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Not sure if I should upgrade my monitor or get a cheaper/older GPU

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January 4, 2013 6:44:35 AM

I decided to build a gaming PC around a week ago, and was finally able to finish my build. The part I'm stumped on was whether it's worth keeping my monitor which is currently a 1366 x 768 res monitor and getting a cheaper/older GPU, or keeping the GPU I intended to buy (GTX 670).

My questions are these:

1. If I were to keep my current (1366x768 res) monitor, would I still get the same results as in playing games on max or close to maximum settings with a GTX 670 until I get a better monitor which may be months from now?

2. If I were to keep my current monitor, am I better off getting a cheaper/older GPU to accomidate the resolution?


This is my build currently:

CPU: i5 3570K
CPU Cooler: Noctua DH14
MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
GPU: GTX 670 ~OR~ 660 Ti ( not sure if the ~14% better performance is enough to justify the extra $110)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage:Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2
CASE: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
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January 4, 2013 8:00:01 AM

Buy one which one you consider more important first. I personally think it's better for you to get a 670/660ti first then upgrade the monitor.
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January 4, 2013 8:13:48 AM

@EzioAS +1

get the 670 now and upgrade your monitor later.
so until than you can max out all the games at this resolutions.
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January 4, 2013 8:42:27 AM

I agree too. Get the 670 first and buy the better monitor whenever you can afford it.
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January 4, 2013 8:46:41 AM

it is worth getting a better monitor, 1366x768 will not fully utilise the 670s gpu
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January 4, 2013 10:07:55 AM

EzioAs said:
Buy one which one you consider more important first. I personally think it's better for you to get a 670/660ti first then upgrade the monitor.

Yeah, I think the GPU is more important. The monitor can come later. So if I use the GTX 670 on my 1366x768 res monitor, does that mean it's easier to let me play games most games, if not all, on ultra-max settings easily? Does it have any negative effects? Also,I read somewhere you could 'bleed' your GPU out. Assuming it's easier and isn't utilized to it's full potential like on a 1920x1080 monitor, I heard the 670 lasts longer before needing an upgrade compared to using the 670 on an 1920x1080 res. Is that true?
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January 4, 2013 10:29:34 AM

bleeding out? wtf... , pls elaborate. and what does your last question even mean? it makes no sense.
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January 4, 2013 11:01:32 AM

infinitynmc said:
Yeah, I think the GPU is more important. The monitor can come later. So if I use the GTX 670 on my 1366x768 res monitor, does that mean it's easier to let me play games most games, if not all, on ultra-max settings easily? Does it have any negative effects? Also,I read somewhere you could 'bleed' your GPU out. Assuming it's easier and isn't utilized to it's full potential like on a 1920x1080 monitor, I heard the 670 lasts longer before needing an upgrade compared to using the 670 on an 1920x1080 res. Is that true?



A GTX670 can max almost all games at 1080p. If it's 1366x768, then it's not even a problem. I'm not sure what you meant by GPU bleeding out.

On your last question, it's not true. I don't know who told you that but don't believe it. It'll last the same either way. The performance of the 670 will last you longer without needing to upgrade than lower end cards though. However, these days any mid-range cards and above will last about 3 years at "reasonable" settings and can still maintain respectable framerates in most titles.
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January 4, 2013 6:42:02 PM

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