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Can a GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 run games on a 2560x1440 monitor?

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December 10, 2012 3:17:07 AM
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 3:22:52 AM

yes it can, but the thing is, no matter what high end card you get (besides the gtx 690) all the other top cards will struggle on some games at that resolution if you max out the graphic settings unless you SLI or crossfire.
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December 10, 2012 3:32:54 AM

Dnx said:
yes it can, but the thing is, no matter what high end card you get (besides the gtx 690) all the other top cards will struggle on some games at that resolution if you max out the graphic settings unless you SLI or crossfire.


Are there better options than the card I specified, for a graphics card I am willing to pay around $550 I have looked at the comparisons of the 680 and 7970 and the benchmarks show the 680 (not always but more often) being victorious in average fps.

But most of the 680's have 2gb 256bit (i don't even know what that means) vs the 7970 3gb 384bit (sounds better) but the 680 costs more. Example:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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December 10, 2012 3:37:52 AM

mradrianaslani said:
Are there better options than the card I specified, for a graphics card I am willing to pay around $550 I have looked at the comparisons of the 680 and 7970 and the benchmarks show the 680 (not always but more often) being victorious in average fps.

But most of the 680's have 2gb 256bit (i don't even know what that means) vs the 7970 3gb 384bit (sounds better) but the 680 costs more. Example:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


XD, as popular opinion the best single (one gpu) card on the market you can get its in fact the 7970 its very overclock friendly, sp yeah if you are going for a single gpu get that one, now as an advise since you want to play at a high resolution, you said you want to spend 550 on the gpu, well put another 50 on the budget and get 2x radeon HD 7950 in crossfire mode, it will be a lot better to play games on that resolution and you will have good fps.
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December 10, 2012 3:38:00 AM

for $550, you'd probably want to try and get 2 7950s. they can be had for $280 each.

the 7970 is faster than the 680 at higher than 1080p resolution.
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December 10, 2012 3:40:18 AM

Dnx said:
XD, as popular opinion the best single (one gpu) card on the market you can get its in fact the 7970 its very overclock friendly, sp yeah if you are going for a single gpu get that one, now as an advise since you want to play at a high resolution, you said you want to spend 550 on the gpu, well put another 50 on the budget and get 2x radeon HD 7950 in crossfire mode, it will be a lot better to play games on that resolution and you will have good fps.


Wait I can get 2 radeon hd 7970's for $600? one costs $400? :pt1cable: 
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December 10, 2012 3:45:07 AM

mradrianaslani said:
Wait I can get 2 radeon hd 7970's for $600? one costs $400? :pt1cable: 


no 2x 7950 its similar to the 7970, a little less clocked. but 2x em would beat any single gpu you could get (except the gtx 690 that thing is a monster).
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December 10, 2012 3:48:51 AM

yes, also the 7950 its famous for being a good overclocker.
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December 10, 2012 3:50:18 AM

Dnx said:
no 2x 7950 its similar to the 7970, a little less clocked. but 2x em would beat any single gpu you could get (except the gtx 690 that thing is a monster).


Oh wtf 690 sounds crazy but not putting down 1k for that. when I use 2 7950's is it programed so it works like one graphics card and all available potential is used?
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December 10, 2012 3:51:45 AM

yeah they both work at full potential, sometimes having 1 pnly gives you for example 50fps on battlefield, and when you crossfire 2 of them you can get over 90-100fps.
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December 10, 2012 3:53:49 AM

also if you are going to crossfire get a 750w psu instead of 650 itll cost u 10-20 more bucks but it will worth it.
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December 10, 2012 3:55:19 AM

Dnx said:
yeah they both work at full potential, sometimes having 1 pnly gives you for example 50fps on battlefield, and when you crossfire 2 of them you can get over 90-100fps.


I was too busy thinking of the best single graphics card but never considered Crossfire because i thought it would be to expensive but for what you get I guess its worth it.
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December 10, 2012 3:55:55 AM



Fairly good build. Let's put it this way I have a 7970 OC and it runs Borderlands 2 at an average of 120-150 frames a second in 1080p. However Far Cry 3 gets about 60-70 FPS. So like the other guy said, it depends on the game. Most will be fine, but if you play something like Metro: Last Light coming out soon, I don't think so. You would have to crossfire to be 100% sure of it. However the 8970 might be better for this type of thing when that comes out soon.
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December 10, 2012 3:58:00 AM

CaptainTom said:
Fairly good build. Let's put it this way I have a 7970 OC and it runs Borderlands 2 at an average of 120-150 frames a second in 1080p. However Far Cry 3 gets about 60-70 FPS. So like the other guy said, it depends on the game. Most will be fine, but if you play something like Metro: Last Light coming out soon, I don't think so. You would have to crossfire to be 100% sure of it. However the 8970 might be better for this type of thing when that comes out soon.


Yea but I'm going above 1080p future proofing lol.
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December 10, 2012 3:58:05 AM

CaptainTom said:
Fairly good build. Let's put it this way I have a 7970 OC and it runs Borderlands 2 at an average of 120-150 frames a second in 1080p. However Far Cry 3 gets about 60-70 FPS. So like the other guy said, it depends on the game. Most will be fine, but if you play something like Metro: Last Light coming out soon, I don't think so. You would have to crossfire to be 100% sure of it. However the 8970 might be better for this type of thing when that comes out soon.


ohh metro 2033, i cant belive my gtx 670 almost choke playing that thing on ultra settings with everything on, it seems like its on her knees asking for mercy (to get an avg of 35-45fps :S), and its a game from 2 years ago i mean cmon.
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December 10, 2012 3:59:01 AM

Dnx said:
also if you are going to crossfire get a 750w psu instead of 650 itll cost u 10-20 more bucks but it will worth it.


Oh thanks that would have slipped my mind, while where on the subject what other revisions would i have to make to my rig plan to support two graphics cards?
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December 10, 2012 4:03:51 AM

the motherboard needs 2x pci-e 16 ports, also the psu needs to say: SLI or CROSSFIRE ready, and needs 4x 6pin connectors (if not, most cards comes with adaptors so its ok).
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December 10, 2012 4:10:29 AM

Dnx said:
the motherboard needs 2x pci-e 16 ports, also the psu needs to say: SLI or CROSSFIRE ready, and needs 4x 6pin connectors (if not, most cards comes with adaptors so its ok).


I don't know how to check if my motherboard meets those specifications, I checked and it doesn't say. Don't mean to be spoon fed but can you help me find a motherboard that has those requirements or check if this one will work for that?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LTB3KS?ie=UTF8&cam...
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December 10, 2012 4:21:15 AM

mradrianaslani said:
I don't know how to check if my motherboard meets those specifications, I checked and it doesn't say. Don't mean to be spoon fed but can you help me find a motherboard that has those requirements or check if this one will work for that?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LTB3KS?ie=UTF8&cam...


found this one, :D 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

or: http://www.amazon.com/LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboard-Z7...

or http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Corp-Motherboard-Int...
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December 10, 2012 4:27:46 AM

actually the 1st one i think its for 67 intel chipsets, and the one you want says 77 so forget that one.
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December 10, 2012 4:30:47 AM

Dnx said:
actually the 1st one i think its for 67 intel chipsets, and the one you want says 77 so forget that one.


Wow I appreciate all the help usually don't see this on other sites this seems to have a good community. Anyways would this one work?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 10, 2012 4:50:25 AM



Okay it's just that I watched a PC building tutorial with the GIGABYTE motherboard. And a motherboard looks so terribly complex to a new PC enthusiast so as a fiinal question do motherboards have a universal design?
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December 10, 2012 4:51:53 AM

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December 10, 2012 5:23:52 AM

2870272,25,1503974 said:
Okay it's just that I watched a PC building tutorial with the GIGABYTE motherboard. And a motherboard looks so terribly complex to a new PC enthusiast so as a fiinal question do motherboards have a universal design?[/quotemsg

Well that do not specify on the web, but i guess its atx standard so any atx case will work, ill get dinner and after ill do a little research to make sure all the parts you want match, and contact you with a private mssg n.n, cheers.
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