What Type Of System Will I Need To Play Games At Max Settings With A 2560 x 1440 Monitor?
I want to play at that resolution and still play games at max settings.
I have a 2560x1440 monitor.
I play most games at 1920x1080. Why? I'll give an example. In SKYRIM, the game looks IDENTICAL at both resolutions. There is a tiny, tiny but of fuzziness on the text at the lower resolution that you'd never notice while playing.
The frame rate difference however is about 30% (for similar anti-aliasing).
It's also interesting to note that even if you are capped at 60FPS, a system capable of 100FPS will run slightly better than at 70FPS (again, both capped to 60FPS). It's a little technical why that is though.
Games I DO play at 2560x1440:
1) Diablo 3 (not that I really play it)
Basically games similar to above where you get small HUD and TEXT where the 2560x1440 resolution really does make a big difference in sharpness. All these games also run at full quality 60FPS so no loss there.
There are only a few games I even need to tweak. I have zero interest in upgrading. I have an overclocked GTX680.
1) i5-4670K (OC to 4.1 or 4.2GHz)
2) 8GB DDR3 1866MHz G. Skill
3) Z87 Motherboard (love the new Asus Hero VI for $200. SupremeFX audio, great reviews)
4) GTX770 OC, or GTX780
770-> Asus GTX770 OC
780-> EVGA GTX780 w/ACX (the $650 model)
5) Windows 8 64-bit OEM
6) Start8 from Stardock ($5)
7) CPU cooler (PWM fan on air, or liquid)
9) 120GB or 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD
10) 2TB HDD for storage/games
More than 2GB of VRAM isn't needed yet, but if I was buying a high-end card today I'd get at least 3GB. With the new PS4/XB1 it's hard to say when more than 2GB will benefit. So if I was getting a 770 I'd get this 4GB model from MSI: