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Which Graphic Card is right for me?

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September 2, 2013 10:48:08 PM

Hi Everyone,

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 $?

Thanks!

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September 2, 2013 10:49:19 PM

The GTX 770 will definitively be enough to run all of those games with everything maxed.
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September 2, 2013 10:50:53 PM

If you wanted, you could put 2x 7950s in XFire and OC them both to 7970 standards.
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September 2, 2013 10:52:21 PM

Spec13 said:
If you wanted, you could put 2x 7950s in XFire and OC them both to 7970 standards.


That is without taking into account the fact that Crossfire drivers don't work that well right now.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
September 2, 2013 11:04:54 PM

What is his desktop now?
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September 2, 2013 11:06:18 PM

Yes, your GTX 770 will be more than sufficient.

I only implore you to validate the usage of such a fantastic piece of kit with fellow hardware of equal greatness.

Don't let us down! :D 

I must ask, I mean, sure that will play basically anything you need to run for a wee while, but any great machine is only as fast as its weakest link.

What are the other specs you're thinking of?
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September 2, 2013 11:21:05 PM

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 :) 

Seladon said:
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 :) 


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a b U Graphics card
September 2, 2013 11:46:57 PM

what resolution monitor are you using?
what games will he pay?
how old is he?
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a b U Graphics card
September 2, 2013 11:46:59 PM

what resolution monitor are you using?
what games will he pay?
how old is he?
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September 3, 2013 2:20:17 AM

He's 13 years old, and he plays (well, wants to play) Far Cry 3, Crysis 3, Black Ops 3.

I didnt even think of the resolution - so it's another point, I was thinking on a standard 24", I think it's 1920x1200 - should I look for something else?
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a b U Graphics card
September 3, 2013 3:20:54 AM

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!
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September 3, 2013 9:35:14 AM

Should I go for the GTX 770 2gb or for the 4gb?
Can games be played at max settings on the 2gb card?
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September 3, 2013 9:36:56 AM

Yes they can. 2GB won't really make any difference with 4, right now.
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September 3, 2013 11:55:41 AM

Yeah, the bigger the ram cache technically the larger the resolution it's capable of outputting. ie 4gb if you were going for a dual monitor display.
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September 3, 2013 11:55:43 AM

Yeah, the bigger the ram cache technically the larger the resolution it's capable of outputting. ie 4gb if you were going for a dual monitor display.
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September 3, 2013 11:55:45 AM

Yeah, the bigger the ram cache technically the larger the resolution it's capable of outputting. ie 4gb if you were going for a dual monitor display.
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October 21, 2013 12:04:08 PM

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.

Thanks!
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October 21, 2013 10:33:44 PM

The 760 will be fine for games on high, 770 on ultra.

Manufacturers doesn't matter for performance.

Look for the best cooling if you're fussed, but expect to pay a heft premium over the companies 'vanilla' model.

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October 23, 2013 12:55:53 AM

What is considered high and what's considered ultra?

Sorry for the dumb questions, I'm just not at all into this...
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October 23, 2013 2:08:12 AM

Gtx 770 is more of a future proof card than 760. You will atleast have a good rig for about 2-3 years. So for me ill go with the 770.
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