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Wondering what model of card I need to be looking for to run 1920x1200 maxed for a bit. I currently do not have much modern games, but play BF3 upon occasion.

Typically consists of TF2, Sims III, and Half Life (1, 2, Portal, etc.). I may try to run through Metro 2033 one of these days, but it's not a must.

I would like to breeze through Diablo III when/if it ever releases. What do you think I'm looking for? 560, 570, 580? 590 (I hope not)?

Thanks!
post #2 of 18
If you're going to get a high end GPU (i.e. 580) you might as well get either a 7950 or a 7970 now. They're better performance for less, and a little bit more than the 580.

For Metro 2033, a higher end gpu is almost certainly going to be needed. The others will run just fine on a 560 if you wanted to go Nvidia.
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Well I have an XFX 6870 that suits me just fine, but I am an unabashed EVGA fanboy after my experiences with their customer support and as a result want to purchase from them, or at least one of their products.
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I am running a 570, handles my 1920x1200 with ease! You could probably scrape by with even a 560, but I would really recommend a 570 or higher
    
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Everything you listed except for BF3 and metro are an absolute breeze on any modern GPU, Diablo 3 beta for example uses ~40% of my GPU to maintain 60FPS maxed out at 1080p. BF3 on the other hand if you'd really like to come close to have it playable on the highest settings then you will want at least a 560ti 448 cores, but for all the other games that might be much more GPU power than you'd need and there is a new generation of cards on the horizon so it's best not to go overboard now when the same money could get you significantly better performance in a couple of months. So in my opinion you have two options, you can buy a cheap used card now that will be more than enough to max your games except BF3 and then resell and buy again when the new cards come out. If you went that route I would recommend something like a 460 1Gb 256-bit ideally or even possibly a 450 used from [URL=http://www.overclock.net/f/14779/video#page=0&Filter[type][1]=true&Filter[type][2]=true&Filter[type][4]=true&Filter[type][5]=true&Filter[state][Open]=true&Filter[state][Sold]=false&Filter[tag]=0&Filter[order_by]=Classified.bump_at]our marketplace[/URL] for about $100-$130 and then seeing how the new cards perform in a couple of months and decide if you want an upgrade, in which case your used card shouldn't have lost very much value (most I would expect is $40). The second option is to buy a more powerful card now that will give you a good high quality experience in BF3 as well as easily max your older games same as a 460 would, in which case I would recommend something like the 560ti 448 which is about $300. Now with this option you should have a good playable experience with a near ultra quality BF3 but if you choose to try to resell this card when the new cards came out you might lose as much as half of it's value when new cards come out so the option to upgrade to a new card becomes less ideal.

Of those two options I would personally look for a 460 now and then assess whether or not you'd like to upgrade when the new cards come out in a few months. I have used a 460 to play BF3 and while it isn't playable on full ultra settings it still looks very good at the settings it can play it at, and at less than half the cost of what it takes to play on ultra.
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just to chip in exact performance/specs that might help

im on 1920x1200, i got a gtx 570hd which is a 2.5 gb variant of a vanilla 570. check my sig for complete specs.

for battlefield 3 this setup crushes, i have barely overclocked the 570, cpu is stock. i can run the game maxxed out, everything on ultra, 4x msaa and HBAO and i *cant* drop below 40 fps. i average 60-70 inside. theres an occasional screen tear when im maxed like this, unsure of the cause, seems to be worse now that i turned everything up to max, but i could just be paying more attention.

of note: im currently using moar memory than is avail on a standard 570, 1500 mb, which possibly would indicate a shortage of memory at this resolution on a standard 570.

bf3 and metro are 2 of the most demanding games avail right now, theyll require alot moar juice to actually use max settings than the other games you mentioned.
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put it this way, my 1920x1200 I get 60-100fps on BF3 with x2 AA and HBOA ultra settings
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I went threw this when I started playing BF3. I also game at 1920x1200. I wanted to play BF3 pretty much at max settings. I went threw a 6950, GTX 570, and a GTX 580. To me none of those would play BF3 maxed out perfectly smooth. The 580 would at times but it would also dip alot at times. In the end I went with 2 gtx 560 ti 2gb in sli. With these cards I can run the following:

1920x1200
All settings at Ultra
No Differed AA
High Post AA
HBAO on
Vysnc on

I get 59-60 frames all the time on every map. My frames rarely dip and when they do its like 55. Its exactly the performance I wanted for BF3. The only thing is the hear and noise. My top card gets to about 90 degrees after an hour of play and the fan speed gets to about 60% so it gets a tad bit loud. My understanding though is ATI's new 7970 can play with these settings also and its only 1 card. I've also heard the new 7950 can also pretty much do these settings as well. So if you want to go Nvidia then go SLI. I paid like $450 for my 2 560 ti 2GB not a bad price. Or if you want ATI go 7970 or 7950....I should mention I had the 2.5GB gtx 570 card and the 1.5GB 580 card..
post #9 of 18
To be honest, every game you just listed except for BF3 and Metro will max EASILY on your 6870.. these are old games.

It's up to you to decide whether its justifiable to buy a new high-end card just for two games (BF3, Metro) that you just play occasionally... but I would say its totally unnecessary.
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post #10 of 18
A GTX 580 can run BF3 with 2x MSAA ok, for 4x MSAA 2 cards is recommended.
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