SEPT 11 $1000 ENTUSIAST BUILD WITH VIDEO CARD CHANGES QUESTION

Im thinking of putting together most of the components in the sept 11 system $1000 build but with a few changes that I seem to need to be able to play BF3 with 3 monitors. The main question I have is the build that's mentioned on Toms Sept issue uses 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1 GB 1 GB GDDR5. I've researched the Radeon HD6970 and it seems to fit my bill to be able to use 3 monitors.... Can I do that with the 2 GTX460?

Do I need to change any thing else to my build to accomidate the Radeon 6970?


1.EVGA P67 Micro SLI LGA 1155, Intel P67 chipset
2.Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo), Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache
3.Cooler Master Hyper TX3
4.SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
Support Video Card with Eyefinity
5.Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1600 Kit, Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit
6.Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s
7. Sony Optiarc DVD Burner 24x DVD Burner
8.Corsair CX600 V2 600 W ATX12V, EPS12V, 80 PLUS-Certified
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  1. What graphic settings do you want to run BF3 on? With a triple monitor setup, your system requirements will skyrocket to get the same performance vs a single monitor.
  2. honestly, to run bf3 on high settings, you should get 2 6970s, at the very least.
    edit: on three monitors, anyway
  3. So if thats the case, I need to upgrade my powersupply, right?
  4. To answer the question at a high rate.. I haven't bought the monitors yet either... Im looking into them now.
  5. dudeguzman said:
    To answer the question at a high rate.. I haven't bought the monitors yet either... Im looking into them now.

    since you haven't bought monitors yet, i'd suggest going for a single monitor to start with, and upgrade to 3 later.
    then you'll have some cash to get a higher wattage power supply so you can cfx 6970s
  6. I have the cash to do it all now.. I want to buy it all at once...
  7. dudeguzman said:
    I have the cash to do it all now.. I want to buy it all at once...

    but do you also have the cash to get a powerful enough gpu setup to power all three monitors in bf3 at decent settings?
  8. well, im a 43 year old dude who hasnt spent any money on a pc since his last $4000 purchase about 8 years ago.. yes, i have the money..
  9. what ya recommend. I dont want to make a mistake!!!
  10. Go with 2x 570. It will cost about 700 but will last you for 6 years. If you want to cut cost, 2x 560 Ti are alright. Nvidia card handle BF3 better than AMD so you get more FPS with nvidia for the same price.
  11. well, then go for the 3 monitors, and 2 hd6970s
    MSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card(or the one you selected, they're both great)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127581

    Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051

    G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    and that's now way over your budget, but it will take at least that to play bf3 on 3 monitors
  12. I apreciate your time and I will check out your recomendations. Thank You...
  13. Why two video cards? I guess that was my original question?
  14. dudeguzman said:
    Why two video cards? I guess that was my original question?


    You need triple the graphic power If you are running triple the resolution. On a single monitor, a single 560ti or 570 is sufficient. On triple monitors however, you need SLI 570/580 or a 6990 to get even close to the same frame rate
  15. So two 560ti would work... is it hard to make the three monitors to work together? Thats much cheaper than buying two 6970 cards.
  16. dudeguzman said:
    So two 560ti would work... is it hard to make the three monitors to work together? Thats much cheaper than buying two 6970 cards.

    560ti sli would work, but you would probably have to play on medium or even maybe low, since you're on three monitors
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