I want better performance while playing Planetside 2. Using the ingame FPS meter, I feel I could attain this by buying a new graphics card along with an aftermarket CPU cooler. So any recommendations on either would be much appreciated.
I would like to play in 1920x1080 resolution. I'm looking for a good deal. I could easily go and spend 400-500 and get what I'm looking for, but my price range is more along the lines of 200-300.
So any recommendations? I am an AMD fan but Nvidia is not out of the question. Thanks for any help you can give!
Well the best 'bang for your buck' options currently are the 7850, GTX660 and 7870. Performancewise there's very little difference as you move up, so with that in mind, 7850 would be my recommendation purely on framerates and cost. The nVidia option however gives you more in the form of adaptive vsync (for improved framerates when using vsync and your framerate drops below 60, since it won't restrict sub-refresh rate framerates like regular vsync), as well as FXAA, TXAA, PhysX etc...
FXAA is pretty cool - high quality AA (since it's a post-process technique, so anti-aliases the entire frame, including alpha textures) with almost zero performance impact. It's developer-dependent - you can force it but you get best results where it's been properly implemented. Max Payne 3 is a great example of it. We should be seeing a lot more of it moving forward. Plus GTX660 is a little bit faster than the 7850. So all in all a really excellent option!
@BC5 What are you on about? FXAA has a performance impact. You can expect to lose anywhere from 5 frames to 20 frames, depending on what is happening. Granted, it is much better than MSAA.
But even better, is SMAA. That AA injector is better than FXAA (No blur) whilst having an even smaller performance impact.
Do you have a benchmark to back that up? What you describe is nothing like what I've seen. Also, better to use % than absolute fps values. 5-20fps is a massive loss from 30fps. From 100fps, not such a big deal.
Hey guys so I have read your replies, I appreciate your feedback. I checked out the AMD 7850 and found one that I think would look great with my black themed pc guts. I also included a 660 that meets my aesthetic needs but they have different specs so it's hard for me to compare it to an AMD card.
Do you think this is worth the $195 for the 7850 or should I splurge the extra 60 or so dollars and go up to the 7870? Or just spend the extra $25 and grab the 660(with only 192 bit memory). Does the extra speed from a 256bit card help at 1920x1080 resolutions or is it something I don't really need to worry about unless I'm running multiple monitors? Was told this by a friend but he's one of those people that just taloks to hear himself talk!
As I said I want to try to have things looks right in my case and already have a Black Mobo and Black RAM so both of these cards and the cooler looked great and seem to have the nuts to back up the price. Plus black is just sexy. Just want some advice from the experts! GPU's are a big purchase and I have never messed around with aftermarket cooling.