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June 11, 2011 10:23:59 PM

hello, i'm upgrading video cards soon and i was curious what video card might be best for a 1440x900 resolution.

i likely won't be upgrading my monitor any time soon, and so i was just curious what card might be best suited. i've been looking at a gtx 580, but i don't know if that would be overkill for that resolution.

thanks
a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2011 10:45:41 PM

snipezor said:
hello, i'm upgrading video cards soon and i was curious what video card might be best for a 1440x900 resolution.

i likely won't be upgrading my monitor any time soon, and so i was just curious what card might be best suited. i've been looking at a gtx 580, but i don't know if that would be overkill for that resolution.

thanks


A 580 would be overkill at that res. A 5770 would be good ,but it also depends on what games you would be planning to play. Also ensure your power supply is good enough with an pci-e 6 pin.

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a b U Graphics card
June 11, 2011 10:51:44 PM

To answer your questions, yes, that's quite a bit of overkill. Heck, the GTX 580 is overkill even for a 1080p monitor.

For 1440x900, all you really need is something around the Radeon HD 6850 or similar. Honestly though, if you want my true recommendation, I'd say to split the money and buy both a new GPU and card to go with it. If you can afford a GTX 580, then I'm going to assume you're working with around $500.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you buy that monitor for around $200, that leaves you $300 for your graphics budget.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...which can buy you a really, really nice HD 6950.

I'm using an HD 5770 right now to power my 1080p monitor, and it works just fine for most games. There's no way you'd ever need a GTX 580 for one 1440x900 monitor. You could probably power a whole wall of those monitors off of that card. The best investment you can make right now is to get a good 1080p monitor and either one of those two cards.

And as has been said, be absolutely sure your PSU can handle such cards. They draw a LOT of power.

Just my opinion. :) 
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June 11, 2011 10:54:36 PM

Ya they pretty much helped you out well so only other thing is look on ebay if you are in 300$ budget you can find 6970 if your lucky. Just make sure you read the listing well and look at pics so no one rips you off with abused card.
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June 11, 2011 10:58:29 PM

actually yes, that gtx 580 was a typo, should've read as 570. thanks for the quick replies.
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2011 2:38:46 AM

for that res, something like the hd6850 would be perfect, especially since they are getting cheaper like every week i think.

but i mean getting a bigger monitor would also be nice.
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a b U Graphics card
June 12, 2011 2:52:16 AM

Anything from a 5770, 6790 or 6850 will max most games.

May I ask what PSU you are using?

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October 31, 2011 2:02:47 PM

sorry bout this , but i have a similar doubt, can you play BF3 at max settings ( not AA and AF ) at the above resolution with either HD 6850 or HD 6870.
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October 31, 2011 3:55:25 PM

560, 560ti, hd 6850.

If you didn't want absolute max but close to, a 6770 would do it at that resolution, for less cost than the other cards.
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October 31, 2011 4:19:50 PM

what if i have a E8400 processor.
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a b U Graphics card
November 2, 2011 9:01:49 PM

from the toms bf3 review it looks like bf3 is more graphics intensive than cpu intensive so you should get good frames despite having a dual core.
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November 3, 2011 10:00:33 AM

i have heard things in a lot of places ( including this forum ) that you shouldn't trust tom's regarding advice about gaming.
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November 3, 2011 10:02:23 AM

and i am going to try to push AA and AF as far as i can and get framerates around 40 , so should i get 6850 or 6870 , cuz they're both in my budget.
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