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What Type Of System Will I Need To Play Games At Max Settings With A 2560 x 1440 Monitor?

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September 12, 2013 9:47:37 PM

I want to play at that resolution and still play games at max settings.
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September 12, 2013 9:52:23 PM

I5 4670K on Z87 board with a GTX780.
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September 12, 2013 9:57:33 PM

i run near max with a 2500k and a 7950, max settings are not required tho in my opinion.
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September 12, 2013 10:56:05 PM

no system can max every game out at that resolution, just dont use any anti aliasing of any sort,
to max anything out is not many need anyways, game settings maxed and minimum fps of monitor refresh rate is extreme.
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September 12, 2013 11:08:15 PM

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)
2) SC2
3) Torchlight

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.

Recommended specs:
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)
8) Case
9) 120GB or 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD
10) 2TB HDD for storage/games
etc..
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September 12, 2013 11:13:01 PM

Update:
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:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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