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December 11, 2011 5:26:39 AM

So currently i have:

nvidia gtx 560
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125383

amd phenom 2 x6 3.2 Ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

cooler master case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

Asus Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131668

4 gb of 1066mhz ram

I can run Battlefield 3 no problem. The issue arises when I try to stream the game via Xsplit. I get extremely low frame rates and basically can't play the game. I am willing to rebuild my comp with an Intel chip, if that is what i need to do. The i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz is pretty much the most expensive I can go.

As a side note, I am able to stream any other game I try to play (Starcraft 2, Team Fortress 2, Diablo 3, etc.) so I am assuming it is how intense BF3 is on my processor. While playing and streaming at the same time, my processor usage hovers at around 95-100%. Hope to hear from you guys soon.

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December 11, 2011 1:49:56 PM

Thanks for the info! I have heard that you cannot run dual monitors if you have two graphics cards that are crossfired together, is this true?
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December 11, 2011 2:27:58 PM

Iluvatar said:
Thanks for the info! I have heard that you cannot run dual monitors if you have two graphics cards that are crossfired together, is this true?


Nope. You cant run triple monitor with a single NVIDIA card. you need SLI NVIDIA cards to run triple monitors.
To run dual monitors any single card with 2 ports will suffice.
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December 11, 2011 2:33:48 PM

So the SLI/Crossfire doesnt affect the 2 ports? I have dual monitors right now with my gtx 560, I just want to make sure that but hooking 2 graphics cards together its not going to mess with anything.
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December 11, 2011 2:44:17 PM

Best answer selected by Iluvatar.
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December 11, 2011 2:48:33 PM

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2600K would be gg

I suggest either waiting till the new line of radeon cards come out the 79xx series.

or just pick up either

2x sapphire 6950 2GB flashable to 6970 specs
or
2x 6970s

They will give you your best performance for BF3. I run two 6950s that are unlockable to 6970 with major overclocks and when I run vsync on BF3 I get the smoothest most badass gameplay with temps unkown to any other game.

Stock settings I can do 50C top card 45C bottom card w/ vsync on with zero input lag with smooth gameplay with everything maxed lol.

Two 6970s will give you pretty much everything you need and the 2600K will handle them well plus the hyperthreading is a big plus down the line.

Your 560 is a good card but the 1GB limits its capabilities and you won't get smooth vsync gameplay with any nvidia cards in BF3. I know a few people with 570s and 580s and they all have to run the game with vsync off or they get input lag.

a z68 mobo with a 2x4GB set of 1600mhz cl9 ram and a 2600K as well as two 6970s and possibly a new power supply and you have yourself a whole new beast of a build.

Do you live near a Microcenter? www.microcenter.com you can get your 2600K from there for $279.99 and a z68 mobo for $50 off when combo with the cpu.

Corsair HX850 would be great to power everything.



so how does http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502 look for a mobo and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461 look for new ram?

And I live in Texas but im in San Antonio which is kinda far from Houston and Dallas.
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December 11, 2011 4:00:25 PM

The 2600k won't do beans for ya over the 2500k in gaming.

I see little reason to invest $500 in new GFX cards. ...... a 2nd 560 is the best bang for the buck upgrade..... my son is playing BF3 as we speak on a 120 Mhz monitor w/ twin 560's OC'd to 1000+ MHz
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December 11, 2011 4:02:52 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
The 2600k won't do beans for ya over the 2500k in gaming.


Really, why?
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December 11, 2011 4:11:34 PM

The central difference between the 2500k and 2600k is hyperthreading..... or HT. HT gives you 8 virtual cores to the 2500k's 4 cores. Games are not multithreaded so having extra cores does nothing more fore you when the game or application is not multithreaded. Yes, outta the box it is clocked 100MHz higher but who buys a SB CPU and doesn't OC it ?

In addition, HT puts a higher thermal load on the processor. So when you cranking up the OC, you will hit thermal limits sooner on the 2600k than the 2500k ..... Turning off HT on a 2600k can drop CPU core temps by 7-10C. I mean if you have the cash, why not..... it will give you more on video editing, number crunching, rendering etc....and you can always set up separate BIOS profiles for gaming and turn HT off.....but if you are struggling to meet budget the extra $100 can give you a much needed boost elsewhere. For example, I had a peep come over asking to do a build for him and he had a 2600k and a GTX 570..... Suggested he drop to the 2500k (saved $95) and twin 560 Ti's ($430) instead of the 570 ($340) and he picked up 300+ fps (862 from 524) in Guru3D's game test suite.
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December 11, 2011 4:34:29 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
The central difference between the 2500k and 2600k is hyperthreading..... or HT. HT gives you 8 virtual cores to the 2500k's 4 cores. Games are not multithreaded so having extra cores does nothing more fore you when the game or application is not multithreaded. Yes, outta the box it is clocked 100MHz higher but who buys a SB CPU and doesn't OC it ?

In addition, HT puts a higher thermal load on the processor. So when you cranking up the OC, you will hit thermal limits sooner on the 2600k than the 2500k ..... Turning off HT on a 2600k can drop CPU core temps by 7-10C. I mean if you have the cash, why not..... it will give you more on video editing, number crunching, rendering etc....and you can always set up separate BIOS profiles for gaming and turn HT off.....but if you are struggling to meet budget the extra $100 can give you a much needed boost elsewhere. For example, I had a peep come over asking to do a build for him and he had a 2600k and a GTX 570..... Suggested he drop to the 2500k (saved $95) and twin 560 Ti's ($430) instead of the 570 ($340) and he picked up 300+ fps (862 from 524) in Guru3D's game test suite.


Well don't forget that in addition to playing Battlefield 3 I will also be streaming it, which puts a lot more stress on the processor. Not sure if that makes a difference in which processor I should get but it is a factor.
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December 11, 2011 4:48:47 PM

The 2500k is fully capable of handling streaming. I would listen to JackNaylorPE and get the 2500k and SLI the 560's.
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December 11, 2011 4:57:11 PM

ok thanks for all the help guys!
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December 11, 2011 5:40:00 PM

ok will do
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