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May 20, 2012 10:19:42 PM

Ok, so I'm building a custom rig in about 3 weeks to a month. I have everything worked out except for one thing... the best GPU for my 55 Inch Samsung Led HDTV at 1920x1080p resolution. My spending limit is $500 and I am curious if a single GPU around $500 is overkill for 1080p resolution? I love to play games on a big screen and don't plan on buying a separate gaming PC monitor anytime soon because as I stated, I love the big screen =). I was thinking of going with a new Geforce 680 Kepler card, but I'm a bit unfamiliar with GPU scaling to different resolutions. Also, I am aiming to play games at max/ultra settings (ie: Skyrim, Witcher 2 etc). Any help/info appreciated, Thanks!

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May 20, 2012 10:27:05 PM

Screen size does not matter in the slightest. The only impact from your display is the resolution.

And yes, a 680 is overkill for 1080p. Most cards in the $200-$300 range will max out games at 1080p with totally playable framerates.
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May 20, 2012 10:31:51 PM

Thanks for the help, also, I'm looking to get a minimum of 60fps on those max settings as well. Not too sure of what range of framerates you would consider to be playable (40-60?) just thought I'd add that in there, again thanks.
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May 20, 2012 10:37:52 PM

I'm running a single Gigabyte GTX 570 OC that currently costs $289 after rebates. It is running 1920x1080 on a Samsung 46" LED as well as 1920x1200 on a 24" Dell IPS monitor. I'm able to max out all settings with nearly always > 60 FPS. (games play on either one monitor or the other - been playing Tribes Ascend lately on the bigger screen - and its awesome).


Usually Driving/FPS on the big screen - and RPG (Skyrim/witcher2) on the higher resolution screen.

I'm actually thinking of getting another one of the cards for SLI - if for nothing else but for increasing my Folding output ;-)
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May 20, 2012 10:43:33 PM

I consider any setup that never dips below 30 FPS sufficient, and additional power is well into the realm of diminishing returns. If you're dead set on every game running at 60 FPS at all times, you may want to look into the GTX 670.

Unless you're playing games that have lots of fast movement (like rockets in shooters), you're unlikely to be able to tell any difference between 30 FPS and 3000 FPS because the travel time of an object between two frames is so small, and your brain is remarkably good at covering up little inconsistencies like this. The phenomenon is known as the "flicker fusion effect."
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May 20, 2012 10:55:46 PM

I see, thanks for the help!
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June 8, 2012 7:56:28 AM

Hello Conskill. I also have a 55 inch samsung led (un55d6000) that I am building a gaming pc for. I was wondering if you have chosen a gpu yet? I was seriously considering a HD 7950. I felt that that may give me some future resistance if newer games need more graphical power. Has your research led you to that conclusion as well?
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June 10, 2012 9:26:07 PM

Well, considering that the Geforce 680 is still out of stock (And I'm not interested in paying a extra $100-$150 over the regular price for one thats available), I may very well go with the 7950. I'v always had nvidia cards but they seem comparable and from what I can tell, I'v seen just as many people with a Hd card as a Geforce card, or even more people with a Hd card when they list there specs.
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June 10, 2012 9:33:41 PM

Or how about a GTX 670? If you can get your hands on a 670, that would be my recommendation.
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June 11, 2012 5:49:13 AM

Hmm. I do not know what to get yet. I have been reading a lot on the high end graphics cards and almost every review seems to imply that the 670 and 680 are the very best. However when price and availability are considered the amd 7800 and 7900 seem to win. In regards to your comment about the 7950, I feel you should decide if a 7870 would perhaps work for you. I do not claim to know much but I have seen benchmarks that show a 13% maximum difference between the 7870 and the 7950 as far as fps on modern games. If thats true then the cheaper 7870 would be the best overall choice. I plan to get a HIS IceQ x2 7970 Because it is on sale on newegg and I want the best so as to be better future resistant.
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