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A good midrange card for 1920x10180?

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August 7, 2012 9:41:45 AM

Seeing my new rig my cousin also wants one.He already has a 1090t with 4GBs of ram and a GT240.He is asking me to upgrade his Graphics card.I also wanted him a card with the GK104 GPU(my GTX670),but he is a casual gamer and doesn't want to spend more than 300$.

any help?


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August 7, 2012 11:27:25 AM

A gtx 560 ti is great for casual gaming, he could also wait for the 660ti coming out some time in September.
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August 7, 2012 1:36:59 PM

iamcacao said:
A gtx 560 ti is great for casual gaming, he could also wait for the 660ti coming out some time in September.


I was actually looking at a 7870 GHZ
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August 7, 2012 1:50:15 PM

well if you are looking at 7870, he should rather go for 7950 which is barely 30bucks more and has 384bit bus and 1gb vram more. i also wanted to go for 7870 but then i saw price of 7950 and there was no question i rather buyed that.

but then i decided that why should i save, so i will buy the gigabyte 7970 oc, which in my country is like 18eur more than stock version
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 2:02:38 PM

mictlantecutli said:
A good midrange card for 1920x10180?


Man! That is one really tall monitor! :p 

In all seriousness though, the AMD route would be just fine, but personally I would wait for the 660ti to come out next month for some of that gk104 goodness. Either way he should be able to play 1080p games at good settings for ~$300.

Personally I use a GTX570 at 1200p (a tall 1080p) and have had very rare issues of frames dropping to the point where I can notice it. But then again, it all depends on the specific games you intend to play, as some obviously favor one architecture over the other.
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August 7, 2012 2:05:08 PM

The 660ti is out in just over a week...
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 2:21:58 PM

I would spend the extra few dollars and get an HD7950 (HIS IceQ version)
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August 7, 2012 2:40:39 PM

The 660Ti is by far the best midrange card out there, i mean will be, in the upcoming week :D . You should invest your $300 in that. And must i say its of great value and performance?

Check out the tweaktown review.. They got thier hands on an actual 660Ti.
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gt...
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 3:15:54 PM

CaedenV said:
Man! That is one really tall monitor! :p 

:lol: 
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August 7, 2012 3:36:03 PM

The $660 Ti is the clear winner....79xx performance at 78xx prices

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4869/nvidia_geforce_gt...

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The problem for AMD, though, is that while [the 660 Ti] is priced at levels around the HD 7850 and HD 7870, its performance is around that of the HD 7950 and HD 7970. You combine this with the fact that AMD really don't have any more room to move on price due to recent price drops. We really do wonder what AMD can do. NVIDIA do this excellent job of taking on multiple AMD models with just one video card and in this case, we see that happening again.

The GTX 660 Ti is going to be a fantastic model and we can't wait to see what partners do with it. While we might not like how NVIDIA treat us, we don't let it ever get in the way of our judgment and today we can again see that NVIDIA have put together a great model that is surely set to be really popular based on what we've shown you here today.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 3:49:22 PM


HD7950 -- even OC'd to HD7970-levels should not pull more than 190w

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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 4:03:54 PM

7850 is weak...
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a c 892 U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 4:10:39 PM

In any event, it would be unwise to make a $300 video card purchase anytime before the GTX 660 Ti gets released on August 16th. It'll likely be the best performance option, and may have an effect on pricing for the other cards in that price range.
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a c 243 U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 4:12:14 PM

mictlantecutli said:
...but he is a casual gamer and doesn't want to spend more than 300$.
any help?

It depends on what is meant by "casual gamer." If he plays undemanding games like web-based stuff, Plants vs. Zombies, Torchlight, hidden object games, marble poppers, etc. then he'd be very happy with a HD7750 at most.
If he plays more demanding games (e.g. shooters) just not that often, he's still going to need something powerful for when he does play. Still, from the videos I've seen, BF3 and other modern titles look pretty good even on medium-high settings. I'd be surprised if he "needs" anything more powerful than a HD7850 (which can play at high to ultra), and he may find a GTX560Ti, GTX560, or HD6870 sufficient.
Please clarify what is meant by "casual" gaming, to get the most relevant suggestions.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 4:13:57 PM

OK then, weak in comparison to what you really want or need in my mind...
is that better.?
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a c 243 U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 4:39:54 PM

Also worth pointing out is that any PSU that can run a GT240 should have no trouble with a HD7750. For anything stronger, we'll also need to know the brand and model (not just wattage) of his current PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 5:07:00 PM


It would be great if the 660ti came in at $300, but I just don't see that happening. It would crush GTX670 sales ...

And AMD would drop the Radeon HD7950 to $280, anyway. They will fight (and win) every price point.





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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 5:11:05 PM

Wisecracker said:
It would be great if the 660ti came in at $300, but I just don't see that happening. It would crush GTX670 sales ...

And AMD would drop the Radeon HD7950 to $280, anyway. They will fight (and win) every price point.

it is.... $299 to be exact.
http://wccftech.com/pny-geforce-gtx-660-ti-listed-299/
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a c 243 U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 5:41:08 PM

Before urging someone to drop $300 on a graphics card, let's find out what games are being played here; maybe a much cheaper card will be sufficient; consider he only has a GT240 now. He may also need a PSU upgrade for a strong card.

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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 5:45:13 PM


Probably a *teaser* price :o 

:p 

Not sure what nVidia has up their sleeve. Offering the 660ti at a 25% discount over the GTX670 (with **90%** of performance?) is almost like a gift to those devils at AMD ....

HD7950 --- drops to $275
HD7870 --- drops to $250
HD7850 --- drops to $225

Looks as if the HD7970 is tracking minus $10-$20 to the GTX670. AMD could easily go less than $350 and put a squeeze from the top, too.

Only thing I can figure is the Tweaktown benchies may overall be a touch too optimistic (trying to make up for that opening rant? :D  ).


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a b U Graphics card
August 7, 2012 5:52:08 PM

teaser price.....
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August 8, 2012 12:19:13 PM

What i mean by casual gamer is that he plays a handful of titles and games maybe 10 hours a week.We both are huge fans of skyrim.I personally like to crack AA all the way up but he is ok at 0xAA if all the settings are maximum.

Games include skyrim,Assassins creed,Fifa,GTA etc etc.
and the PSU is Antec BP 550 550w
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a c 243 U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 10:27:07 PM

Ok, if you don't mind using the entire budget, here's your card...HIS HD7870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note it's a big card though, so make sure it fits. There's a slightly cheaper one, but it's a Diamond, therefore on my personal "Do Not Buy" list for general incompetence.
If you do not want to spend all of it, then get this XFX HD7850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There's another model almost identical to it (same clocks), but needs two power connects; why, as the card only needs one...
Before considering the GTX560Ti, since Skyrim is perhaps the primary game you mention, check the bench at http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/457 which clearly shows the GTX560Ti sucks at that game. If you prefer nVidia, it will need to be a GTX570, like this one from MSI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 13, 2013 8:23:42 AM

Best answer selected by Mictlantecutli.
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a c 243 U Graphics card
February 13, 2013 10:02:01 AM

Thanks. Hopefully you are enjoying all your games now.
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