So I am trying to put together a new system, reusing no more than current HDD and monitor.
I am planning to go for i5 3570K and now the graphic card is the question. Currently I am owning a HIS 4870 IceQ. My budget is $250 - 400 which covers quite a lot; but I am not sure which level of card should I go for.
I will play with a single Dell 2410 monitor running with 1920 x 1080 and 10 bit color depth. My favorite games are World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III etc which are not really demanding. However I'd like to continue play with this card for 3~4 years without upgrading / changing it.
I looked at HIS/MSI 7870/7950/7970 and EVGA 670/680; but I am now really puzzled. Do you think the additional performance of a 7970/670/680 is overkill for my games and my monitor? If I really go for 7870/7950 can they last 3~4 years?
Also, I'd like to build a relatively silent box - so the card better not too loud. I won't OC on CPU or GPU if the card isn't defaulted to.
I can buy a ~750W 80+ good PSU to reserve upgrade capacity if needed.
Thank you very much.
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February 4, 2013 1:58:43 AM
the games you mentioned do well with an nVidia card: