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Old 22-02-13, 10:47 PM
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What's better?

I have a Gtx280 that I got off of fleabay very cheap, but would like more preformance... Do I get another Gtx280+ a powersupply, or get 1 Asus 2GB 7770 right now and get a second one later...

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Old 23-02-13, 04:57 AM
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If you are going to upgrade...spend the money and get a 7950 or more...you will be very glad you did!
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Old 23-02-13, 05:02 AM
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just dont forget your going from nvidia to amd ... other than that just uprate the card rather than using that 280
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Old 23-02-13, 05:39 AM
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gtx 280 is about the same if not better just a little than 7770.but to run 2 of them in sli,just no.if you want a budget upgrade save for a 7850,add onother one later,couse from gtx 280 to 7770 is not an upgrade.however it will use like 3 times less power and will run cooler.and don`t buy 7770 with 2 gigs.its not worth it couse lack of horsepower on the gpu.so no ultra or AA at 1080p for you so no use for 2 gigs.
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Old 23-02-13, 04:15 PM
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I Would like to get a 7950, but it is just out of the price range. The reason I was looking at the 2gb 7770 is becasue I am adding 2 1080p Asus monitors here this summer unless the ps4 becomes something spectacular. I might get the 7850, my budget is just so tight right now
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Old 23-02-13, 04:20 PM
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i would reccomend a last-gen 6870 2gb card. It's very capable, will run 2 and even 3 monitors, and should cost the same as a 7850, but you'll get more stream processors with the last gen 6870.

Correction: - http://www.hwcompare.com/12078/radeo...adeon-hd-7850/

Even with the higher SPU count on the 6870, it looks like the 7850 has more bandwidth, so that would be my choice. Both are very viable crossfire solutions, the 7770 is not what i would choose for dual monitors.

a 7950 is overkill for 2 monitors, it's a good choice for eyefinity 3 monitor, or 120-144hz single monitor though.
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I'm not contributing much but I've just got to vent my rage about 280. I bought one very early on, and it had an issue with micro fractures I assume. While heating up it would either go berserk or work. I RMA'd it and the store refused since it ran furmark flawlessly (like I said it booting properly was a flip of a coin). They also claimed that it was a false accusation and billed me 50€ for it. I had to make them a video about the issue and then they agreed to replace it... With a 5850. It was a hassle but in the end it paid off. Right until that 5850 went poof couple of months after warranty expired. :P
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i would reccomend a last-gen 6870 2gb card. It's very capable, will run 2 and even 3 monitors, and should cost the same as a 7850, but you'll get more stream processors with the last gen 6870.

Correction: - http://www.hwcompare.com/12078/radeo...adeon-hd-7850/

Even with the higher SPU count on the 6870, it looks like the 7850 has more bandwidth, so that would be my choice. Both are very viable crossfire solutions, the 7770 is not what i would choose for dual monitors.

a 7950 is overkill for 2 monitors, it's a good choice for eyefinity 3 monitor, or 120-144hz single monitor though.
How would eyefinity 3 monitors work on a 7850
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Old 24-02-13, 05:36 AM
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if you are saving for 2 additional monitors, you might as well save for a
proper GPU to drive it all. the CFX 7770 would be marginal and having to
depend on the CFX to function 100% is a blessing. make it a single GPU
choice and when tech updates, then look into a dual GPU solution.

AMD's eyefinity works much better for triple-monitor setups and you
won't be needing more than one card.
just get any HD 78xx-level or better card with at least 2GB of
memory on-board, and you're good to go with almost everything on
maximal graphical settings and maximum resolution (excluding 2560x1440
panels) while at triple-monitor setup.

though it is essential that you have enough video ports in it to be able to
connect at least three monitors, so try to pick that one model that has
enough ports.

id prolly use the DP port as the main monitor and a dual-link DVI as the
secondary and triciary monitor ports. this will cutdown on a butt-load
of cable adapters and failed to connect ques.

remember that the game must support triple-monitor modes,
otherwise there's no point in using triple-monitor setups just for gaming
and make sure that your PSU is powerful enough to feed such setups, since
triple-monitor setups tend to eat quite much more energy than just
one-monitor builds. they tend to stress a GPU card really well...
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Old 24-02-13, 10:35 AM
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if you are saving for 2 additional monitors, you might as well save for a
proper GPU to drive it all. the CFX 7770 would be marginal and having to
depend on the CFX to function 100% is a blessing. make it a single GPU
choice and when tech updates, then look into a dual GPU solution.

AMD's eyefinity works much better for triple-monitor setups and you
won't be needing more than one card.
just get any HD 78xx-level or better card with at least 2GB of
memory on-board, and you're good to go with almost everything on
maximal graphical settings and maximum resolution (excluding 2560x1440
panels) while at triple-monitor setup.

though it is essential that you have enough video ports in it to be able to
connect at least three monitors, so try to pick that one model that has
enough ports.

id prolly use the DP port as the main monitor and a dual-link DVI as the
secondary and triciary monitor ports. this will cutdown on a butt-load
of cable adapters and failed to connect ques.

remember that the game must support triple-monitor modes,
otherwise there's no point in using triple-monitor setups just for gaming
and make sure that your PSU is powerful enough to feed such setups, since
triple-monitor setups tend to eat quite much more energy than just
one-monitor builds. they tend to stress a GPU card really well...
Wow, that's a lot of info,thanks! Which one of my cpu's would you recommend, my phenom 965 or FX6100, they are both overclocked
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