I will build a new gaming machine in a couple months.
1440x900 is the monitor resolution i have.
All the reviews here talk about 1650x1000 resolution and above.
I want to know how much less "gpu processing power" i will need to give myself beautiful 1440x900 performance in *any* game.
Mathematically speaking. 1440x900 is a bit over 20% less total pixels than 1650x1000
lets say the card would be accompanied with an i5 ivy core, 8gb ram. (pci-e 3.0)
P.S. I love Guildwars 2
P.S.S Tons of players doing tons of spells near me would demand more from graphics and CPU together? or one more so than the other? (i dont really want to drop more than $150 on a gpu)
I would recommend you invest in a nice CPU and you can get a decent graphics card and upgrade in a year or two, but still have a good CPU.
I would get one of the new i5's, 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD/ 1TB HDD, 600-700 watt corsair power supply, and then a decent card like the HD7770. Then in the future, if your games don't run well or you get a bigger monitor, you can get a second HD7770 or upgrade to a faster card.
Honestly you can pull off decent quality with the HD4000 on the ivy bridge. I've ran 1080p on LoL with minimum settings just fine. Even a 7750 (or nvidia equivalent) would do just fine at that resolution.