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Best Single GPU for 1080p GAMING?

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October 22, 2012 4:16:28 PM

Hello, I need your advice, I are going to build a PC after this christmas, to play recent and upcoming games like (Crysis 3,GTA5,Skyrim+ENB,BF3,METRO...). I not decided what GPU is better for me because the GPU is one of most important components for gaming, i can spend 600$ on a GPU. I need realy powerful and quality GPU to play all that games at max and for future games that using physx.

My current system has only 1 YEAR 3 months.
i7-2600
6GB 1333 MHz Kingston
GT 440 3GB
MOBO Pegatron 2AB6
PSU 460W
CASE Normal.

My system after christmas upgrade:
i7-2600
6GB 1333 MHz
GPU ?????
Mobo Pegatron 2AB6 (Im going upgrade it after summer to MSI z77 Mpower)
PSU-Corsair TX-750W v2
CASE-CM Storm Trooper.
So, what`s the besy gpu for my system? (I`m don`t going to oveclock card i just want buy OC version)
I don`t if its be nvidia or ATI, i just want a card that can tun games smothly and with new tecnologies like (adaptive Vsync).
Help me please.
And thanks for the advice!
a b Î Nvidia
October 22, 2012 4:26:15 PM

MSI 680 lightning: for the budget
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 680 TOP a little cheaper, but it is also great:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any of those will handle those games at great framerates, NVIDIA always enables you to use new technologies , TXAA/Adaptive Vsync/PhysX/3D Vision/CUDA etc...

EVGA GTX 680, Personally i would go with something like that, the price is very good:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 22, 2012 4:35:17 PM

I think you are looking at a GTX680 superclocked, or a 7970GHz edition.
They both are priced near $450
It would be hard to tell the difference between them, they are both fast.
Pick your favorite chip maker or brand.
I happen to like the nvidia drivers and like EVGA as a brand.
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October 22, 2012 5:31:08 PM

geofelt said:
I think you are looking at a GTX680 superclocked, or a 7970GHz edition.
They both are priced near $450
It would be hard to tell the difference between them, they are both fast.
Pick your favorite chip maker or brand.
I happen to like the nvidia drivers and like EVGA as a brand.


I second Nvidia and EVGA. I have been eyeing the 680 superclocked as well, but I want to go with the 4 Ghz version. Actually considering the $1000+ 690 because it is basically 2x 680s on one board, but I don't know.. I wonder if the 690 with 4gb would outperform 2x 680s with 8gb total memory.
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October 22, 2012 5:37:07 PM

hcotech said:
I second Nvidia and EVGA. I have been eyeing the 680 superclocked as well, but I want to go with the 4 Ghz version. Actually considering the $1000+ 690 because it is basically 2x 680s on one board, but I don't know.. I wonder if the 690 with 4gb would outperform 2x 680s with 8gb total memory.


Certainly 2x 680 beat the 690 in price/performance.

690 is designed for users:
- Who want to go QUAD-SLI.
- Who don't want to spend so much on a expensive PSU and motherboard.
- Who don't have enough space to go 680 sli.

But other than that, 2x 680 should outperform the 690...
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October 22, 2012 5:41:53 PM

Well the GTX 690 is a killer card. But it is about $1000 USD...

Now you can get a EVGA GTX 680 4 Gig FTW for about $550.

Either route lends itself to a nice gaming experience.
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October 22, 2012 5:43:28 PM

if you put 2 4gb gtx 680s together in sli it wont make 8gb, it will still be four, when you sli it takes the specs of the card with the least gb, so if you do a 4gb and a 2gb it will only be 2 gigabytes but if you put 2 4gb cards in sli then it will still be four
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October 22, 2012 5:43:52 PM

Also replacing your 460watt power supply with a nice 650 Watt one will help too.
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October 22, 2012 5:47:32 PM

Idk why people are giving advice 2.5 months in advance. This will change by then and prices will change.

Come back when you are ready to buy OP.
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a b Î Nvidia
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October 22, 2012 5:54:05 PM

as much as i also like EVGA their cards do run a bit on the warm side. you may want to consider the asus DCII top, if you can fit a three slot card, or the MSI twin frozen or lightning

Seven Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 round-up: Supercards!
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October 22, 2012 5:55:12 PM

cbrunnem said:
Idk why people are giving advice 2.5 months in advance. This will change by then and prices will change.

Come back when you are ready to buy OP.

do your xmas shopping early!
:lol: 
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October 22, 2012 6:27:40 PM

hcotech said:
I second Nvidia and EVGA. I have been eyeing the 680 superclocked as well, but I want to go with the 4 Ghz version. Actually considering the $1000+ 690 because it is basically 2x 680s on one board, but I don't know.. I wonder if the 690 with 4gb would outperform 2x 680s with 8gb total memory.


I think 4gb vram may be mostly marketing.
Read this article:
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Pe...
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October 22, 2012 6:36:12 PM

hcotech said:
I second Nvidia and EVGA. I have been eyeing the 680 superclocked as well, but I want to go with the 4 Ghz version. Actually considering the $1000+ 690 because it is basically 2x 680s on one board, but I don't know.. I wonder if the 690 with 4gb would outperform 2x 680s with 8gb total memory.



The 690 actually only uses 2gb of vram.
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October 22, 2012 6:38:34 PM

7950 or 660ti/670 to max out 1920x1080 is plenty and a lot cheaper too
680 is almost a no no big waste of money performance per dollar.

680 is a bad value. The 670 is within 5% in performance but up to 150 cheaper
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October 22, 2012 6:44:30 PM

bawchicawawa said:
The 690 actually only uses 2gb of vram.

Actually it uses 4GB. 2GB per GPU. It mirrors the data sent to each GPU. If it didn't they wouldn't have bothered putting 4GB on the PCB. It just depends on the game.
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October 22, 2012 6:46:43 PM

A single GTX 680 or 7970 GHz Edition will suffice for 1080p gaming.
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October 22, 2012 6:47:03 PM

Inferno1217 said:
Actually it uses 4GB. 2GB per GPU. If it didn't they wouldn't have bothered putting 4GB on the PCB. It just depends on the game.


That's incorrect. SLI or Crossfire mirrors the memory and therefore the card only has access to 2GB of memory.
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October 22, 2012 6:48:11 PM

Many cards will work great at 1080p. I would look over some benchmarks of the games you like to play and then choose the fastest one that's in your budget.
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October 22, 2012 6:49:15 PM

Inferno1217 said:
Actually it uses 4GB. 2GB per GPU. If it didn't they wouldn't have bothered putting 4GB on the PCB. It just depends on the game.


No it actually doesn't. It has 4GB total vram, 2GB per GPU. It uses effective 2GB vram. It is exactly the same as SLI 680 except its on a single PCB. Hope this helps.
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