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post #1 of 13
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Hi Everyone,

I've come to the most technically advanced geeks to look for a new gaming video card for my 30-inch monitor with 2560x1600 resolution. I bought the ATI 5870 back when it first came out ($400), and I had a 24-inch monitor then. Over a year ago, I got a 30-inch monitor, and the 5870 has been limping along when I play games like Fallout New Vegas, Skyrim and City of Heroes.

Pri-0 Requirements
  • A budget of $300 to $500
  • Handles my games with high to ultra settings turned on, with stock settings and no aftermarket fans
  • Single card solution, not interested in trying to get more than one card to work in my PC


Pri-1 Requirements
  • After using the ATI video card, I think I would prefer going the nVidia route now, but I am not hard-core on that. Maybe 70%

Thank you in advance!
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OCZ Verts Series 60GB SSD, WD 640GB Black Plextor DVD, LG Blu-Ray Windows 7 (RTM Build) 64-bit Dell 24" 2407WFP-HC 
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post #2 of 13
uhh.... 7950 or wait for kepler lol.
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post #3 of 13
Get a 7970 for that fantastic monitor you have! you wont regret it. its a little above your budget but WELL worth it if you can squeeze another 50 bux or so in.

*edit* or 7950...duh!
 
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post #4 of 13
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Ok, so let me back off of the ultra settings. I'd be happy with high settings.

Right now, I don't have ultra settings on, but I do have the settings pretty high (don't have the specifics off the top of my head) and everything looks great. But the fan is loud when I play the games. most recently, I have been playing City of Heroes. So, which fan? I haven't checked, but I assumed it was the video card.

If I play for a while, or I sleep the machine, and play after waking it, I start to see artifacts on the screen. I keep playing, and then I blue screen.

Yes, I have my CPU overlcocked, but it is a relatively mild overlcock (3.6GHz), and it should not be the cause of the problem.

Do you guys think this is a video card problem?
Edited by GamingDaemon - 3/1/12 at 2:56pm
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OCZ Verts Series 60GB SSD, WD 640GB Black Plextor DVD, LG Blu-Ray Windows 7 (RTM Build) 64-bit Dell 24" 2407WFP-HC 
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post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saancho View Post

Get a 7970 for that fantastic monitor you have! you wont regret it. its a little above your budget but WELL worth it if you can squeeze another 50 bux or so in.
*edit* or 7950...duh!

So, for $50 over my budget, I can get this 7970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161399

How much of a difference is there between a 7950 and a 7970?

And here's an article that reviews MSI's 580 3GB video card: http://hardocp.com/article/2011/06/06/msi_n580gtx_lightning_xe_3gb_video_card_review/1

it seems to say that this card can easily handle games at 2560x1600. Should I consider this card too?
Edited by GamingDaemon - 3/1/12 at 4:21pm
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OCZ Verts Series 60GB SSD, WD 640GB Black Plextor DVD, LG Blu-Ray Windows 7 (RTM Build) 64-bit Dell 24" 2407WFP-HC 
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OCZ Verts Series 60GB SSD, WD 640GB Black Plextor DVD, LG Blu-Ray Windows 7 (RTM Build) 64-bit Dell 24" 2407WFP-HC 
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post #6 of 13
Removed.
Edited by SamsungSucks - 3/3/12 at 10:25am
post #7 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SamsungSucks View Post

10-15%

Hmmm... Looksl ike there's about $100 difference between the 7950 and 7970 cards. Not sure if that is worht it for just a 15% increase. Maybe it is, but I am not 100% sold.
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OCZ Verts Series 60GB SSD, WD 640GB Black Plextor DVD, LG Blu-Ray Windows 7 (RTM Build) 64-bit Dell 24" 2407WFP-HC 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Verts Series 60GB SSD, WD 640GB Black Plextor DVD, LG Blu-Ray Windows 7 (RTM Build) 64-bit Dell 24" 2407WFP-HC 
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CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Antec 900 Two 
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post #8 of 13
HD 7950/70. or GTX 580 3GB if you want NVIDIA.
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post #9 of 13
HD 7950/70. or GTX 580 3GB if you want NVIDIA.
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1TB WDC Blue, 500GB Hitachi Lite-On iHAS124 Sony VRDVC20 Thermaltake Contac 29 
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows XP Pro x86 BenQ GW2450, XL2420T Ducky Zero DK2108S Cherry MX Brown NZXT HALE82 750W 
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post #10 of 13
If you really don't want to wait, I would go with 7950/7970 if I were you.
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