 of 6
I recommend you go with twin 3gb 580's.
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