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1080/1440 @ 144hz, vs 4K @ 60hz?

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May 9, 2010
What are peoples thoughts on these options?
I'm already planning (still a while off yet) my next build, I'm thinking a Core i5 6600, with a GTX 1060, with 16GB Ram, 750/850 EVO (depending on price when I go for it) I haven't decided on a motherboard yet.
My main use will be gaming. Skyrim, GTA 5, Crysis games, etc, what are peoples thoughts on sticking with my current 1080 60hz Monitor, vs upgrading to a 1080 144hz, or a 1440 60hz/144hz monitor or splashing out and getting a 4k Monitor?
From what I've seen videos on, atleast for GTA 5 at 4k on a GTX 1060, it only works if some settings are lowered. but the card can do it. If it doesn't I could always bump the res. down to 1080 as it scales perfectly, but I also don't want to buy it if I have to keep bumping down the res. or the settings to a ridiculous level to game at 4k (I suppose I should mention that this build, like my last two are designed for mid range price.) Or should I just stick to my current 1080 monitor and run everything at max basically?
Actually, read some more, watched some more. the 1060 is fantastic at running 1080, so I think i'll just stick with this monitor. Might buy two 24 inch's to use instead.
Now the question is, how do I either mark this as solved, or delete this thread?
Instead of two 1080P monitors, why not go for a single 21:9 2560x1080 monitor. I've been using 16:10 and 16:9 monitors, so when I tried a cheap AOC 2560x1080 and fell in love with the 21:9 aspect ratio format. In fact, loved it so much, I'd just gotten an Acer XR341CK 3440x1440 monitor for movies (WS movies that used to have black bars on top and below can now be cropped to 2.35:1 to fit the entire screen) and gaming. Watching WS movies cropped to fit the entire screen is a great plus in my books....this is a pic of my AOC 29" 2560x1080 monitor.
Well, that Acer Predator Z35 has a resolution of 2560x1080, same as my 29" AOC Q2963PM. I also have an Acer XR341CK which has a resolution of 3440x1440, now this one would pose a problem for the GTX1060. My 2x R9 290X handle that res well enough. My other rig which has a HD7970 hooked up to it manages to run some older games like Bad Company 2, Dead Space 2 and even a newer game like Doom (Vulkan) at quite playable framerate. Surprised the heck outta me what the HD7970 is still capable of.
For a 1060 I'd definitely stick with 1080p, whether ultrawide or not. If you're not going to overclock and are therefore shooting for a non-k CPU I'd also bump down to the 6500. For $15 over the 6500, the only additional "power" the 6600 offers is a higher base frequency and a higher possible turbo boost.
I was in this pickle myself, but other way around. I had to choose a graphics card to suit my monitor. I run a 2560x1440 60hz monitor. I was going to just grab and 'settle' for a GTX 1060, as realistically I don't game heavily on my computer anymore, but then decided for the sake of being more viable long-term, I'd just fork out for the GTX 1070 and be 'done with it', And given my Resolution It was likely a wise choice. Also gives me the option of going to 3440x1440 if I'm happy to sacrifice some performance/fps, or 1440p higher refresh rate.

1080p = 1060
1440p = 1070 2560x1440 60-144hz or perhaps ultra wide at 60-75hz? Sacrificing a few higher settings
Higher than above 1080 or 1070 SLI etc.

The above is just my opinion, though. :).

I think a 2560x1080 would be a nice in between that a 1060 should be able to handle relatively well.
Thanks for the help guys. Main reason for an upgrade is I've got a 21.5" monitor really. been using it for close to 6 years now. nothing wrong with it, just a bit small atm. I think i'll stick with a 1080 screen, whether I upgrade and get a bigger monitor, or get a 21:9 monitor still at 1080 and if things don't run smoothly just either reduce settings, or run at 1920x1080 to make it work well.