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"ATI 7850 2GB DDR5 XFX" for gaming on 29" monitor with 2560 x 1080 resolution

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October 22, 2013 10:08:26 AM

I am thinking to build a new pc with "ATI 7850 2GB DDR5 XFX" graphics card and 29" LG monitor having 2560 x 1080 resolution. I intend to play games such as Metro 2033, Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, Lost Planet 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Max Payne 3 on this new pc.

I am not an intense gamer but do expect at-least a decent performance for today and for next few years with this card. Do you think choice of this card will do the justice?

My new pc intended build configuration is in my signature. Thanks.

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October 22, 2013 10:11:34 AM

It should last for a few years seeing as you have a strong CPU. When it does begin to lose frames just add another and you'll be fine
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October 22, 2013 10:13:24 AM

My advice would be to back off the i7 to a i5 4670k and drop the extra 100$ into a better GPU. The 7850 will play at that resolution, but not high settings.7950/7970, R9 270/280 or Nvidia 760/770 would be my suggestion

EDIT: And if you ever plan on running two cards I'd up the PSU to atleast a 750W, preferably a 850. I would also go with Corsair, XFX, or Seasonic
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October 23, 2013 10:23:17 AM

@mnc221, @fatboytyler, @WarWolverineWarrior - Thanks for your responses.

@WarWolverineWarrior (or anyone) - any reason why a better gpu is needed. What are anticipated issues with 7850? Will it not fill my 29" screen with 2560 x 1080 resolution?

@fatboytyler - Sorry, I am naive as far as gaming is concerned. What do you mean that the 7850 will play at that resolution, "but not with high settings"?

Thanks for pre-empting PSU point. I had that question. You have anwered it without me asking it - you are an expert!

@mnc221 - Your comment is quite comforting for me. I would be ok if it runs fine for next 3-4 years and then I put another GPU in crossfire.

I have never played games I have mentioned. My primary purpose for PC is not gaming. I need lightning speed experience with MS office work, general Windows 8 maneuvering, browsing, photos, movies etc. Gaming is important but not as high as other things I have just mentioned.
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October 23, 2013 10:31:57 AM

You have a mid lvl card I think it will be perfect for what you intend to do.
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October 23, 2013 6:47:46 PM

The 7850 will simply not be powerful enough to handle the high end settings (High and Ultra/Max) with upcoming titles. However at lower settings such as Medium and Low it should do fine, even with upcoming titles. 2560 x 1080 is a fairly taxing resolution. I apparently misread your original post. Since you are not an intense gamer you should be fine. If you could up your budget to include a 7950 I would highly recommend it. You can usually find them for $200 or less nowadays.
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October 23, 2013 7:19:19 PM

the 7850 can handle new games at 1920x1080p at medium-high details. at 2560x1080, it will be a struggle with newer/more demanding games like bf3/4, crysis 2/3, farcry 3 etc. I felt that a single gtx660 was struggling with those newer games at 1080p, which is slightly faster than a 7850, so i got a second one. i would suggest no lower than a 7970 3gb or gtx770 4gb, as that resolution will eat up 2gb vram on newer games and run like crap.
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October 24, 2013 6:32:02 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
the 7850 can handle new games at 1920x1080p at medium-high details. at 2560x1080, it will be a struggle with newer/more demanding games like bf3/4, crysis 2/3, farcry 3 etc. I felt that a single gtx660 was struggling with those newer games at 1080p, which is slightly faster than a 7850, so i got a second one. i would suggest no lower than a 7970 3gb or gtx770 4gb, as that resolution will eat up 2gb vram on newer games and run like crap.


7950 runs for about $200 and it's a beast
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