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1Gb or 2Gb GPU?

Later today I will hopefully be purchasing a new GPU. I currently have a 6770 and it's done me well, but it's on its last legs and I need to get a replacement.

I'm looking at sales on Newegg and ones I should be able to afford are both 7850s.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150642

XFX 7850, 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131472

PowerColor 2GB 256-bit GDDR5

I enjoy playing newer games, and I have two monitors(both 720p), but I'm not overly obsessed with having everything on max settings.

Currently the games I play are Dark Souls, DC Universe Online, Battlefield 3(I play this on High with my current card), and I eventually want to play the newest Tomb Raider and Battlefield 4.

Should I bother getting the 2Gb card, or will 1Gb be enough? I don't have plans to own 1080p monitors anytime soon, and as I said, I'm not concerned with running the newest games on ultra settings, just playable on at least medium is fine as far as I'm concerned.

Also, I know it's only a $20 difference between the cards, but being on a budget, it's important that I don't buy something if it's not going to be utilized properly.
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  1. 2 gb no doubt you will bottleneck on 1gb using ultra settings etc.


    also I would recommend the 7870 ghz its only a few bucks more than the 7850 after rebate. It may be out of stock thoug and newegg had the best deal of 144 - 15 after rebate

    but I just saw you said you aren't on 1080 so you may not need it. what resolution do you play on now?
  2. I am presuming that you only game on 1 monitor and the 1gb card will handle that low a resolution. 2gb will be more future proof if we can call it that. Really just a matter of how much money you want to spend.
  3. Hi,

    Go for the 2gb since it's only 20 $. You will be able to dual monitor or play on a 1080p screen if you get one.
  4. My primary monitor is 1280x720, my second is 1366x768, but my 1280x720 is my 32" TV, so I enjoy gaming on that. My second monitor is only ever used for YouTube and Twitter while I'm gaming.

    If the 1Gb will handle that well, then it's the one I'll get.

    Thanks both of you :)

    dextermat said:
    Hi,

    Go for the 2gb since it's only 20 $. You will be able to dual monitor or play on a 1080p screen if you get one.

    The rest of my system isn't exactly top of the line. 4Gb DDR3 RAM, AMD Athlon II x4 645(3.1Ghz), and then a shitty eMachines mini-ATX mobo. So before I buy any 1080p monitors, I need to upgrade my mobo, then my RAM, and maybe my CPU, but I sorta like it since it's been doing it's job fine.

    The only reason I'm buying a new GPU is because the fan on my current one keeps stopping and causing it to overheat, and I'm sick of fixing it.
  5. Get the 2gb, it will benefit more if you are using 2 monitors, but actually 1gb is enough for 2 720p's with that Card
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    Jassie said:
    My primary monitor is 1280x720, my second is 1366x768, but my 1280x720 is my 32" TV, so I enjoy gaming on that. My second monitor is only ever used for YouTube and Twitter while I'm gaming.

    If the 1Gb will handle that well, then it's the one I'll get.

    Thanks both of you :)


    Yes 1GB will handle that resolution fine.
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