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What is a good graphics card for gaming at 1980x1080?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 1, 2012 11:52:42 PM

I have recently got a new monitor that has a screen resolution of 1980x1080 and would like to play my games at this resolution. My current graphics card is an Asus HD 6770 with a factory overclock of 850mhz.

My System Specs are;
Asus M4A78LT-M
AMD Phenom II X2 560 @ Stock
8GB (2x 4GB) RAM @ 1600mhz
Asus HD 6770
600w FSP power supply FSP600-80EPN(85)
25" 1980x1080 screen

I'm going to get a Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP and an Intel i7 3770 or i5 3570k, any big difference in games?
The Gigabyte board comes with Lucid MVP, does Lucid Virtual Vsync stop screen tearing like Nvidia's Adaptive Vsync?

If Lucid Virtual Vsync stops screen tearing and stuttering then I'm happy to get an AMD card, If not then I'd prefer an Nvidia Card.

I am in NZ and AMD cards are, generally, cheaper.

I am also looking to buy a Seasonic 850w M12II later so I can SLI/Crossfire the card I get and for neater cable management

The links to the cards I am looking at;

Sapphire HD 7950

Sapphire HD 7970


GTX 670

My power supply is almost a year old and I don't know if it will handle these cards
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 2, 2012 12:15:40 AM

1920x1080, a 670 will max it out :)  it's certainly scalable for a nice SLI upgrade in the future. however, why not go for a cheaper one?

at that price, it cost as much as the sapphire 7970, which I own and I can tell you it bests any 670 on any benchmarks I've seen...

EDIT: also, you don't really need lucid virtual vsync for the current top end cards. just pop on triple buffering and it'll solve all the screen tearing issues. these cards have enough power to triple buffer anything
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2012 12:28:42 AM

Make sure your RAM is compatible with the new platform. AMD builds are a bit more forgiving with RAM, but it's probably OK.

The 3570K would be the best processor for gaming. The hyperthreading of the i7 will not help much.

I think the consensus is that the GTX 670 is the best bang for the buck currently.... but of course in NZ your prices might be so different that it's not.

Seems like for the same price the 7970 might be a better buy, with the better fannage. I looked over the whole list and that's what I would probably select.

FSP makes a broad range of PSUs, some of them junk some of them good. 1 year is not old.

If you do need to upgrade, the Seasonic 620W or the Corsair 650W would both be great choices. Or if your budget permits the more expensive Seasonic X660 or Corsair AX650.

Edit: for crossfire I would go with the Corsair HX850 over the Seasonic I think. Ideally the AX850.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
July 2, 2012 12:33:46 AM

OK, I see you've added the regular 670 and it's avialable. get that, for $100 less than the 7970, it's an awesome deal.

main issue with the 7970 is that although it can run a little bit faster than the 670, that sapphire model's a 2.5 slotter, and it'll be tough to crossfire in the future. I am experiencing that issue at the moment...
July 2, 2012 1:00:22 AM

Proximon said:
Looking at current conversion rates it all seems a bit high actually. 612 USD for a GTX 670? We're going to pay about 450 USD after tax for one of those... $400 with no tax.

How about an even $700 with GST?

A stock GTX 670 is NZD$689 is USD$552

I've added a stock GTX 670 in the first post
July 2, 2012 1:08:24 AM

I am from the UK and the prices there for the new gen cards are insane. £700 for a GTX 680. Thats about $1100 US dollars...

I now live in NZ
July 2, 2012 1:16:41 AM

Best answer selected by Geomyna.
a c 91 U Graphics card
July 2, 2012 4:13:52 AM

rinmic said:
I hope its not to late, but you can get an OCed 670 for cheaper than that in NZ.

wow, amazing price lol... man, must be tough to shop in NZ

anyway, judging by his best answer selection, I'm hoping he went for the reference model, which isn't too badly priced
July 2, 2012 4:25:33 AM

vmem said:
wow, amazing price lol... man, must be tough to shop in NZ

anyway, judging by his best answer selection, I'm hoping he went for the reference model, which isn't too badly priced

Well, US prices for hardware/consoles are generally not met anywhere in the western world. This 670 is 450 in US$, which is still 10-15% up in price from you guys as I understand, but the cheapest you get as far as I know and OCed.
July 2, 2012 5:14:10 AM

Haven't bought any of the cards yet. I need to get the Intel processor first so I don't bottleneck the card.

Went looking on the site Proximon said, found a EVGA GTX 670 FTW editon for NZD$680, heard these cards are good to OC and come with the GTX 680 PCB
There is a small charge for using NZ dollars in Australia but the FTW is $800 here.

Meanwhile, I'm OCing my 6770, got it to 880mhz on stock voltages