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April 18, 2014 6:58:02 PM

Hi Guys,

I'm soon going to hopefully invest in a new monitor to replace my trusty old ASUS 24" VW246H which has been fantastic.

The one I have my eye on is the ASUS ROG 27" PG278Q which hasn't been released quite yet. It is on the expensive side but when it comes to monitors, I run them hard and long (The VW246H being since Dec '09). It will be a 1440p monitor with a refresh rate of 120Hz+.

Now last year I upgraded my computer to the following:

Intel Core i7 4770 (Non-K; I regret this),
16GB DDR3 RAM @ 1666MHz
250GB Samsung EVO SSD
500GB WD Hard Drive (Existing)
850W Thermaltake Toughpower PSU (Existing - Used since Dec '08 so will replace this at the same time as the GPU)

and the eVGA GTX 760 2GB GDDR5

Now, what would be the best graphics card for me to get for this new monitor? I've heard the 760 may be a bit of a slouch with 1440p despite being pretty new.

Edit: I'd like to add I am not a fan of AMD Graphics Cards whatsoever so I'd like advise on NVIDIA based Graphics Cards only please.

Also SLI is not an option I'm afraid as my Motherboard (ASUS Z87-K) doesn't support SLI


Would it be best to wait for the 800 series cards to come out? Can anyone suggest what I should do? Obviously what I do will determine what PSU I get.

Thanks for your help,

Chris
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April 18, 2014 7:05:45 PM

The 760 is weak for 1440p, especially if you want to take advantage of the 120hz refresh rate.

Your PSU is fine, I don't see why you need to change it. It is one of the best Thermaltake psus, and 850w is more then enough for any single card.

you would likely need atleast a 780 for a decent 1440p experience.
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April 18, 2014 7:09:55 PM

You can sli, get a 780 ti, or wait until the maxwell refresh comes out. Since the monitor your are looking at has G-sync I would suggest staying with nvidia. and since it has G-Sync theoretically you should be able to run a less powerful gpu and not worry about it meeting 60fps all the time, but if you want to get 120fps all the time you need to sli 780's or 780 ti's or wait for maxwell high end that could hopefully give you the vram/power you need.
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April 18, 2014 7:16:06 PM

chris6273 said:
Hi Guys,

I'm soon going to hopefully invest in a new monitor to replace my trusty old ASUS 24" VW246H which has been fantastic.

The one I have my eye on is the ASUS ROG 27" PG278Q which hasn't been released quite yet. It is on the expensive side but when it comes to monitors, I run them hard and long (The VW246H being since Dec '09). It will be a 1440p monitor with a refresh rate of 120Hz+.

Now last year I upgraded my computer to the following:

Intel Core i7 4770 (Non-K; I regret this),
16GB DDR3 RAM @ 1666MHz
250GB Samsung EVO SSD
500GB WD Hard Drive (Existing)
850W Thermaltake Toughpower PSU (Existing - Used since Dec '08 so will replace this at the same time as the GPU)

and the eVGA GTX 760 2GB GDDR5

Now, what would be the best graphics card for me to get for this new monitor? I've heard the 760 may be a bit of a slouch with 1440p despite being pretty new.

Edit: I'd like to add I am not a fan of AMD Graphics Cards whatsoever so I'd like advise on NVIDIA based Graphics Cards only please.

Would it be best to wait for the 800 series cards to come out? Can anyone suggest what I should do? Obviously what I do will determine what PSU I get.

Thanks for your help,

Chris


I would definitely do a 780 if youre planning on gaming at 1440p. Even with gSync, you want to be above 30fps; which a 780 should provide on most titles at max settings (crazy performance killers aside, i.e., Metro LL SSAO).

I have EVGA SC 780's (ACX Cooler)...you can get them for around 500.00, best value IMO.
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April 18, 2014 7:43:44 PM

oczdude8 said:
The 760 is weak for 1440p, especially if you want to take advantage of the 120hz refresh rate.

Your PSU is fine, I don't see why you need to change it. It is one of the best Thermaltake psus, and 850w is more then enough for any single card.

you would likely need atleast a 780 for a decent 1440p experience.


I'm going to change my PSU because it's old and I've heard after 3-5 years it's best to replace them. Also when I nudge my computer atm even the slightest tap it causes the computer to have all fans spin up, black screen and restart after 10 seconds, with the motherboard reporting the issue on POST as a Power Surge, so I can only relate that to the PSU.

combine1237 said:
You can sli, get a 780 ti, or wait until the maxwell refresh comes out. Since the monitor your are looking at has G-sync I would suggest staying with nvidia. and since it has G-Sync theoretically you should be able to run a less powerful gpu and not worry about it meeting 60fps all the time, but if you want to get 120fps all the time you need to sli 780's or 780 ti's or wait for maxwell high end that could hopefully give you the vram/power you need.


Unfortunately SLI is not an immediate solution, sorry I should have posted that on my OP - I have an ASUS Z87-K which although has two PCI-e x16 slots, only one runs x16 with the other being x4.
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April 18, 2014 8:38:50 PM

I guess if I was you I would probably hold out until the 800 series if I could. Since you can't SLI, you are going to want a really powerful card to be able to take advantage of that 120hz. Would a 780ti do okay? At 1440p alone yes, it would, but it won't be giving you 120fps at 1440p. So I'd wait and see what Maxwell offers with their high end cards. There is also a 790 rumored to be coming out, you could wait and see what that brings to the table.

High end 800 series cards may not appear until the very end of this year, or even the begginning of 2015 from whats rumored so far(thanks TSMC!!!). So you could get that monitor and just live with lower settings until then. A good way to look at it is unless you are playing competitive multiplayer games, 30fps should theoretically be enough with a Gsync, which I think the 760 could do on most games.
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April 18, 2014 8:49:37 PM

trogdor796 said:
I guess if I was you I would probably hold out until the 800 series if I could. Since you can't SLI, you are going to want a really powerful card to be able to take advantage of that 120hz. Would a 780ti do okay? At 1440p alone yes, it would, but it won't be giving you 120fps at 1440p. So I'd wait and see what Maxwell offers with their high end cards. There is also a 790 rumored to be coming out, you could wait and see what that brings to the table.

High end 800 series cards may not appear until the very end of this year, or even the begginning of 2015 from whats rumored so far(thanks TSMC!!!). So you could get that monitor and just live with lower settings until then. A good way to look at it is unless you are playing competitive multiplayer games, 30fps should theoretically be enough with a Gsync, which I think the 760 could do on most games.


Okay I think I'll do that then! I'll buy the Monitor (IF it's at the price or lower than they say it will be) and see how it works with my current GPU; if the worst comes to the worst I'll just try and run games at 1080p - Even if it looks slightly weird; bear in mind I'm coming from an old LCD to an LED so I'm sure the difference will be impressive anyhow.

To be honest if I'm going to buy a high end graphics card, I'd rather hold out another 3-6 months to ensure it's money well spent.

I'll think I'll do just that. Thanks for your answers!
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April 18, 2014 9:19:31 PM

Np man, good luck. I'm actually looking at getting that monitor myself. $800 from what I remember is the price. Not too bad for a 1440p, 120hz, with G-sync.

I've got a 680, but plan on upgrading like you, to maybe a 790 since I can't do SLI but probably will wait for the 800 series.
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