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My boss was kind enough to agree to buy me a u3011 next time it goes on sale Now I work from home so I can use it for gaming too. I have two gtx460 768mb's in sli. I know I'll need to upgrade but what do I really need to run a u3011 at reasonable fps (30min, 60 typical) at say 4xAA with high settings?

I was thinking about the following:

2 x 1gb gtx 460 (bare minimum upgrade)
2 x 2gb gtx 460
2 x gtx 560 1gb
2 x gtx 560 2gb << -- ninja edited in
2 x gtx 470
1 x gtx 580 (can't afford two)
2 x gtx 480

I left out 570's and 590's due to the vrm issues. I can't do tri sli 470 because I don't have enough slots. My guess is I'd want to be looking at the 480s if I can afford them.

Typical games are DAO, Batman AA, bfbc2 etc

What would you choose and what do you think is the real minimum to meet my goals?
Edited by stren - 3/30/11 at 10:19pm
     
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I'd honestly say a GTX560 would be the bare minimum at that resolution. I have a friend who bought the U2711 a little while back and now his HD5970 cannot keep up! If your not picky about sides, the HD6950 and HD6970 are great cards for higher resolutions due to the 2Gb of memory on each card. I've seen that 1.5Gb's just isn't enough if you want to crank up all the settings in a game. Hopefully this helps you out!
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580. 1.5GB VRAM is enough as long as you don't pump 8-16xAA
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Are you looking to upgrade your power supply as well? If so, GTX 480's in SLI would be a fantastic upgrade for 2560x1600 resolution.
     
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The ATI cards are out because I'm on linux, and I prefer to stick with nvidia cards due to the better driver support. I'm not an ati hater, if I was only using windows I'd heavily consider those. I know what you mean about the memory that's why I was reluctant to go 560/470, the 2gb 460's are an option, and I just realized there is a 2gb 560, but again like the single 580 can they handle the fps?

Covertash:
Yes - if I go with anything more demanding power wise than my current 460 sli I'll definitely need to upgrade my psu. I wish I'd had the cash at the time to pick up manyaks 480s with waterblocks, they were a great deal. It seems that the 480 SLI would be awesome, but again if I can get away with cheaper options maybe I should?

Jamborghini - do you think the single 580 would handle the framerate sufficiently? I guess the nice thing about this option is I can add a 2nd later and in the meantime wouldn't need to upgrade the PSU.

Thanks for all your help! Any more input is very much appreciated. My current favourites are:

2x560 2gb <- Vram advantage, can stay with same PSU
2x480 1.5gb <- processing power advantage, waterblock compatability advantage

But again not sure if I can spend that much!
Edited by stren - 3/30/11 at 10:24pm
     
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If you have a strict budget, then my take on it would be to wait it out until you've saved up enough to make a sizable upgrade.

It's true the GTX 460 768MB cards may be lacking in some areas (namely memory and bandwidth), but they're really not all that bad either. The native resolution for 30" monitors is certainly hefty and requires a good amount of horsepower to max out the games, but games will still run. You might be surprised just how well they can fair even at 2560x1600. You may need to dial down a few settings here and there depending on the game, but I imagine when you're actually playing on that monitor it will erase any reservations you have about your current setup.

Besides, if you're going to upgrade, you might as well do it right and have the proper funds to support your needs. Getting lesser cards to patch things through temporarily is not the ideal solution in my opinion as you'll end up spending more money over the long haul.
     
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From guru3d's reviews:-
BBC2 at 2560x1600 with i7 965 at 3.75GHz
-8x Multi-sample Anti aliasing
-16 Anisotropic filtering
-All image quality settings enabled at maximum

Average framerate:
-1xGTX580 1.54GB 45fps (260 series)
-2xGTX470 1.28GB 52fps (197.41)
-2xGTX560 1GB 59fps (266.56 beta)
-2xGTX480 1.54GB 65fps (197.41)

GTX560 1GB sells around US$240 after rebate and has the best price/performance ratio. But its 1GB might not allow you to play at 4xAA. If you are willing to play at 0xAA or 2xAA, then this is a good choice.

A GTX480 now sells at around US$370 after rebate. Its 1.54GB VRAM is better but this is a more expensive solution.

A middle of the road solution is the Palit GTX560 Ti 2GB. At US$280 a piece, I think this is the way that you should go.

Palit GTX560 Ti 2GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-099-_-Product

(OT: I think you need a more powerful PSU (eg Corsair AX-850) than your current OCZ 550W.)
post #8 of 12
For any of the options, I would say a new PSU is in order. Two GTX 560's get my vote, but it'd have to be the 2GB version for that resolution.
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A middle of the road solution is the Palit GTX560 Ti 2GB. At US$280 a piece, I think this is the way that you should go.

Palit GTX560 Ti 2GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-099-_-Product
Ah I was just about to suggest those.

They get my vote too! I use them at 1440p and they've handled everything I can throw at them comfortably. I wouldn't consider any 1g cards at that res. Using GPU-Z I'm spiking over 1200 MB VRAM usage in several titles (Crysis, DA2 etc). At 1600p it would be even worse.
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2 x gtx 560 2gb
Your best choice IMO. They'll have the horsepower to handle the res.

EDIT: Or the 3GB 580. They're pretty sweet too.
Edited by Wyldefang - 3/31/11 at 12:22am
    
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