Thanks to everyone for the advice, you have been really helpful
"Money no object" was a bit of an exaggeration, but I followed your advice to some extent. I have just purchased an earlier version of the Sapphire HD 7970
as suggested. The price of latest graphics cards are much higher in the UK, so I have taken advantage of the price cut for this model.
As regards monitor, my current card won't support high resolution gaming at 2560 x 1600, alas. Company of Heroes is a very graphics hungry game, so even when I play with all the bells and whistles (e.g high-def shadow effects) turned down, playing this game with high graphics detail for this game translates into lower frame rates.
My understanding is that there seems to be a four way trade off with the choice of screen for gaming, because it is not possible to get a decent frame rate if one of the following parameters places too much strain on the GPU:
* Screen size;
* Screen resolution;
* Refresh rate;
* Graphic detail.
For example, I would guess that you would probably need crossfire rig built with two HD 7970 or better in order to run Crysis on a 30-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 with a refresh rate above 100MHz in full graphic detail. This sort of set up would look gorgeous, put a lot of preasure on any computer system if you wanted high frame rate as well.
I am not sure what the sweet spot is for my new GPU, but I am guessing again that I want a screen something along the following lines:
* 27-inches screen
* 1920 x 1080 pixels
* 75 Hz or better refresh rate
* Graphic detail dependent on what of frame rate the GPU can achieve.
I am thinking of getting a screen along the lines of the Samsung S27A750D 27" 120Hz 3D 1920 x 1080
so I can play games and watch Blu-Ray films in High Def. Samsung also do a high resolution monitor (2560 x 1600), but at a lower referesh rate.
I am not sure which is more important, higher resolution (2560 x 1600), or high referesh rate (120 Hz). This is a very complex choice for me, so any comments or criticism on these ideas would be most welcome.
Fractal Design Define R2 case
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 motherboard
Phenom II 965 Quad Core 3.4 GHz Black Edition processor
Thermaltake ISGC-200 cooler
4x2GB Corsair DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz with Black Edition Memory Profile
Sapphire Vapor-X HD5750 1GB GDDR5 PCIE graphics card
Xigmatek 700W NRP-PC702 Silent power supply
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