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Hello everyone!

I'm planning on making a small, MiniITX build. Now, I don't need a crazy good GPU. But I'm assuming I need a half-way decent one. Here's what I need/WANT it to be able to do:

- Display up to 2,560 x 1,440 (Pretty standard these days)
- Play Phantasy Star Online II at that resolution, on full settings at 50+ frames per second. (50 being the low end, and probably no anti-aliasing on.)
- Be relatively quiet over-all.

So, so far I was thinking of getting something like a GTX 670 4GB. But I'm pretty sure that would be over-kill. There was also a nice all-in-one PC I spotted with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution (same as my current monitor). It can be bought/shipped with an NVidia GT 640m 2GB. That would probably be a little noisy, but probably work out nicely if the card is powerful enough.

Also, I suppose it's worth mentioned I'll be running Linux MOST of the time, and Windows only when I'm playing the game and editing photos. Let me know what you guys think! Thanks.
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A 7950 is a really popular pick, and probably a perfect match for the performance you want. The 3GB of memory is a really nice balance especially since youll be at 1440p. The small memory bandwidth of most the nvidia cards hurts them at higher resolutions.
Edited by Namkab - 6/6/13 at 10:46pm
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I'd wait and see the performance of the GTX 760Ti. The 760Ti and the 7950 are going to be in the same price bracket ($299-300's)
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That's not that bad of a price. Though the 670 is what, among the same performance/slightly higher than a 7950? I just worry as I've had some bad experiences with Linux and AMD/ATI cards before.
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All the benchmarks I look at the 7950 and 670 are very close in performance at 1440p resolution, but the 670 wins at 1080p.
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