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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 #11 of 20
Yes, 580 now or wait for next addition. And a HD monitor, this LG was less then $250 and it looks killer. PSU is fine.
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post #12 of 20
I don't think a GTX 570 would be overkill even if you did keep your monitor. If you want everything at 60FPS then it's still going to be demanding on your machine. If money is no object, obviously go with the fastest single card that's available. Upgrading your monitor will make a big difference and picking up a 22"-24" 1080P monitor will be well worth it. I still drag below 60 FPS on some games at certain points with my setup. It's going to be a neverending cycle unless you decide exactly what kind of performance you are looking for.
Edited by Stupidhatmatt - 12/22/10 at 9:44pm
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post #13 of 20
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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.
I'm a little greedy, so smooth for me would be a relatively consistent 70+ FPS

What monitor would you guys recommend? What res should I consider, assuming I'm gonna buy the 6990 or Nvidia's next card?
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post #14 of 20
Another thing that matters: refresh rate.

Most monitors have a 60Hz refresh rate, which means they display 60 images per second. If your video card renders any faster, it won't make a difference... you still only get 60FPS even if your video card is rendering 500FPS...

I'm lucky. I have a 75Hz monitor. It was $700 in 2003. It was high-end stuff. I can see a benefit from bumping up frame-rates. I play MW2 with all eye-candy off, but at highest resolution when I'm playing in multiplayer... so I get 75FPS for my 75Hz monitor, which means I get more fluid action on screen, which gives me an advantage.

There are even 120Hz monitors... at that point, consider 3D vision... I've only tried it once when I had my 9400GT working... (red/cyan effect) and it was pretty cool, even though the colors looked lame, so I suppose the real deal is definitely worth it, but you may want to ask someone who has actually tried the active shutter stuff. I just know the red/cyan was awesome on itself...
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Originally Posted by i7monkey View Post
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.
I didn't realize anyone actually played Crysis.
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post #16 of 20
1) The lower resolution, the higher the framerate. Stick with 1080P tops with any single GPU, even the gtx 580. Your monitor will likely not refresh above 60HZ so even if your GPU is capable of displaying higher framerates you will have no benefit.

2) Pick out a well reviewed 1080P monitor with a good response time. Just search Newegg and you'll find several that are good canidates. After that, decide how much you want to spend on a GPU. If you feel comfortable spending $500 then grab a GTX 580 and don't look back. If you have $800 to spend, it will be well worth it. If you dont' want to spend that much cash then buy a GTX 570 and be done with it. Again, if money is no object then buy the best that's available.

There's always going to be a new best thing in the computer world. If you get caught up in it, you'll be upgrading constantly. Just decide when you want to upgrade and buy the best that's available at that point.
Edited by Stupidhatmatt - 12/22/10 at 9:55pm
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post #17 of 20
This one is 25 inches 1080p and has a refresh rate of 75Hz I think... for $200.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824254048
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post #18 of 20
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Thanks for the help

I would appreciate other people's suggestions and input as well.


edit: Do monitor's come in 120Hz too?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by i7monkey View Post
Thanks for the help

I would appreciate other people's suggestions and input as well.


edit: Do monitor's come in 120Hz too?
I'm not lying.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-222-_-Product
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wow wow wee waa, there's so many different types of monitors

I'm looking at Samsung's website and they have 22 different monitors within the 20"-27" range. And that's just Samsung.

I gotta do some research on this.

Thanks for the suggestions guys
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