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I'll pay for the shipping to send one my way, I'd like to have a 2nd screen again lachen.gif

I'm only kidding, shipping it from the US would cost me as much as a new one :')

The monitors in my closet are becoming a heavy burden. lol.
     
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Desktop space alone is enough reason to upgrade to a higher res monitor. 27" 1440p monitors are a pretty good sweet spot between desktop space, clarity, and general usage. Ain't no way nobody's saying they can't use the extra desktop space 1440p provides. 4k is another beast and gets to the point that you're dealing with a little too much desktop space, without going way over 4k.

Gaming wise you can pull 1440p on a 950 or 960 with lots of compromises and lower fps. Though I'd look into an AMD option in that case. Something with 4gb Vram.

Too bad you don't live around me. I've got 3 1080p monitors in my closet taking up a lot of space. I could live with having one less. biggrin.gif

Regarding desktop space, I use 60cm x 120cm desk, enough for 27 inch screen, but not that enough 'urge' for to switch biggrin.gif

1440p with 950/960 is quite taxing though. I love framerates and visuals, so in order to get those, either I must have strong system, or use lower res. I choose the latter because it's cheaper. Sure, you can use 4k monitor, then when gaming, you lower it to, say 1080p, but I like native, Been using 1080p, 21.5 inch display (it belong to my beloved Uncle), then when I set to 768p, it look awful lol. Dunno with 4k down to 1080p though biggrin.gif

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Try 34 inch 3440x1440 21:9 monitor and you will think why did i ever use that old crap rez biggrin.gif

Man, that monitor cost about the same as my whole system lol. Sure, 3440 x 1440 even in 34 inch will look bloody sharp as hell, but I sit about 140cm (~4.5 feet) away from my monitor, and even further when I play fighting games with my arcade joystick, so pretty much I don't get the 'blockyness' associated with low-res monitor biggrin.gif
post #273 of 402
When I say desktop space I mean like windows. A higher res screen offers a lot more space in windows.

Check out this screen shot. To the left is my 4k screen. To the right is my 1080p screen. See how much more space that high res offers. 1440p is in between the two and a good comprimise between the two. I'd even argue 1440p offers more usable space for what you get.





Yea, 1440p is a heavy res to try and push with a GTX 960 if a steady 60 fps is your goal at high settings. Still, it's a really great desktop experience compared to lower res.

I have some benchmarks of my backup rig pushing 1440p in my sig with a GTX 950. Even that can handle 1440p, though at low fps and compromised settings. No. I do not suggest a GTX950 for 1440p. It can still push it at Console fps or better though. wink.gif
     
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Are there any good game benchmarks which would show a significant difference by changing the ram clock/timings?

I just tested the Mafia 2 in-game benchmark: Once with my normal ram settings and once again with ram timings doubled (but same ram frequency).
The difference was less than 1 fps.

People say that fallout 4 is very ram dependent but is there a benchmark for it?

Instead of a benchmark, I suppose I could create a save game at a starting point, and then just move forward and record it. And retest from the same starting point.
     
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Are there any good game benchmarks which would show a significant difference by changing the ram clock/timings?

I just tested the Mafia 2 in-game benchmark: Once with my normal ram settings and once again with ram timings doubled (but same ram frequency).
The difference was less than 1 fps.

People say that fallout 4 is very ram dependent but is there a benchmark for it?

Instead of a benchmark, I suppose I could create a save game at a starting point, and then just move forward and record it. And retest from the same starting point.

You're going to have to test that the hard way.

Also remember, if your GPU is the bottleneck then faster ram might not show as much of a performance gain. You want to remove your GPU as the bottleneck as much as possible when testing various ram/CPU speeds.
     
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I find it hard to believe that a 2500k clocked at 5ghz paired with one card will bottleneck any current gpu in any significant way, this cpu is legendary.
    
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I find it hard to believe that a 2500k clocked at 5ghz paired with one card will bottleneck any current gpu in any significant way, this cpu is legendary.

The best GPUs when 2500K came out where GTX580 and HD 6970. Current GPUs are 3-4X faster. Yes there is difference. Just memory alone going to better controller and DDR4 is making a difference 1080p. What most people do not understand is that 2500K is fine still for gaming but there are faster CPUs out there.
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Even a Titan X won't be held back much by a 2500k at something like 4k resolution. Sure, at 1080p you will likely find some CPU bottlenecking (depending on what GPU(s) you are running) but really, if you are willing to spend $1k on a single video card you should probably not be running a 5 year old platform to begin with...
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Even a Titan X won't be held back much by a 2500k at something like 4k resolution. Sure, at 1080p you will likely find some CPU bottlenecking (depending on what GPU(s) you are running) but really, if you are willing to spend $1k on a single video card you should probably not be running a 5 year old platform to begin with...

psssst I think BigMack70 would beg to differ wink.gif
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I find it hard to believe that a 2500k clocked at 5ghz paired with one card will bottleneck any current gpu in any significant way

You're literally saying that you find it hard to believe that a 2500k at 5ghz is slower than any other CPU for running any games. That's obviously not true.

perf difference might not be huge but it's there and it's solid.
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