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Need Gpu for programs in 2560 x 1600 Maxed

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April 18, 2012 2:51:44 PM

Hello,
I recently got a 30" Led 2560 x 1600 monitor and a 1200watt psu and area 51 alx case for 200$ so i need to know which system i need to play the following:

Case is area 51 which has 2 x 80mm exhaust fans, 1 x 120 mm intake fan and 1 x 80mm side panel intake fan, cpu cooler is v10. and ambient temp gets around 35-38 here.

sims 3 at 1600p maxed out
metro 2033 at 1600p or 1080p maxed out ( 1080 wont give me black edges right)

i got that h61 mobo of asrock...things i need are gpu,cpu, ram, ssd. budget is 400$. Someone help me please...

I was thinking i3 2100 @ 3.4, dominator 4gb 2x2 1600, and 6950 or gtx480...
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2012 3:03:24 PM

get this 8GB kit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You mean i3-2130? it's the only one at 3.4ghz

That leaves you with $200 for the gpu. i'd say this is a good bet:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can up your budget, grab a 7850 instead. A 560ti can likely play sims 3 maxed out but not metro. It won't be 1080p it will be 1920x1200 (to avoid the black edges). Metro will play on high settings medium settings at 1920x1200.

And an SSD doesn't really fit in the budget...

edit: and who sold you all that for $200? Great deal.
a c 125 U Graphics card
April 18, 2012 3:13:50 PM

GTX 580s are usually pretty cheap now as they're trying to sell them off. That would be a pretty good card to use. Honestly though to max a game like Metro even at 1200p will take a lot of power, like a 580 or better. At 2560x1600 you would need a 680 or 7970, or maybe crossfire/SLI of two mid range cards like 560 Tis or 6950s.

Anyway, 7850 or 580 would be my recommendation.
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a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2012 3:36:08 PM

Your gonna need a ALOT of power for maxed out games at 1600p. I mean, any modern card will run sims, but metro 2033 is a different deal. For $200, your not gonna max out metro 2033.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2012 4:59:20 PM

Here you can see the level of card required for Metro 2033 even on High (not maxed):
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-rev...

If you lower to 1080 I think you'll still fill the screen but may not look the best but it depends on the display and your perception. Only way to know is to test it out.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2012 5:06:38 PM

You will not max out Metro 2033 at 1200p (or 1080p) for that matter with a $200 video card and maintain a pleasing frame rate (at least 45fps in my book). I run Metro 2033 at 1920x1080 at 60fps steady on normal detail and I have to use a GTX 580 1.5GB with directx11 effects enabled and AAA antialiasing enabled. I have an i7 2600k @ 4.5Ghz and 8GB RAM at 1600mhz. The moment I change the settings to high detail, the fps drops to 30. Metro 2033 is a beast of a game, running it maxed out (on high detail) at 1080p at 60fps or above is almost impossible unless you have some sort of sli/crossfire setup.

Source for Metro 2033 settings with GTX 580:
http://www.geforce.com/Optimize/optimal-game-settings/M...
April 19, 2012 10:49:41 AM

so how many fps is considered smooth! 60fps...or 30fps, i just want smooth gameplay! not brag about 60+fps!
a b U Graphics card
April 19, 2012 11:58:40 AM

Think the wisdom is shooting for average of 60 to absorb drops down near 30 (most folks can't notice a difference above 30) during heavy action.
a b U Graphics card
April 19, 2012 2:15:10 PM

It really depends on you. Some people consider drops to 30 not smooth and others never notice.

Also, metro is about the most demanding game out there. Playing it on medium still looks nice.

If you want everything to run at max you will need to up your budget about +$300 (total of 500 for the gpu) and grab a 7970 or 680.

Otherwise, a 560ti will make games very playable at decent settings. The next step is a 7850. It would be a nice upgrade since a) it's stronger and b) it has 2GB of ram which is nice at 1600p.

edit: ok, this would be an improvement over the 560ti at the same cost, but only if you don't mind using ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SAPPHIRE-HD-6950-2GB-GDDR5-Dirt...

The 6950 is slightly faster than a 560ti and this is the 2GB version which, like I said, is useful at 1600p.
June 7, 2012 10:29:09 AM

GUYS MY BUDGET IS NOT 200$ . so please dont mention 200$.

when did i say 200$. i only said i bought the stuff for 200$. budget for card is 480$. Or can go with 2 of them. but i need maxed out metro 2033 and battlefield 3 without AA. at 1600p.

June 7, 2012 10:31:59 AM

kulmnar said:
You will not max out Metro 2033 at 1200p (or 1080p) for that matter with a $200 video card and maintain a pleasing frame rate (at least 45fps in my book). I run Metro 2033 at 1920x1080 at 60fps steady on normal detail and I have to use a GTX 580 1.5GB with directx11 effects enabled and AAA antialiasing enabled. I have an i7 2600k @ 4.5Ghz and 8GB RAM at 1600mhz. The moment I change the settings to high detail, the fps drops to 30. Metro 2033 is a beast of a game, running it maxed out (on high detail) at 1080p at 60fps or above is almost impossible unless you have some sort of sli/crossfire setup.

Source for Metro 2033 settings with GTX 580:
http://www.geforce.com/Optimize/optimal-game-settings/M...


so who wants a 200$ card....when i clearly stated my budget is 400$
a c 290 U Graphics card
June 7, 2012 10:42:20 AM

It seems like you said $400 for all of the following:
gpu, cpu, ram and sdd.

If $400 is solely for the GPU, then go with GTX 670. That's the best card you can get for your money today.
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2012 7:37:33 PM

^yup and yup.
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2012 8:29:18 PM

Get a open cooler (like Gigabyte) 670 if your case has good cooling (closed cooler reference models get a little loud under load).
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