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What should I choose for dual monitor set-up full HD in terms of a GPU?

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June 5, 2013 3:03:59 AM

I want to run 2 1080p or 1 1080p and 1 1440p monitors all at once with 1 great card, should it be 4GB gtx 670, or 2GB 770? I have also looked at the 4GB AMD Radeon 7970's, just what is worth the money? Why would more memory matter to a two monitor set-up, and what if only 1 monitor is used for gaming at a time (obviously the higher resolution one if I go with the 1440p route). Thanks for the help for making me choose my GPU, and yes I am on a budget for my gpu of up to around $350-500, I would really prefer something like the $420 GTX 770's pricings that I've been looking at.


Oh and btw, I like to record my games in HD, I would love to play them in all max settings, like Crisis 3 (as close as I can get, maybe take off a bit of anti-aliasing), but I don't need to be able to record them in full settings. I do live-stream too. Maybe that extra information will help you help me choose my card. I am really leaning towards the 770 right now.
June 5, 2013 1:00:35 PM

Recording your game is based more on the CPU than the GPU. And if your recording your games your going to do it in 720p usually, as it uses a lot of storage space otherwise... As far as value goes, look at this:

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

It comes with 4 games, its overclocked out of the box, has pleanty of video RAM, and simply put the HD7970 is only bested by the Titan and GTX780. And it comes in at the lower end of your budget. The version by Sapphire comes with a nice 2 year warranty and was one of Toms favorites in their compairsons. Check out these articals as well.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-titan-p... (you can see they are compairing the 7970 to a 690, which is a 2 GPU card not a single GPU, and the Titan which is a $1000 video card)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7970-over... (this one shows the different 7970 cards you can chose from)
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-770-gk1... (this one compairs the 770, your fav atm, to other cards. the 7970 is in the same boat or better in a lot of situations)
June 5, 2013 1:04:28 PM

Although I will say the 770 is nice when it comes to electricty and heat considering it performs about the same. And over time newer drivers will optomize it a little more so it will probably pull ahead in about 6 months or so.
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June 5, 2013 1:08:17 PM

Since you like recording videos, nVidia might be a better choice. Depending on your editing software, some of them benefit from CUDA. And with Geforce Experience upcoming Shadow Play feature you can automatically record the last 20mins of gameplay, they are saying it is also less demanding than FRAPS.
I suggest going for the 770 or you could wait for the 4g 770, Newegg already has placeholders for them.
June 7, 2013 12:14:08 AM

JefferyD90 said:
Although I will say the 770 is nice when it comes to electricty and heat considering it performs about the same. And over time newer drivers will optomize it a little more so it will probably pull ahead in about 6 months or so.


I looked at both of your posts and I am most likely going with the 770 here soon, I do like the radeon, but it looks a little jumpy, I like the smoothness of the 770, even though it costs a bit more, which is a bummer. Thank you for the help though!
June 7, 2013 12:17:40 AM

The HD 7970 3GB is the best value/performance going by far.
June 7, 2013 7:46:23 AM

Single video cards hardly ever have any issues with stuttering. And Im just saying if you want the best overall expierence the AMD products offer a lot more. With eyefinity, out of this world overclocking tools, high end performance, and GCN technology you simply cant go wrong. Plus getting 4 blockbuster games. Imagine thats almost $150 worth of games. The 770 isnt a bad choice, but I just feel like the 7970 is still too compelling especially since it saves you money.
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