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me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

What to upgrade first, monitor or GPU?

Right now I use a 460ftw(895mhz core 1023 vram clock) and a 1600x900 and 1280x1024 monitors. Both monitors use dvi if that matters.

I want to get a 1920x1080 monitor to replace the 900p one, and a 7950 to replace the 460ftw then use the 460 as a physx card.

Which would be the best upgrade to get first? A higher res monitor would be nice, but the 3GB of vram and just plain more raw power of the 7950 is something I would really like.


ironweasel
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Given a choice between the two, I would do the monitor first.

My justification is that the monitor is used for everything whereas the video card is mainly used for gaming. The monitor is also to be used for a longer period of time than the card and the monitor having a higher resolution would give you a better "look" overall regardless of what you're doing on it.

However, a higher resolution would tax your current card which would give you slower frame rates at the native resolution. To negate that some you could just scale the resolution down while still maintaining the 16:9 aspect ratio.
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Krisnatharok
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I'd do the monitor as well--it is going to affect everything you do beyond just gaming.

I also wouldn't stay married to the idea about using the 460 as a physX card--the difference may be negligible, and you may find a higher performance boost by using the 460 as a separate GPU to run the secondary monitor (why keep the 1024p and not the 900p?), which alleviates the the number of pixels the 7950 has to drive.
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Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN
reply to me1212
Get yourself a good 600 card instead of screwing with a PhysX card.

me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
reply to Krisnatharok
I'm keeping the 1024p one because my mom needs a new monitor(power button is going out) and the 1024p wont fit where she needs the monitor to go, but the 900p one will so I'm gonna give it to her when I get my 1080p one.

I don't really need the take the stress of of the 7950 right now, or I would set the 460 up for my second monitor. I have windows turn off/disable the second monitor when I game so no extra resources are being used for the second one when I'm gaming.

I normally would get the monitor first, but I'm a CS major in college and I'm getting into OpenGL(both on my own and in classes). I thought I should ask since I know for sure I'm going to get in to game engine programming and I wasn't sure if the stronger card would help me.(still lookin in to it)

@Dissembled, I would, but there is no 600 series in the price range of the 7950 that is as good for what I want. The 660ti is strong and all but only 2/3 the vram and 1/2 the memory bus, since they are roughly the same price the 7950 is clearly the better card for what I'm gonna do. I don't need physx, but it would be kinda nice if I can get my 460 working for it.


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I'd go for the monitor first. They are pretty cheap for a decent 1080p monitor depending on what your looking for. If you wait till the black friday deals you can score something pretty nice for even cheaper. Prices on vid cards are just going to go down the longer you wait, probably more than monitor prices dropping.


Krisnatharok
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Just got this for a relative--I got it two weeks ago when it was just over $100--it seems to have gone up a little, however: »www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···24009306
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me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
Wow, thats a great price for that high end of a monitor.

Apparently my new job is paying me commission too, and I'll be about the only salesman in the store when I'm working I've been told, so I may be able to get both at the same time. Maybe a water loop after that, if my psu can handle it.


Krisnatharok
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Water is unnecessary nowadays and offers very diminished returns for the higher cost and time commitment to properly maintain.

If you are absolutely set on WC, Danger Den is going out of business, so I'd drop by there and see what kind of parts you can nab: »www.dangerden.com/
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me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
Normally I wouldnt waste time on water, but my rooms over the heater so its usually about 8C hotter than the rest of the house. In the fall like this its not bad, but in summer the temps can get a decent bit higher than I'd rather they get.

Grated if my psu can't handle it I'll just skip it and find something else. Maybe some more ram and/or an sdd.


Krisnatharok
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I have a Corsair H100 and am pleased with it. That sort of closed-loop system might run 5-10 C cooler than air cooling.

me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
Thats a good thought, I may end up doing that.