Please help/review my plan for iRacing system (3-monitor gaming)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week in USA

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1100, the current build below is at my max but I'd like to see if I'm missing performance or leaving money on the table.

SYSTEM USAGE: Dedicated system for triple monitor set up for iracing.com (a Direct 9X game), fps and reliability are key for me.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, optical, mouse, monitors (3x 22" WS), speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

VIDEO CARD: Reading good results on iracing forum w/5870 setups.

OVERCLOCKING: Would prefer to use components within their reliable parameters as I'm a noob. If I need to worry about cooling, please recommend...

CROSSFIRE: If needed, to support the res I'd be pushing. Or, for future-proofing.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 5760x1080 if feasible at this price point

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows 7 64 bit. I think I'll also need an active VGA-DVI adapter to support the third screen if I've researched correctly.


Thank you very much for any help you can offer.

Current Build:
Sapphire 5870 Video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102883

AMD Phenom 970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103894

Asus M4A89TD Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131655

G.Skill 4GB RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

1 TB SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136534

Azza Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517004

Rosewill 700W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182173

CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

WIN 7 64-bit Home

Active Display Port Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999030


Thank you for your constructive criticism.
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  1. Sounds like super Hemlock HD 5970 to the rescue to me lol

    $1041AR


    The Radeon HD 5970: Completing AMD's Takeover of the High End GPU Market
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/2877
  2. Thanks Batuchka. I hadn't researched the 5970. Two things stand out on the description, first, it's such a large card, they reference that all but the largest cases might have fitment problems (or fan placement at least) and the mini-dp throws me for now.
    Will a 5870 not throw ~60-70 fps at that level of resolution on a DirectX 9 game with light details?
  3. I'm thinking a 5870 would be the highest I would go for that old of a game.

    5970 isn't really a good buy tbh.
  4. Quote:
    Thanks Batuchka. I hadn't researched the 5970. Two things stand out on the description, first, it's such a large card, they reference that all but the largest cases might have fitment problems (or fan placement at least) and the mini-dp throws me for now.
    Will a 5870 not throw ~60-70 fps at that level of resolution on a DirectX 9 game with light details?



    Yep no worries i had actually compile a list of Hemlock capable cases and the one specified is Hemlock worthy :P Over 3 monitors Eyefinity there is no reason not to hit a HD 5970 if within one's means and as shown it's definitely within yours :lol:
  5. I was actually thinking an i5 750/760 with a GTX460 SLI setup would be good. You wouldn't have to get the active adapter either. Should allow you to play other games with details as well.
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