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January 31, 2012 1:56:28 PM

I'm Wondering which of these Graphics Cards can Max Out these Games out at 720p, All Settings On:



My Choices -

6770 1GB
GTX 460 1GB (Superclocked Edition or Regular)
GTX 550 TI

Reasoning Behind These - My Friend works a Local Computer Shop and he can get me these cards for Dirt Cheap: 6770 for $20 / GTX 460 for $45 / GTX 550 TI for $50


I'm mainly looking for a Nvidia Card, due to Physx (I Know not many games support it, but i have some old ones that do), But i'm still open to ATI cards if they can definitely get the Job Done

So i'm really just interested in These Choices, But if there is a Definite Option that can max out my games at 720p, I'm open for Suggestions Under $170



Primary Use: Gaming and Web Video Streaming

Games:

1.Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Crysis 2
2.Metro 2033
4.Dolphin Gamecube Emulator
5.PSP Emulator
6.Skyrim
7.Planetside 2
8.The Old Republic
9.Deus Ex: Human Revolution
10.The Witcher Series
11.Rage
12.Arkham City
13.Tribes Ascend
14.BF3
15. Dead Island

Basically as you can see all the latest games


Specs:

AMD Phenom 955
7GB DDR3 Ram
Windows 7 Home Premium

Screen Resolution - 720P

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January 31, 2012 2:07:14 PM

Fill out the form at the top of this post. you mean 1280x720, right? 6770 will be able to max out at that res.
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January 31, 2012 2:26:07 PM

Of those options the 460 is probably the best. The Crysis series, BF3, Witcher 2, Metro 2033 and Arkham City can be quite demanding, even at low resolutions. Crysis, Witcher, and Metro are demanding because they really push the limits of graphics technology, even the 6770 will struggle with them if you crank everything up at 720p, Arkham City is demanding because it is a horribly coded mess in DX11 mode, DX9 mode is considerably easier to run though.

What sort of power supply do you have? The 460 uses the most power out of all those options, you may need to upgrade your PSU if you don't have a good quality 450 Watt or better power supply.
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January 31, 2012 3:02:56 PM

Yes 1280x720

Antec 500w PSU


So the GTX460 can Definitely Max out the Games?
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January 31, 2012 3:17:31 PM

It has the best chance of doing it out of the cards you listed, though you probably won't be able to max out Crysis 2 and Metro 2033 and maintain an acceptable framerate. Those 2 games almost need either a top of the line card or a dual GPU setup to max them out on just about any resolution. Arkham City you'll probably want to run in DX9 mode until rocksteady finally gets around to fixing DX11, they've been too busy counting money to be bothered to fix the horrible PC release. Original Crysis, BF3 and Witcher 2 should be fine, though don't turn on Ubersampling in Witcher 2, that option absolutely slaughters your framerate if you don't have a ridiculously high end dual GPU setup.

Your PSU is plenty for a 460 so you don't need to worry about that. If you are dead set on maxing out Crysis 2 or Metro 2033, you may want to aim for a higher card, but that would largely be contingent on if you have $200+ to spend.
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January 31, 2012 3:28:18 PM

You should be able to play Metro 2033 on high (Medium recommened) and get maybe a 40 fps. with the GTX 460 thats your best chance. Believe me, i can't even max the game out and i have two 560 ti's . But far as the difference between Medium and High isnt much in Metro. BF3 and Crysis (1 or 2???) you can do about the same. I know people that can play it n high with a 460 at 1080p
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January 31, 2012 6:58:54 PM

Thanks everyone for the Advice,

I Just called my friend and he said he can get me a 6870 1gb for $70, is that a good deal and how does it compare to the gtx460 on 720p in the games I listed?
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January 31, 2012 7:12:04 PM

6870 is very good for that price, it's close to the 560Ti, that can run BF3 at good frames on High @ 1080p, should max it at 720! So yeah 6870 should be able to max that out too!

Found this:
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February 2, 2012 11:32:08 AM

Also i've been reading that alot of new games like bf3 can easily take up 1.5gb of VRAM, is that true and will that apply to gaming at 720p resolution?
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February 2, 2012 11:50:07 AM

At Ultra, yes it will, but honestly i've seen GTX 560Ti's get almost as good frames as an 6950 2GB at Ultra, so I don't know to be honest!
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February 2, 2012 12:44:21 PM

Go with the 460, then later if you upgraded PSU you could throw in another one for about 130$, and get about the performance of a 580.
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February 2, 2012 8:36:49 PM

Damn....so even on 720p, 1.5GB Vram is need for Ultra in games like Bf3, that really sucks

So even the GTX 560 and GTX 560TI can't do it at that res

Can anyone point me to a Vid that Shows BF3 Truly Maxed Out
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February 2, 2012 9:03:38 PM

THENOOB123 said:
Damn....so even on 720p, 1.5GB Vram is need for Ultra in games like Bf3, that really sucks

So even the GTX 560 and GTX 560TI can't do it at that res

Can anyone point me to a Vid that Shows BF3 Truly Maxed Out


At 720p you shouldn't need more than 1GB to max out any game current game (aside from Grand Theft Auto IV, but there aren't any other games out right now that use as much VRAM is GTA IV), even BF3. Having more than 1GB only really helps if you are running at 1080p or higher, and doesn't really become essential until you get to ultra high resolution displays and multi-monitor configurations. At your resolution a 6870 or 560 with 1GB should be enough to run BF3 on ultra. You may not necessarily get a solid 60FPS, but you will certainly get playable framerates.
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