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October 23, 2012 11:31:42 AM

Hi all.

I'm planning a build but i'm stuck for GPU options. There are many possibilities out there and to be honest i can't make sense of it all. I'm hoping that if i tell you all what i have so far and what i'll be using the build for, you may be able to help me.

Here goes.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard: ASUS Sabretooth Z77
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
RAM: 16GB Low-Profile Corsair Vengeance (4x4GB)
PSU: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver
Case: NZXT Switch 810
SSD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB
HDD 1: WD Caviar Black 1TB
HDD 2: Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Monitors: 3x Asus VS228H 21.5 inch LED Widescreen Monitor


I will be using this build mainly for gaming but i'll also be editing videos for youtube etc and hopefully streaming some gameplay.

I want to be able to run my games in 1080p while streaming/recording and using a triple monitor setup.

I don't have a set budget and these parts will cost around £1400-£1500. I'm just asking for advice on the best GPU or combination of GPU's to enable me to run everything in high quality.

I hope you can help me.

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October 23, 2012 11:50:34 AM

How much budget do you have for a GPU?

For a 3-monitor setup, I would recommend an AMD card for Eyefinity. The 7950 or 7970/GHz would be best.

Also, I'd like to comment on that motherboard.
If you haven't bought it already, consider dropping it. It's just a gimmick and the armor actually adds up to heat. The features itself as well are basically the same as an ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and ASRock z77 Extreme6.

October 23, 2012 12:21:13 PM

excella1221 said:
How much budget do you have for a GPU?

For a 3-monitor setup, I would recommend an AMD card for Eyefinity. The 7950 or 7970/GHz would be best.

Also, I'd like to comment on that motherboard.
If you haven't bought it already, consider dropping it. It's just a gimmick and the armor actually adds up to heat. The features itself as well are basically the same as an ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and ASRock z77 Extreme6.


I haven't bought anything yet, i'm planning my build and i'll buy everything at once.

Budget isn't really an issue, i just want to buy something that will last me a while but i don't want to overspend for marginal fps boosts either.

Thanks for the motherboard recommendations. I was under the impression that the Sabretooth had fans which could be installed within the armour to improve the airflow. I'll check out the others anyway.

Thanks for your feedback.
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October 23, 2012 12:46:07 PM

7970/GHz then. Your choice if you think the GHz Ed is worth the extra cash, or the regular 7970 will fit your needs. Either way, it's enough for the 3-monitor Eyefinity.
October 23, 2012 1:02:44 PM

a 7970 or gtx 680 would be fine. I also agree what excella1221 said about the motherboard. Same features, it just look "cooler". Might as well get a Maximus V Gene perhaps or Maximus V Formula (maybe this one coz you have a relatively huge case) then you can OC your i5 to 4.5Ghz.
October 23, 2012 1:07:51 PM

^Any Z77 mobo can OC that high. Id only get RoG boards for a color scheme anyways.

If budget is of no concern, dual 7970 GHz Editions would fit would it?
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