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#1 GreenGiant117

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:32 PM

So over the last 6 months or so I have upgraded my case, motherboard, processor, RAM, and hard drive.

 

The last thing on the list is to eventually upgrade my video card and monitors, I'm not having any issues with them at this point, and I can run pretty much anything I can throw at them, BUT I want to run a triple monitor setup and have my TV as an active connection as well, right now with the GTX 460 I can only have 3 monitors connected and only 2 active at any time.

 

I have looked at different cards and I think that it would be easiest and cheapest to go with an AMD card BUT since I have a motherboard that can handle 2 or 3 card SLI at x16; x16 or x16; x8; x8 would it be that much more difficult to use 2 or 3 Nvidia's in SLI?

 

Also I currently have 2 Acer X233h montiors (purchased from Tigerdirect at the same time and they are from 2 different revisions so they are both slightly different), I want to get either a 3rd monitor or get 3 new ones as these are almost 5 years old. I'd like to stay with 23" but if I can find a good deal on a 1920x1080 (or higher) monitor that is slightly smaller thats fine too. (I know that SLI/Crossfire works best when all of the monitors are the same model, and use the same connections hence getting 3 new ones)

 

Any recommends are welcome

 

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 02:04 AM

G'day, which motherboard do you have, your budget for a new graphics card and if you plan to game on triple monitors?


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:11 AM

I have the Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX with the FX-8120

My budget for graphics card is preferably around $300 but I can spend more if it's worth it, and yes I plan to game on triple monitors.

Things like Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Farcry, Crysis, etc.



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 11:18 AM

For $300 you could get a 7950 which might just be able to handle triple monitor but your best bet is with the 7970 which is $100 more.


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

I will definitely look into those, you would definitely side with an AMD over Nvidia though?

 

Any particular brand of the 7970?



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 12:39 AM

AMD because for triple monitor gaming, you want large vram which the 7900 series has 3GB compared to 2GB from Nvidia and large memory bandwidth with 384bit for AMD and 256bit for Nvidia. Reviews are have shown that the larger memory bandwidth really help the performance of the AMD card. I believe the cheapest 7970 is from Gigabyte at $400 which is awesome considering it has a nice non-reference cooler on it.


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:53 PM

Looking through the options on Newegg (surprisingly limited really) there are 2 that have caught my eye, the Gigabyte GHz edition and the HIS GHz edition, both are about the same price (Gigabyte 449, HIS 459) but they both come with Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, Crysis 3 & Bioshock so I figure thats 120 or so off the price of everything, but the thing that is confusing to me is the effective memory clock... Gigabyte advertises theirs at 1500MHz where the HIS says 6000MHz (WHAT?!?!) that seems like a HUGE disparity, why is this so different?

Will the 6000 be better than the 1500? is it worth spending the extra $10? reviews are about the same for both

 

Or should I ignore this and go for the higher core clock on the Gigabyte, which is 1100MHz vs 1000MHz or go for the regular Gigabyte with the 1000MHz and a 1375 MHz ecc (mugh cheaper)? 

 

Is Gagabyte a good brand? I havent heard mugh either way, I just know I have always been recommended ASUS, EVGA and a few people suggested XFX.



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:14 PM

Don't worry about the memory clock speeds as most performance will come out of core clock speeds. Gigabyte is well known for their motherboards and the parts they use to make their graphics card are also pretty good.


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 06:59 AM

Ok it looks like I shall be going with the Gigabyte $399 card, I hope the promo with the few games lasts a little while longer Im not planning on getting it until at least the end of the week.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:27 AM

The game promo should be still available as the promo itself has been out for a quite a while now.


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:41 AM

Hello killerx525,

 

You consistently provide helpful information (especially in the build area) and your responses are so clear that even I can understand (and appreciate) them. Thanks for the great work in this forum.

 

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:48 AM

hopefully, and of course today they announce the 7990 which is still only a double wide but has 6GB of RAM and all that and comes with 6 games instead of 3... stupid AMD and their constantly coming out with newer stuff haha



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:57 PM

The 7990 will cost a whooping $999, so it kinda makes sense that they give buyers of the 7990 more games. 


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:20 PM

Indeed, I was just merely stating that it's ironic that the better one comes out right as Im looking at the lesser haha



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:27 AM

Update:

 

Just ordered a 7970 last night, I went with the XFX Double D Blakc edition, it went down to the same price as the gigabyte, plus a 30 dollar mail in rebate (it has since gone back up but it still has the rebate), also it has a lifetime warranty instead of a 3 year one, so I figure it should be safe for a while. This one also has 2 DVI, 2 Minidisplayports and 1 HDMI where the Gigabyte only has 1 DVI, 2 Minidisplayports and 1 HDMI so I feel it was a good choice.






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