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Eyefinity or 120Hz 3D?

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November 13, 2011 11:25:52 PM

Hello, I'm gonna buy a PC finally on Tuesday. I'm not sure for what should I go for... thing about eyefnitiy is that the GPUs will start struggling way faster than on just FullHD, and I want the PC to perform very well on highest settings possible (not necessary with AA etc) for a long time... Oh well... guys advice me please.


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a b U Graphics card
November 13, 2011 11:47:05 PM

Until they make a good seamless multi-monitor setup my vote goes for 120hz 3D. I personally don't like the bezels between the monitors, but some don't mind it. Depends what you want really.
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 12:07:29 AM

Why wouldn't you want AA? That's part of the highest settings, and it makes a large, noticeable difference.
Anyway.
Eyefinity and 3D are totally different experiences, and a build with this budget will handle either for quite a while.
Those builds are both way overpowered in every way except the GPUs. On $3500 you could fit in THREE 580s.
The best build that I can see on US$3500, the equivalent of your budget:
-3xEVGA 580 $1500
-8gb G.Skill Ripjaws X or equivalent Corsair, 1600mhz $50
-2700K, though I'm pretty sure a 2600K would cover it $370
-Cooler Master Silent Pro 1200W $220 after rebate
-Force GT 120gb $200
-The case could be anything. 800D if you insist, but it's absurdly expensive and not really worth it. Go by stylistic preference; anything over $100 should perform perfectly well. I'll assume $150.
-Scythe Mugen 3 air cooling $50. Should do fine; Sandy Bridge doesn't have big heat issues.
-ASRock Z68 Extreme7 $270
-Seagate Barracuda 1tb $150, unfortunately

That's $2960 without any kind of monitor setup.

3D: Asus VG236H 23" with Nvidia 3D vision setup $440 after rebate.
3D makes $3400 total, which is £2135.

Nvidia surround: 3x VE248H $200 makes $600.
Surround makes $3560, which is £2236.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 12:29:40 AM

Well, this can be very subjective, if you ask me, I would prefer Eyefinity better than 3D vision...
Again, it's your decision, my friend. :) 
a c 216 U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 12:53:50 AM

A year ago, I might have leaned towards eyefinity, today I say 3D. 120hz/3D won't require as powerful of a graphical setup yet still gives you great benefits when you have more power than needed by giving a real benefit for having over 60 FPS.

I personally made the choice to go for 120hz gaming a few months ago. After trying out 3D to see what it's like, I learned just how awesome 3D vision can be. I almost never game in at 120hz, and instead gaming in 3D. 3D surprised me with how good it is.

I also find high FPS and smoother play is very nice. I find that the few games I don't game in 3D due to lack of support, that 60hz no longer feels smooth to me now that I know how smooth 75+ FPS with a monitor that can display that many FPS. Even in 3D, you take in 120 FPS worth of frames, 60 per eye, but alternating, so it feels smoother than 60hz on a normal monitor.

If you go 3D, I suggest a 27" monitor, if you go eyefinity, I suggest 23" monitors.
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 12:54:04 AM

Id go 3d, seems like it would be much less distracting and more fun than the 3 monitors with seams
a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2011 1:03:05 AM

^+1 on the 27", actually, if you feel like you can afford it. That's expensive stuff, but it would be sweet.
November 18, 2011 11:57:50 AM

You have your points, and I never decided yet :/ 

Remember $1 = £1.

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I'm not taking £80 worth insurance with that, so for the EF solution it would be around £2920. I know that in that price I can have 3930k + Rampage IV Extreme, but it does not give any additional performance in games.

I already have HDD Samsung F3 1TB and soundcard Titanium HD.
Shall I just wait for HD7xxx?
a b U Graphics card
November 18, 2011 7:17:52 PM

$1 =/= 1 pound. Not sure where you've got that from. it's $1.58 to the pound ATM.
a c 216 U Graphics card
November 18, 2011 7:29:06 PM

kajabla said:
$1 =/= 1 pound. Not sure where you've got that from. it's $1.58 to the pound ATM.


While that's true, often times electronics are still sold 1 for 1. Which means those in the US get much better pricing on electronics in general.
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