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Ok, quick question as far as I am concerned... 1920x1080 is my resolution...

No dual monitor setup etc.

PSU: 760 PC pow + cooling
SSD: 256 gb Samsung 830
CPU: TBD - [i5 - 3570k] Ivy Bridge (2500k equivalent most likely)
GPU: (QUESTION)
16 GB ram (doesnt matter)
Mobo (doesn't matter - probably z77)

Ok now to the question: For this resolution @ gaming what would be the best option to go ultra/super high graphics on games... I mean almost any game at this resolution.

-- I figure 7950/7970 is too much oomph for this resolution, seeing as people can run it on dual monitors etc.

So, I guess the more important question I should be asking is would the 7850/7870 or the equivalent in kepler series be best for me?


Please let me know any suggestions etc on the build as well. The stated items (SSD/PSU) = already purchased.
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  1. I think you're on the right track. The 7850/7870 might even be slight overkill but still a good idea for future proofing. The 7870 IMO is the more compelling choice since it basically comes right up next to the 7950 and GTX 580 in most cases and is $100 cheaper.
  2. Either the HD 7870 or an equally-priced GTX 580. That oughtta do 50+ fps in any game. Great prices on these two, currently. And that's the best GPU cooler you can buy.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127567

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662
  3. revfarquhar said:
    I think you're on the right track. The 7850/7870 might even be slight overkill but still a good idea for future proofing. The 7870 IMO is the more compelling choice since it basically comes right up next to the 7950 and GTX 580 in most cases and is $100 cheaper.


    So what about the kepler series coming out, because I am waiting for ivy bridge, and (supposedly) the kepler will be out by then, so any clues on this folks?


    EDIT: For example would the GTX 650 be enough for the system? -- Considering it is supposedly comparative to GTX 560... Or perhaps 660 which is comparable to a GTX 580
  4. bloodymaze said:
    So what about the kepler series coming out, because I am waiting for ivy bridge, and (supposedly) the kepler will be out by then, so any clues on this folks?


    EDIT: For example would the GTX 650 be enough for the system? -- Considering it is supposedly comparative to GTX 560... Or perhaps 660 which is comparable to a GTX 580

    Who knows? - wait til they're out. Those estimates are just speculation right now. The only legit-looking info on Kepler is the 680, which looks to be 10% better than the HD 7970.

    Either way, you'll be looking at the best card for about $350 when you do buy.
  5. Seems a bit overkill to go with the 680 or 350$ for a video card @ 1080p...

    Need more input folks!
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    Okay well the GTX 680 is now out and it runs circles around every other single-chip card at 1080p. If you get this card, you're looking at 60fps in every game with vsync (or the new adaptive vsync) on. You could wait for the GTX 670 and see if that's a better value - you'll still be getting high framerates in every game on Ultra.
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