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September 25, 2011 12:59:51 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: December-January
 
Budget Range: 2000$ Before rebates
 
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gameing and video editing
 
Parts Not Required: OS
 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: new egg.com I live by a micro center so preferably that!
 
Country of Origin: US
 
Parts Preferences: Intel for processor
 
Overclocking: Yes
 
SLI or Crossfire: If it's in my price range
 
Monitor Resolution: not sure. I want it to be 1080p
 
Additional Comments: looking at he HaF X for the case and msi lightning 580 3gb for gpu. I have a monitor, but it is quite old. Maybe a tri monitor setup? My MAIN concern is running BF3 on ULTRA maxed out no problem. So other than the computer, I need a mouse, keyboard, and maybe a monitor as stated above. Thanks ahead of time for anyone's help.

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September 25, 2011 1:04:49 AM

What I'm also wondering is should I get that one high end 580 or two low end 580?
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September 25, 2011 4:25:28 AM

If you want more than 2 monitors, you need either an AMD card or 2 Nvidia cards. If you look at AnandTech's benchmarks, a GTX 580 SLI setup is way more expensive than a 6970 CF setup, but only a little more powerful at 1920 x 1080. If you're planning on getting 3 monitors, the AMD cards will surpass the 580s thanks to their larger frame buffers.

This thread has some interesting builds. You can get a 6990/6970 setup for $2000, but it will be noisy. Better would be my 6970 CF build with plenty of room for over clocking.

We will probably have some more information on next-gen graphics card by December, so you might end up changing your mind.
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September 25, 2011 4:58:01 AM

It's way too early to be starting a thread on here for a build planned in December. You want to start your build thread a week or less before you plan to buy. There's the new PCI-E 3.0 generation cards due out around December that will be supported by Ivy Bridge cpu's due out in April/May.

Here's what a single monitor build could look like if you were to do it today. That Corsair case just came out on newegg a few days ago and they come with everything but the kitchen sink. Multiple fan controllers, great cooling/ventilation, option to add more fans, dust filters, front USB 3.0 ports, etc...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $114.99 after mail-in rebate card FREE SHIPPING
Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power Supply
MSI N580GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- a better look at that board

http://www.asrock.com/microsite/PCIe3/ <----- PCI-E 3.0

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4272/asrock_z68_extrem... <----- review of that board

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-stut... <----- review done here on toms showing boards like the one above with the NF200 Bridge (dual cards @ x16 & x16) help to reduce micro stutter
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September 25, 2011 2:45:17 PM

Thanks to both of you. So something new with graphics cards will come out around December? Because that's when I'm planning on buying it.
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September 25, 2011 2:49:21 PM

Also I changed my mind about the tri monitor setup....I want to have the best fos possible. So maybe just one semi bigger 1080p monitor. Any recommendations? And if I do one monitor than a high end 580 would be good right?
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a b C Monitor
September 25, 2011 3:03:29 PM

this will easily run 2 580's and will save you some money- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and the extreme7 is a waste of money. with higher end cards you may get 1-2% better fps for about 50% more than the asrock extreme3 gen3. that isnt too good of a ratio i think.

i agree with the rest of why_me build
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September 25, 2011 3:27:41 PM

Improbably gonna want a 2ms display and a modular psu. 1000w for a third 580 sometime in the future
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a b C Monitor
September 25, 2011 4:23:04 PM

you would need a 1200w psu for a 3rd 580 and the corsair carbide 500r has such great cable management you do not even need a modular psu for it to look good and have great airflow.
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September 25, 2011 5:29:09 PM

Czarcas7ic said:
Also I changed my mind about the tri monitor setup....I want to have the best fos possible. So maybe just one semi bigger 1080p monitor. Any recommendations? And if I do one monitor than a high end 580 would be good right?

I get great FPS in maxed out Deus Ex at 5760 x 1080 with a single 6950 2GB card.

mjmjpfaff said:
this will easily run 2 580's and will save you some money- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and the extreme7 is a waste of money. with higher end cards you may get 1-2% better fps for about 50% more than the asrock extreme3 gen3. that isnt too good of a ratio i think.

i agree with the rest of why_me build

Good find, PC Power and Cooling always makes good PSUs.

Czarcas7ic said:
Improbably gonna want a 2ms display and a modular psu. 1000w for a third 580 sometime in the future

Why would you get a third 580? Scaling isn't that great, just upgrade to the next-gen cards.
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September 25, 2011 5:30:09 PM

Hmmm....I wish there was more info about ivy bridge. Like price
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September 25, 2011 7:54:17 PM

Alright will do with just two 580s. That should max bf3 right? How will one msi lightning 3gb hold up against it?
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September 25, 2011 8:01:33 PM

Czarcas7ic said:
Alright will do with just two 580s. That should max bf3 right? How will one msi lightning 3gb hold up against it?

The Lightning 580 is supposed to be nice and quiet and give you more overclocking headroom; basically the best single GPU card out there. I'm sure it will be able to max BF3 at 1080p.
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September 25, 2011 10:03:29 PM

dont get the 3gb card. get the 3gb card only if you are playing at high resolutions. the regular lightning is fine for 1080p.
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September 25, 2011 10:23:45 PM

Well there's like a 40$ difference. Maybe I should play at a better resolution then? What's the next up? I only wanna plan on like a 24" monitor because I heard it's better for gaming. Do 24" monitors go higher than 1080p? Sorry I'm a nub when it comes to monitors lol
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September 25, 2011 10:30:24 PM

Sorry but I'm going to build my own system
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September 25, 2011 10:55:39 PM

Czarcas7ic said:
Well there's like a 40$ difference. Maybe I should play at a better resolution then? What's the next up? I only wanna plan on like a 24" monitor because I heard it's better for gaming. Do 24" monitors go higher than 1080p? Sorry I'm a nub when it comes to monitors lol

Get a pair of 6950s or 6970s, spend the saved cash on 2 more 1080p monitors to play at 5760 x 1080.
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September 25, 2011 11:16:21 PM

Czarcas7ic said:
Well there's like a 40$ difference.


Who are you people? This post is a good example -- on the one hand we have (a teenager?) who is worried about a $40 increase...and yet it's a 2K purchase.

I suspect teens or fat guys in basements are submitting dream systems.
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September 25, 2011 11:23:23 PM

Trunk said:
Who are you people? This post is a good example -- on the one hand we have (a teenager?) who is worried about a $40 increase...and yet it's a 2K purchase.

I suspect teens or fat guys in basements are submitting dream systems.

and you are which one?
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September 26, 2011 12:00:49 AM

Trunk said:
Who are you people? This post is a good example -- on the one hand we have (a teenager?) who is worried about a $40 increase...and yet it's a 2K purchase.

I suspect teens or fat guys in basements are submitting dream systems.


Wtf dude? Read my post over again. I said there's a 40$ difference between the 1.5GB version and 3GB version so I might as well just get the 3GB version...in no way am I worried about 40 bucks... Gtfo
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September 26, 2011 12:02:34 AM

Nim Chimpsky said:
Get a pair of 6950s or 6970s, spend the saved cash on 2 more 1080p monitors to play at 5760 x 1080.


So two 6970s if I wanna go multi monitor or two 580 lightnings if I wanna go single monitor? I kinda wanna just go single monitor but go higher resolution. What do you recommend?
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September 26, 2011 12:19:27 AM

Czarcas7ic said:
So two 6970s if I wanna go multi monitor or two 580 lightnings if I wanna go single monitor? I kinda wanna just go single monitor but go higher resolution. What do you recommend?

Some people like just having one big monitor. I don't have experience with that, but I have been playing Deus Ex at 5760 x 1080 across 3 monitors and it is definitely awesome. It helps in games like BF3 because you can see more at once. You should check out some YouTube videos to see if the bezels will be too much of a downside for you. Since you won't be looking directly at the side monitors, I don't think it will be a big deal, but who knows?
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September 26, 2011 12:43:18 AM

Thanks nim you have been a great help. But I'm worried that two 6970s won't fully max bf...will they? And what is "bezel"?
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September 26, 2011 12:54:01 AM

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To build is cool. If you need components take a look and make me offers.

You should have read the rules of the board. You don't try and sell anything on here. Your about to find yourself banned.
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September 26, 2011 1:35:58 AM

Czarcas7ic said:
Thanks nim you have been a great help. But I'm worried that two 6970s won't fully max bf...will they? And what is "bezel"?

Though we don't know much yet, it seems like Frostbite 2 (BF3's engine) will be more demanding on the CPU than others, so there's a good chance they could max it at 5760 x 1080. The bezel is just the frame of the monitor.
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September 26, 2011 1:57:52 AM

CPU or gpu? Because my CPU will be fine it's the gpu I'm worried about. I'm gonna go for two 6970s it looks like.
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a b C Monitor
September 26, 2011 2:01:51 AM

you may be able to max it out and you may not. beta is coming out next thursday we will have a better idea then. im guessing you wont be able to max it out but it will be close. a tri monitor setup is definitely worth it even if you cannot fully max games out. it is really amazing that technology.
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September 26, 2011 2:03:16 AM

What three monitors should I get?
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September 26, 2011 2:04:31 AM

Oh so your saying even though I won't max it it will still look nice?
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September 26, 2011 2:25:02 AM

Czarcas7ic said:
Oh so your saying even though I won't max it it will still look nice?

ya of course it will look nice. bf3 on all minimum settings will be one of the best looking games out there
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September 26, 2011 3:56:00 AM

Czarcas7ic said:
CPU or gpu? Because my CPU will be fine it's the gpu I'm worried about. I'm gonna go for two 6970s it looks like.

Exactly. The more CPU heavy, the better off you'll be. As mjmjpfaff said, we'll have a better idea on Thursday.

There are a pretty wide selection of monitors out there. I'd read several reviews for whatever your top pick is. I have 3 Viewsonic VX2250wm-LED displays. In general, TN monitors are better for gaming because of their high response times, while IPS display have better viewing angles and colors but slower response times. TN displays are cheaper too.
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September 27, 2011 12:33:37 AM

Ugh....im really torn Nim....Part of me wants to get three monitors but the other part of me wants to use the money on another gtx 580 so i can max out BF with AA on...
and yea i guess we wont know for sure till thursday
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a b C Monitor
September 27, 2011 2:06:42 AM

just think about it 3 screens for a gigantic field of veiw with a great picture. or 1 screen that will give a tiny field of view and an amazing looking picture. the 3 screens will be an investment. it will make all of your games that much more exciting
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September 27, 2011 2:17:37 AM

Czarcas7ic said:
Ugh....im really torn Nim....Part of me wants to get three monitors but the other part of me wants to use the money on another gtx 580 so i can max out BF with AA on...
and yea i guess we wont know for sure till thursday

I'm hoping for your sake that 2 6970s can max it out with AA at 5760 x 1080. It's entirely possible. :D 
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September 27, 2011 3:11:53 AM

Do you know someone or do you have two 6970s? Cause I would like to see the results of that. If it doesn't run I should keep in mind ima be buying this in January and prices will go down, so maybe 3 6970s can max it!
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September 27, 2011 3:13:44 AM

Oh sorry mj I didn't see your post. Yea that's true....yea I think 3 monitors will look so much cooler than just one xD
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September 27, 2011 3:28:40 AM

Czarcas7ic said:
Do you know someone or do you have two 6970s? Cause I would like to see the results of that. If it doesn't run I should keep in mind ima be buying this in January and prices will go down, so maybe 3 6970s can max it!

I kept trying to find the review I remembered, but your post reminded me that the review was of a 6990/6970 TriFire setup. So you might consider that.

This review is interesting because it compares the 6970, 6950, and 580 in triple-GPU setups among other things.
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September 27, 2011 11:48:55 PM

Thanks again nim and mj you guys have been awesome
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a b C Monitor
September 28, 2011 1:47:59 AM

you are welcome
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September 29, 2011 10:12:47 PM

Czarcas7ic said:
Do you know someone or do you have two 6970s? Cause I would like to see the results of that. If it doesn't run I should keep in mind ima be buying this in January and prices will go down, so maybe 3 6970s can max it!

Update: Eyefinity appears to be buggy in the beta release, so you're going to have to wait a little longer to know. But since you're buying in January, it'll be fine. We may even see new graphics cards by then.
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