I'm finally looking at a situation where I may be able to both upgrade my GPU and monitor. I am pretty sure I am going to buy a $300~$350 Korean IPS monitor, whether I'll overclock it to the realm of 80-120 Hz remains to be seen, but that is certainly a possibility. Currently I am running a 1920x1080 display as gaming display, and a 1680x1050 display on the side for monitoring/Chrome/etc. I may go down to single monitor with the 1440p, but we'll see. Dual monitors has its perks!
I've seen some games, hell even World of Warcraft, but obviously Skyrim, push my 560 Ti to the max, both on the GPU core as well as filling up the 1GB of VRAM, quite easily, on a meager 1080p display.
1440p is about 1.78* the pixels of 1080p. Thus we can conclude 2GB is an obvious MINIMUM for the new GPU. Thankfully GPUs made nowadays are taking an impressive jump over the old struggling through the 1-2GB realm and going even towards 4-6GB. Question is, how much do I really need? I already have a few mods in Skyrim, but I'd like to use a fair amount more. If I am already maxing out 1GB of VRAM with my current setup, just how much VRAM would it fill up if it was there, for just 1080p? 2GB? 3GB? Unfortunately there is really no database for these kinds of things, so we have to essentially guess.
I've been pondering a GTX 760 as that is a healthily-priced card and I am comfortable with NVidia. I don't care right now to deal with the shortages on AMD GPUs because of the recent ridiculous boom in mining, nor do I care to participate, so don't let that enter your formula.
I'm trying to figure out if a GTX 770, which does have a fair jump over the 760, is worth the extra $100~ price-point premium, since it does lack anymore VRAM and 770s that have been custom-built with additional memory have even seen drops in performance.
I certainly would love to get an EVGA GTX 780 Ti King Ping Pong Edition, but I don't think it is worth it, not at all, considering the games I play I already mentioned, as well as any other games I'll play:
Binding of Isaac (when Rebirth launches it will no longer be Flash-based and take more GPU power, but will still be nothing in comparison to other games.)
Orcs Must Die 2
See what I mean?
Still, I don't want to have a less-than-amazing 1440p experience. I want to max out Skyrim like I already do and play at at least 60 fps. Same thing with WoW (which shouldn't be an issue, I would think).
I can save up for a 780 Ti thanks to my job, but really it is a matter of need vs want vs practicality.
Thanks for any and all help!
I guess I should add computer specs so you guys don't wonder if I need a better CPU:
8GB 1333MHz RAM (sometime I'll upgrade it... lol)
Crucial m4 128GB SSD
SeaSonic 660watt Gold X Series PSU
Basically I'm good on these fronts. :P This thread is really a focus on GPU and monitor.