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September 2, 2013 7:45:49 PM

Im getting a gtx 760 and i dont know if i should get a 4gb or 2gb card. would i benefit from the 4gbs in the future? or will 2gbs be fine for now and games to come?

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September 2, 2013 7:57:31 PM

With a GTX 760 I don't think you could fully utilize the 2GB that comes standard on the card. If you were talking about GTX 770 then maybe, but at that point you're looking at an $80 price increase for the extra 2GB. I recently (2 weeks ago) bought an MSI GTX 760 and asked the same question. After doing a bunch or research I decided to go with the 2GB version and I feel I made the right choice. I run Skyrim with around 10 or so mods and even then I'm only using about 1.45GB of VRAM.

I think by the time games are requiring more than 2GB of VRAM the GTX 700 series will be 2 or 3 generations old and we will be ready for an upgrade anyway.

This of course is assuming you are using a 1080p display. If you are using something with a higher resolution then by all means, go for the 4GB card!
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a b U Graphics card
September 2, 2013 8:39:48 PM

Agree with the above.

I run a Surround setup with three Asus 27" monitors and have a i5 3570K with a SLI GTX 670 2gb setup and have not had any problems at all with my GPU's. I run in the games that support it 5760x1080 ultra/max at 60fps Vsync'ed and have not had any problems at all. So I see no problem with you running on a 2gb card at all. The extra money saved can go for something else.
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September 2, 2013 9:07:30 PM

Absolutely. That extra 2 GB on that very card is almost useless. It may show performance increase of the order of 2-4 frame rates per second(that too in 2-3 games which require high graphics memory) and also you will see better frame rate processing times which is something a techinician does not a gamer!! So with that Card it's better not to look at the future and so a 2 GB is a much better option.
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September 3, 2013 12:38:51 AM

Currently, you won't need more than 2GB. However that may change in the future, but that's 2-3 years down the track.
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December 16, 2013 4:06:25 AM

Woah woah woah, I don't know what these otherwise very intelligent people are talking about, no offense, but we are pc gamers. We make and use mods on our games. I know 10 different triple A titles that without more than 2gb of Vram you'll dip down to 5fps easy if you want to augment the game. Nexus Mod Manager can only do so much. Games are utilizing more and more, even today BF4 needs more than 2gb sometimes and that's vanilla.

Not saying these guys are wrong, I'm just adding an aside. A 770 4gb card will cost you $100 more dollars, but that will for sure last you for 5 years with any game that may come out.. and with any mod that may come out for it.

Also I'd like to add, since this post was more than 3 months ago..if you haven't yet got the card, I would recommend the R9 280x. Some more will probably come in before new years, and after that the prices should go down a little to at least what they're now which is dirt cheap.
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a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2013 9:57:48 AM

Broc Kelley said:
Woah woah woah, I don't know what these otherwise very intelligent people are talking about, no offense, but we are pc gamers. We make and use mods on our games. I know 10 different triple A titles that without more than 2gb of Vram you'll dip down to 5fps easy if you want to augment the game. Nexus Mod Manager can only do so much. Games are utilizing more and more, even today BF4 needs more than 2gb sometimes and that's vanilla.

Not saying these guys are wrong, I'm just adding an aside. A 770 4gb card will cost you $100 more dollars, but that will for sure last you for 5 years with any game that may come out.. and with any mod that may come out for it.

Also I'd like to add, since this post was more than 3 months ago..if you haven't yet got the card, I would recommend the R9 280x. Some more will probably come in before new years, and after that the prices should go down a little to at least what they're now which is dirt cheap.


If you are a mod-maker and user simultaneously(as u have mentioned) then you seriously can't believe that the 770 will be future-proof and that also for 5 long years, can you? Think of the HD 4870 about 4 years ago. It was the best card in the market. Now people don't care about it especially those who play on high and ultra settings. And buy the way do you know for what reasons VRAM is required? 2GB is enough for anyone playing on 1080P and that's what this guy posted. Food for thought..
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April 6, 2014 2:21:06 PM

Im thinking of building my own pc any ideas on a 4-8gb graphics card plz include the price make sure its eithe ATI or nVIDIA
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