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Confusing Dilema: Radeon 6970 + iMac 27" OR GTX 570 + 23" Monitor

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  • 56% (25)
    Radeon 6970 + iMac 27"
  • 43% (19)
    GTX 570 + 23" Monitor
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post #1 of 43
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When you vote, please make a post stating why you voted for what you did.


This post is going to be really, really confusing, but it's the best I can explain my issue. If you feel you can help me out here, please read all of this.. Well here I go..


Option 1; iMac 27" + Radeon 6970:

The AMD Radeon 6970 has 2GB of GDDR5 and uses a Mini Displayport. These two features make it optimal for my iMac 27" at 2560x1440. Playing games at this resolution on an IPS LED display would look amazing.

Now, there are some disadvantages to using my iMac in target display mode as a monitor.

I have to turn on my iMac computer FIRST, and then with the apple bluetooth keyboard, (the keyboard it came with) I have to press command+F2 to switch to my windows PC. The iMac will only switch to my PC by pressing command+f2 with only that apple bluetooth keyboard, no other keyboard will work whatsoever. So that keyboard will always have to be near me handy just to switch it to my PC..

Sleep mode and powering off between the iMac and PC connected can cause some problems. Sometimes it won't work, and other times it causes the fans to run at full speed. (not sure why)

Some report that the BIOS might not always appear on the iMac screen on boot up.

The radeon's 6970's stock seems to be very limited right now, still yet to find it in stores, and only on newegg online..

Option 2; GTX 570 + 23" Monitor


Well, If I were to go this route, It would cost a little more, but I would think performance would be better overall, and the drivers and overclocking would be better on the 570.

The PC would be competely separate from the iMac. And stock wise I could pick one up right now. I do like this Idea too.

Disadvantages would include that it's only 1080p, much smaller monitor (23" or so) and I wouldn't have an IPS display... And it would cost a little more money also.


My main question is... What do you think would be the best option overall? What should I do? Thoughts?

Edited by Electric - 12/21/10 at 7:45pm
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post #2 of 43
I would say 6970 + iMac since it will be a better resolution and is the less money.
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post #3 of 43
I'd say go for the iMac too, you get to use OS X and get an amazing display
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post #4 of 43
Well if it wasn't for the better display i would say 2nd option. But the better display may just make 1st option the best one
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post #5 of 43
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Gosh It's so hard to decide! :/
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post #7 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Electric View Post
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Whats with the blank post?

And i say first one because it's cheaper and has a higher res.
post #8 of 43
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevlo View Post
Whats with the blank post?

And i say first one because it's cheaper and has a higher res.
Silent bump, and thanks for your input!
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speaking as someone who has 2560x1440 resolution i can tell you there will not be a point after purchase where you wish you didn't have a monitor that was this big AND looked this good. it is truely amazing in games, CS5, and CAD.

**all personal experience**
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soilentblue View Post
speaking as someone who has 2560x1440 resolution i can tell you there will not be a point after purchase where you wish you didn't have a monitor that was this big AND looked this good. it is truely amazing in games, CS5, and CAD.

**all personal experience**
I agree with it looking real nice, for sure. I just hope I won't encounter any problems with a 6970..
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