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August 16, 2013 4:43:20 PM

OK...thank you all for the help on the A10-6800K issue. Now I want a discreet GPU for my rig. You guys direct me: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I am ordering one of these by Monday morning. Or is there something a little bit better, but near same price range?
A10-6800K 4.5Ghz APU
Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H MoBo
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866 Mem
Set me right, please :) 

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August 16, 2013 4:48:15 PM

2nd link is broken.... but what games do you play?
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August 16, 2013 4:55:39 PM

If you have a 1080p monitor you NEED the 2GB version. If you don't have one and think you might get one in the future, get the 2GB one, otherwise, 1GB is fine.

But, don't buy the 2GB one unless it says its GDDR5.
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August 16, 2013 5:00:55 PM

cookybiscuit said:
If you have a 1080p monitor you NEED the 2GB version. If you don't have one and think you might get one in the future, get the 2GB one, otherwise, 1GB is fine.

But, don't buy the 2GB one unless it says its GDDR5.


It's not always true, for most games 1GB of DDR5 is still enough. For instance, I have a 1920 x 1200 monitor and all the games I play run well even though my card only has 1GB. But yeah, just for the sake of being "future proof" (if such a term exists) get the 2GB card if you can (usually not a huge price difference between the two). And as cookybiscuit said, make sure you get a card with DDR5 memory. Avoid DDR3 at all cost because they're a lot slower.
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August 16, 2013 5:01:59 PM

cookybiscuit said:
If you have a 1080p monitor you NEED the 2GB version. If you don't have one and think you might get one in the future, get the 2GB one, otherwise, 1GB is fine.

But, don't buy the 2GB one unless it says its GDDR5.

Yes...I have a 1080p monitor...ty...will get the 2GB
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August 16, 2013 5:03:02 PM

MC_K7 said:
cookybiscuit said:
If you have a 1080p monitor you NEED the 2GB version. If you don't have one and think you might get one in the future, get the 2GB one, otherwise, 1GB is fine.

But, don't buy the 2GB one unless it says its GDDR5.


It's not always true, for most games 1GB of DDR5 is still enough. For instance, I have a 1920 x 1200 monitor and all the games I play run well even though my card only has 1GB. But yeah, just for the sake of being "future proof" (if such a term exists) get the 2GB card if you can (usually not a huge price difference between the two). And as cookybiscuit said, make sure you get a card with DDR5 memory. Avoid DDR3 at all cost because they're a lot slower.


awesome...ty...I will get the 2GB GPU since I have a 1080p monitor also...THX!
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August 16, 2013 5:06:38 PM

cookybiscuit said:
If you have a 1080p monitor you NEED the 2GB version. If you don't have one and think you might get one in the future, get the 2GB one, otherwise, 1GB is fine.

But, don't buy the 2GB one unless it says its GDDR5.



Incorrect. THG and other reviewers have definitively proven that until you get to 660/7870 speed gpus there is no performance difference between 1gb and 2gb of vram in any game under and circumstance or resolution. The issue is gpus slower then the 660GTX or HD 7870 aren't fast enough to make use of 2gb of vram, so even if they're vram bottlenecked you'll never be able to tell.

The only reason to get 2gb or more of vram on a gpu slower then a 660gtx or 7870 is if you plan to xfire/SLi the cards in the future. Otherwise don't bother.
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August 16, 2013 5:13:28 PM

skit75 said:
2nd link is broken.... but what games do you play?


ingtar33 said:
cookybiscuit said:
If you have a 1080p monitor you NEED the 2GB version. If you don't have one and think you might get one in the future, get the 2GB one, otherwise, 1GB is fine.

But, don't buy the 2GB one unless it says its GDDR5.




Incorrect. THG and other reviewers have definitively proven that until you get to 660/7870 speed gpus there is no performance difference between 1gb and 2gb of vram in any game under and circumstance or resolution. The issue is gpus slower then the 660GTX or HD 7870 aren't fast enough to make use of 2gb of vram, so even if they're vram bottlenecked you'll never be able to tell.

The only reason to get 2gb or more of vram on a gpu slower then a 660gtx or 7870 is if you plan to xfire/SLi the cards in the future. Otherwise don't bother.


Thank you....sound advice there. I am going with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... until I can get a better one, or, XFire in future. This is a temporary build, until I get back to work and build my 'Dream-Machine"...
Thanks again
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August 16, 2013 5:43:15 PM

ingtar33 said:
cookybiscuit said:
If you have a 1080p monitor you NEED the 2GB version. If you don't have one and think you might get one in the future, get the 2GB one, otherwise, 1GB is fine.

But, don't buy the 2GB one unless it says its GDDR5.



Incorrect. THG and other reviewers have definitively proven that until you get to 660/7870 speed gpus there is no performance difference between 1gb and 2gb of vram in any game under and circumstance or resolution. The issue is gpus slower then the 660GTX or HD 7870 aren't fast enough to make use of 2gb of vram, so even if they're vram bottlenecked you'll never be able to tell.

The only reason to get 2gb or more of vram on a gpu slower then a 660gtx or 7870 is if you plan to xfire/SLi the cards in the future. Otherwise don't bother.

Still wouldn't do it, not when 2GB is the norm and can be had for only a tiny bit more money. I used to have a 7850 and that would break the 1GB barrier all the time.

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August 16, 2013 5:51:23 PM

ingtar33 said:
Incorrect. THG and other reviewers have definitively proven that until you get to 660/7870 speed gpus there is no performance difference between 1gb and 2gb of vram in any game under and circumstance or resolution. The issue is gpus slower then the 660GTX or HD 7870 aren't fast enough to make use of 2gb of vram, so even if they're vram bottlenecked you'll never be able to tell.

The only reason to get 2gb or more of vram on a gpu slower then a 660gtx or 7870 is if you plan to xfire/SLi the cards in the future. Otherwise don't bother.


Although this is very situational (like specifically in skyrim and a few other games and ridiculous res), 2gb will make a difference with a card like the 7850. I remember seeing TH benchmarking a couple of games where they used the 7850 1gb version at 1080p, and it was dragging far behind what you would expect. Many of the comments were specifically addressing this issue and criticizing TH about the evident bottleneck.
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August 21, 2013 4:10:03 PM

jonjon69691 said:
skit75 said:
2nd link is broken.... but what games do you play?


ingtar33 said:
cookybiscuit said:
If you have a 1080p monitor you NEED the 2GB version. If you don't have one and think you might get one in the future, get the 2GB one, otherwise, 1GB is fine.

But, don't buy the 2GB one unless it says its GDDR5.




Incorrect. THG and other reviewers have definitively proven that until you get to 660/7870 speed gpus there is no performance difference between 1gb and 2gb of vram in any game under and circumstance or resolution. The issue is gpus slower then the 660GTX or HD 7870 aren't fast enough to make use of 2gb of vram, so even if they're vram bottlenecked you'll never be able to tell.

The only reason to get 2gb or more of vram on a gpu slower then a 660gtx or 7870 is if you plan to xfire/SLi the cards in the future. Otherwise don't bother.


Thank you....sound advice there. I am going with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... until I can get a better one, or, XFire in future. This is a temporary build, until I get back to work and build my 'Dream-Machine"...
Thanks again


I think you'll get very good results with the games you Play (WOW, D3...) enjoy your new card. With the price/Performance on the VGA cards these days what every you buy will be a great value. It's a great time to buy a new VGA card. Who knows perhaps I'll even see you out there crushing Garrosh, lol.
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