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Hey guys,

I will be recieving my financial aid check from school soon and plan to pay some bills with it but also want to reserve a portion for myself to play with....

My brother uses 2 22" monitors at 1680x1050 in his PC setup and 2 days ago his main monitor died. So I would like to purchase him a new monitor. He usually games on one and runs Windows Media and surfs the net or Youtubes on the other, basically the second monitor is there so he no longer has to alt-tab from his game. I would ofcourse like to get him better than what he had to start with so I am thinking 1920x1080 and 24" for sure although he said as big as possible and is interested in even bigger but not a big deal. My main concern is he games alot and has my old hand me down components in his pc, mainly a Q9550 and a 9800GTX+ I know the CPU is good but the VGA memory is only 512mb and probably not cut it at 1080p. His current games are Black Ops, WOW, BF:BC2, Amnesia, etc....

Now what I am thinking is the best option that helps me out too woould be to get him an affordable monitor upgrade and to handle the new resolution hand over my EVGA 275GTX FTW and gift myself an even better card with more memory and DX11. I think my video card is my weakest link in my rig and so I would have a new upgrade to get the most from my system. I am not sure what I would want to get but do not want to spend an insane amount since I had planned on only buying him a monitor and no upgrades for myself now. I dont have a set budget but am looking at these 2 monitors for my brother:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001378

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236080

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=hp%202710m

And I wouldnt feel to terrible spending around 300 dollars on myself for a new Vid card or more since I keep them for a long time and get alot of use from them, justifying my purchase... but, the less I spend on pc parts the more I can pay my bills.... lol Any suggestions?

I also should mention, I have always used Nvidia hardware but am open to AMD/ATI if there is a better option on that side, I have also thought about finding another 9800GTX+ to SLI his system but dunno if it would be worth it because of low Video memory, but would save alot of money for me. Opinions?
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Any ideas what to do? Would his current Video card last with a 1080p monitor till he could afford a better one on his own?
    
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I think the ASUS monitor overall is the best. Although I've heard very good things about HP monitors too.

As for a GPU, perhaps you should look into the GTX 570. It is definitely the best currently available. If it is above your price range, then you should look into a 6870 and then later crossfire it for nearly the same price as the GTX 570.
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post #4 of 15
GTX 570 if your willing to bump up your budget, if not go with a 560 at the end of the month.
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hmmmm i would upgrade to a 6870 instead of a 570 the price is just way too much
and YES the ASUS Monitor is Overall the best and will work great with a CrossfireX setup
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Originally Posted by LuKrype View Post
hmmmm i would upgrade to a 6870 instead of a 570 the price is just way too much
and YES the ASUS Monitor is Overall the best and will work great with a CrossfireX setup
Who would get a HD6970 when they can just get HD6950 and BIOS flash it?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Neitzluber View Post
Who would get a HD6970 when they can just get HD6950 and BIOS flash it?
Someone who wants to OC their card or someone who doesn't want to void their warranty...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tconroy135 View Post
Someone who wants to OC their card or someone who doesn't want to void their warranty...
The actual HD 6970 is $70 more, but it's not $70 better.

I think the GTX570 is a much better choice here. It overclocks better, it has CUDA, PhysX, etc.
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2x 6850/70?
    
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What about micro-stuttering?
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