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April 2, 2011 5:19:55 PM

Deciding whether I should upgrade to a new computer in order to run dual video cards which my current setup can not support. I would like to also play BF3 in 1080p if possible.

Want to know if it’s worth my money to upgrade from current setup to new pc. (I bought 2 Geforce GTX 275 from my friend for $60. He upgraded and wanted to get rid of them).

Current PC:
• 1 x GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
• 1 x Geforce GTX 275
• 1 x Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor HH80562PH0568M - OEM
• 1 x CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
• 1 x ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
• 1 x PC Power and Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7




New PC:
• G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

• ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

• Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

• 2 x Geforce GTX 275 in SLI

• PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS910 910W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply Compatible with Core i7


I will be re-using HD’s, case, dvd, etc…
Will my current power supply be enough for these 2 cards in sli or do I need this new one?
As always, thanks for any input!!!

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April 2, 2011 6:04:16 PM

BF3 is due to be released "this holiday season". It would be quite silly to build a new PC for a future game, like this one.

Did you see this page: Battlefield 3 Minimum Requirements

The 275's will support DX10 but not DX11. The Q6600 may be ok.

So, unless you need a new system now for another reason, there is no reason to build now.
April 2, 2011 6:10:07 PM

The 275's in SLI won't run in DX11? This is weird because I can run the single card in dx11... What am I missing?
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April 2, 2011 6:11:55 PM

The 275's are dx10 class cards, they don't actually run in dx11.
April 2, 2011 6:38:04 PM

so when the time comes they won't be worth my time and I should look to buy something newer that supports dx11? (no sarcasm here)
April 3, 2011 3:33:02 AM

I doubt it. It will cost you $300-$400 to replace the two 275's with DX11 cards that are comparable in speed. I don't know the differences between DX10 and DX11, other than better support for GPU programming (OPENCL) and a change in how tesselation is done.

Will this make a difference in BF3? Will EA actually create different rendering code for DX10 and DX11 that exploits the new features in a way that is noiceable? I highly doubt it. DX10 is already very powerful for the types of effects that games use, and the actual look of the game will depend more on the techniques they use for things like shadows, particle systems, reflections, and other effects than any differences between DX10 and 11. Since most of their games are just console ports, I don't see them maxing the capabilities of DX10.
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