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Ok. For somebody who wants to only play a handful of games, at max resolutions...what is a good(inexpensive card) to go with?

Its there a big difference in say, Crysis, from 1080p to a lesser resolution? I know that a lower resolution means I can run a weaker card, and still get good fps.. But do I really need to spend 250$ to play a few games on high? A lower resolution would probably be fine with me, just high detail/fps is really what I want for games like Crysis, Bioshock 2, Far Cry 2... The geek in me wants to buy the best card around, but, the realist says I can't afford to spend 400 bucks on an amazing card, specially when I'm only gonna play a few games.....My rig is mostly for dvd authoring/video encoding.....
I just want to play some guys, on really high/damn sexy settings, but not have to spend a ton.....

thoughts?
post #2 of 12
Keep an eye on the Video for sale sub-section - you're sure to find something suitable there. Other than that, just do some research to pinpoint what you need.
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MSI Cyclone 6850
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 460
if your wanting to go with a new card i dont think youd be disappointed with either of these but if your not fussed id agree with t-ramp
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Well.. Right now... The best bang for your buck GPUs are the GTX 460, the GTX 560 ti, and an ATI 6950 unlocked to a 6970 (not guaranteed to unlock).
    
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Resolution over graphics settings always. 1080p on medium will look better than 720p on high.

You cant go wrong with a 6850.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by andypc View Post
Resolution over graphics settings always. 1080p on medium will look better than 720p on high.

You cant go wrong with a 6850.
^ This.
Agreed, I'd prefer to game at 1080p with a few settings down than everything maxed at 720p (in reference to a 1080p monitor i.e.). The scaling to fit the screen can make games played at sub-native resolutions look really bad ... especially if you make the mistake of "testing the look" at your native res...
I'd vote for the 6850 or if you wanna shell some more cash, a GTX 560 Ti or sth similar
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If you are on a budget, as said, try to pick up a used card - lots of good deals in the classifieds.
Sub $200 - I would go for a GTX460 or a 6870 in the new market.
Used, you should be able to pick up a GTX470 or 5870 for less than 200. A 5870 is slightly faster than a 6870.
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Thanks guys, I ordered the MSI GTX 460 Cyclone. Looking forward to cranking it up!
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Nice card.
Did you get the 1 gig or 768 mb card?
At 1080 resolution, the 1 gig would be better, but the 768 will bo ok also.
Edited by blupupher - 3/22/11 at 3:21pm
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Even my SE handles all those titles very well. Your 460 is going to have you excited! I have that HD4250 on my board and compared to that, oh boy you are going to be sooooooooooooo happy!
 
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