I'm buying a new desktop for my son, and it'll have to include a decent graphic card. His current desktop doesnt cope well with games such as Far Cry 3, Crysis 3, Black Ops 3, which is what he's after, so I'm trying to get something that would do the job.
I was looking into the tomshardware chart, and it looks like the GeForce GTX 770 is the best gain for the buck- but will it run these games? Will the experience be better if I get a better card? And in what way?
I mean, I understand that the more you pay the better edge you get, but what does it mean in terms of experience of these games? Does it worth the extra $?
Well, I dont even know what his current configuration is- it's a 2 years old computer, which an old nvidia geforce from 2007 - an antique
The GTX 770 will definitively be enough to run all of those games with everything maxed.
So I have to ask, will the GeForce GTX 760 do the job as well? It's 35% less than the GTX 770, and if you guys think it's what we need, it'll be a great saving.
Last, it's a good point I should bring up the desktop regarding the configuration of the desktop I'm planning to buy:
CPU: intel i5 4430 Haswell
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB DDR3
Disk: SATA3 WD (1 or 2 tb)
Again, I know you can always beef up more memory, better cpu, etc- but I thought this would be good enough, and that the focus should be on the graphic card.
As you can tell.. I'm not fluent with gaming and hardware.. so I appreciate the feedback from you gaming experts
No, I wouldn't skimp on the gtx then, at that age and those games, and that amount of pixels to pump out to, the extra hardware will prove itself, especially in the next gen gaming titles.
It is, ultimately up to you. the other option is to save the difference, and invest in an SSD instead, certainly in the long and short term that will provide both enjoyment not just when gaming, but also tasks like switching Windows, opening any application, and just increase the enjoyment of using the machine.
by at that age, with those titles, I mean he's going to want to pay with high settings, he's going to appreciate the difference, and those titles are eye popping on the right hardware at max settings!
Guys, one last question about the subject:
I'm seeing on Amazon a number manufacturers for these video cards: EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, PNY, Zotac, Galaxy, Asus.
Does it matter which one I choose? Is Zotac, for example, the same "quality" as EVGA? Is there a reason to prefer either?
And last point- should I prefer the GTX 770 over the GTX 760? The later is 35% cheapest.