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May 9, 2012 2:59:35 AM

I'm doing a gaming build soon and i need advice on what gpu i should get.

I prefer newegg and i'm going to be doing sli in the future.

Nvidia is prefered but i got nothing against amd.

I'm going to have a dual monitor setup but i'm only going to use one for gaming i think.

Price isn't really a deciding factor.

I was thinking either 2 Gtx 680's sli, 2 Radeon HD 7970's Xfire, or a gtx 690.

I'm going to be using a quad core ivy bridge processor and i want to play everything on ultra max settings. are the cards overkill and if not, what do you recommend? Same question if they are.

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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:05:45 AM

If you are only gaming on one monitor than they are all over kill. I'd go with a 7950 or wait for a 670 (personally I'd do the 670).

Use the saved money for an SSD, and if you already have that then you can probably spend your extra money on a third monitor for surround gaming.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:22:03 AM

Actually it depends more on the titles you wanna play, games like Metro 2033 & Crysis 2 would bring the top end cards on their knees @ 1080P, Also the upcoming seems to be more demanding such as Metro Last Light/RE6 and Crysis 3.

So I'm with the idea of getting 2 in SLI/CF. But the main problem is availability and prices, if you don't care about prices just grab 2 GTX 680s or wait for the 670s as suggested, it's said to be very competing.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:24:54 AM

What are your full system specs?(CPU,RAM,etc.)

What is the make/model of your PSU?

I would suggest going for a single GTX680.If you feel it's not the kind of performance you expect then you can always add another for SLI.The GTX690 is a great looking card and does perform nice for a dual slot card.If simplicity is your thing and you don't want the hassles that come with a SLI setup then maybe you might like that card.Personally though I feel it's a bit overpriced and it's still slower than a GTX680 SLI.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_680...
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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:26:38 AM

ilysaml said:
Actually it depends more on the titles you wanna play, games like Metro 2033 & Crysis 2 would bring the top end cards on their knees @ 1080P, Also the upcoming seems to be more demanding such as Metro Last Light/RE6 and Crysis 3.

So I'm with the idea of getting 2 in SLI/CF. But the main problem is availability and prices, if you don't care about prices just grab 2 GTX 680s or wait for the 670s as suggested, it's said to be very competing.


What? a GTX 680 is way overkill for Crysis 2 at 1080p



Metro can be a different story with 16 AF it can make the card get 40FPS.

Regardless with a single monitor I don't see the need for more power than a 7950. Hell you can get two 7950s for 400 less than two 680s. If you really need that much power for one screen at least get two 7950s and don't waste all that money (or two 670s when they come out).
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a c 214 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:32:03 AM

You gotta remember though, most of those benchmarks are from singleplayer to get consistent results.In a multiplayer match you get a lot more taxing results.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:34:02 AM

I suppose, but my friend plays BF3 at 1920x1200 with a single 570 multiplayer without lag, so.. I still don't see the need to spend 1000 dollars for graphics power at 1080p, no way.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:35:31 AM

Well, you're getting 60 FPS but compared to a game getting 130 FPS, that's called "overkill"
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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 3:38:01 AM

Its so easy to spend other peoples money.
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May 9, 2012 3:43:03 AM

I dont know what FPS i get in multiplayer BF3 but I have it maxed out and don't lag at all with my rig at 1080p its very fluid. I'd get one 7970 and see how you like the performance and if you need to get another.

2500K, SLI 570, Maximus IV, 3TB WD, 2 240GB Wildfire is my rig

But yeah what resolution are you running? What games do you want to play? Do you play them online? I don't even think the OP stated the resolution it was just assumed from the third poster and went from there :p . He could have 2560x1600 which he would need CF or SLI.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
May 9, 2012 4:42:06 AM

^ That could turn out to be true.Usually someone that says the sky is the limit you would kinda expect them too.I guess we will just have to wait until the OP responds.
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May 10, 2012 3:42:06 AM

Thanks guys for all of your input. I'm running at 2560 x 1440 on my gaming monitor. I'm going to be running 2 x 4 gb of corsair dominator Ram, my cpu is an Intel 3770k. I'm still getting a psu, and i'm looking at a 750w because both sli 680's and xfire 7970's would only make my system add up to 650w.
The big game i'll be running is starcraft II. I'm a highly competitive player and I just missed ranking in top 200 of US servers. Other games will be the up and coming crysis 3, battlefield 3, Metro 2033, Skyrim, and the total war series.

I just want cards that will get my a good 60 fps on online play so that i can play at the top of my game. Thanks very much again for all input.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
May 10, 2012 7:02:05 AM

Well you don't need a monster system to max out SC2.Especially for league/ladder games.You are on the right track with a 750 watt.I still suggest going for a single GTX680.And as I said before,if you feel your performance isn't where you would like it to be then you can go ahead and get another for SLI.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
May 10, 2012 10:57:04 AM

Yea the GTX 680 is overkill for SC2 @ that resolution. But you'll never hit 60 FPS with the other games you mentioned unless you go SLI or turn down some quality settings.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
May 10, 2012 1:01:56 PM

It's overkill for ladder matches but not custom matches.Just get a GTX680 SLI and be done with it.If you want the best performance that's where it's at.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_680...

A single GTX680 in BF3 at that resolution with maxed out settings only gets 40fps.And a GTX680 SLI gets around 80fps.Make not though that those results are from singleplayer.Your fps will get taxed a lot more in multiplayer.You will barely be pulling 60+fps.You may even want to think about a 3 way SLI setup.
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