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Old March 8, 2013, 02:21 PM
Valamyr Valamyr is offline
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Default First 2560*1440 monitor, is video card the only thing that needs upgrade?

Hello all. I game as a hobby, nothing too serious. I've decided to upgrade my trusty aging Dell 2407 for a U2713HM (its on sale today @580, and I've seen one in action and loved it), meaning I'm adding I think 78% more pixels to process when gaming. My system isn't that old, but Im guessing I'll need to upgrade some of it to keep playing games at good settings with decent FPS.

My first question is general: am I correct to assume that the increase in resolution will tax pretty much only the video card more, while the CPU and the RAM should perform generally as well after such a change in resolution?

My second question is more subjective. My system isn't even 2 years old yet, but I haven't been keeping up with desktop hardware developments much during that time. Would you care to tell me if it would efficient to just upgrade my video card for such a new monitor? Or is it already time to think about upgrading everything because a new card would be bottlenecked by the rest? Thank you.

This is my current system;

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

Intel Core i5 2500K Quad Core Unlocked Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA1155 LGA1156 120MM

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 64GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI DisplayPort Video Card
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