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Ideal Gaming GPU for a large 720p TV

I am looking for suggestions on what gpu of current or recent past gens will properly run games maxed out at 720p, high settings, and 4xaa....

I am putting together a second gaming rig with some spare parts I have lying around to run on my 47" LCD and would like some suggestions as to what gpu to go after. Currently my thoughts were going for a 5770/gtx260/4870, etc I'm assuming that this range of gpu will be enough for 720p at 60+ fps in most games...

The system will be based on a lowly athlon II x2 240 @ 3.6ghz, 4 gigs ddr3, 600w coolmax psu (cheapo, I know but ive ran a gtx 260 and 5770 on it before with an overclocked system so im not too worried), asrock mobo, etc... so I know I'm not dealing with cutting edge tech here but would just like some suggestions for gaming at 720p, what route would you go?
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    A LCD monitor or HDTV will limit you to 60FPS because the connection is only 60Hz. This includes 120Hz HDTVs. To get more than 60FPS you need to buy a 120Hz PC monitor which takes dual 60Hz connections; unlike a 120Hz or 240Hz HDTV.

    If you want to get near 60FPS with maxed out graphics quality on stressful games like Crysis (the original) and Metro 2033, then you need to step up to something much more powerful even on a 1280 x 760 HDTV.

    See following review of potential video card that would meet your requirements. Note that 720p resolution is not part of the review. However, 720p has 70% of pixels found in a 1280 x 1024 monitor. Therefore, for simplicity sake divide the frame rate for 1280 x 1024 resolution by 0.7 to get an approximation. Also note that the CPU in the test rig is an Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.8 GHz which can have either a major or minor affect on frame rates.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_6950_Vortex_II/1.html


    If you want to max out graphics on even the most demanding game and still get near 60FPS, then I would consider any card in the review other than the GTX 465 which is the slowest of the bunch. Note that in Metro 2033 you will need a GTX 580 to get close to 60FPS.
  2. Since this is a secondary gaming rig and you appear to have an approximate $150 - $175 for a video card. Therefore, I would go with the following HD 5850 for $155 after rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125318


    Otherwise get a HD 5770 for $100 after rebate if you are not trying to break the bank.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121363
  3. For 720p, the HD 5770 is enough, but it might not be sufficient in some really demanding games with all the eye candy on.So, jaguarskx is right about getting the HD 5850, or if you can sacrifice some detail, the 5770 would be enough.
  4. I don't understand the 60hz monitor 60fps thing. Can someone explain?

    I have a 60hz monitor and I consistently get over 100fps according to FRAPS.
  5. ^^that just means that you are not using vsync and therefore I can guarantee you are screen tearing.... start your own thread
  6. thanks for the input everybody, right now I'm leaning towards a 5770, but for really not much more money the 5850 can be attained, any other thoughts?
  7. jjb8675309 said:
    ^^that just means that you are not using vsync and therefore I can guarantee you are screen tearing.... start your own thread


    umm....no...but thanks for your opinion.
  8. umm yeah if you have a 60hz monitor and are utilizing vsync, you will not get one fps over 60, if you are getting 100 fps then you do not have vsync on... you are the one asking the question that most people of "veteran" status would easily know, it is not opinion, it is fact....

    how do you conclude, "ummm no.. thanks for your opinion" this tells me that your original question is clearly not worth explaining... so have fun with your 100 fps on a 60hz monitor... :lol:
  9. jaguarskx said:
    a 120Hz PC monitor which takes dual 60Hz connections

    lol wut?
    I seriously hope you actually meant to say 'dual link DVI'
  10. Kari said:
    lol wut?
    I seriously hope you actually meant to say 'dual link DVI'


    A dual linked DVI uses two 60Hz connections.
  11. I am still more baffled by this comment:

    I don't understand the 60hz monitor 60fps thing. Can someone explain?


    I have a 60hz monitor and I consistently get over 100fps according to FRAPS.
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  13. jjb8675309 said:
    I am still more baffled by this comment:

    I don't understand the 60hz monitor 60fps thing. Can someone explain?


    I have a 60hz monitor and I consistently get over 100fps according to FRAPS.



    60Hz connection means the video card will send video signals to the monitor 60 times per second. Think of the signals as frames. If the connection only allows the video card to transfer at most 60 frames per second, then the monitor will only display 60 frames per second.

    FRAPS reports how many FPS the video can generate regardless of the connection's limitations.
  14. jaguarskx said:
    A dual linked DVI uses two 60Hz connections.

    umm, no.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface
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