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Need a GPU for gaming

warlicrox1394

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Thanks to guy120 for the template :)

System Specifications:

I. Processor/CPU:
Intel Core i5-3570K

II. Current Graphics Card:
Powercolor Radeon HD 5750

III. Display Resolution:
1600x900 (20" monitor)

IV. Power Supply Unit Specification
Tagan Stonerock 500W Click

V. Case Specifications
Thermaltake Wing RS 201


Purchase Details:

I.
Budget?
200-220$.

II.
Any particular preferences
Preferably AMD, but open to Nvidia as well.

III. Do you plan to have any Multi-GPU solutions such as Crossfire or SLI?
No.

IV. Have you previously looked at a product(s) which you feel would fit your needs?
Yes. The 560ti.

V. What are your needs for this GPU?
Graphics intensive games at high-very high settings. :cool:


VI. Do you plan on overclocking the card you intend to purchase?
Not initially.
 
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Arkaign

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You owe it to yourself to stretch your budget a tiny bit or scour for a good deal and just get a 7850 2GB. Anything less is kind of a sad match when you have that CPU.

Also look into a bigger monitor sometime, it's a shame to have that kind of power on 1600x900 ;) IMHO the 1920x1200 resolution is awesome and can be found on some fairly affordable monitors in the 24" to 27" range.
 

toyota

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V. What are your needs for this GPU?
Graphics intensive games at medium-high settings


a 5750 can already do that at 1600x900. :p

stretch budget just a little and get a 7850 and you will be playing everything on high or even very high in many cases.
 
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blastingcap

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Have you tried overclocking your existing card? Once overclocked (so you'd be getting stock HD5770 speeds at 1600x900, which is only 69.4% as many pixels as 1080p), you'd be getting roughly the same framerate as someone running a stock HD6850 at 1080p, which happens to be exactly the card and resolution I was running at up until recently. I was happy with that level of speed and since you're willing to dip to medium settings, I don't see why you even need a new video card if you are willing to overclock your current one.

If you want to play the most demanding games on higher settings anyway, the minimum upgrade I'd recommend would be a HD6850. That's ~40% faster than a stock 5770/6770/7750, power-efficient, relatively cheap (on sale for $120 on newegg right now, plus free game) and a reasonably good match with your resolution.
 
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warlicrox1394

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Thanks for all your quick replies :)
Stretch the budget by how much exactly (for the 7850)
And i know my 5750 is more than sufficient for my current setup but i'm building two systems and the 5750 is going to go into my HTPC (the second system) and that's why i want to buy a new gfx card.
yea i know my 20" monitor is not worthy of the beast that is the 7850 :(
so i will be getting a 24 or maybe even a 30" monitor but not for a few months.
 

blastingcap

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There is a big difference between 24 and 30" in terms of resolution. Typically that's like, what, 1080p vs. 2560x1600. A doubling of pixels. If you want to be covered in either case, I would strongly recommend the 7850 (~$250) over any other card in its price category for speed (esp. overclocked), power efficiency, and 2GB VRAM which you will need at 2560x1600 in some games at highest settings.
 

Nizzzlle

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If you really don't want to push your budget you should go with this 6950. Solid card (although a generation old) ready to play almost anything at high/ultra on your display.
 

warlicrox1394

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I really appreciate all the input :thumbsup:
I have decided to get a 27" monitor so I guess I will be going for the 7850.
Thanks for helping me reach a decision.
Looking forward to Crysis 1 on extreme and 2 with the hi-res pack. :p
 

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