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July 8, 2013 10:08:51 AM

For the gaming rig that I have been building over the last several days I thought that it would be nice bonus to have an Eyefinity setup. So, below if my GPU choice, and it is my first time building a rig, so it may not be the best choice, so recommendations of a better card would be appreciated. For the Eyefinity I was hoping for at least a 3 screen setup. Though, the big question I have here is, "What are some larger monitors with 1920x1080 resolution, possible HDTV's if possible, that I could get for the setup".


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 8, 2013 11:18:57 AM

williewise said:
For the gaming rig that I have been building over the last several days I thought that it would be nice bonus to have an Eyefinity setup. So, below if my GPU choice, and it is my first time building a rig, so it may not be the best choice, so recommendations of a better card would be appreciated. For the Eyefinity I was hoping for at least a 3 screen setup. Though, the big question I have here is, "What are some larger monitors with 1920x1080 resolution, possible HDTV's if possible, that I could get for the setup".


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Umm, unless they changed it Nvidia still has to be 2 cards to do 3 screens. So it really depends how much you want to spend, if your MB can handle 2 cards and you have the proper cooling for it. If you're going two cards then those will be fine. If your budget is constrained to 1 card then you would have to go AMD which would be a 7970 atm or when the new series comes out (whenever that would be). You do need a lot of power to run eyefinity if you are running newer games and IMO the 7970 would be minimum for that.

As far as TV/monitor selection, if you want just pure size then I would recommend some Samsung TVs that fit your budget, or Vizio would be a decent selection too. I still think that 120hz (monitors) is a bigger jump that I cannot go back to 60hz after. But again, that is just my opinion, others might not notice as big of a difference.

Anyways, anymore questions let me know.
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July 8, 2013 12:26:02 PM

I run an eyefinity setup with 3 1920x1080 monitors for gaming, and a 1600x900 for itunes or whatever with a 7950. I play games from medium to ultra, and my 7950 is a weaker card than the one your looking at. Personally though i would get a 7970 ghz if you want any of the free games, its pretty close to the 770 anyway.

i have 3 24" and think that its plenty large enough, i wouldnt go higher than 27s myself. IMO using HDTVs as monitors just looks bad, they arent designed to be viewed up close, and they usually have huge bezels.

It really all comes down to budget
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July 8, 2013 3:24:59 PM

Warsaw said:
williewise said:
For the gaming rig that I have been building over the last several days I thought that it would be nice bonus to have an Eyefinity setup. So, below if my GPU choice, and it is my first time building a rig, so it may not be the best choice, so recommendations of a better card would be appreciated. For the Eyefinity I was hoping for at least a 3 screen setup. Though, the big question I have here is, "What are some larger monitors with 1920x1080 resolution, possible HDTV's if possible, that I could get for the setup".


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Umm, unless they changed it Nvidia still has to be 2 cards to do 3 screens. So it really depends how much you want to spend, if your MB can handle 2 cards and you have the proper cooling for it. If you're going two cards then those will be fine. If your budget is constrained to 1 card then you would have to go AMD which would be a 7970 atm or when the new series comes out (whenever that would be). You do need a lot of power to run eyefinity if you are running newer games and IMO the 7970 would be minimum for that.

As far as TV/monitor selection, if you want just pure size then I would recommend some Samsung TVs that fit your budget, or Vizio would be a decent selection too. I still think that 120hz (monitors) is a bigger jump that I cannot go back to 60hz after. But again, that is just my opinion, others might not notice as big of a difference.

Anyways, anymore questions let me know.


Well thank you for your reply. As far as budget goes, I don't really have one. Do you think running 2 770's is a better choice or 1 7970? Because as far as I was made to believe, all you need on a GPU is a Display port and 2 DVI ports, or some sort of possible conversion to those, then you could have at least 3 screens for an Eyefinity setup. Like I said, this is my first time doing this, so I may be misinformed. I figured trying to find a good GPU while at the same time one that doesn't require you to get a ton of converting cables, would be a better choice, because the problem I found with many GPU cards is they would have 2 or more DVI ports, but a miniDisplay port instead of a regular one, and I could not for the life of me find a female Display port to male miniDisplay port convertor cable. Now, as far as a motherboard goes, the one I chose, while is very bulky, it does support as far as I can tell by slots, 4 GPU's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just above is the motherboard, PSU, CPU, and Case. Let me know whether or not I did everything right and if there are any better choices. Also, if it is better to go with 2 770's, and I need a better PSU, then please let me know what your choice would be, or any of the other parts for that matter.
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July 14, 2013 6:22:03 PM

Well thank you for your reply. As far as budget goes, I don't really have one. Do you think running 2 770's is a better choice or 1 7970? Because as far as I was made to believe, all you need on a GPU is a Display port and 2 DVI ports, or some sort of possible conversion to those, then you could have at least 3 screens for an Eyefinity setup. Like I said, this is my first time doing this, so I may be misinformed. I figured trying to find a good GPU while at the same time one that doesn't require you to get a ton of converting cables, would be a better choice, because the problem I found with many GPU cards is they would have 2 or more DVI ports, but a miniDisplay port instead of a regular one, and I could not for the life of me find a female Display port to male miniDisplay port convertor cable. Now, as far as a motherboard goes, the one I chose, while is very bulky, it does support as far as I can tell by slots, 4 GPU's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just above is the motherboard, PSU, CPU, and Case. Let me know whether or not I did everything right and if there are any better choices. Also, if it is better to go with 2 770's, and I need a better PSU, then please let me know what your choice would be, or any of the other parts for that matter.[/quotemsg]

Ok, so we went over a few things so I'll kind of list my responses (sorry about a delay, it looks like I didn't put down to get notification via e-mail if there was a question).

As far as the two 770's or 1 7970 question goes, it really depends on what you want to spend. Right now AMD is fixing their drivers to be more consistent on frame timing with their crossfire so you could hold off and get 1 7970 (ghz I'd recommend as well), and then when/how long till drivers get fixed you could purchase another card....or, go with the two 770's but you're spending more. IMO, 7970ghz / 770 is very similar performance-wise. Some games are won by either card. So it could be the game bundle that catches your eye with AMD cards, or you could be looking for PhyX with Nvidia and the way it does it's 3D vs. AMD. Two cards w/Nvidia atm does perform better frame timing than the AMD counterparts. Some of those questions are going to be ones you have to decide your answer. My opinion is that I like what AMD is going for as far as an open standard on items (such as physics, or 3D), but Nvidia is more mainstream, at least on the 3D standpoint and will have more games compatible with it. Either pick for cards will be good selections, just hopefully you don't kick yourself if they do happen to announce the new lineup for AMD in the next month or so.

You can get the mini DP to DP cables on Amazon, just search for it and it'll populate with a couple various ones. Remember that you'll need a DP monitor with AMD, or that Active Adapter for DP that I was discussing earlier.
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-6-Feet-DisplayPort-Adapt...

The motherboard selection and CPU is a good choice, the only thing again in my opinion is that you'll want at least a i5/i7 series Intel processor since it can be a potential bottleneck on the AMD CPU's with Crossfire/SLI. I would consider that at least and maybe spend a little bit more if you are using 2+ cards.

The case is a little pricey, but nice. I would spend more on the PSU than spending more on the case. You can get a really solid case to your liking for $100-$150 and get a better PSU.

Anymore questions let me know.
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