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Well, I have about 500$ budget, and I'm thinking what's better to buy - new GPU, or better monitor?

I currently have gtx 570, and I already can't max out most new games (like modded skyrim as it needs 2gb vram...).
The monitor I have is 22" 1080p.
And 550W psu.

And now, buying 27" 1440p would be pointless as I'd have to play 1080p anyways. Buying new gpu would also be pointless as the difference wouldn't be that big on the 1080p screen anyways. Do you have any suggestions?

Or maybe it's the best to just buy some 27" 1080p monitor to make some visible change to the gaming experiences, and save money for later, maybe things will go cheaper? biggrin.gif
post #2 of 14
I would suggest a new GPU then a new monitor when you can get the money for it.

You will be able to get something like a 770 or 780 (dont know the retail price.... need to check that) or even better, wait a little bit and see in october what amd have to offer.
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I'd say get a nice 24" 1080p monitor and a GTX 760, both should fit into your $500 budget and then sell your 570 and have some spending $$ thumb.gif

Otherwise get the new monitor, its what you look at all day long so it makes the biggest difference (if you're going for something 27" in size, get 1440p, you'll thank yourself later)
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I was in the same situation about 6 months ago. I had a 22'' acer monitor with a 2gb 5870. I opted to go with asus 27'' pb278q monitor and it has made my gaming expierience more enjoyable. The colors were vastly improved over my previous monitor along with the screen reality.

I was nervous about the fps I would get in games with my 5870 but to my surprise they are pretty decent. Your 570 blows my gpu out of the water so your fps should keep you happy until you are able to upgrade. BTW I run my settings on high with no AA and I usually maintain on avgerage 45 to 50 fps @ 2560 x 1440. Hope it helps some.
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After the previous post, I think I can say that :
If you prefer high frame rate : GPU
If you can play with fpw less than 60, want better image quality, you might look for a monitor.

You can look to a korean monitor for around 300$ for a 1440p monitor.

For real, I believe it isn't an easy choice.

Hope you will make a good decision and be happy with it wink.gif
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post #6 of 14
Spend $300 on a 7970, then sell the 570 for around $100 and use the money to buy a korean 1440p monitor.
    
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post #7 of 14
A new GPU upgrade would yield in better fps but a new monitor would increase image quality and visuals. If your willing to turn down settings in games then go for a new monitor, if not then a new gpu.
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post #8 of 14
I had a 1440p monitor with a single GTX580 for nearly one year. It worked flawlessly with every game.

It's only a couple of months ago I stepped up to SLI and then last week I replaced it with a higher VRAM Xfire solution.

I will say this:

My monitor purchase is the single best purchase I've ever made. It by far, gave me the biggest visual graphical update of any purchase. Anyone telling you to buy a new GPU first is crazy. A game running at medium on 1440p will look a lot better than a game running at full at 1080p. The colours are vastly superior on the LG 1440p panels, the brightness is a lot better, and 1440p is simply awesome.

Get the monitor, enjoy it with the GTX570 until you have enough money to upgrade your GPU solution.
Edited by IcedEarth - 8/2/13 at 8:22am
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post #9 of 14
I soon realized that upgrading a monitor last for much longer than a gpu.
gpu improves every year and games become more and more demanding .
I upgraded to a 1440p monitor @ 120hz for $530 by overlord computers last year and I imagine I'll be good for a few years to come.
But in case of gpus I change them every year.

I think it is safe to assume that return on investment for monitor >> gpus

My suggestion = get a good monitor with your $500
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Originally Posted by M0HNKE View Post

Spend $300 on a 7970, then sell the 570 for around $100 and use the money to buy a korean 1440p monitor.

This sounds like a pretty good idea. tongue.gif from what I've been told its like the lottery with those Korean monitors. none the less if you get one acceptable to you I don't doubt its worth it.
Try searching ebay, you could find a used one and talk to the owner and see what quirks there are before hand, could save you $ and you at least know what your buying.
     
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