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I am trying to figure out what card or cards to purchase for my first rig. I have read numerous post and have gotten nowhere because of the flame wars. I don't have a real budget or preference for a brand and I would like to be able to add monitors in the future. I would say that the AMD 7970 in crossfire would be a winner for me but I am afraid of all the recently discovered frame rating issues. Can AMD really fix something like that with drivers? I was under the impression that Nvidia incorporated it in to its cards from the beginning. I thought about purchasing a GTX 690 but is 2Gb of RAM per card going to be enough for multiple monitors in the future? This all leads me to the Titan the supposedly overpriced super card at $1000. It seems that it would be a shame to waste that much single card power on a 1080p display but I would have a lot of headroom and could add a second in the future if I added more monitors. It would be nice to be able to max out all the setting on most game at 1080p. I waited until after the new 700 series cards were released to post this because I thought they might be the answer but was disappointed to find that they only had 3Gb of RAM on the 780 and felt it was a little pricey for its performance if I was going to spend that much I might as well get a Titan . Money isn't that big of a deal but I would like to be able to find something that will last for at least a couple of years. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
post #2 of 24
I would recommend a 7870 Tahiti LE version
Or
A 660 TI

Both are under $300, and will max out almost anything at 1080p

AMD has a nice 4 game bundle, which swayed it for me. LOVE my card. Skyrim with 30+ mods, 30+fps smile.gif
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If you can wait a bit, I'd go for the GTX 760 Ti when it's launched. That should be more than sufficient for 1080p gaming.
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I'm in the same boat as OP, looking for an ideal graphics card for 1080p gaming (23" screen). After much googling it seems to be that anything over a 7950/660 Ti is overkill. I think I'm going to settle with either a 670 (for the looks) or a 7970 GE (for the bundle). I was excited about the 780 but then realized that I will never be able to fully utilize it with a single screen; I don't think I'll be adding more monitors in the future either because of cost and space limitations.
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Well, if you have no budget, and plan on adding monitors in the future, get a gtx 780 or titan if you truly have no budget. If you want something for single monitor fun, I had a great time with a gtx 670. The 670 maintained a high average fps rating on everything I played with maxed out settings. I also have to say that with 1080p, 120hz is the way to go if you havent purchased a monitor yet. Shooter games (bf3 and crysis 2 are what I played) are soooo much smoother. Even starcraft liked 120hz when you scroll through maps fast.

Currently Im on a gtx 660 (non ti) and its a good little card while I wait to see what the gtx 770 brings.

edit:
I want to add that the gtx 660 on 1080p is pretty solid on bf3 64player multiplayer matches, I have it set to ultra with msaa off and blur off, with those enabled I cant see a difference so I leave them off to get my average fps as high as possible to use the 120hz advantage. Im averaging depending on map 60-70's fps, minimums I dont think have dipped below 40fps and max I dont count but is usually in the 140+ fps range. For the budget minded gamer on 1080p 60hz, you can have a great time with the gtx660

So either I will add another and sli or get a gtx770, Im not a fan of sli, but everyone online and benchmarks seem to show they scale VERY VERY well, so thats the only reason im considering it.
Edited by 66racer - 5/27/13 at 8:39pm
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If this is your first rig and you have a 1080p screen don't buy anything too crazy to start the 690, Titan, and 780 are probably more than you need. Start with a single 660ti, 670, 7950, 7970 (or wait for 770/760 cards). If you're not pleased with performance then I would think about SLI/xfire. All those cards can handle 1080p fairly well although you may reduce AA on intensive games. Get a feel for it before you drop a ton of $$$.


When it comes to 100% maxing out everything including AA you will end up spending a lot of money without increasing the eye candy that noticeably.
Edited by Accuracy158 - 5/27/13 at 8:53pm
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Originally Posted by svenge View Post

If you can wait a bit, I'd go for the GTX 760 Ti when it's launched. That should be more than sufficient for 1080p gaming.
Doesn't the 760Ti and the 770 coming out on the 30th? that means 3 more days! biggrin.gif
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Doesn't the 760Ti and the 770 coming out on the 30th? that means 3 more days! biggrin.gif

Is it just me or it seems like the 770 is just a 680 rebranded and overclocked? If so that's rather disappointing.
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7870 is plenty for 1080p gaming. Right now I use 2 670s, but that is overkill to begin with. smile.gif
 
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Thanks for all the great advice. Much appreciated.
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