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March 14, 2011 1:25:55 PM

Hi,

I have these specifications -

Phenom II x4 955 3.2 GHZ BE
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (Push/Pull)
ASUS M4N75TD Motherboard
4 GB 1600MHZ DDR3 (Corsair XMS 3)
Cooler Master Elite 430 Cabinet
500 GB SATA
Cooler Master GX 750W PSU
Ssmsung B2030 20" Monitor (1600x900 resolution)

Please suggest me a graphic card for maxing all the games at 1600x900 resolution (Crysis and Metro - Exception). The graphic card should be used to its full potential (not bottleneck). Please suggest me one. I am also ok with SLI or crossfire (if you suggest so). I will soon be upgrading to a bulldozer CPU a few months later so please do not suggest me any intel sandy bridge rigs.
a b U Graphics card
March 14, 2011 1:32:05 PM

could you tell us your budget? its much easier to choose a card for you then :) 
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March 14, 2011 1:39:54 PM

Please don't mind as I have not thought about the budget yet. Just suggest me a graphics card (AMD or Nvidia) that can cope up with my Phenom II x4 955BE nicely at 1600X900 without bottlenecking my system because I know that the term bottleneck would come into picture if you are using a gpu which is much more powerfull than a cpu.
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a b U Graphics card
March 14, 2011 1:43:12 PM

i see you have an nvidia chipset, in that case get a GTX 460 1GB, then you can SLi in the future.

DONT Get the SE edition, just get a normal GTX 460 1GB :)  it should run the games really nicely on that resolution.

or if you want to spend a little more get the GTX 560 TI.
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March 14, 2011 1:51:13 PM

I am ok with any budget. Will the gtx 460 1gb give me good frame rates at 1600x900 resolution without being bottlenecked???????

another 2 questions (just asking):

1) If I were to go with an AMD graphics card, then which is the maximum graphics card would my CPU handle nicely at 1600x900.
2) If I SLI another 460 or 560, will my CPU be able to handle it.
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a b U Graphics card
March 14, 2011 2:00:36 PM

your CPU would like to be overclocked if youre gonna SLi, but with single card it should be fine, the GTX 460 1GB would max out most of the games on your resolution i think.

the ATI equivalent of GTX 460 1gb is the HD6850 but i suggest you go nvidia because you can only do SLi.
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March 14, 2011 2:03:07 PM

thank you. So looks like its the 460 1gb then.

and you did not answer one of my questions:

1) If I were to go with an AMD graphics card, then which is the maximum graphics card that my CPU will handle nicely at 1600x900.
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a b U Graphics card
March 14, 2011 2:09:36 PM

the 6870 i think.
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March 14, 2011 2:21:08 PM

thanks. Do you think that bulldozer would support SLI.

If I upgrade to bulldozer, will I still be able to use the 460 1gb with it.
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a b U Graphics card
March 14, 2011 3:16:31 PM

thats a really good question, i have no idea :S best to buy a mobo that supports either crossfire or SLi depending on what GPU you have then.
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a b U Graphics card
March 14, 2011 3:55:41 PM

why upgrade your cpu? Im running crossfire 6870s on a 955 @ 4.0ghz without issue, why not oc your chip I also have a hyper 212+ and it keeps temps low. For that resolution I'd get a 1 gig 6950 and that should last for a while... If you like nvidia I highly recomend grabbing a gtx 560 ti:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or something along those lines, but I dont think you should upgrade your cpu/mobo at this time, if anything you can at least get another year or two out of the am3 setup (as I plan on doing) and by that time there will be something much better or at least prices will have gone down on forthcoming mobos and cpus
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March 15, 2011 12:25:28 AM

My thoughts exactly. :D  :D 

I will definitely overclock my chip to atleast 4 ghz. As I have an SLI motherboard now, I will probably buy nvidia cards. Maybe a 460 1gb or a 560 now and then SLI sometime later because I think one card would suffice now for a 1600x900 resolution.

would the GTX 560 TI be an overkill for the 1600x900 resolution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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a b U Graphics card
March 15, 2011 2:50:08 AM

not really, its only one step down from 1650X1080 1080p you will be good for now and heading into the future
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