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Old August 31, 2012, 07:16 AM
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My Dell 2405 has a native resolution of 1920x1200. Which card is better to match this native resolution, 660ti or HD7950? or does it matter if I play games at 1920x1080? In future, I will buy a new monitor either 24 or 27 inches. So, which card is better for 27 inch monitor?

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Old August 31, 2012, 12:20 PM
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I always game at monitors native resolution. Gaming at other resolutions never looks as good. If your next monitor will be a higher resolution then I would go for the 7950, but if it will be 1920x1080 then go for a 660Ti.
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Old August 31, 2012, 03:54 PM
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Thanks. One uncertainty out of the way. Now need to decide on the regular or the new boost version. I am afraid of noise and heat, so may be I'll go for the regular version.
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Old August 31, 2012, 04:09 PM
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One of, if not the cheapest I have seen a 7950 with no MIR for your consideration.

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Newegg.ca - MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Powercolor Radeon HD 7950 800MHZ 3GB 5.0GBPS GDDR5 DL-DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card - PowerColor - AX7950 3GBD5-2DH

$250 after MIR, we might see this as the regular price in the coming week or month.
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Old August 31, 2012, 05:31 PM
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My Dell 2405 has a native resolution of 1920x1200. Which card is better to match this native resolution, 660ti or HD7950? or does it matter if I play games at 1920x1080? In future, I will buy a new monitor either 24 or 27 inches. So, which card is better for 27 inch monitor?

I also use this computer for photo editing.

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Why would you go from 1920x1200 to 1920x1080 for gaming? The 1920x1200 is a far better resolution for gaming.
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Old August 31, 2012, 07:51 PM
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660ti would be fine at 1200.. but with the 7950 priced as it is currently...

For higher resolution than 1200 (2560x1440 on a 27"ips) your looking at 7970 / 680 for single card or sli / crossfire..
Can't say that I could happily advise anyone to go x-fire at the moment.. But you will pay a premium for nvidia options.

When you say in the future.. how far in the future? If it's 6+ months away.. I would say sit on what you have if you can and then upgrade both at the same time.. May be new cards by then but will definitely have come down in price for current models.

If your thinking 27" at same res then it will make no difference to the card..

Always use native resolution with a LCD of any kind.. anything else will look horrible.
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Old August 31, 2012, 08:15 PM
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Thanks for all the advices.

My current Dell 2405 has a yellow patch going down the center, most noticeable in white background. When I buy a new monitor, I'll likely go for a 27" which has 2560x1440. MSI HD7950 spec says it can drive 2560x1600. So is the spec stretching it?
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MSI HD7950 spec says it can drive 2560x1600.
That's actually a limitation of DVI, so you're likely to see that for all video cards. (I've never seen a video card that can drive a single monitor at a higher resolution.)
EDIT: You'll be fine driving that resolution, just make sure you have a good DVI DUAL-link cable or similar (Displayport?), or you'll see mysterious things like the display going crazy colours or black.

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The DVI-D and DVI-I connector provide (via additional pins) for a second data link. This allows resolutions up to 2560x1600, which are supported by many add-on graphic cards. A connector with these additional pins is sometimes referred to as DVI-DL (dual link).
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MSI HD7950 spec says it can drive 2560x1600. So is the spec stretching it?
No.. any mid range card can go to that resolution BUT being able to give decent frame-rate with games that require a good GPU is a different story..

What video card(s) to get comes down to about 4 conditions..

What resolution your using.
What games your playing.
What graphical settings and frame rates are acceptable to you.
Budget.

If your looking to game at 2560x1440 then you want the largest card you can afford..
If your looking to game at this res and max all your settings at a minimum 60fps then your looking at probably 2 cards (depending on the game)
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