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March 23, 2013 2:02:03 PM

Hey guys, I'm making my first gaming rig and I'm tempted to go triple screen, looking at around £125-£150 per monitor.

Gpu- possibly GTX680, any advice?

Mb- Asus maximus V gene

Cpu- i5 3570K

Cooler- Corsair H80i

Ps- Corsair 750W

This is my set up so far on part picker but not sure.

Tweaks/advice more than welcome

Thanks

March 23, 2013 2:17:21 PM

LongbonesRig said:
Hey guys, I'm making my first gaming rig and I'm tempted to go triple screen, looking at around £125-£150 per monitor.

Gpu- possibly GTX680, any advice?

Mb- Asus maximus V gene

Cpu- i5 3570K

Cooler- Corsair H80i

Ps- Corsair 750W

This is my set up so far on part picker but not sure.

Tweaks/advice more than welcome

Thanks



What sort of eye-candy do you expect when using 3 screens? Also the graphics card you choose will need at least 3gb of VRAM I would say, just to push all those pixels. If you tell what sort of eye-candy you want I can give a better recommendation.
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March 23, 2013 2:31:09 PM

DelightfulDucklings said:
LongbonesRig said:
Hey guys, I'm making my first gaming rig and I'm tempted to go triple screen, looking at around £125-£150 per monitor.

Gpu- possibly GTX680, any advice?

Mb- Asus maximus V gene

Cpu- i5 3570K

Cooler- Corsair H80i

Ps- Corsair 750W

This is my set up so far on part picker but not sure.

Tweaks/advice more than welcome

Thanks



What sort of eye-candy do you expect when using 3 screens? Also the graphics card you choose will need at least 3gb of VRAM I would say, just to push all those pixels. If you tell what sort of eye-candy you want I can give a better recommendation.


Eye candy?? Sorry mate, build virgin. Ha

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March 23, 2013 2:54:00 PM

LongbonesRig said:
DelightfulDucklings said:
LongbonesRig said:
Hey guys, I'm making my first gaming rig and I'm tempted to go triple screen, looking at around £125-£150 per monitor.

Gpu- possibly GTX680, any advice?

Mb- Asus maximus V gene

Cpu- i5 3570K

Cooler- Corsair H80i

Ps- Corsair 750W

This is my set up so far on part picker but not sure.

Tweaks/advice more than welcome

Thanks



What sort of eye-candy do you expect when using 3 screens? Also the graphics card you choose will need at least 3gb of VRAM I would say, just to push all those pixels. If you tell what sort of eye-candy you want I can give a better recommendation.


Eye candy?? Sorry mate, build virgin. Ha



Haha no problem, what sort of setting do want on. I.E. Low, Medium, High, Ultra (then add AA and AF etc but don't worry bout that stuff)
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March 23, 2013 4:01:53 PM

Change that GTX 680 to a 3GB 7970. The higher memory bandwidth and VRAM of the 7970 lets it perform better at high resolutions. That will let you play on medium at 5760x1080. Crossfire or get a 7990 to play on high.
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March 23, 2013 4:05:14 PM

DelightfulDucklings said:
LongbonesRig said:
DelightfulDucklings said:
LongbonesRig said:
Hey guys, I'm making my first gaming rig and I'm tempted to go triple screen, looking at around £125-£150 per monitor.

Gpu- possibly GTX680, any advice?

Mb- Asus maximus V gene

Cpu- i5 3570K

Cooler- Corsair H80i

Ps- Corsair 750W

This is my set up so far on part picker but not sure.

Tweaks/advice more than welcome

Thanks



What sort of eye-candy do you expect when using 3 screens? Also the graphics card you choose will need at least 3gb of VRAM I would say, just to push all those pixels. If you tell what sort of eye-candy you want I can give a better recommendation.


Eye candy?? Sorry mate, build virgin. Ha



Haha no problem, what sort of setting do want on. I.E. Low, Medium, High, Ultra (then add AA and AF etc but don't worry bout that stuff)


Best I can get pal

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March 23, 2013 4:06:25 PM

Louis B said:
Change that GTX 680 to a 3GB 7970. The higher memory bandwidth and VRAM of the 7970 lets it perform better at high resolutions. That will let you play on medium at 5760x1080. Crossfire or get a 7990 to play on high.


Is it better to have medium on 3 screens mate, or ultra on my 1080p 32" plasma then??

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March 23, 2013 4:11:37 PM

LongbonesRig said:
Louis B said:
Change that GTX 680 to a 3GB 7970. The higher memory bandwidth and VRAM of the 7970 lets it perform better at high resolutions. That will let you play on medium at 5760x1080. Crossfire or get a 7990 to play on high.


Is it better to have medium on 3 screens mate, or ultra on my 1080p 32" plasma then??



It depends. In FPS games like Dead Space I like having the peripheral vision to see things jumping at me and in multiplier FPS I can spot more people moving in my vision. You can play on high with 3 screens, but you have to turn off AA, I've learned to live without it. You also get productivity bonuses with 3 screens. If you play a singleplayer game you might want to just relax and admire the beauty of ultra though.

IMO I definitely prefer 3 screens on medium-high to one on ultra. Even in games where it's not important for gameplay, like a racing game (DiRT 3), the peripheral immerses you into the game.
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March 23, 2013 4:21:21 PM

Louis B said:
LongbonesRig said:
Louis B said:
Change that GTX 680 to a 3GB 7970. The higher memory bandwidth and VRAM of the 7970 lets it perform better at high resolutions. That will let you play on medium at 5760x1080. Crossfire or get a 7990 to play on high.


Is it better to have medium on 3 screens mate, or ultra on my 1080p 32" plasma then??



It depends. In FPS games like Dead Space I like having the peripheral vision to see things jumping at me and in multiplier FPS I can spot more people moving in my vision. You can play on high with 3 screens, but you have to turn off AA, I've learned to live without it. You also get productivity bonuses with 3 screens. If you play a singleplayer game you might want to just relax and admire the beauty of ultra though.

IMO I definitely prefer 3 screens on medium-high to one on ultra. Even in games where it's not important for gameplay, like a racing game (DiRT 3), the peripheral immerses you into the game.


So you reckons 7970 3ghz edition on 3 screen?? How does my set up look?? I'm looking at the asus P8Z77-V LK instead of the maximus v gene to save 50 quid, what do you think?
Is anything overkill that I could lower to save money but still get the same results
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March 23, 2013 4:33:34 PM

LongbonesRig said:

So you reckons 7970 3ghz edition on 3 screen?? How does my set up look?? I'm looking at the asus P8Z77-V LK instead of the maximus v gene to save 50 quid, what do you think?
Is anything overkill that I could lower to save money but still get the same results


It doesn't matter if you get the 1GHz edition if you can overclock the 7970 yourself. Just make the 7970 comes with a good cooler. The cheaper motherboard is fine, you can overclock easily, and I would actually prefer it because it is bigger giving more space for video cards and it has a PS2 port for mechanical keyboards, if you ever get one. The H80i is a bit of a luxury, a good air cooler like the hyper 212+ will allow a decent overclock to 4.4 GHz. My 7970 draws about 360W at full load measured at the wall with a power meter, so 750W is a bit much unless you plan on getting more video cards in the future. You could go with 600W and be fine, or a really reliable 500W. Power supplies are most efficient around the 75% load range.

EDIT: Also, you will need an active adapter for one of the monitors because only two can be driven by the clock on the 7970. The active adapter has its own clock.
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March 23, 2013 4:38:09 PM

Louis B said:
LongbonesRig said:

So you reckons 7970 3ghz edition on 3 screen?? How does my set up look?? I'm looking at the asus P8Z77-V LK instead of the maximus v gene to save 50 quid, what do you think?
Is anything overkill that I could lower to save money but still get the same results


It doesn't matter if you get the 1GHz edition if you can overclock the 7970 yourself. Just make the 7970 comes with a good cooler. The cheaper motherboard is fine, you can overclock easily, and I would actually prefer it because it is bigger giving more space for video cards and it has a PS2 port for mechanical keyboards, if you ever get one. The H80i is a bit of a luxury, a good air cooler like the hyper 212+ will allow a decent overclock to 4.4 GHz. My 7970 draws about 360W at full load measured at the wall with a power meter, so 750W is a bit much unless you plan on getting more video cards in the future. You could go with 600W and be fine, or a really reliable 500W. Power supplies are most efficient around the 75% load range.

EDIT: Also, you will need an active adapter for one of the monitors because only two can be driven by the clock on the 7970. The active adapter has its own clock.



Thanks a lot mate, much appreciated
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