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February 10, 2014 2:35:08 PM

first im gonna post my specs then ask the question.

My Specs: AMD Phenom II x6 @ 4.2GHz, 16GB CAS7 DDR3 1600, 90GB SSD (OS and General apps), 180 GB SSD (Virtualbox & Games), 1.5TB (Mass storage, music, movies etc.), Geforce GTX650ti Boost 1GB @ 1100/1433/1165, (Physx card) 9400GS 1GB, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

I run all my games @ 1920x1200 with near-max settings at an avg of 40 - 50fps --> Unreal III, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Skyrim (High-res texture pack), World of Tanks etc., on most titles i use 2x AA and always use full AF, but...

Im wanting to go up to a 2K (Dell 30" or 27") Main Monitor. What graphics card upgrade would have that same general performance at that resolution?

Single card and Nvidia suggestions only please.
And nothing priced above $500.00

if it means anything im running a dual monitor setup; a 27" ASUS A-IPS and a 24" Dell S-PVA
February 10, 2014 2:42:54 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-4GB-WINDFORCE-Grap...

no question. 100$ under your budget a massive 4gb gdr5 bus. if you sli another one of the bad boys it will out perform the 700$ 780 ti by a mile even the 770 sli has higher gdr5 memory then a 780 ti sli( sli 3xgb cards x2 = 6gb gdr5) (770 sli 8gb gdr5) you get the point. memory is what matters when it comes to higher resolution then standard.
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February 10, 2014 2:48:42 PM

Jumping up to 2k is definitely going to require a bit more juice in a GPU.
I previously owned a GTX 770 for around $400, and it worked wonders for some new releases like Battlefield 4.
I have only heard good things about it.

I would recommend that, or anything comparable to that, being a 7950 ro R9 280x for the AMD spectrum.

The lowest i would go for 2K gaming would be 2GB of VRAM, and a 256 - 384 bit memory interface.
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February 10, 2014 2:49:09 PM

emj said:
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-4GB-WINDFORCE-Grap...

no question. 100$ under your budget a massive 4gb gdr5 bus. if you sli another one of the bad boys it will out perform the 700$ 780 ti by a mile even the 770 sli has higher gdr5 memory then a 780 ti sli( sli 3xgb cards x2 = 6gb gdr5) (770 sli 8gb gdr5) you get the point. memory is what matters when it comes to higher resolution then standard.


Just so you know when using SLI or Crossfire the memory is not added together its mirrored. For example if you SLI or crossfire 2,3, or even 4 3Gb cards you still only get 3Gb of usable vram as the memory is cloned across the cards.
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February 10, 2014 2:53:16 PM

FYI ive mede a few revisions (forgot some information)
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February 10, 2014 2:55:20 PM

bignastyid said:
emj said:
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-4GB-WINDFORCE-Grap...

no question. 100$ under your budget a massive 4gb gdr5 bus. if you sli another one of the bad boys it will out perform the 700$ 780 ti by a mile even the 770 sli has higher gdr5 memory then a 780 ti sli( sli 3xgb cards x2 = 6gb gdr5) (770 sli 8gb gdr5) you get the point. memory is what matters when it comes to higher resolution then standard.


Just so you know when using SLI or Crossfire the memory is not added together its mirrored. For example if you SLI or crossfire 2,3, or even 4 3Gb cards you still only get 3Gb of usable vram as the memory is cloned across the cards.


really? I suppose I could see that if you were running a single monitor set up but I beg to differ for eyefinity/nvidia surrond. I could be wrong but then again the 770 will murder pretty much any game no matter the settings/reasonable resolution on a single display.
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February 10, 2014 2:56:06 PM

if you don't plan on doing any of that shit just get the 780 clear choice.
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February 10, 2014 2:56:36 PM

but still the 770 with 4 gb gdr5 could perform better then the 780 at 3gb at higher resolutions who knows.
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February 10, 2014 2:58:09 PM

The 770 is good for 2k but do not expect max settings in all games. You will be playing at more like high not ultra.

And yes, the memory claim is correct. It DOES NOT add up. It simply is mirrored. for example 2 gtx 770's at 4gb each will only actually have 4gb memory still.

If you really wan max settings at 2k, you NEED a 780.
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February 10, 2014 3:02:11 PM

due to the price im leaning toward the 770 how well would it run BF4? no AA is fine but i really like details. :D 
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a c 129 U Graphics card
February 10, 2014 3:05:37 PM

Jerad Woody said:
due to the price im leaning toward the 770 how well would it run BF4? no AA is fine but i really like details. :D 


Don't expect ultra at 60fps at 2k res but high settings should be good for 60fps.
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February 10, 2014 3:43:13 PM

good answer good solution :)  but i have a new challenge can you go cheaper? (its ok if you cant) reduced settings welcome)

mabey a good overclocker (this Ti OCes like a beast), for example; I ran 24 hours of Unigine Heaven on max settings on this and didnt crash it :p 

Your on your way to helping me make a good decision, thank you.
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a c 129 U Graphics card
February 10, 2014 3:44:59 PM

Are you talking about going cheaper on the GPU or the whole build?

Because a phenom 2 x6 will bottleneck a gtx770 a bit and gtx780 a decent amount at high resolutions.
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February 10, 2014 3:52:50 PM

Nah GPU, it may be strange but im sticking with the Phenom II untill it is no longer relevant, then i will upgrade the CPU. my goal is to "Queeze" it to death so to speak. before upgrading the CPU.

So "a bit" would be fine if it made a palatable differance.
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February 10, 2014 3:55:00 PM

The gtx770 will perform fine in most games but some games like BF4 and other CPU heavy games will limit its performance at 2k resolutions. I would get the 770 if you plan to game at 2k, nothing lower really.
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February 10, 2014 4:22:58 PM

Noted; any particular model? something highly overclockable?
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a c 157 U Graphics card
February 10, 2014 4:27:31 PM

Gigabyte Windforce, MSI lightning, Evga classified, or Asus DC2.
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February 11, 2014 8:49:36 AM

bignastyid said:
Gigabyte Windforce, MSI lightning, Evga classified, or Asus DC2.


Agreed.
Almost anything with an aftermarket cooler from a reputable manufacturer.
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February 11, 2014 1:50:10 PM

If you plan on adding a second card for SLI, depending on how your PCI lanes are laid out, it would be better for heat dissipation to get blower style cards.
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February 12, 2014 1:13:12 PM

i found a really good deal from a friend, a GTX680 for $200.00 its factory overclocked, Good deal?
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a c 129 U Graphics card
February 12, 2014 5:04:25 PM

Factory overclocked means nothing. It will perform the same as any other 680. D0n't let that fool you.

Yes, that is a VERY good price for that card.
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