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Video Card for 2560 by 1440 (gaming)

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December 1, 2011 11:11:55 PM

I'm piecing together a computer to fill my gaming niche, won't be used for much else. I've purchased everything except for the video card, and already have a screen I'm hoping to use. I have an Apple 27" Cinema Display (2560 by 1440 w/ 12mx response time). Has anyone tried gaming with this, if so, any issues? I'm a little concerned with the response time, especially with the mini display port if I have to get a converter.

Specs for the rest of the build are:

CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
HD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G
PSU - CORSAIR Professional Series HX750
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December 1, 2011 11:43:21 PM

The only thing that could comfortably game at that resolution would be a 580 or 590/6990. Otherwise you would have to go with an SLI or crossfire setup. SLI 560's would be a good choice, your PSU should handle it easily. The AMD solution to that would be 6950's crossfired. You dont say anything about your budget here, what is it?
December 2, 2011 1:46:42 AM

I'd prefer to keep it under $500, if possible. However, I am open to options even if they do go a little beyond (such as purchasing a 580/6970 now, and adding another after the first of the year).
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December 2, 2011 3:47:30 AM
Sli these and you should be good, it handles most games @ 2500x1600 which is comprable to your resolution. It may only be the 1gb versions but i dont really think the vram will make much of a difference as you only have 1 monitor.

^imo best way

For nvidia would be slied

if your afraid of micro stuttering i'd go with a 580 although it will be good enough for most games except for metro 2033 and bf3 maxed out.
December 2, 2011 3:23:29 PM

I'd hate to get two lower end cards to find out they don't quite cut it.

WOuld a single 580 ( cut it? And if I wanted to bump it up next year, get another 580 to run in SLI?

Another question would be, would the rest of my system handle these in SLI?

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December 4, 2011 4:11:59 AM

With a single 580 at that res I dont think you would be able to quite max out bf3 while maintaining 60 fps. Now obviously that high isnt needed so its up to you. I think a 580 now and a 580 later would be the best choice. The sli/xfire would provide more frames but at the cost of more power and possible microstuttering issues.
The 580 would only not be able to max out say bf3 and metro 2033 at this point. Everything else will be a piece of cake.
December 13, 2011 11:35:46 PM

Best answer selected by mark2685.