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    Either card is fine, but you upgrade BOTH your PSU and monitor as well
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    Either card is fine, but upgrade just your monitor
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    Either card is fine, but upgrade just your PSU
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post #1 of 20
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I'm upgrading my GTX 280 in the next 3 or 4 months, and budget isn't an issue (no SLI or CF though), what do you think I should do?

I'm thinking of getting either the 6990 or Nvidia's next gen card (hopefully it comes out in spring).

Some have also mentioned that I get a new monitor, since my current max res is 1680x1050 and it would be a waste of the new card's capabilities. I only plan on gaming.

Would my 750 PSU be enough for either of those cards? What do you think I should do? Should I buy a new monitor AND 1200W PSU with it as well?
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post #2 of 20
If you aren't getting multiple GPU's I would grab a GTX 570 and a 1080P monitor. Your PSU should be completely fine. For single GPU performance I would definitely go NVIDIA and the 570 would be plenty at 1080P. Don't count on a new NVIDIA in the next few months. It may or may not happen but remember they just released the 570's and 580's a few weeks ago.
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The GTX590 comes out in January, I think. It's probably two GTX570 GPUs. It's gonna be $600 AFAIK. Definitely worth it if you were planning to get SLI GTX570s anyways... but I digress.

I recommend you get a 1080p monitor and then wait and see if either the GTX590 or HD6990 are worth your money. The GTX570 may drop in price too by then if we're lucky.
Um... The GTX280 is still a great card, so just hold off and wait for a little bit.
I mean, you have it a lot better than me. I've been putting up with this HD4550 a year now... or rather, it's been putting up with my games... it's a $50 video card and for that price it has surprised me as it can run MW2 at high settings pretty well and it can even run Just Cause 2 smoothly (at very, very low settings)... well, there I go off topic again. I know for sure I'm going to miss this card if I ever buy a new one.
Edited by Neitzluber - 12/22/10 at 9:26pm
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If budget isnt an issue go with Nvidia's next gen card
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post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by Neitzluber View Post
The GTX590 comes out in January, I think. It's probably two GTX570 GPUs. It's gonna be $600 AFAIK. Definitely worth it if you were planning to get SLI GTX570s anyways... but I digress.

I recommend you get a 1080p monitor and then wait and see if either the GTX590 or HD6990 are worth your money. The GTX570 may drop in price too by then if we're lucky.
Um... The GTX280 is still a great card, so just hold off and wait for a little bit.
I didn't know about this, do you have any links that provide proof of this? I still think a GTX 580 is overkill at 1 monitor in 1080P so I can't imagine that a GTX 590 would be worth it at all. I still say go with a GTX 570 or 6990. Again, I would go with a GTX 570 just because of driver history and stability of Fermi at this point.
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Getting a new monitor seems like such a waste though, I just bought my current one a year and a half ago

Do you see a huge difference in gaming quality if you bump up the res?

Anyone have any other suggestions?
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post #7 of 20
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I didn't know about this, do you have any links that provide proof of this? I still think a GTX 580 is overkill at 1 monitor in 1080P so I can't imagine that a GTX 590 would be worth it at all. I still say go with a GTX 570 or 6990. Again, I would go with a GTX 570 just because of driver history and stability of Fermi at this point.
Back when the HD5970 came out, people were also yelling "BUT WHO NEEDS THAT?", given that the HD5870 completely destroyed every single game that existed (bar Crysis).

Well, here's the thing:

On a budget? GTX570
Have hundreds to throw? GTX590
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Getting a new monitor seems like such a waste though, I just bought my current one a year and a half ago

Do you see a huge difference in gaming quality if you bump up the res?

Anyone have any other suggestions?
Resolution is one of the most important things in regards to visual quality. Bumping up the resolution will make even old games look better.
The reason we're recommending a monitor upgrade is that the GTX570 is huge overkill at any resolution lower than 1080p.
If you're not going to upgrade your monitor, you might just as well stick with that GTX280, which as I said, is a beastly card.
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Back when the HD5970 came out, people were also yelling "BUT WHO NEEDS THAT?", given that the HD5870 completely destroyed every single game that existed (bar Crysis).

Well, here's the thing:

On a budget? GTX570
Have hundreds to throw? GTX590
Yeah, makes sense... there is a point where you are throwing money away but I digress.

To answer the question about resolution, yes, it matters alot. I play at 2560x1440 and it's a night and day difference. It all depends on how large the screen is and how far you sit away. Anything larger than a 20" I would go 1080P and anything larger than a 24" I would go 2560x1440. Just be careful because the more resolution you are pushing the better cards you have to get. For instance, if you ever plan on doing a multiple monitor setup than you'll be in trouble with a single gtx 570. Also, it depends on what your definition of playable is. If you're ok with 30-45 FPS then that's one thing. If you are like me and want 60 FPS solid then that's another.
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post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Neitzluber View Post
Resolution is one of the most important things in regards to visual quality. Bumping up the resolution will make even old games look better.
The reason we're recommending a monitor upgrade is that the GTX570 is huge overkill at any resolution lower than 1080p.
If you're not going to upgrade your monitor, you might just as well stick with that GTX280, which as I said, is a beastly card.
Why would it be overkill, cause several of my games, like Crysis (obviously ) and others like Just Cause 2, Prototype, and Far Cry 2 haven't ran the greatest on my machine.
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