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Will my computer set-up handle multi-monitor gaming or is it time for upgrade

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#1 timreed1


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 03:53 PM

I am currently running my system with two monitors and thinking about adding a third. I use the computer for research but want to take advantage of the multi-monitor gaming if possible. I was wondering If my current set-up will support today's games. I have had no trouble running any game on a single monitor. I am thinking of upgrading to a 6gb 780 ti (or what ever name they decide to designate) when they become available. I was wondering if SLI would be better or upgrading to the new card since my current system has 2gb. Here are the specs:
3x ViewSonic VX2703MH-LED (1080p)
1x AMD FX-8350
1x EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB
1x CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i
1x CORSAIR AXi series AX1200i 1200W
1x SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW (OS DRIVE)
4x Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB (Raid 10)
2x Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB (Raid 1)
1x G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH

So SLI or new card since 2gb is not really enough for 3 monitors imo.

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#2 zingo156


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 04:53 PM

I can not say if your system will do 3 monitors, I have not tested with the 670.


I will say after having sli/crossfire and then upgrading to a better single card, my suggestion if you choose to upgrade, would be a better single card solution. The problem with sli or crossfire is that you have more wattage draw, more heat especially the top card where the fans breath in hot air from the bottom card, and sometimes driver/game support for sli/crossfire isn't up to par. (it is getting better with current games).

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#3 killerx525


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 11:35 PM

Hi, the main concern is not the amount of brad but the horsepower of the GPU itself which the 670 will certainly lack in triple monitor gaming. A recent performance review was done on HardOCP which compared the 290X non-reference in crossfire and the 780ti in SLI at 4k and triple monitor resolution. The surprising conclusion to it was in every scenario the 290X would be ahead with the higher or equal graphics setting due to its better scaling. So if you were to upgrade your graphics card, go for 2 290X non-reference cards.

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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