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Advice on Super High-End Graphics

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December 27, 2011 10:39:28 AM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Late next month
BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1050 Before Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (BF3, Skyrim, Civ V, CoD,), 1080p video editing and rendering, watching YouTube, other stuff

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia GTX560 (x1), Corsair AX1200 PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Case is a 600T (Corsair), CPU is an I7-2600K, hoping to get dual monitors

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.scan.co.uk (UK£ 100 = 156.43 U.S. dollars)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, though I am an Nvidia fan.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must run games at high/ultra on 2 1080p monitors at good FPS


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Include a list of any GPUs you are currently considering or would like opinions on.

2x EVGA 1280MB GeForce GTX 570 HD Superclocked NVIDIA Graphics Card
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-evga-gtx-570-hd-s...

2x Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 1536MB NVIDIA Graphics Card
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1536mb-gigabyte-gtx-580-...

3X XFX HD 6950 XXX AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 2GB
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-xfx-hd-6950-xxx-pcie...(x16)-5200mhz-gddr5-gpu-830mhz-1408-cores-hdmi-2x-mini-displayport-2x-dv


Thanks, gooseta
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December 27, 2011 10:41:01 AM

gooseta said:
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As this one will be if you bump it.
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December 27, 2011 10:41:40 AM

Ok, sorry :/ 
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a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 10:48:16 AM

Wait for AMD 7970, and make a new thread. Let's wait this card launch and reviews
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December 27, 2011 10:51:49 AM

I should have included this in the original post,
NO 7000 SERIES FOR ME! And plus I prefer Nvidia

EDIT : 570 SLI is better than 6790, this graph shows, so AMD is out the window for me, unless 3-way CFx would be possible at this price.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/307?vs=298&i=187...
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December 27, 2011 11:00:00 AM

AMD 7000 series would be my super high-end graphics recommendation..
The best you could buy is 2x GTX 580 so..

Hint: Do not try to play BF3 with 2 monitors.. not nice to have your crosshair in the bezels..
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December 27, 2011 11:01:24 AM

vitornob said:
AMD 7000 series would be my super high-end graphics recommendation..
The best you could buy is 2x GTX 580 so..

Hint: Do not try to play BF3 with 2 monitors.. not nice to have your crosshair in the bezels..


I can just unplug one while I'm playing or open it in a minimized window. Also, I'll se about 7000, but if it's not out and ready by 15 Jan or so, it's no Amd for me
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 11:09:33 AM

I still say just get a second GTX 560. For 1080p more than that is of very questionable use. If you REALLY want a reason to spend all that money that would actually make sense then get a third monitor for Eyefinity or Nvidia Surround. For three monitor gaming I would recommend waiting for the HD7000 cards. They should be out right around when say you plan to buy, their extra memory will be useful for the huge resolution that comes with 3 monitors and the increased energy efficiency from the 28nm process they use will help a lot with dealing with the heat from multiple cards.
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December 27, 2011 11:12:18 AM

jyjjy said:
I still say just get a second GTX 560. For 1080p more than that is of very questionable use. If you REALLY want a reason to spend all that money that would actually make sense then get a third monitor for Eyefinity or Nvidia Surround. For three monitor gaming I would recommend waiting for the HD7000 cards. They should be out right around when say you plan to buy, their extra memory will be useful for the huge resolution that comes with 3 monitors and the increased energy efficiency from the 28nm process they use will help a lot with dealing with the heat from multiple cards.


If I get 2x 7950/7970 with 3 monitors, will that work well?
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December 27, 2011 11:15:42 AM

Sorry for DP, but looks like ur right, thanks for the advice
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December 27, 2011 11:16:11 AM

Best answer selected by gooseta.
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December 27, 2011 11:19:45 AM

Yes, 2 HD7950s will probably be your best choice for that. The 7970 is overpriced but the x950 cards are usually a good deal and only marginally slower.
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