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$600 to spend on monitor and vid card, you'd buy?

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November 9, 2012 12:42:11 PM

What combo monitor and vid card would you buy with $600?
It's for gaming and office apps.

Monitor should be at least 22" and prefer 120Hz.
Vid card should be good for a couple years and I don't overclock or run multiple monitors. My system is shown below.

I've been leaning towards these but it seems like I should be able to do better for the money:
Acer GD235HZbid Black / Orange 23.6" 2ms

GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB


I look forward to hearing your suggestions. Thanks!
November 9, 2012 1:21:53 PM

ibjeepr said:
What combo monitor and vid card would you buy with $600?
It's for gaming and office apps.

Monitor should be at least 22" and prefer 120Hz.
Vid card should be good for a couple years and I don't overclock or run multiple monitors. My system is shown below.

I've been leaning towards these but it seems like I should be able to do better for the money:
Acer GD235HZbid Black / Orange 23.6" 2ms

GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB


I look forward to hearing your suggestions. Thanks!


Very good choice but the 7970 is barely faster than the 7950 if any. An ocd 7950 would beat the 70 so i recoemdn getting the 7950 and a nicer looking monitor :lol: 
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November 9, 2012 1:35:46 PM

Well, personally, I'd go for a Catleap over that Acer, and stick to the 7870. That'd push it right up to $600.

But for your purposes, I think I'd go with the Acer and grab a Gigabyte 7950, as previously suggested.
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November 9, 2012 1:39:25 PM

rene13cross said:
OP said 7870, not 7970.

Those choices would have been my choices too. Good combination.

Do note that you might not get solid 120fps in all games at ultra settings with the 7870 but it still should give you a good experience nonetheless.


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November 9, 2012 1:39:30 PM

hbeduryan818 said:
Very good choice but the 7970 is barely faster than the 7950 if any. An ocd 7950 would beat the 70 so i recoemdn getting the 7950 and a nicer looking monitor :lol: 

OP said 7870, not 7970.

Those choices would have been my choices too. Good combination.

Do note that you might not get solid 120fps in all games at ultra settings with the 7870 but it still should give you a good experience nonetheless.
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November 9, 2012 2:05:37 PM

mousseng said:
Well, personally, I'd go for a Catleap over that Acer, and stick to the 7870. That'd push it right up to $600.

But for your purposes, I think I'd go with the Acer and grab a Gigabyte 7950, as previously suggested.


Hmm, I'm not familiar with Catleap. I'll look into that. Thank you.
The 7950 is a good sugestion as well. Wasn't sure if it was a worth while price jump to go to it.
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November 9, 2012 2:05:44 PM

rene13cross said:
OP said 7870, not 7970.

Those choices would have been my choices too. Good combination.

Do note that you might not get solid 120fps in all games at ultra settings with the 7870 but it still should give you a good experience nonetheless.



Do you think steping up to the 7950 as the other poster mentioned and staying with the Acer monitor would be worth while?
Looks like that would push me right up to the $600 mark.
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November 9, 2012 2:09:02 PM

ibjeepr said:
Hmm, I'm not familiar with Catleap. I'll look into that. Thank you.
The 7950 is a good sugestion as well. Wasn't sure if it was a worth while price jump to go to it.


Opi dont recoemdn catleap as ivenever heard of it go for a dell monitor
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November 9, 2012 2:19:34 PM

hbeduryan818 said:
Opi dont recoemdn catleap as ivenever heard of it go for a dell monitor


I've been thinking about possibly a BenQ
BenQ XL2420T Black-Red 24"

It seems the break down will be $200 / $400

Either $200 for vid card / $400 for monitor or Vice Versa
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November 9, 2012 2:29:05 PM

jjb8675309 said:
personally id get a cheap ~22-24" lcd and the most expensive card you can afford, maybe a gtx 670 on newegg black november sale, if you life amd set your sites on a 7950 or XX70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I don't have a preference for AMD or Nvidia, I'm ok with either. Does one have a distinct performance advantage? I see Tom's chart rates them about equal.
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November 9, 2012 2:35:01 PM

ibjeepr said:
I don't have a preference for AMD or Nvidia, I'm ok with either. Does one have a distinct performance advantage? I see Tom's chart rates them about equal.


The amds have a 384 memory bit as the 670 has a 256bit i believe so the amd should be a bit more future friendly than the nvidia
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November 9, 2012 2:35:29 PM

AMD at the moment is favored due to their better value (and recent driver performance jump). They offer better price/performance than Nvidia in most cases (not all, though).

As for Catleap monitors... if you'd like to read a bit about them, I'm pretty sure this RPS article does a good job of explaining them (if it's what I'm thinking of; I can't check it since it's blocked here at work).
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November 9, 2012 2:42:30 PM

If you're going for 120Hz monitor, you'll want to be able to use it which means you'll want to be getting at least 120fps in games. For that, it might be a better investment to get a 7950, OC the heck out of it and then enjoy 120Hz gaming. The 7870 could be starved a bit to hit the 120fps mark in some games.
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November 9, 2012 2:53:35 PM

For that budget you will want a 60hz or you simply wont be able to get a fast enough card. My Ideal setup for me is a HP 2310m Monitor and a GTX 670 OC edition, the monitor is 60hz but I said this is my ideal setup because again, you would need a more powerful card that would go over your budget in order for it to look smooth.
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November 9, 2012 2:56:21 PM

rene13cross said:
If you're going for 120Hz monitor, you'll want to be able to use it which means you'll want to be getting at least 120fps in games. For that, it might be a better investment to get a 7950, OC the heck out of it and then enjoy 120Hz gaming. The 7870 could be starved a bit to hit the 120fps mark in some games.


The 7950 would definitely leave me with the Acer monitor as the only choice in my price range then. You think that would be fine?
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November 9, 2012 2:57:54 PM

ibjeepr said:
The 7950 would definitely leave me with the Acer monitor as the only choice in my price range then. You think that would be fine?


Thats fine. You want a good link for a 7950
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November 9, 2012 3:03:14 PM

hbeduryan818 said:
Thats fine. You want a good link for a 7950



A link? As in cable to the monitor or a link on where to purchase a 7950? If it's a web link, ya, I'll take a look at it.
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November 9, 2012 3:06:27 PM

ibjeepr said:
A link? As in cable to the monitor or a link on where to purchase a 7950? If it's a web link, ya, I'll take a look at it.


Purchase a 7950
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November 9, 2012 3:28:18 PM

While the Sapphire is more affordable, I'd personally opt for the Gigabyte (its Windforce is the better cooler, allowing more overclocking headroom). Just ask yourself whether you value slightly higher performance or slightly lower pricing more, because you can't go wrong with either of them.
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November 9, 2012 3:29:18 PM

mousseng said:
While the Sapphire is more affordable, I'd personally opt for the Gigabyte (its Windforce is the better cooler, allowing more overclocking headroom). Just ask yourself whether you value slightly higher performance or slightly lower pricing more.


Sapphire has new dual c technology dual fans
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November 11, 2012 7:12:04 PM

Best answer selected by ibjeepr.
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