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Best Graphics Card for 1280x1024 resolution?

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November 23, 2012 8:19:48 AM

Hi,
I'm looking to buy a new graphics card that will allow me to play (most) games at max settings, but I don't know what to choose for a 1280x1024 resolution. I have no intention of buying a new monitor, btw.

My PC:
Precessor: Intel core 2 quad Q8300 @2.5GHz
Motherboard: Asus P5P41T LE
Power Supply: Raidmax KY-600ATX 500W
Memory: 6GB DDR3 1333MHz
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 940B 19'' (max res: 1280x1024)
November 23, 2012 8:40:45 AM

if by max settings, you mean as long as you don't crank AA past 2-4x (You could just use that SMAA injector...Much more efficient.), the 7770 should be dandy.
November 23, 2012 8:21:37 PM

Cool, thanks. What about Nvidia cards? Any you would recommend? Someone suggested to me a GTX650, which is cheaper (at least where I live).
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a c 109 U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 8:27:32 PM

Check the prices in your area for a 650 ti and only the ti version, cause 650 non ti are really crap.
November 23, 2012 8:36:31 PM

It looks like the ti version is actually more expensive than the 7770.
a c 109 U Graphics card
November 23, 2012 8:51:31 PM

Then go with the 7770, choose from a brand like sapphire, msi or asus(the cheapest of those 3).
November 25, 2012 10:42:20 AM

I just noticed that my motherboard has a pci-e 1.0 slot. Is it still worth buying the 7770? Will it even work, considering that it's 3.0? My current card is a Palit GeForce 9500GT Super+1GB (1024MB DDR2).
November 25, 2012 10:49:40 AM

Yeah, it should work. There will be a bit of a bottleneck, but it shouldn't be too major.

I'd recommend getting a second opinion, however.
a c 291 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:00:40 AM

There will be no bottlenecking. And HD 7770 will not max out all games. If you want to max things out, look at HD 7870/GTX 660.
a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 11:48:02 AM

HD 7770 will be very good for your Resolution. But I'm a little afraid of the pci-e slot.

You'll play all games on max at a reasonable FPS.
Have a look here for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbScXDwIpTY
a c 291 U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 4:11:50 PM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
HD 7770 will be very good for your Resolution. But I'm a little afraid of the pci-e slot.

You'll play all games on max at a reasonable FPS.
Have a look here for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbScXDwIpTY


Don't look at youtube... And don't tell him to expect to max out all games with HD 7770. According to benchmarks, HD 7770 gets an AVERAGE of 39 fps at BF3 single player. It will not be playable in multiplayer, and nor it will max out more demanding games, such as Witcher 2, Metro 2033 or upcoming titles like Crysis 3.

a b U Graphics card
November 25, 2012 4:43:25 PM

7770 is plenty.
a b U Graphics card
November 26, 2012 7:36:18 AM

39.6 FPS is plenty good to play. Hey may get like 30 in Multiplayer to the most.


I would like clear a misunderstanding that you people have with Below 30 fps, A game is still like the same in 25 FPS as in 40+. You'll see no bid difference between 25 and 45 fps. All the games start to freeze and shutter below 20, but above 20 all games run smooth.

As all of us watch movies, Hollywood Movies are 30 fps. Can you see anything like being slow in the movie? Bollywood movies are 24 fps, but still no problem watching.

Its real hard to distinguish between 30 fps and 50 fps while playing games.

In the end I just want to say that change the change these charts:


Below 20 = A lot laggy, but less playable :fou: 

20-30 = Nicely Playable :sarcastic: 

30-40 = Very good :ange: 

40-60 = Awesome :na: 

60+ = Its more than my eye can perceive, Limit the fps to 60 :sol: 


I'm not insulting anybody, but just creating my point. No offence please. :) 

This is my experience with my old GPU and hope helped you. :lol: 
November 26, 2012 8:17:12 AM

Nvidia is the best for single cards, for that resolution go between the 660 ti - 680 if you prefer AMD go with the 7850 or 7870. My old 7770 GHz edition would only handle 900 x 1200 @ around 30 fps with nothing above 4x MSAA, every other setting maxed out, I was using iGPU and overclocking it pretty hard though. With my 680 I get 60 constant since I play with v-sync, all settings maxed out.
a c 291 U Graphics card
November 26, 2012 8:36:43 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
39.6 FPS is plenty good to play. Hey may get like 30 in Multiplayer to the most.


I would like clear a misunderstanding that you people have with Below 30 fps, A game is still like the same in 25 FPS as in 40+. You'll see no bid difference between 25 and 45 fps. All the games start to freeze and shutter below 20, but above 20 all games run smooth.

As all of us watch movies, Hollywood Movies are 30 fps. Can you see anything like being slow in the movie? Bollywood movies are 24 fps, but still no problem watching.

Its real hard to distinguish between 30 fps and 50 fps while playing games.

In the end I just want to say that change the change these charts:


Below 20 = A lot laggy, but less playable :fou: 

20-30 = Nicely Playable :sarcastic: 

30-40 = Very good :ange: 

40-60 = Awesome :na: 

60+ = Its more than my eye can perceive, Limit the fps to 60 :sol: 


I'm not insulting anybody, but just creating my point. No offence please. :) 

This is my experience with my old GPU and hope helped you. :lol: 


Sorry, but this is non sense. 30 and 50 fps is day and night. Even at 40 fps average you will have drops to 25 fps and even if you wouldn't notice while watching a video - your hands will feel it as you're controlling it.

Also, 30-40 fps is playable, but neither enjoyable nor competitive. And if you cannot see the slowness in action movies that is beyond me then. Sure, it feels smooth - but they add motion blur for that and you lose detail. Personally, if I get fps drop to 30s from 50s it feel for sure every time. And it IS annoying.

Check this:

http://frames-per-second.appspot.com/

Also, if you claim that you don't see difference between 60 fps and 30 fps, you have really never played games at 60 fps then.

Lastly, 60 fps definitely isn't the limit for your eyes - it's a limit for monitors of today.
November 26, 2012 10:53:07 AM

I think HD 7770 will be a preety good card with pci-1.0 slot.Getting a higher end card than HD 7770 will have serious bottle-necks.

And guys have you have not seen what power supply he is using?
If not i will tell you again. Its Raidmax KY-600ATX 500W

I dont think its a decent power supply for any higher-end card.
So go for HD 7770 and you will max out on almost every game with AA disabled.

@Sunius: I think Sumukh_Bhagat is not entirely wrong.
Games played at 30 FPS without any FPS drop is as smooth as butter.I have played Need for speed Run at constant 30 FPS with all high setting and it was very smooth.

I have played games on 30-40-50-60 and even above FPS,I have personally not noticed any difference in performance.There was not a single lag with a 30 FPS games.


a c 291 U Graphics card
November 26, 2012 11:30:29 AM

THAT IS NOT a PCIe 1.0 slot. Even if it was, HD 7770 would not be bottlenecked by it.



HD 7850 is not using more power than HD 7770. It uses very similar amount of power - so going with that instead of HD 7770 will not the change power requirements.

And yes, you can max almost any game with AA disabled today. Those games that you cannot max are newer titles and they are more demanding and HD 7770 doesn't cut it anymore. I don't know if the OP wants to play 2 year old games, but for new and upcoming games, at least HD 7850 is needed to max them out.
November 26, 2012 11:57:45 AM

DrPinch said:
I just noticed that my motherboard has a pci-e 1.0 slot. Is it still worth buying the 7770? Will it even work, considering that it's 3.0? My current card is a Palit GeForce 9500GT Super+1GB (1024MB DDR2).



DrPinch i went through your Mobo specification and its not pci 1.0.It has Pci 2.0 interface.You can go for any card with your specs just you need a better power supply.

As Suinius rightly said HD 7850 is a very good card.But i would personally go for HD 7770 with your stated resolution.
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