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Min GPU for 1600 X 900 Gaming

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March 10, 2011 1:44:09 AM

Hello people...

I was just wondering since my monitor's native res is 1600 X 900, what's the least powerful GPU I could get that can play just about any games at that res & still gives great performance?

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March 10, 2011 1:47:46 AM

An HD 6850 or GTX460 would be perfect for maxing out games at that resolution.
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March 10, 2011 1:55:08 AM

Really? I thought I wouldn't need that much power to max out that res...
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March 10, 2011 1:59:16 AM

That is just 1 step down from 1920 x 1080. And a 6850/GTX460 is really a mid tier card. You did say max out.
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March 10, 2011 1:59:48 AM

yep the HD6850 or GTX 460 is the way to go for that resolution. unless you want to start lowering some graphics settings for some games.
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March 10, 2011 2:57:56 AM

Ok...what if we take FPS games out of the picture...would it make a difference?
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March 10, 2011 3:12:00 AM

I mean a HD5770 or GTS450 would give you good performance at that resolution but not every game maxed.
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March 10, 2011 3:17:24 AM

anort3 said:
I mean a HD5770 or GTS450 would give you good performance at that resolution but not every game maxed.

Thats impossible.I have a gtx 275 with i7 870 and it maxed out every game out there including crysis 2 at 1680X1050.The only game which I can't max out is metro 2033 which I play on high but if I lower my resolution to 1600X900 I will max that out as well.So if my 275 can do it then why can't the 5770?
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March 10, 2011 3:22:33 AM

Assuming the OP is working with an i7 870 it probably could come close.
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March 10, 2011 3:23:47 AM

celpas said:
Thats impossible.I have a gtx 275 with i7 870 and it maxed out every game out there including crysis 2 at 1680X1050.The only game which I can't max out is metro 2033 which I play on high but if I lower my resolution to 1600X900 I will max that out as well.So if my 275 can do it then why can't the 5770?


you are maxing out metro in DX10 but not in DX11 :) 
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March 10, 2011 3:52:20 AM

Ok...how bout this...I want to play Starcraft 2 maxed out & I'm using a Phenom II X4 945 at stock...
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March 10, 2011 4:31:36 AM

My orignal recommendation stands. GTx460 or a HD6850 for maxing out or a HD5770-GTS450 for pretty good perfromance.
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March 10, 2011 5:01:25 AM

Ok...so to max out I need HD6850/GTX460...1 step down would be HD5770/GTS450...any other suggestions?
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March 10, 2011 6:49:36 AM

other suggestions: well, since price is no object, I'd go with 580 GTX's in SLI, that will max out Metro in any aspect, even with DOF on. If you want a more reasonable, but still ludicrous in it's own right, how about crossfiring a pair of 5670's for $160.
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March 10, 2011 7:32:14 AM

Well, not looking to crossfire or SLI, trying to minimise cost, that's why I'm looking for the least powerful GPU that can max out something like Starcraft 2 for 1600 X 900 res...
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March 10, 2011 8:30:14 AM

joshyboy82 said:
other suggestions: well, since price is no object, I'd go with 580 GTX's in SLI, that will max out Metro in any aspect, even with DOF on. If you want a more reasonable, but still ludicrous in it's own right, how about crossfiring a pair of 5670's for $160.

That's really stupid. A single 580 is plenty at any res up to 1080p, and a single 580 will even max most games at 2560x1600 (though there are certainly several games that can't quite be maxed by a single 580 at that res - I would know, since I'm running a 30" monitor on a single EVGA superclocked 580). Before spending nearly that much on GPUs, if I were in the situation that the OP was, I would upgrade the monitor (I'll never understand people running $1k of GPUs on a $199 monitor).

Oh, and I agree with everyone above. To truly max stuff, a 6850/460 is the way to go. You could certainly get away with less though if you didn't want to max absolutely everything.
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March 10, 2011 11:15:39 AM

Will I notice much difference between maxed out and not maxed out on this resolution with a 20in monitor? BTW what does OP stand for?
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March 10, 2011 3:46:26 PM

Op stands for "Orignal Post" or "Orignal Poster". What is your budget? That will help us pick you the best card for what you have to spend.
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March 10, 2011 3:59:13 PM

starcraft 2 tends to favor nvidia I believe, get the gtx 460 1 gig. It is a more CPU intensive game so I would say that even with a 6850/gtx 460 your cpu will be holding you back a lot in this game... that being said, I would still get the gtx 460 1 gig
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March 10, 2011 11:49:52 PM

well if you ask me the 5770 plus a good cpu like an i7 will tend to perform better than a gtx 460 with a amd phenom 2 but thats just my opinion
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March 11, 2011 12:27:04 AM

I'm not sure about the budget yet...I was thinking since my monitor is only 20in with 1600 X 900 resolution I could get away with a regular GPU...are there any sites where I can see the difference between maxed out and less detailed Starcraft 2?
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March 11, 2011 1:14:31 AM

Well..regular for me would fall under the budget/bargain range...
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March 11, 2011 1:26:09 AM

jabbrun said:
I'm not sure about the budget yet...I was thinking since my monitor is only 20in with 1600 X 900 resolution I could get away with a regular GPU...are there any sites where I can see the difference between maxed out and less detailed Starcraft 2?

to answer your question lets assume a game has low medium high and very high settings.In general the difference between high and very high is not that prominent.Take crysis for example.Iwould'nt notice the difference between high and very high unless you took side by side screenshots.That said if you are under the impression that if you lower the settings a little from max you will get a horrrible image then you are wrong.Thats the precise reason why I didn't upgrade to the 560Ti.My current card can play metro at high.The 50Ti will play it at very high.the difference in image quality between the two is not drastic so why upgrade?I stand by my opinion that a 5770+i7 will do you much good since your resolution is comparitively low.Some amount of cpu limitations will be seen if you purchase a 460 at that rez.you will experience good performance from the 460 only at 1920X1080 rez coz thats a gpu resolution.go with the 5770 it will play games at near max on you resolution.Also since you want to play the cpu dependant starcraft 2 an i7 will serve you well
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March 11, 2011 4:55:05 AM

Wow guys...thanks for the very informative answers...kinda hard to choose the best answer...my initial assumption that this res is quite low & any card can max out games on it is way off...gonna have to rethink this to make a decision...
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March 11, 2011 8:25:05 AM

Best answer selected by jabbrun.
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March 11, 2011 12:56:50 PM

lol yeah right the best answer person said they can play metro on very high with a gtx 560 ti, no way, poor best answer choice this person doesnt knwo what they are talking about except for suggesting an i7 which would obviously be out of your budget
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March 11, 2011 4:07:10 PM

^ Agreed. His suggestion is to upgrade your whole computer......I thought you just wanted a new graphics card as you have a decent CPU already and were on a budget.
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March 11, 2011 6:57:41 PM

well monkey see monkey do oh well, some best answers are obviously far from best, I just hope the OP does not take it to heart
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March 12, 2011 10:40:09 AM

Ok...I guess I have to explain why I chose that answer as best...it made me realise that I don't need to max out everything to get the best experience...it'd be cool to be able to max out all the games out there but that's just eye candy...gameplay still counts a lot...also I agree that I just need a 5770 since my CPU will be the bottleneck if I max out Starcraft2...as I said before my initial assumption when I ask the question was not correct anyway so I chose that answer as best since that's my personal opinion...peace.
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March 12, 2011 2:28:10 PM

your certainly entitled to your opinion, I just thought dude was blabbering a bunch of bs personally. The point is that, yes you will enjoy your experience with a 5770 Ive owned one in the past and they are decent gaming cards, and many games will still be playable at up to 1080p, just the handful of more demanding titles that will bog you down, over I'd say its a great match for your CPU and will certainly run SC2 with reasonable settings, overall I'd say the 5770 is a good choice..... peace
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March 22, 2011 7:26:11 PM

I can only play Metro 2033 with settings on very high (not ultra) and DX11 with DOF turned off. I game on a 1080p monitor. I wonder if these people just make this *** up sometimes.
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March 22, 2011 10:40:43 PM

In my opinion you should have gone with the gtx 460 but maybe have gotten the 768mb for that resolution. That is what I have and it works perfectly on most games.
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February 23, 2012 11:33:35 PM

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