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I disagree. It's all about balance. If you were building a new computer, would you pair a single 1680x1050 monitor with a pair of 6970s? No, you would be defeating the purpose of spending $700 on a GPU setup by only spending $130 on a monitor. Yes, you could play Crysis with all the texture packs you dreamed of, but it would still not look as impressive as a monitor with a higher resolution and better pixel aspect ratio.

What I've notice is that generally you will be able to max out (8x AA, 16x AF) and still be able to play almost all current games by spending twice as much on your GPU as your monitor setup. For example, a good 1080p monitor is around 150-200 (ignoring sale prices, we're just considering the actual value of the monitor), so if you spend 300-400 you'll not be lacking for GPU power. At the high end, a tri-1080p monitor setup costs around 400-600, so spending $1000 on a GPU setup is perfectly justified, and will definitely run all games at high settings. It doesn't apply to all games and all monitor setups, but when trying to determine a budget for a GPU given a certain resolution, it works quite well.

In the OP's situation, a good 1440x900 is around $100, so any GPU at around $200 is going to work and get the job done. 2 years ago I bought my friend a GTS 250 for that resolution, it cost $150. He could play Crysis at medium- had we spent another $50 and gone for a GTX 260 he could have played at high.
Its your opinion and i respect that

BUT for some people its not enough; like i say, there its nothing like crank every single option to the max and enjoy a superb gfx experience without any kind of slowdown; and thats why some guys go crossfire/sli with monster cards at 1080p only

And like i say: in some games (depends on the engine ofc) you can see a difference between 30-40 FPS and 60 FPS, and even more with details maxed

I realized you speak about balance money related, but sometimes the results its not the best you can get
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Its your opinion and i respect that

BUT for some people its not enough; like i say, there its nothing like crank every single option to the max and enjoy a superb gfx experience without any kind of slowdown; and thats why some guys go crossfire/sli with monster cards at 1080p only

And like i say: in some games (depends on the engine ofc) you can see a difference between 30-40 FPS and 60 FPS, and even more with details maxed

I realized you speak about balance money related, but sometimes the results its not the best you can get
Oh for sure, I know that by using my rule you still won't have Metro 2033 running balls to the walls maxed out, but noone actually enjoys that game anyways. There was even a thread about "I played Metro and liked the gameplay!" and the first 5 responses were along the lines of "Uhh, isn't it just a benchmarking tool? I thought it was just a benchmarking tool. I got 25 FPS, which means I guess I liked it?"

What I'm saying is that for the major noticeable differences in the majority of games (4xAA and 8xAF and settings cranked up) all you need to do is spend twice as much on your GPU as your monitor. If you wand to go for 32xMSAA and 32XAF and custom texture packs, of course you are going to need to spend more. But my eyes cannot distinguish between 4xAA and 8xAA unless I closely scrutinize the picture while holding still, and unless I'm on a map with really long draw distances and viewpoints, AF isn't that noticeable either (Go play Just Cause 2 if you want to see AF in action. In little firefights you wont notice the stretching and aliasing from not having AF on, but if you go sit on top of a mountain you will, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rce,597-8.html).
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Oh for sure, I know that by using my rule you still won't have Metro 2033 running balls to the walls maxed out, but noone actually enjoys that game anyways. There was even a thread about "I played Metro and liked the gameplay!" and the first 5 responses were along the lines of "Uhh, isn't it just a benchmarking tool? I thought it was just a benchmarking tool. I got 25 FPS, which means I guess I liked it?"

What I'm saying is that for the major noticeable differences in the majority of games (4xAA and 8xAF and settings cranked up) all you need to do is spend twice as much on your GPU as your monitor. If you wand to go for 32xMSAA and 32XAF and custom texture packs, of course you are going to need to spend more. But my eyes cannot distinguish between 4xAA and 8xAA unless I closely scrutinize the picture while holding still, and unless I'm on a map with really long draw distances and viewpoints, AF isn't that noticeable either (Go play Just Cause 2 if you want to see AF in action. In little firefights you wont notice the stretching and aliasing from not having AF on, but if you go sit on top of a mountain you will, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...rce,597-8.html).
LOL at the metro 2033 thing

And yes, unless you play at 2x AA and then 32xAA youre not gona see a notable difference; what everyone should aim (my opinion) for its max AF (some games can look better, its all about the game textures) and everything else (i dont like motion blur), 2x AA (depends on the monitor) and 60FPS no matter what

oh, and JC2 .. eww, more console port imposible thats why more AF doesnt always its better
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just wondering really got both a gtx480 in this rig and a gtx465 sitting about, had a xfx5770 and after reading various posts etc on different threads in regards to new builds and what size monitor etc, the general feeling im getting is that maybe both these cards i have is overkill for my res... which i suppose is a good thing... least i can max out settings etc just looking for feedback cheers
Especially since you already have the 480... keep it. I started with a 1440x900 monitor back 6 years ago, and slowly kept upgrading sizes because I wasn't satisfied with small ass monitors. Now I'm at 27" and 2560x1440 on an IPS LCD.
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