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120hz Monitors & CFX 7950

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October 9, 2012 7:43:17 AM

Hey everyone!

I don't want to keep this thread long as I'm seeking a quick answer from ALL of you.
Originally Sent a PM To someone, But decided to post a topic of it instead :D  Impatient me :na: 
Here's my Questions.

How exactly Does the 120hz Monitor work?
For example if i were to Go above 60 FPS i would be displaying the extra frames, correct?
Or would i have to reach 120FPS & above in order for the 120hz action to kick in?

"On a normal 60hz monitor, only 60 frames per second can be rendered. If you get over 60fps at any point, then you are not displaying the extra ones. So, if you normally get over 60fps in games then a 120hz will look much smoother." - Someone on teh Forums.

I'm kinda Worried about the Dual 7950's. Yes they are under my budget, but will they 'Really' perform in a way that i will be better off with these instead of Dual 670's? Or would they be equal in performance?
Also, Will micro stuttering be a problem with the Dual 7950's On ONE Monitor?

Here's a Question from me to all of you. "What would you recommend for me?"
Top Games I Will Be Playing
- Battlefield 3
- Minecraft SEUS

Here's my build I'M NOT LOOKING TO CHANGE IT Feedback is nice though :D 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer GD235HZbid 120Hz 23.6" Monitor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.98 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K60 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($98.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G9x Wired Laser Mouse ($64.95 @ B&H)
Total: $1435.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Note: The build is somewhere around $1900, But the XFX Double D is sold out right now :( 
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October 9, 2012 8:33:59 AM

Think of it like this. Hz simply means cycles per second. A 60Hz monitor refreshes the picture on the display 60 times every second, 120Hz monitor does this 120 times per second. If you were gaming at a constant 60fps on a 60Hz monitor then every refresh pass would display the next 'frame', on a 120Hz monitor the pixels would change every 2nd refresh pass.
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October 9, 2012 8:37:56 AM

A 120hz monitor is just a normal monitor but faster. Much lower response times and double the refresh rate.
A 120Hz monitor will display an FPS up to 120FPS.
Nope, it will display whatever FPS your cards are providing (if its under 120).

Depends where you are looking for performance. If you were talking a large resolutions or high Anti-Aliasing, I suspect dual 7950's will beat dual 670's. But at a 1080p resolution with moderate AA settings, the 670's would win.
They might even be a better option (this pains me to say with my Radeon bias :lol: ) since Nvidia has a superior 3D utility and performance on their cards. And your 120Hz monitor can display 3D images.
Where AMD cards benefit is where you have multiple monitors, which I dont think you are going for here.

Not sure. Some people are plagued by Micro-Stuttering while others are unaffected. Though I thought that it was a problem mainly when Crossfire/SLI'ing lower end cards a few gens ago.

Pretty good build. Would personally pick a brand like Sapphire or Gigabyte before XFX, but wont lead to any large problems.
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October 9, 2012 9:37:00 AM

Thanks guys for your answers :) 

I think I'll stick with my 7950's when they come back in stock.
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October 9, 2012 9:37:24 AM

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