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Which type of memory should I get for a video card?

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December 3, 2012 5:25:46 PM

I am planning to build a gaming PC for around $2,000 next year, but needed to know if I should go with DDR3, DDR5, or GDDR5. What are their differences? I plan to play Star Wars The Old Republic and the Mass Effect Trilogy on an LED TV with 1080P via HDMI. Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 5:35:16 PM

Video memory is different from system memory(unless you're using shared memory). GDDR5 is common on video cards, and DDR3 is common system memory. Get a dedicated video card with GDDR5.
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:05:38 PM

DDR5 and GDDR5 are the same thing on graphics cards. For a budget of 2000$ you could spend about 300$ on a card. A 7950 should be good enough for your needs.

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December 3, 2012 6:23:54 PM

Is you LED tv 120 hz ? If so, i would go with a beefier graphics card so you can achieve 120 fps, and have great fluidity.
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December 3, 2012 8:30:17 PM

Yes I am looking at a 120 hz LED TV.
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December 3, 2012 8:49:39 PM

I would go for 7970, a bigger investment, but will last you for a long time, its a OC beast and with the 3 GB ddr5 you have more than enough for 120 hz, dual triple quad monitor, etc etc etc
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a c 87 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:55:45 PM

jpolk1138 said:
Yes I am looking at a 120 hz LED TV.

Make sure it's a true 120hz tv... most of them are not, and instead of showing 120 frames a second, they show 60, twice. It's complicated, but what I'm trying to say is most "120"hz TVs won't actually do what you want.
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December 3, 2012 9:07:27 PM

DarkSable said:
Make sure it's a true 120hz tv... most of them are not, and instead of showing 120 frames a second, they show 60, twice. It's complicated, but what I'm trying to say is most "120"hz TVs won't actually do what you want.

I am looking at one of the Samsung LED TVs. What other brands would you recommend?
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December 3, 2012 9:26:04 PM

I've yet to see any TVs that do true 120hz at 1080p, although I'm sure there's probably one out there somewhere. I'm sure its also very expensive.

120hz monitors are pretty scarce in their own right. If you want a glossy finish, Samsung's S23950 is very nice, it comes in 23" and 27", if you want matte then Asus and BenQ are probably your best bet. I plan on getting the BenQ XL2420T when I get the money together, assuming nothing better has come along.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 9:54:04 PM

I own that BenQ, and I have to say, I love it.

As for TVs... I'm not certain. However, I can tell you that a monitor will look a lot better anyways, due to having a higher DPI.
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