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GPU and Monitor. Which to upgrade 1st?

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September 4, 2012 12:03:43 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks from now and about a month or two from then.

BUDGET RANGE: Roughly $300 CAD After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: DAW/Audio Production, Gaming, Internet, Movies, Photography

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Intel HD 4000 and Corsair 650AX

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i5 3570k, Gigabyte z77 UD5H, Vengeance LP Blue 16GB 1600 RAM, Corsair 500R case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, ncix.ca

PARTS PREFERENCES: GPU will need to be nVidia, Monitor - preferably no AG coating and at least 1080p

GPU OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI: Maybe in future

CURRENT MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, upgrade to at least 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would prefer around 27" monitor as I sit about 3.5' away on average. Also 2ms response time preferred. Games: Skyrim, D3, MW3, BF3. Mostly all on lowest settings currently :p 



I have been leaning towards the GTX 660 ti and the $200 - $300 23" - 27" Asus monitors but the range of models is a little confusing and I don't believe they are glossy/ have no AG coating.

If I end up getting a 660 ti and a 27" 1080p monitor, which one should i get first?

Also, are there any recommended manufacturers for the 660 ti?

Thanks for your time :) 
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September 4, 2012 12:45:36 AM

The standard for desktop monitors seems to be a matte (anti-glare) finish; if it's not specified for a particular model I'd assume that's the way the monitor is coated.

There's no required order to do this in, so it's up to preference. I might go for the GPU first so that you don't see any possible performance loss due to moving to a higher resolution on the integrated card in the period between the two purchases. Actually you'd see a big performance increase right away, and can then upgrade the monitor later and keep the performance boost.
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September 4, 2012 2:12:29 AM

I'm usually recommend monitor first since it will be benefit not only in gaming but on every day task, but in your situation.......

your current GPU will take a blow if u upgrade monitor first (up in resolution) so GPU first..


for gpu in that price range from Nv teams it the good choice (660Ti)
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September 4, 2012 3:35:00 AM

I would certainly buy a new GPU first in this situation. If you buy a better monitor now, your current GPU might stress a little more and have some issues.
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September 4, 2012 8:34:16 AM

yes the 660 first. it will massively improve your frame rates and then get a monitor
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September 5, 2012 10:39:53 AM

Thanks for the advice everyone :) 

I believe I will go with the 660 Ti first.

Do any of you know which manufacturer seems to be best?
From what I have read, this MSI 660 Ti appears to be a good mix of stability/low temps/quiet. So far, it looks like the one I will be purchasing in 2 days (fri, sept. 5th), unless I can be persuaded otherwise.


@regor245 and whoever else may have been confused about my budget range I apologise, I should have made it clear that I meant ~$300 each. Thought I fixed that before I posted :p 
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September 5, 2012 12:21:14 PM

yup it a good card
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September 5, 2012 4:45:07 PM

yes msi is good choice ..msi gtx660 oc edition with triple over voltage and twin frozr 4. TWIN FROZR BABY.!!!!!
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September 5, 2012 11:01:15 PM

Best answer selected by c0r0na.
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September 5, 2012 11:03:19 PM

Ok. MSI it is.

Thanks again :) 
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