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Tight Budget: 7950 w/ Dual-Monitors or 7970 w/ Single Monitor

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June 4, 2013 5:42:27 PM

Intel 3570k
Hyper 212 EVO
Gigabyte UD3H
G. Skill Ripjaws X Series
Ultra Plus SSD 128GB -- Purchased
Phantom 410
Corsair CX 600W -- Purchased
Asus DRW -- Purchased
Windows 7 -- Purchased
Sidewinder X4 -- Purchased
Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor

So I'm on a pretty damn tight budget, one that I have already passed, but it's okay as long as I don't pass it much more.

The above build is pretty much what I'm planning on getting, and other items that I have already acquired.

Now. I have two options. I can either go for a 7950 and get a second, identical monitor, or just get a 7970 GHz Edition and stick with the one monitor.

I'll be using this build mainly for gaming. I'll be using the second monitor for multitasking, or depending on the game, play at a 2560X1080 resolution.

What would you guys choose and why?

Link to both GPUs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

*Also, will the PSU be fine for this build if I'll be doing minor overclocks?*
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June 4, 2013 5:48:12 PM

Yeah; get the second monitor with HD 7950. Gives way more flexibility and multi-tasking potential. So I would definitely go that route.
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June 4, 2013 6:05:36 PM

Just realize with two monitors that you'll have to turn eye candy down since you are doubling the workload and if playing a first or third person shooter you'll have a wide ugly bezel splitting the crosshair. Normally, go one or three (or get the cheapest second monitor u can find just for streaming videos, checking teamspeak, etc).
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June 4, 2013 6:10:28 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Just realize with two monitors that you'll have to turn eye candy down since you are doubling the workload and if playing a first or third person shooter you'll have a wide ugly bezel splitting the crosshair. Normally, go one or three (or get the cheapest second monitor u can find just for streaming videos, checking teamspeak, etc).


Yeah, I mostly just want the second monitor for multitasking reasons like the examples you gave. I know gaming on two monitors is fairly difficult with the bezel in the middle, and I'll probably have to turn down the settings a bit if I'm going to be using a 7950 instead of the 7970.

That's a good idea however, getting a second, less expensive monitor.

But, if one monitor is running at say a 1440X900 resolution, won't the second 1080 one be crippled down to 1440X900 as well? Or does that only apply for games?
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June 4, 2013 6:16:01 PM

You don't want to play at different resolutions. You can play on one monitor and do something else on the other monitor. Both the HD 7950 and HD 7970 are not great on triple screen gaming. You'll want at least CrossFireX.
June 4, 2013 6:19:41 PM

ksham said:
You don't want to play at different resolutions. You can play on one monitor and do something else on the other monitor. Both the HD 7950 and HD 7970 are not great on triple screen gaming. You'll want at least CrossFireX.


Yeah if I were to go down that route I wouldn't use both monitors for gaming, only one of them.

But I'm not going to do that anyway. The cheapest semi-decent monitor I can get is probably around $90. Not much less than my current one. Rather just two of my current one.

I'll probably go for the 7970 w/ one monitor. I can always buy a second monitor if I ever get a decent cash-stack. Upgrading my GPU later on however, will be more troublesome.
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June 4, 2013 6:22:15 PM

Or just stick with gaming on one monitor and you have great potential to get a third monitor and CrossFireX later down the road.
June 4, 2013 6:24:31 PM

ksham said:
Or just stick with gaming on one monitor and you have great potential to get a third monitor and CrossFireX later down the road.


Edited my previous post. That's probably what I'll do.

Besides, I think I have a second monitor laying somewhere around my house that I can use for multitasking purposes.

I can use two different resolution monitors without diminishing the resolution on the higher one, correct? Assuming I won't be using both to play games, and the lesser one will be used for pure multitasking purposes.

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June 4, 2013 6:27:08 PM
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Yes; you can use different resolutions across different monitors.
June 4, 2013 6:28:59 PM

ksham said:
Yes; you can use different resolutions across different monitors.


Thank you very much, ksham!
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June 4, 2013 6:30:51 PM

You are welcome.
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