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January 13, 2012 1:18:52 AM

Hi I wanna ask you all a question and here it is. Here's my

PSU :SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card here I can do 1980 x 1080 no problem...but My monitor I got picked out says recommended resolution 1366 x 768. If it's true the max is 1366 x 768 then all I can say is I'm screwed cause I can't go over my budget!:(  the monitor is a Acer G185HAb Black 18.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250. Thanks for the help in advance! :) 

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a c 181 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 1:26:59 AM

Your card will be able to adjust to that resolution. later on just get a monitor for 1920x1080. If you were worried if your card would not play. there is no need to worry.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 1:28:45 AM

thats the max your monitor can go probably.
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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 1:34:06 AM

at the lower resolution your card will have an easier time.
-Bruce
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a c 257 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 1:41:05 AM

At 1366 x 768 you will get a much higher framerate than at the higher 1920 x 1080 resolution with that card. In fact that card is pretty much massive overkill for that resolution. An HD6770 or a GTS 450 would be fine.

You need at least a 22in or in most cases a 23in monitor to get full HD 1920 x 1080. Sometimes you see it on smaller panels but it is rare.
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January 13, 2012 2:10:19 AM

are you saying I should downgrade my video card? and what do you mean by overkill like a good thing? :) 
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a c 257 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 2:16:48 AM

shell shocke said:
are you saying I should downgrade my video card? and what do you mean by overkill like a good thing? :) 



I mean that a 6870 is overpowered for that resolution. Not in any way that will hurt anything but you could max most games with a much cheaper card.

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January 13, 2012 2:23:42 AM

will obviously you get what you pay for the 6870 will last longer futuristic wise then then a cheaper card + it's more impressive (:

P.S. I wouldn't feel like changing the video cards when time comes and the video cards are out-dated you know by that I mean I don't want to do it so early. With the 6870 I know it'll do my good.
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a c 257 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 2:27:20 AM

I would get 1 HD 6850 now and a 1920 x 1080 monitor. Then add a second HD 6850 later in Crossfire. Assuming you have a motherboard that supports Crossfire.

Edit: And a power supply that will handle it. Like a decent ~600w unit.
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January 13, 2012 2:33:06 AM

I really want to stick to the 6870 personally because I really don't want to have to open up my desktop and have to insert the 6850 (not that i'm lazy) I have no experience in building computers I'm getting someone to do it for me but he's charging so as you can see that's why; Also couldn't I just get the 1366 x 768 desktop and then later on upgrade to a 1980 x 1080 when I can afford it. It decreases a lot of hassle for me personally. :) 
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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 2:37:16 AM

My (now secondary) monitor I bought in 2004. Video card wise I've probably had about 5 graphic card upgrades/changes since I bought the monitor.

A quality monitor will last you far longer than a video card. Just saying.

my2cent
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a c 257 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 2:43:02 AM

Supermuncher85 said:
My (now secondary) monitor I bought in 2004. Video card wise I've probably had about 5 graphic card upgrades/changes since I bought the monitor.

A quality monitor will last you far longer than a video card. Just saying.

my2cent




^ This.
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January 13, 2012 2:44:17 AM

I'll not replace the the monitor because it's going to last shorter or anything but because I want 1920 x 1080p (HD) graphics so yeah. And if it comes to that day where I gotta replace my video card then what must be done must be done. :)  + i'll just by another bad ass video card that's once I need to replace it.

P.S. I get dirt 3 "coupon"? & a $20 rebate with the purchase of the 6870! (:

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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 3:27:44 AM

Think you didn't understand what I was saying. Your monitor lifespan will in most cases be several years compared to the lifespan of your graphic card that will technically be surpassed within 2 years by a newer and cheaper model.

Therefore assuming you hadn't bought anything yet I would rather step down to a 6850 or even 6790 and buy a bigger and better monitor since it will "last" you longer than say the performance difference of a 6850 -> 6870. Your monitor only supports a maximum resolution of 1366x768, so there is no way to get 1080p out of it.

I wasn't implying that the monitor you chose is crap. Just for comparisons sake, we have people using $20 speakers asking for advice on a which $100 sound card to buy. Chances are you won't even hear the difference since your speakers are crap to begin with. Ergo my advice for those people is to rather save the $100 and buy a good set of speakers.

In your case the GPU can easily power your gaming needs at 720p and seems a bit of a mismatch with the monitor resolution. It can easily run games at higher settings but if your budget is what it is, then there is no discussion here.

And of course you can buy a 24" 1080p later and do a nice two monitor setup with your old one. Enjoy the productivity benefits of being able to work (play) on one monitor and watch a movie on the other. Best thing there is :p 
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January 13, 2012 4:19:36 AM

hey, I learned i didn't need a cooler master hyper 212 EVO unless I had a 'K' chip or overclock which I'm not obviously so I saved $50. If I step down to the 6850 I save about $20-40 excluding the mail-in rebate. So I'll get a 1920 x 1080 monitor and a 6850 Video card. Just wondering how much of a difference is there? And thank you I didn't understand it the first time and now I do. :)  If the step-down from the 6870 to the 6850 is a dramatic loss I might want to go back to 6870 although I know there won't be that much of a difference. Thank you all for your support!
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 4:22:46 AM

I think you'd be better off with a 6870 and a less powerful monitor, try to get one thats 1600x900 or something.
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January 13, 2012 4:29:00 AM

anort3 said:
I would get 1 HD 6850 now and a 1920 x 1080 monitor. Then add a second HD 6850 later in Crossfire. Assuming you have a motherboard that supports Crossfire.

Edit: And a power supply that will handle it. Like a decent ~600w unit.


what will crossfire do Is it like overclocking? if so I'll probably just go 6870 (or whatever else newer model there's) in the future and stick with your guy's suggestions as 1920 x 1080 and a 6850 video card.
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a c 257 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 4:49:50 AM

Crossfire runs 2 video cards at one time in your computer. You need a motherboard that supports it and a power supply powerful enough to run 2 cards. In the case of 2 x 6850s you would need a quality 600w power supply.

Here is the difference between a 6850 and a 6870.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=290
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January 13, 2012 2:06:59 PM

I've a 650 W GPU I believe.

And seeing the comparison It's like 10-15 difference and then when I saw battefield: bad company ~ it was like 30 difference :o !

I'll get a 6850 video card and get a 1600 MHz partriot band and a 1080p "21-22 acer monitor I save about $20-30
I'm taking off my cooler because I'm not over clocking.
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a c 181 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 11:54:13 PM

Your 650w PSU might be enough but if it is a brand that is no good then crossfiring could become a major problem. What is your PSU's brand?
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January 14, 2012 12:44:04 AM

I have a 620 W GPU not a 650 my bad not that much of a difference :p  and my PSU is a SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -- I've heard good comments on SAPPHIRE, But i'm not sure if I'll crossfire even though I have it, If I do crossfire I'll do 2 6850's.
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a c 181 U Graphics card
January 14, 2012 12:52:43 AM

shell shocke said:
I have a 620 W GPU not a 650 my bad not that much of a difference :p  and my PSU is a SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -- I've heard good comments on SAPPHIRE, But i'm not sure if I'll crossfire even though I have it, If I do crossfire I'll do 2 6850's.


What is the brand name for your 620w power supply (PSU)? Your GPU (graphic processing unit) is a good one the Sapphire.
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January 14, 2012 2:02:05 AM

This is my PSU ~Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply~
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a c 181 U Graphics card
January 14, 2012 2:28:52 AM

shell shocke said:
This is my PSU ~Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply~


Nice PSU. NO worries with that baby. You should not have a troubles at all
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January 14, 2012 3:10:08 AM

=D thanks. By the way I read some comments about the sapphire PSU I read some comments and they said it crashed 30% of the time...He said unless you had cpu/ram unlocked. If anyone of you guys know this please tell me, Or if you know another PSU That does not have all those complaints about crashes...
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January 14, 2012 7:43:50 PM

I was recommended the gigabyte 6850 ~ same stats & price but better reviews and less crash rates. I'll look at yours
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January 14, 2012 7:49:42 PM

Is there any Tall tower-Mid tower atx cases that come with case fans besides the ugly rosewill one looking for one that's around the price for $49.99
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a c 257 U Graphics card
January 14, 2012 8:22:14 PM

The Antec 300 Illusion is my cheap case of choice. You can find it on sale for $50 sometimes. It comes with 3 x 120 and 1 x 140mm fans. Not on sale right now though.
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January 14, 2012 10:05:09 PM

oh ok, I'll wait, I heard hard drives will go down on price in 3-4 months hopefully intel i5 2400 well too...I could save like $60+ in sales not including rebates..
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