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Won ViewSonic XG2703-GS but have AMD graphics card. Should I upgrade to NVIDIA?

ViewSonic XG2703-GS is an expensive monitor that I won on a raffle and features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. Unfortunately I have MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card, which is AMD and therefore can't take advantage of the G-sync.

So my question is, should I upgrade to a graphics card that is NVIDIA? I bought the AMD card little more than 2 years ago for $380 so I figure maybe it's time to upgrade.
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  1. It might be, though I'd go for a 1070 or higher Nvidia card if you're going to do this.

    You might possibly be able to get some reasonable money for the R9 390X, though hard to say for sure, to help offset the cost.
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    megabear said:
    ViewSonic XG2703-GS is an expensive monitor that I won on a raffle and features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. Unfortunately I have MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card, which is AMD and therefore can't take advantage of the G-sync.

    So my question is, should I upgrade to a graphics card that is NVIDIA? I bought the AMD card little more than 2 years ago for $380 so I figure maybe it's time to upgrade.


    1440p 165hz monitor

    you need an upgrade not only because of th g-sync but also because the 390x is utterly inadequate to run that resolution and refresh rate


    you want a gtx 1080 ti for it, make sure the rest of your pc specs can handle it

    if not just sell the monitor
  3. I think a 1070Ti or a 1080 would also be a good. They probably won't hit the max refresh rate with maximum details at that resolution, but they'll still run up to a reasonably high refresh and be able to take advantage of the G-Sync. The OP doesn't necessarily need to have a video card that will max out that monitor, just one that can make good use of G-sync and give a reasonable frame rate.

    According to the hierarchy chart, the 390X is roughly on par with the GTX 1060. I'd say even a 1070 would be some improvement, but, if it were me, I'd probably go to a non-Ti 1080 if I could find a reasonable deal on one. A 1070Ti would be my fallback if a good deal showed up for that before one for a 1080, as the 1070Ti is more or less an "almost 1080"
  4. Either go for GTX1080Ti or wait for next gen GPU. GTX1070Ti or even GTX1080 will not be sufficient for 1440p on upcoming GPU intensive titles.
  5. maxalge said:
    megabear said:
    ViewSonic XG2703-GS is an expensive monitor that I won on a raffle and features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. Unfortunately I have MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card, which is AMD and therefore can't take advantage of the G-sync.

    So my question is, should I upgrade to a graphics card that is NVIDIA? I bought the AMD card little more than 2 years ago for $380 so I figure maybe it's time to upgrade.


    1440p 165hz monitor

    you need an upgrade not only because of th g-sync but also because the 390x is utterly inadequate to run that resolution and refresh rate


    you want a gtx 1080 ti for it, make sure the rest of your pc specs can handle it

    if not just sell the monitor


    Thank you. My specs are as below, would you say my PC will be able to handle GTX 1080 ti?

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 390X 8GB Video Card
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
  6. Your PC can handle it just fine - I'd still say you don't have to specifically go for a 1080Ti unless you really are trying to go for maximum refresh rate.
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