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Graphics card that will max out any game at 1080p 60fps, while not being overkill?

What would be the best graphics card that can max out (nearly) any game at 1080p while getting at least 60fps, while not being overkill and a waste of money?

E.g a GTX 780 would be overkill for 1080p gaming, and money spent on that could have been put elsewhere in the build.
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  1. Hi there,

    First of all GTX 780 is not an overkill in 1080p. Most GPU intensive games like Metro, Crysis 3, Far Cry 3 would show you exactly about 60 fps at maxed out settings and those games are not new now. So newere games could be even more GPU hungry since lots of them a "wracked" ports from consoles with minimal optimization for pc.

    The other thing is that there is no need in 780 no more because there is GTX 970 on the market. Best card for the price for high-end gaming.

    Regards
  2. I have the same question as the OP. I have a Sandy Bridge quad core i5, with 8 GB RAM, and a 1080p monitor, and it seems like getting a GTX 970 GPU would be a waste. What card is ideal for high(not necessarily ultra) details 1080p gaming?
  3. bldysabba said:
    I have the same question as the OP. I have a Sandy Bridge quad core i5, with 8 GB RAM, and a 1080p monitor, and it seems like getting a GTX 970 GPU would be a waste. What card is ideal for high(not necessarily ultra) details 1080p gaming?


    Thats not a waste for real. You would deal fine with the all most GPU intensive games which will come in near future. For the price it's a deal breaker. Also you can upgrade your monitor some time later when 4k monitor become cheaper.

    If you still think that this is a waste go with R9 280X/GTX 770. Both are good cards for 1080p gaming. I've tested both ot them and they are fine (GTX 770 better). And dont forget that those 2 cards would NOT give you constant 60 fps at any modern game (ultra settings). Be ready!

    Have a nice day
  4. A gtx 970 isn't a waste, you'd get smooth gameplay now and in the future. If you bought a graphic card based on now games then you will struggle in the upcoming games
  5. Yazooman said:
    What would be the best graphics card that can max out (nearly) any game at 1080p while getting at least 60fps, while not being overkill and a waste of money?

    E.g a GTX 780 would be overkill for 1080p gaming, and money spent on that could have been put elsewhere in the build.


    GTX 970 is not an overkill (best price to performance ratio).Aslo it is almost as good as the 780(better in some games)

    http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-970-vs-GeForce-GTX-780
  6. gtx970 sli, because Ryse will make a single gtx970 cry with 2x2 SMAA, and you have to be elaborate on what you meant by "at least 60fps"

    is that on average? at minimum? and the other folks are correct, a 780 is no way overkill. that's like believing my 280x is enough for 1080p gaming when in reality it never was and it never will.
  7. Lol my 780ti cant max out crysis 3 or metro last light with SSAA on at 1080p

    If you can go without anti aliasing, a 970 is your best bet.
  8. nick779 said:
    Lol my 780ti cant max out crysis 3 or metro last light with SSAA on at 1080p

    If you can go without anti aliasing, a 970 is your best bet.


    What does the rest of your build look like? I had a 780ti, and could max both of those games out...with top AA. Maybe there is a bottleneck somewhere else?
  9. klecka27 said:
    nick779 said:
    Lol my 780ti cant max out crysis 3 or metro last light with SSAA on at 1080p

    If you can go without anti aliasing, a 970 is your best bet.


    What does the rest of your build look like? I had a 780ti, and could max both of those games out...with top AA. Maybe there is a bottleneck somewhere else?


    buy ryse or nba 2k15. set SSAA on 2x2 on ryse, set SSAA on 2k15 to 5, see the 780ti cry.
  10. klecka27 said:
    nick779 said:
    Lol my 780ti cant max out crysis 3 or metro last light with SSAA on at 1080p

    If you can go without anti aliasing, a 970 is your best bet.


    What does the rest of your build look like? I had a 780ti, and could max both of those games out...with top AA. Maybe there is a bottleneck somewhere else?


    Youre full of it, with SSAA 8x (Highest, most intense AA setting) Metro renders at 8 times your current resolution and downsamples it to your active res. There isnt a card or SLI/XFire setup even capable of that unless your running tri or quad 780s/780tis/ or dual 295x

    From Hard OCP "Right now, unless you are running an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or GTX TITAN, you will not be able to play above 2X SSAA at 1080p. To run any higher level of SSAA at 1080p or higher, you will need a SLI or CrossFire setup." Granted that quote is a bit old its still shows what power you need.

    There was a benchmark showing FPS at different SSAA levele but I cant seem to find it.
  11. niko24 said:
    bldysabba said:
    I have the same question as the OP. I have a Sandy Bridge quad core i5, with 8 GB RAM, and a 1080p monitor, and it seems like getting a GTX 970 GPU would be a waste. What card is ideal for high(not necessarily ultra) details 1080p gaming?


    Thats not a waste for real. You would deal fine with the all most GPU intensive games which will come in near future. For the price it's a deal breaker. Also you can upgrade your monitor some time later when 4k monitor become cheaper.

    If you still think that this is a waste go with R9 280X/GTX 770. Both are good cards for 1080p gaming. I've tested both ot them and they are fine (GTX 770 better). And dont forget that those 2 cards would NOT give you constant 60 fps at any modern game (ultra settings). Be ready!

    Have a nice day


    answer their damn question not spew your tech boner into peoples mouths. yes 970 is overkill for 1080p the visual diference of 16x AA and 4x is completely negligible at 1080p
    and i run metro last light at 1080p 2xAA with medium settings and it looks smooth with 45-55 frames through 95% with a low-mid range 2013 card so if nvidia and AMD cant even keep up with 1080p why try to squeze your wallets
  12. Yazooman said:
    What would be the best graphics card that can max out (nearly) any game at 1080p while getting at least 60fps, while not being overkill and a waste of money?

    E.g a GTX 780 would be overkill for 1080p gaming, and money spent on that could have been put elsewhere in the build.


    and mate a 770 of any sort its reliable and power efficient would easily set up your 1080p gaming with both appreciable settings and future proofing. it is overkill if you pay 100$ more just to get the AA one more level
  13. Best answer
    So to answer your question. An r9285 or 280x will be fine for 1080p without breaking the bank. There are good deals on these cards on newegg.

    If u want nvidia go for a 770. Prolly more expensive but with all the holiday sales and price slashing you could get lucky.

    970 is a great price/ performance card but im guessing 350 Bucks is outta your budget. And dont believe all the hype about AA. It will only make things harder.
  14. Wow.. some people on this thread are incredibly incredibly... I've got the stock nVidia 780ti and can max out Ryse at 1080p and 60fps no problem. Nick can't even answer a simple stupid question about his rig because some pc gamers are too ignorant to know that a gpu isn't the only thing that matters.

    Yes... a 780ti is overkill for sure. I have one. Nick is just spreading rumors because he's got major bottleneck issues, he must not know about pc hardware very well because he is blaming the card. He should just look up benchmarks.

    Here's what I'm running:
    AMD 3.7ghz 8-core CPU OC'd to 4.2ghz, 16gb Corsair DDR3 System Ram, NVidia 780ti, 2tb HDD, Windows 8.1 OS, Bose Surround Sound 5.1

    And yes.. I even got a video on youtube to back it up. Can we post youtube links here? My guess is not.
  15. sonic134 said:
    Wow.. some people on this thread are incredibly incredibly... I've got the stock nVidia 780ti and can max out Ryse at 1080p and 60fps no problem. Nick can't even answer a simple stupid question about his rig because some pc gamers are too ignorant to know that a gpu isn't the only thing that matters.

    Yes... a 780ti is overkill for sure. I have one. Nick is just spreading rumors because he's got major bottleneck issues, he must not know about pc hardware very well because he is blaming the card. He should just look up benchmarks.

    Here's what I'm running:
    AMD 3.7ghz 8-core CPU OC'd to 4.2ghz, 16gb Corsair DDR3 System Ram, NVidia 780ti, 2tb HDD, Windows 8.1 OS, Bose Surround Sound 5.1

    And yes.. I even got a video on youtube to back it up. Can we post youtube links here? My guess is not.


    I really doubt im bottlenecking with a 4670k @ 4.7Ghz, 16gb 1866 DDR3.

    If you actually took the time to look at benches with even beefier systems running a 780ti youd see that they get close to the same numbers I do.
    I think the majority of the people in this thread are the ignorant ones because they dont seem to understand the difference between maxed and ultra, you included.

    Ryse benches: http://www.overclock.net/t/1517881/pcgh-ryse-son-of-rome-benchmarks

    a 780ti running ryse @ 1080p Max details with 2x SSAA (in otherwards Maxed out) is pushing ~20fps
  16. A gTX 970 is NOT overkill. I just switched from sapphire r9 290 to a evga gtx 970 3 days ago. Witcher 3 at 1080p everything maxed except shadows is on high, foliage density is medium and I'm getting 55 to 60 fps constantly. If I turned everything up I get 45 to 55. It's early 2015. By the end of this year I'm sure there will be games that at more demanding for my gpu. So the answer is definitely NO. A gtx 970 is not overkill for 1080p gaming. And it's only 350 bucks.
  17. I would think the MSI gtx 960 4GB would be a sweet spot for 1080p
  18. The 960 4Gb is a waste of money.
    That card only has the power to use 2 GB of memory. That's why Nvidia equipped it with that amount.
    You can get a 2Gb 960 for $190. The 4GB model is $220.
    That's getting too close to the a $285 GTX 970 to bother with IMO.
    It's the same reason a 290x 4Gb and a 290x 8 GB perform the same in a single card setup.
    All prices quoted are available on Newegg.
  19. uglyduckling81 said:
    The 960 4Gb is a waste of money.
    That card only has the power to use 2 GB of memory. That's why Nvidia equipped it with that amount.
    You can get a 2Gb 960 for $190. The 4GB model is $220.
    That's getting too close to the a $285 GTX 970 to bother with IMO.
    It's the same reason a 290x 4Gb and a 290x 8 GB perform the same in a single card setup.
    All prices quoted are available on Newegg.


    No the 4gb version is 239.99 on newegg ..an if your playing GTA V most of memory is being used. paul from newegg clearly proved that .now with that said I just wonder having this card in SLI would be better
  20. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500374
    I don't want to sound smart but like I said earlier you can get a 4gb version for $220.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125789
    GTX 970 for $285 is a much better buy for 1080p gaming.
  21. uglyduckling81 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500374
    I don't want to sound smart but like I said earlier you can get a 4gb version for $220.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125789
    GTX 970 for $285 is a much better buy for 1080p gaming.


    No you can not new egg has it for 239 instead of the price u are saying for 220

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127860&cm_re=msi_GTX_960-_-14-127-860-_-Product
  22. JaymesD0ve said:
    uglyduckling81 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500374
    I don't want to sound smart but like I said earlier you can get a 4gb version for $220.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125789
    GTX 970 for $285 is a much better buy for 1080p gaming.


    No you can not new egg has it for 239 instead of the price u are saying for 220

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127860&cm_re=msi_GTX_960-_-14-127-860-_-Product


    That's a different brand than the one I linked. It's not hard, just click the link I posted above and it will take you straight to it. There is more than one 960 4GB available.
  23. uglyduckling81 said:
    JaymesD0ve said:
    uglyduckling81 said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500374
    I don't want to sound smart but like I said earlier you can get a 4gb version for $220.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125789
    GTX 970 for $285 is a much better buy for 1080p gaming.


    No you can not new egg has it for 239 instead of the price u are saying for 220

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127860&cm_re=msi_GTX_960-_-14-127-860-_-Product


    That's a different brand than the one I linked. It's not hard, just click the link I posted above and it will take you straight to it. There is more than one 960 4GB available.


    why settle for other brands the one I have listed is the best
  24. The refurb 970 is no longer available.
  25. Would a GTX 960 with a bad processor (Intel Core i5-650) be able to get the job done, of, say, Crysis 3, at 1080p 50FPS≥?
    Thanks to those who respond.
  26. ah geez, he pick the choice already.

    I would recomended a 290 4Gb that only cost $220 ($200 if he can claim the rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202043

    Surely a $220 290 with that price will humiliate $300 970.

    Its a pity they already pick the best answer
  27. niko24 said:
    bldysabba said:
    I have the same question as the OP. I have a Sandy Bridge quad core i5, with 8 GB RAM, and a 1080p monitor, and it seems like getting a GTX 970 GPU would be a waste. What card is ideal for high(not necessarily ultra) details 1080p gaming?


    Thats not a waste for real. You would deal fine with the all most GPU intensive games which will come in near future. For the price it's a deal breaker. Also you can upgrade your monitor some time later when 4k monitor become cheaper.

    If you still think that this is a waste go with R9 280X/GTX 770. Both are good cards for 1080p gaming. I've tested both ot them and they are fine (GTX 770 better). And dont forget that those 2 cards would NOT give you constant 60 fps at any modern game (ultra settings). Be ready!

    Have a nice day



    A GTX 950 or 960 is enough for years of gaming without problems.
  28. bldysabba said:
    I have the same question as the OP. I have a Sandy Bridge quad core i5, with 8 GB RAM, and a 1080p monitor, and it seems like getting a GTX 970 GPU would be a waste. What card is ideal for high(not necessarily ultra) details 1080p gaming?


    GTX 960 4GB video card. They come in 2 GB versions, too, for a bit less, but some games will use the extra 2GB of RAM when available. But I think they are the best high end but relatively inexpensive NVidia based video card that will do 1080p gaming on very high or max settings, depending on game, of course.
  29. Lemar Bonquiqui said:
    Would a GTX 960 with a bad processor (Intel Core i5-650) be able to get the job done, of, say, Crysis 3, at 1080p 50FPS≥?
    Thanks to those who respond.



    Not sure about Crysis 3 at 1080p - what fps you would get, but a GTX 960 would be a great video card for the processor you have to prolong it's life and make gaming easier. I would get the 4GB version, however, as some demanding games will use the extra RAM.

    Your processor has 2 cores, 4 threads, so it should not be a bottleneck for you. If you where running just a 2 core cpu, then it could affect game play for some games.
  30. Can we have a definitive price range?
  31. Is it even necessary to "max" out games? Surely you would just tinker with the settings and bring a few down here and there, thus putting far less stress on your gpu and yielding much higher fps, I've seen many benchmarks on youtube that show how "maxing" out games just ruins performance and often isn't even noticable
  32. I think an amd r9 380 or 380x would be the sweet spot here as it is not more expensive than the gtx 960 and if you do a bit of research you will see that is performs better, and im talking about the 4GB version which can actually use the 4GB, since it has 256bit bus rather than the 960 that has a 128 bit bus. This is my opinion, so please do not start attacking me about amd and all the crap i will get, for sure. I know, physX and freaking hairworks for some games, but whatever. Just don't attack me.
  33. bldysabba said:
    I have the same question as the OP. I have a Sandy Bridge quad core i5, with 8 GB RAM, and a 1080p monitor, and it seems like getting a GTX 970 GPU would be a waste. What card is ideal for high(not necessarily ultra) details 1080p gaming?


    I have the same question.
  34. & the answer would be the same mate , 970 or 390 if youwant a locked 60fps minimum.

    A 960 or a 380 if your happy with High settings & don't mind a few drops to the mid 40's here or there (which is still perfectly playable )
  35. Depends on the game. I have R9 390 and I don't get a solid 60fps out of modded Skyrim (a game from 2011) at 1080p I know people who run Titan X's that have the same problem. For normal games at 1080p most decent cards will work, I have no problems with Witcher3 at max details for instance, but again, depends on the game.
  36. Just get a GTX 980 and foogetaboutit, never settle for just enough on PC gaming. be set for next level monitor, 2560 x 1440 res @ 144hz refresh, and next level games while playing your current games with every setting maxed. it's an investment, not an expense
  37. Yazooman said:
    What would be the best graphics card that can max out (nearly) any game at 1080p while getting at least 60fps, while not being overkill and a waste of money?

    E.g a GTX 780 would be overkill for 1080p gaming, and money spent on that could have been put elsewhere in the build.


    There isn't really any overkill with a single GPU. Todays console ports are pretty terribly optimized. You also want to be future proof and be ready for upcoming techology. What if you go for VR or 144hz/fps or 1440p once there is a good deal?

    If you are thinking about upgrading, I would wait for Nvidias new line of GPUs (Pascal). They are finally moving to a new manufacturing process (14nm instead of 28nm IIRC) and to HBM2 (High Bandwidth 3D Memory). It's probably coming out this summer or fall.
  38. OnkelCannabia said:
    Yazooman said:
    What would be the best graphics card that can max out (nearly) any game at 1080p while getting at least 60fps, while not being overkill and a waste of money?

    E.g a GTX 780 would be overkill for 1080p gaming, and money spent on that could have been put elsewhere in the build.


    There isn't really any overkill with a single GPU. Todays console ports are pretty terribly optimized. You also want to be future proof and be ready for upcoming techology. What if you go for VR or 144hz/fps or 1440p once there is a good deal?

    If you are thinking about upgrading, I would wait for Nvidias new line of GPUs (Pascal). They are finally moving to a new manufacturing process (14nm instead of 28nm IIRC) and to HBM2 (High Bandwidth 3D Memory). It's probably coming out this summer or fall.


    Don't leave Polaris out. AMDs new line of GPUs, also on the same (14nm) manufacturing process and coming around the same time.
  39. 010TheMaster010 said:
    OnkelCannabia said:
    Yazooman said:
    What would be the best graphics card that can max out (nearly) any game at 1080p while getting at least 60fps, while not being overkill and a waste of money?

    E.g a GTX 780 would be overkill for 1080p gaming, and money spent on that could have been put elsewhere in the build.


    There isn't really any overkill with a single GPU. Todays console ports are pretty terribly optimized. You also want to be future proof and be ready for upcoming techology. What if you go for VR or 144hz/fps or 1440p once there is a good deal?

    If you are thinking about upgrading, I would wait for Nvidias new line of GPUs (Pascal). They are finally moving to a new manufacturing process (14nm instead of 28nm IIRC) and to HBM2 (High Bandwidth 3D Memory). It's probably coming out this summer or fall.


    Don't leave Polaris out. AMDs new line of GPUs, also on the same (14nm) manufacturing process and coming around the same time.


    True. The last two generations from AMD have been pretty disappointing, but hopefully they will catch up with Polaris.
  40. OnkelCannabia said:

    True. The last two generations from AMD have been pretty disappointing, but hopefully they will catch up with Polaris.



    That's not really fair. They created cards just as good as anything Nvidia has out perhaps not including power usage. Even that isn't that far behind the 980ti. The 290x was a pretty amazing card for it's day. The 295x2 is still the most powerful single card (dual GPU) available.

    I personally own a GTX 970 which I'm happy with but there is nothing wrong with AMD's offerings.

    I will be interested like everyone else as to what 14nm will bring to the table.
  41. uglyduckling81 said:
    OnkelCannabia said:

    True. The last two generations from AMD have been pretty disappointing, but hopefully they will catch up with Polaris.



    That's not really fair. They created cards just as good as anything Nvidia has out perhaps not including power usage. Even that isn't that far behind the 980ti. The 290x was a pretty amazing card for it's day. The 295x2 is still the most powerful single card (dual GPU) available.

    I personally own a GTX 970 which I'm happy with but there is nothing wrong with AMD's offerings.

    I will be interested like everyone else as to what 14nm will bring to the table.


    AMD may have some powerful cards out right now at lower prices, but their lack of driver updates and support is what is infuriating to me. Even though most Nvidia cards are a higher price - the fact that they proactively update their drivers is worth the extra penny. It's like buying a car and taking it to the shop for maintenance and not seeing it for 3 months.
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