I plan to build a gaming pc/htpc using an Intel Haswell i5-4670 CPU. I don't plan to overclock. I plan to hook up this PC to an LED TV via HDMI at 1080P and play games such as the Mass Effect Trilogy and Crysis Trilogy. I understand that the frames per second limit on HDMI is 60. I also understand that the higher the graphics settings, the lower the fps rate. I would appreciate any answers and/or advice for the following questions:
1. Is there a graphics card that can maintain 60fps or smooth gameplay at max graphics settings?
2. If the answer is yes for question number 1, how much would it cost?
3. Would I be better off with a single graphics card or dual graphics cards?
I am looking at a 120HZ LED TV. Would the graphics cards suggested be able to handle that in single or dual card configuration at max settings above 60 fps without trouble? Also would I get better results in both graphics and fps from a single high end card or two mid-range cards?
I am at least looking at a single graphics card between $300 and $500. I will probably get a motherboard that has dual video card capability in case I choose to add another card later on. Would I get smooth frame rates on high or very high settings at 1080p at the $300 to $500 price range? I feel that it is better that I try to achieve a balance between fps and graphics settings.
Go for the 7970 GHz edition (~$400) it's the best performance per dollar ratio. It was the fastest single GPU card out, then the GTX Titan released as a publicity stunt to knock AMD down (it's also $1000, but it's performance is much worse than a GTX 690). If you need more performance, adding a second will give you more performance than a GTX 690, but you should be fine with a singe 7970 GHz edition.