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Noob upgrading from HD 6870 to 760 / 770 - need advice

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March 30, 2014 3:08:07 PM

As a recent convert from console to PC gaming I need a bit of advice on GPU's. Thanks in advance for your time.

I have been reading a lot through formus but cant find an answer that fits my question so i thought i would ask you guys.

I want a new GPU that will see me through the next 4 years or so. I know nothing is future proof but would like to make sure i'm not shelling out for something that will be obsolete in a year.

I want something to run a couple of RPGs IE Mass Effect, Fallout in its full glory plus a good FPS like BF4. I also like to do a little video and photo editing, nothing major, just for fun.

I was given a HD 6870 and an Antec True Power 650w psu by a friend who was upgrading his system...One thing lead to another and i ended up with the following as a new build:

MSI z87 g45 mobo
I5 4670K
8GB Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600
zalman z11+ case

I Have been looking at both Geforce 760's and 770's. both 2gb & 4 gb (I have no attachment to a manufacturer ).

I have a £350 budget of up to

I currently run a single monitor on 1920/1080 and have no plans to upgrade this in the next couple of years.

What I cant work out is would a 770 4gb be overkill for this set up even for games 2-3 years down the line, should I save the cash and stick with a 2GB 770?
Also would a 4gb 760 be a better choice than a 2gb 770 for single screen 2 years down the line?

I don't want to throw money at something i'm not going to get the full benefit of and at the same time i don't want to be sat wishing i'd spent an extra £50 when i'm setting graphics to meduim in 2 years.

sorry for the long post and thanks again for any help.

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March 30, 2014 3:16:12 PM

For a single 1920x1080 screen, 2GB is enough. For multiple screens, or a higher resolution, you might want 4GB. If you are building for longevity (good move, imho), I'd get the GTX770. With no monitor upgrade plans, 2GB is safe, but if you do upgrade to a higher resolution or add a second (and/or third) screen, you might regret not getting 4GB.
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March 30, 2014 3:17:18 PM

most peolpe in here will tell you that for 1080p gaming a 2gb card is well enough...and they are right. the thing they don't consider is NEXT GEN GAMES are not really out yet and already some games uses more than 2gb at 1080p...BF4 and titanfall for example will use more VRAM. As the next games will unfold it is quite likely that most of them will need well over 2gb if the textures settings are set to the highest possible value. So i would really consider a 4gb card if you like pretty textures and dont want to turn too much settings down along the way...as for GPU power, even a GTX 780 will struggle to get the highest settings running over 60fps in some games like Crysis 3 and metro LL...so i would consider a 770 as a minimum if you plan no upgrade on that for the next 3 years or so...BF4 for example will run on full ultra settings at around 60fps at 1080p on a 770...
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March 30, 2014 3:37:22 PM

Thanks for the quick response, really appreciated. I probably will play it safe and go for the 770 4gb then, I'd rather have the option to upgrade the screen/s than not. My main worry was that i would be sat with something to good for what i need it for.

Thanks again
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