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What would a good GPU upgrade be for my system?

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January 25, 2013 3:25:52 AM

I recently turned 14, so I can legally work now. I'm thinking about getting a job at McDonalds or something so I have some more spare cash. I'm planning on getting a nice 2560 x 1600 monitor and a new video card. What do you think a good upgrade would be to my GPU? I assume my system wouldn't really bottleneck any current gen card. Would it be better to wait for the Radeon 8000s/GTX700s?

I don't really have a set budget. I'm just kind of planning ahead.

Stuff I'd like to be able to do:

1. Battlefield 3 Ultra at 1600P. (Full AA and whatnot.)
2. Crysis 3 at max settings.
3. Actually, to be honest I might as well just say "I'd like to max all current games at 1600P."

Is this even possibly within my budget? I'm thinking about $400-$500 for the video card.

Thanks,
January 25, 2013 3:32:36 AM

Check out another thread. I suppose you have to buy new-gen graphics card for the max setting of Crysis 3. Unfortunately, NV won't release new one after late Feb later then Crysis launches. too bad.....For BF3, it's better to have a card with higher memory size like my Gigabyte 4GB card. The game highly squeezes memory usage.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/389698-33-ready-crysi...
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January 25, 2013 3:33:36 AM

starcraftgod said:
Check out another thread. I suppose you have to buy new-gen graphics card for the max setting of Crysis 3. Unfortunately, NV won't release new one after late Feb later then Crysis launches. too bad.....For BF3, it's better to have a card with higher memory size like my Gigabyte 4GB card. The game highly squeezes memory usage.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/389698-33-ready-crysi...


Hmm. That's interesting. I will likely wait for the new GPUs then. What do other people think?


EDIT: Lol, I just looked up some 1600P monitors and they are way too expensive. I guess I'll stick with 1080P.
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January 25, 2013 3:59:58 AM

The specs you have linked below are quite expensive; Im assuming your parents bought that setup. Why upgrade, what you have will play any game on high?
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January 25, 2013 4:16:52 AM

Ehh, kind of. I had like $600 and my parents matched it since my old computer was broken and whatnot. My dad wouldn't let me build it though. He doesn't trust me with $1000 in sensitive electronics. I wish I had built it.

Honestly, you are correct. I don't need to upgrade. I just kind of want to since I will have the money to in a few months. I would probably be smarter to wait another year or so when the upgrade is actually worthwhile and 2560x1440/1600 monitors are cheaper.
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January 25, 2013 6:23:56 PM

I would do that. Your system is really good for the next 2 or 3 years. Save that money for down the road or college.
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January 25, 2013 7:15:10 PM

I already have the computer, I'm not going to get a full new one. The rest of my specs are almost top of the line. That is a nice monitor though.
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January 25, 2013 7:19:12 PM

Oh I see nvm I see what you have. Sorry I did not see your signature prior to you making your response.

It may be better to wait for the newer cards. I'm sure they will be able to reach the settings in those games at a cheaper price point then if you were with the current gen cards.

However, what you should is that both chip makers release there flagship card and then the other cards over the span of a 3-4 months.
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