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Hey guys. Maybe this should be in the video cards section but here's the deal.

I finally bit the bullet and ordered a catleap q20 from Green-sum. However at the moment i'm running the 2600k's integrated HD 3000 video card, so when this monitor arrives I won't even be able to hook it up. Obviously I am in need of a dedicated GPU. The only question is what GPU should I get? Any suggestions? I think the most obvious choice would be the absolute highest end card I can afford. I was thinking on a 680. Is there one particular 680 I should go with, or a different card entirely? Budget around 500 - 600 area.

Suggestions welcome! Thanks guys!
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Originally Posted by NameMakingSux View Post

Hey guys. Maybe this should be in the video cards section but here's the deal.
I finally bit the bullet and ordered a catleap q20 from Green-sum. However at the moment i'm running the 2600k's integrated HD 3000 video card, so when this monitor arrives I won't even be able to hook it up. Obviously I am in need of a dedicated GPU. The only question is what GPU should I get? Any suggestions? I think the most obvious choice would be the absolute highest end card I can afford. I was thinking on a 680. Is there one particular 680 I should go with, or a different card entirely? Budget around 500 - 600 area.
Suggestions welcome! Thanks guys!

Any of the 680s will work or if you can't find one, the 7970s will work as well, minus the 7970 msi lightning.
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Any of the 680s will work or if you can't find one, the 7970s will work as well, minus the 7970 msi lightning.

Thanks! But whats wrong with the 7970 msi lightning? And although I don't doubt any 680 will work is there one that has scored better overall on benchmarks and such?
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post #4 of 23
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Thanks! But whats wrong with the 7970 msi lightning? And although I don't doubt any 680 will work is there one that has scored better overall on benchmarks and such?

You have to use a special adapter to make the lightning 7970 work right. As far as the 680s, they are all the same minus the factory overclocked versions.
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Specifically, the msi 7970 lightning has single link dvi ports and displayport. In order to connect a catleap to it, which only supports dual link dvi, you would need an active displayport to dual link dvi adapter, which costs in the neighborhood of $100.
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"Please note that both DVI ports are single link, which means they only support up to 2048x1536. To run 2560x1440 or 2560x1600, or anything using 120 Hz, you must either have a monitor with DisplayPort input or buy an active DisplayPort to dual-link DVI adapter. These retail around $100, and I had major problems getting dual link DVI via adapter to work on the HD 7970 Lightning. I ended up buying four adapters total over the course of two weeks, and only the final one gave me a somewhat satisfying experience. Nevertheless, even with the "best" adapter I still experienced intermittent black screens or "link failures". These could be fixed by closing the game using ALT+F4 or CTRL+ALT+DEL and task manager. I asked the adapter manufacturers for firmware updates, but my adapters already had the latest firmware.
Given this nightmarish experience I strongly recommend to not use the HD 7970 Lightning with a dual link DVI monitor. Either buy a native DisplayPort monitor or buy a different graphics card."


http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/HD_7970_Lightning/3.html
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post #7 of 23
If you can get a 680, it really is the best choice right now (and I am a 7970 owner.) Besides, maybe ATI will lower the prices on 7970s even more :-)
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Believe it or not, my 560Ti 1GB does pretty damn well on most games at this res. I don't see why you would have to go for nvidia's newest model just yet. Depending on what you are doing of course
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post #9 of 23
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Believe it or not, my 560Ti 1GB does pretty damn well on most games at this res. I don't see why you would have to go for nvidia's newest model just yet. Depending on what you are doing of course

Wow! My Evga Classified GTX 560TI 448 was terrible at this resolution and it had 1.2GB of ram! What games are you playing and at what quality!
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Wow! My Evga Classified GTX 560TI 448 was terrible at this resolution and it had 1.2GB of ram! What games are you playing and at what quality!
Terrible? Anyway, I realize you aren't going to be cranking up the settings to the max or getting 60fps all the time but It's just not that bad. Maybe i'm crazy.
I haven't tried crysis yet, so far it's just been Mass Effect 3, RAGE, Skyrim, Metro 2033, and Witcher 2. Only the last two don't run at 60fps, but still decent enough at tweaked settings. I'll still be upgrading to a nicer card later on, but if this is bad gaming I must be very accepting.
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