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Recently I have upgraded my monitor from a 1440 x 900 to a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

I am finding that my GeForce GTX 550 ti with 1 Gb Vram isn't able to play games with as high a fps as they did before (with previous monitor).

What sort of graphics card I should get to be able to play games (like battlefield 3, Witcher 2) comfortably at 60 fps (medium/high settings) at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

My budget is £100 - £300 (ideally below £250).
My specs are :

CPU: Phenom II x4 960T

Power Supply: OCZ ZS 650w PSU

Motherboard: M5A78L-M LX

RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit

Cooling: x2 White LED 120mm Fans
If someone could mention what sort of graphics card I should go for I would be very grateful smile.gif.
post #2 of 9
I would look at a GTX480 or GTX570 (a GTX560ti 448 core might work) from Nvidia or I think a HD 6970 or 7950 would do the trick.

I have a GTX 470 overclocked to 800 core and I get ~ 40-50 fps in witcher 2 almost maxed out. It might be higher with the newer patch and GPU drivers but I have not played it in a few months. I was thinking of the complex scenes, idle scenes I hit 60 fps a lot.
My Q9550 is overclocked to 3.6 and shows %99 usage on the GPU, so I think it is fairly comparable estimate of performance level.
Edited by Aparition - 3/28/12 at 8:45am
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post #3 of 9
Get this GTX 580 Lightening

One of the best cards at a crazy low price (in your higher budget), you will be happy
Edited by Chobbit - 3/28/12 at 8:45am
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does the amount of VRAM matter when playing at a high resolution?
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Originally Posted by icecreamcancer View Post

does the amount of VRAM matter when playing at a high resolution?

Not for 1080p resolution. Current V-ram amounts are fine ie: 1.5 for GTX 580 or 2 for 6950.
When you get higher than that or start using multiple displays V-ram does impact.
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Not for 1080p resolution. Current V-ram amounts are fine ie: 1.5 for GTX 580 or 2 for 6950.
When you get higher than that or start using multiple displays V-ram does impact.

Ah right thanks for the help biggrin.gif, I have looking at some of the suggestions and also looked up a 560 ti with 1Gb VRAM, would that be enough?
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by icecreamcancer View Post

Ah right thanks for the help biggrin.gif, I have looking at some of the suggestions and also looked up a 560 ti with 1Gb VRAM, would that be enough?

I think you should look higher than a GTX 560ti honestly.
I dunno anything about this site but quick google search I found this
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-evga-gtx-570-hd-superclocked-40nm-3900mhz-gddr5-gpu-797mhz-shader-1594mhz-480-cores-plusfree-
Less than 250 pounds.
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post #8 of 9
To play BF3 at constant 60FPS with a 560 your looking to play no more than medium settings, no AA (FXAA only) and no AO. A 570 would sort you out at medium to high settings with FXAA and SSAO, a 580 would sort you out at high to ultras with 2-4xAA and HBAO and you should see many 60fps drops. 570-580 is all I can reommend but that 580 lightening is well worth its and a steal!!
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ah right thank you so much for the help biggrin.gif
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