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August 8, 2012 9:49:34 PM

Well i built a system about 6 months ago and it has a 6950 2gb card it in. My monitor resolution is 1366x768. My motherboard supports PCIe Gen 3 cards so would it be better for me to go with a card like the 670 or upgrade my monitor instead?

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August 8, 2012 9:55:35 PM

flamenader said:
Well i built a system about 6 months ago and it has a 6950 2gb card it in. My monitor resolution is 1366x768. My motherboard supports PCIe Gen 3 cards so would it be better for me to go with a card like the 670 or upgrade my monitor instead?


Upgrade the monitor without a doubt to a 1080p monitor!

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August 8, 2012 10:42:57 PM

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Upgrade the monitor without a doubt to a 1080p monitor!

+2 That GPU is rather powerful, however at your screen resolution i doubt it's even being utilized at 100% load. Just read a few expert reviews and get a decent monitor. Believe me, when I say, it's worth it. I personally changed an old 17" Sony (1280x1024) to an 24" Samsung (1920x1200) and even just for a moment haven't regretted my purchase.
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August 8, 2012 10:44:29 PM

flamenader said:
Well i built a system about 6 months ago and it has a 6950 2gb card it in. My monitor resolution is 1366x768. My motherboard supports PCIe Gen 3 cards so would it be better for me to go with a card like the 670 or upgrade my monitor instead?


If you want to keep your games at maximum detail, get the 670 first, then save for a screen.

If you enjoy high resolution, but dont mind having to turn your graphics settings down for some games, get the screen.
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August 8, 2012 10:57:33 PM

that last post makes no sense. get a nice 27 or 28 inch monitor. there's nothing like big screen gaming.

depending on your budget you should try and get a 120Hz model if you can.
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August 8, 2012 10:59:40 PM

swifty_morgan said:
that last post makes no sense. get a nice 27 or 28 inch monitor. there's nothing like big screen gaming.

depending on your budget you should try and get a 120Hz model if you can.


Oh yes because higher resolutions have no effect of GPU preformance right?
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August 8, 2012 11:01:39 PM

+1 for the monitor but 120MHz is not needed unless you are 1 of the few who thinks they can see a big difference.
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August 8, 2012 11:25:44 PM

austin....... the 2gig 6950 is plenty good enough to handle the 28" monitor ( 1920x1200 ) I have both. He has a small monitor and there's nothing like real-estate while playing games. I recently swapped out my 28" for a 22" to do some testing and man.... what a difference. The 22" is back in the closet and hope I don't have to bring it out any time soon.

next guy ( 120Hz )........ there is a certain amount of fluidity when using the higher Hz monitor. If you never used them both you have no idea. Also, I mentioned 120Hz for 3d.......... don't knock that until you try it and don't forget about movies...... ever see Jackass3 in 3d ?........ LOL
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August 8, 2012 11:26:58 PM

I would get a nice 1080p monitor, at least 24". It will make games look better and office tasks more enjoyable, however, you will lose some performance. A 1080p screen has roughly twice the number of pixels than your current screen, so you can expect about a 50% reduction in frame rates on a given game. However, the 6950 is a powerful card, and should have no trouble running games on high settings 1080p (My overclocked HD 6850 can run crysis, Dirt 3, Amnesia, Portal 2, BFBC2, etc. on max settings @ 1080p). Plus, you can keep your old monitor for a dual monitor setup (no eyefinity on different resolution monitors, but still good for multitasking).
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August 9, 2012 2:14:48 AM

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