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I might get a 4k display, for movies and 1440p gaming. I was looking at the LG 27UD58-B 27-Inch 4K for the best bang for buck. Appreciate any other input.

 

Already bought the card and it's already such a big improvement over my 560ti. Very satisfying to put all the settings up to max and have still have a smooth frame rate.

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Personally, I'd be waiting for a gsync compatible 4k monitor that supports HDR.

 

As far as I know, freesync is for AMD cards and gsync is for Nvidia cards and never the two shall interoperate because they're a bit shit like that.

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Next year there will certainly be a bunch of new cards out that handle 4k at much better price points.

 

I wouldn't bet on that, you're already playing with their new architecture.

 

That said, Polaris and FreeSync will be in stock (despite being already released) by then.

 

At the last, they'll be cheaper.

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For smooth 4k gaming, you'd definitely need a 1080ti for a single card solution

Alternatively, a 1080 or 1070 would be great for 1440p, so if you're planning to game at 1440p, you could save a fair few dollars there

 

And if you get an aftermarket card like a 1070 Aorus card or something, you won't have to worry about thermals

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Thanks all for the feedback. So I ended up getting the extra sticks of ram (16gb now) and the second hand OCed GTX 970. Running Witcher maxed out with mods at 1080p (60fps average). It's a big improvement for a $200 upgrade. Before I could barely pull 15fps with what I previously had.

 

I do want to upgrade to a 4k monitor and try 4k gaming. Perhaps same time next year we'll see what's available.

 

Appreciate all the input!

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I do want to upgrade to a 4k monitor and try 4k gaming. Perhaps same time next year we'll see what's available.

 

Unless we see big advancements in something, like Vulkan engine, or GPU prices drop heavily. Or 4k monitors get fast, IPS, and cheap....

Probably most wise to consider 1440p gaming as a realistic goal.

It's a BIG jump in clarity, it's quite achievable without a multi thousand dollar budget.

 

Plus, most importantly, unless you're playing exclusively slower 'Cinematic' games, the second you need to move fast, shoot the enemy, jump that wall, etc. The 'beauty of 4k' goes ENTIRELY unnoticed.

And... you know.... unless you're on a MAC, you have to deal with Windows attempts at scaling 4k..... (protip: It really doesn't...... not well... not at all)

 

 

I've done a LOT in the 'Hundreds of thousands of dollars' Home Theater industry; and lets just say:

4k Belongs on big TV screens and projectors.

1440p Belongs on Monitors.

1080p Belongs on Laptops.

 

There will always be exceptions, but unless we see a BIG shift in how we program software\OS scaling, how we deliver game textures (HDD space for 4k textures... damn!) and our monitor technology; I'm going to wager it'll stay like this for the foreseeable future.

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So it was $200 for the 970?

 

I saw one advertised the other day for $100 - I was just so tempted but held off. It actually sat there over a day before the listing disappeared.

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So it was $200 for the 970?

 

I saw one advertised the other day for $100 - I was just so tempted but held off. It actually sat there over a day before the listing disappeared.

 

And the ram, he said.

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That's some good insight master Scythe.

 

I've seen 1440p and you're right, it's a huge jump in clarity from my 27" 1080p monitor. Guess we'll see what available next year. I've always wanted to build a powerful gaming rig for the living room that blended in seamlessly.

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That's some good insight master Scythe.

 

I've seen 1440p and you're right, it's a huge jump in clarity from my 27" 1080p monitor. Guess we'll see what available next year. I've always wanted to build a powerful gaming rig for the living room that blended in seamlessly.

 

Interestingly, once you're past about 3m distance (TV to Viewer), 1080p vs 4k is not visible to the naked eye, below 70"

We used to sell the SHARP brand 80" LED-LCD, which was 1080p, and past 4.5 meters you stopped seeing any jaggies in... well anything.... too.

 

Anything above that projectors :P

And I guess, yeah, 4K comes into it's own :)

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