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Upgrading from a 5850, have 3x 23in monitors

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August 16, 2012 4:13:46 AM

Ok well i finally got some extra money, this 5850 has treated me well, but i notice lately in games like skyrim everything maxed out with texture packs its stuttering :(  It was a good few years!

The novelty of eyefinity has worn off and i rarely use that mode. So i don't mind going with Nvidia (always used them prior to the 5850) and to be honest i don't really care which one i get it from, but not biased so that doesn't have to affect decision.

Im willing to spend well lets say 450ish bucks for a new card, what card on market right now will give me best bang for my buck and future proof me for another 2-3 years? (i just upgraded ram and got a SSD etc, now its time for the video card :bounce:  :bounce:  )

I don't plan on overclocking and i play a lot of games.
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August 16, 2012 4:27:00 AM

What does the rest of your computer look like in terms of specifications?

At that pricerange the GTX670 would be great.
August 16, 2012 4:33:03 AM

Sorry my specs are
i7 930 (i was told its not worth to upgrade cpu yet)
12gb 1600mhz ram
1tb hd with 120gb SSD
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August 16, 2012 4:39:04 AM

The $450 range's current recommendations are the 670 cards such as:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and the the 7970 ghz edition cards such as this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the i7 930 is holding you back a bit, an i5-2500k or i5-3570k running at 4.0 ghz will almost double your cpu performance.

personally I'd go with the gtx 670, you'll pay 17.5% less for a card that can sometimes match the 7970 ghz edition, though it does usually perform slower. Plus since the ghz edition is essentially an AMD sanctioned factory oc card, the factory oc 670s will be much closer to beating it and perform similarly and possibly better in overclocking comparisons.
August 16, 2012 4:58:30 AM

If your into overclocking, the 7970 is absolutely your best bet. Even If not too, the 7950 or 670 will be good options also. Be aware that Nvidia's current series performance doesn't scale as well at high resolutions, like yours, than AMD's.

Don't worry about your cpu right now, very few games will even come close to pushing that on 3 monitors.
August 16, 2012 5:03:49 AM

Multi-monitor setups you would definitely benefit with the AMD cards, an extra 1GB of vram goes a long way; 7970 GE I think would be ideal in your situation.

I know you mentioned you are not into overclocking, but with simple sliders in CCC its literally free extra horsepower without needing to worry about voltage (can leave it at stock).
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August 16, 2012 5:27:31 AM

Please read this gtx 670 review and explain to me how it scales to 3 monitor resolutions any differently than the 7970:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/05/10/nvidia-gefo...

I would however agree that 6 monitor setups are better on AMD since nvidia doesn't support 6 monitor gaming at all.
August 16, 2012 8:37:36 PM

kevin83 said:
Please read this gtx 670 review and explain to me how it scales to 3 monitor resolutions any differently than the 7970:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/05/10/nvidia-gefo...

I would however agree that 6 monitor setups are better on AMD since nvidia doesn't support 6 monitor gaming at all.


Slight misunderstanding here maybe, I didnt say 670 was bad, just that I think 7970 would be better. The benchmarks were done in May, but right now I would say with 12.7 things would look much different. Plus I think the 7970 with just CCC sliders overclocking will out perform the 670.
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August 16, 2012 10:52:11 PM

I agree drivers may be different now and performance increased for the 7970/7950 relative to the 670, the point I'm making is that the percentage difference in performance between a 7970 and a 670 is most often quite similar across resolutions, whereas if AMD scaled to 3 monitors better the 7970 would slowly increase its percentage lead.
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