Yes, if you want to max AA and AF on crysis, your only choice is a dual card/gpu setup even at 1680x1050. But is the game play experience that much better? And is it worth the hassle and expense of dealing with crossfire or SLI?
Aren't crysis and stalker both badly optimized titles though?
That's the rumor, but the vast majority of people saying that have zero programming knowledge and are just repeating what they hear. I'm not saying they are optimized, but I am of the opinion that simply being demanding and having high hardware requirements does not automatically mean unoptimized. If someone has some more compelling evidence, I'd like to see it.
No, that's not a challenge for arguing, I really would like to see it. I like being edumacated =]
Anyway, while a 295 would be overkill for most people, if you play all current games at maximum settings, use lots of AA/AF, and still want a good framerate, the 295 wouldn't be a bad choice. Similar to what Michael said, just make sure the games you play can take advantage of the horsepower.
If you decide the 295 is overkill, you should look at the Radeon 4890. It's a surprisingly potent card.
The best value would defenetly be a GTX260 or GTX275. The GTX285 is the top i would buy for 1680x1050.
And this is what i have .. a GTX285 ... im playing @ 1680x1050 ....
I can't say i blame you although the GTX 285 is a very enviable card. What FPS are you getting in Crysis?
(I know people bang on about Crysis but I think it's still one of the best shooters. Yes it's not greatly optimised but if I have to throw serious hardware at it to make it play I will). My i7 system is coming in 2 weeks.