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Which Graphics Card for 1440x900?

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July 19, 2012 6:09:16 PM

Just as the title says, which graphics card is the best as of now for 1440x900 resolution?
Something that isn't overkill, but would still be able to play the latest games on high/ultra.

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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 6:21:44 PM

I would go for a 6870, costs about $170, or you could save some money and get a 6850, but the extra $20 or $30 would be well spent on the first one.
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July 19, 2012 6:23:54 PM

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a c 194 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 6:27:17 PM

If you've got a budget of around $130 or so, a HD7770 would do well at that resolution, as would a HD6850. On a tighter budget, look for a HD6770. If your budget is higher, unless you're planning on a monitor upgrade, anything stronger than a HD6780 or GTX560 will likely be overkill.
Confirm that your PSU is sufficient. A quality modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification. Seasonic, Antec (including the non-active PFC VP-450), Corsair, XFX, and Enermax/LEPA are among the better brands. Any of those cards will run on a quality 500W PSU. Up to the HD6850 or HD7770 will run on a 380W Antec Earthwatts or 400W-430W Corsair CX.
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July 19, 2012 6:40:49 PM

I have a HIS IceQ 7850 paired with my 1440x900 monitor. May be a bit overkill for the resolution, but maxes everything I've thrown at it with ease. It also leaves room for future games or a higher res monitor if you upgrade a year or two down the line. That'd be about the max I'd recommend though, and the suggestions of the people before me would do you just as well.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 11:05:25 PM

A Radeon HD 7770 would work well at that res.
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July 19, 2012 11:24:28 PM

Well, my maximum budget is $150 including shipping. I was looking at either an HD7770 GHZ edition or an HD6850. Which one is better? I know that the 6850 is a generation older, but I have heard that it is better than the 7770 GHz edition. It has more stream processors and a 256-bit memory interface compared to the 128-bit memory interface of the 7770Ghz. However, the 7770GHz is cheaper.
So which one is a better bang for my buck?
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 11:35:13 PM

At 1440x900 the increased memory bandwidth isn't useful. However, if you are planning on upgrading your monitor, it could be. The 7770 will perform well and do everything you need at that resolution.

If you are looking for a good card on the cheap, the 7770 has you covered. I would save the money and wait to upgrade your display to something that runs 1680x1050 or even 1920x1080.

You can always get a more powerful card later, but for now that power would be wasted.
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