I might be building a new system soon. I will likely be purchasing one of those Korean 27" IPS 2560x1600 monitors. This will be primarily used for gaming (SWTOR & Skyrim, not into FPS). I would like to get around 60 fps our of the card at all times.
So how high the GPU food chain do I have to climb to achieve this? Single or SLI/Crossfire?
It'll need to have some serious power... I'm getting one of those Korean IPS's in about a month or so when I can afford it. I've already got a 6950 2GB, so I ordered a 2nd one from the 'egg today because the Sapphire OC version on sale for $200. A crossfire setup would only be $400, and cost a good bit less than a 7970 or 680 and deliver comparable and sometimes better frame rates. Plus if you feel like modding, there's a possibility of unlocking shaders, and of course overclocking.
I think that should get the job done, at least for games that play nice with crossfire. I don't remember the ones that don't play nice. Probably because I don't play them all that often.
EDIT: My brain got all narcissistic on me and forgot what I was replying to... For a single card, you'll need a GTX 670 at the least. A 7970 or a 680 would be a better bet. I might be inclined to go with the 7970 due to higher memory requirements at that resolution, but I'm an AMD graphics man at heart, so take that recommendation with a grain of salt.
You can go with a single HD 7970 or GTX 680 but don't expect to maintain a solid 60 FPS for most of the games at this resolution, not for long too unless you turn down some game settings. So definitely you'll need to CF/SLI later.
I'm still trying to build my machine and getting costs...
I knew the video requirement was going to be steep so I tried to cut some corners elsewhere...
Antec P183 case (I am going for a quiet setup. The GPU will be the biggest noise issue I figure)
Intel i5-2500k 3.3GHz
ASUS P8Z77-V Mobo
Corsair Vengence 4GBx2
Intel 520 120GB SSD
WD re4 500GB HDD
Catleap 27" 2560x1440 IPS monitor or similar
Logitech G510 keyboard
Razer Naga mouse
If I pull the trigger on this it has to be under $2000 for everything. So I am trying to build a machine capable of 2560x1440 @ 60Hz and fairly quiet at a bargain price....
Good luck, right?.....lol
Otherwise I think I will just buy a 1080p 24" monitor for my screaming laptop and call it a day....