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November 15, 2012 2:59:45 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1 December

Budget Range: Whatever is necessary

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming! I play everything: FPS, MMORPG, Action, EVERYTHING
Are you buying a monitor: Yes / No

Parts to Upgrade: I think I am mainly interested in upgrading the GPUs, but I read that the next generation of Intel CPUs is going to necessitate new MBs and crap.

Do you need to buy OS: Nope, using Windows 7 64bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Mainly use Newegg and Amazon.

Parts Preferences: No preference, although I have read that AMD has gone gangsta on Nvidia with the 7000-series GPUs.

Overclocking: Currently have my CPU OC'd to 4.5Ghz

SLI or Crossfire: Absolutely!

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, but I am planning on running 3 1920x1080 monitors.

Additional Comments: I think I can re-use a lot of my current setup (please correct me if I'm wrong).

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Well I bought my last computer as a deployment present to myself and got to play on it for six months...only to be deployed again. So I am now going home in less than two weeks and want to order my new joints so I can see the awesomeness that will be my new crap. Any old parts left over I will donate to the old lady's computer.

Here is the current Hotness:

Core i7 2600k @ 4.5GHz - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070&Tpk=core%20i7%202600k

Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen4 - http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Gen3-Intel-Z68-Motherboard/dp/B005FGQLO8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352997077&sr=8-1&keywords=extreme7+gen3

8GB G.Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

Crucial M4 128GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148612

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB

MSI Lightning GTX 580 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127579

Corsair 600T Graphite (White) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139005

Corsair HX850

24-Inch Asus Full HD Monitor - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058UUR6E/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00

Windows 7 Home Premium

If I should need to add more info, please, by all means, let me know. Basically, I have read that SLI 580s is kinda pointless because of the heat and how much better two 670s are based on power and efficiency. I got the HX850 because I knew I would SLI/Xfire eventually...I have to say that I don't know where to begin besides that point simply because due to my deployment my research has been limited. Anywho, I am excited to get this going as I am getting out of the Army and I need something to whittle away my previous high octane life. Closest I'm gonna come to that is Call of Duty! Hook a bro up? Thanks all! :pt1cable: 

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November 15, 2012 3:22:12 PM

Well your current rig could use a graphics card update. But other than that i don't see any other weak points. How much you looking to spend? and by the way thanks for your service. Ive wanted to join the military for a long time have not yet... If you got enough, perhaps a 670 and later another 670. Or if you really want AMD, you can get a 7970 but right now there is a driver war going on. one week its AMD kicking ass the next its my team NVIDIA. So... pick your poison as they are both decent.
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November 15, 2012 3:29:51 PM

Rockdpm said:
Well your current rig could use a graphics card update. But other than that i don't see any other weak points. How much you looking to spend? and by the way thanks for your service. Ive wanted to join the military for a long time have not yet... If you got enough, perhaps a 670 and later another 670. Or if you really want AMD, you can get a 7970 but right now there is a driver war going on. one week its AMD kicking ass the next its my team NVIDIA. So... pick your poison as they are both decent.


I appreciate the prompt reply. Joining the military is a great experience and I highly recommend it. Anyway, cash-wise, I'm not really too worried about it. I am definitely going with three monitors so I can experience the awesomeness that is surround gaming, so whatever the cost is to make that happen with the best frames is what I'm going for.
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November 15, 2012 3:30:07 PM

Rockdpm said:
Well your current rig could use a graphics card update. But other than that i don't see any other weak points. How much you looking to spend? and by the way thanks for your service. Ive wanted to join the military for a long time have not yet... If you got enough, perhaps a 670 and later another 670. Or if you really want AMD, you can get a 7970 but right now there is a driver war going on. one week its AMD kicking ass the next its my team NVIDIA. So... pick your poison as they are both decent.


I appreciate the prompt reply. Joining the military is a great experience and I highly recommend it. Anyway, cash-wise, I'm not really too worried about it. I am definitely going with three monitors so I can experience the awesomeness that is surround gaming, so whatever the cost is to make that happen with the best frames is what I'm going for.
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November 16, 2012 6:00:58 AM

Well I am still unsure on whether to crossfire 7970s or SLI 670s. I think that is the major question. It is just not an easy one to answer. I am not averse to either one, but I would prefer to have whatever works better. I have seen the reviews that say that they basically trade blows, but I guess I need to see what actual people who have used one or both to help sway my decision.
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November 16, 2012 12:47:38 PM

I say get the two 670s.2 670s will get you surround. Just make sure you get the 4gb model 670s. You may want to check out 3d as well. I would go 3d before I went surround. I like surround for non gaming use but 3d I love 3d
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November 16, 2012 1:14:16 PM

Idiocracy!
If multi-monitor gaming is a possibility, then dual 7970's is the way to go. The extra GB of VRAM (1GB per screen) and wider memory bus really helps it here. As well as a better utility for multi-monitor gaming Eyefinity, which is superior to Nvidia Surround (just like 3D Vision is superior to HD3D or whatever AMD's 3D utility is called).
Unless Nvidia have dropped a Catalyst 12.11 like driver as of late, the 7970 Ghz is the fastest single GPU card you can get.
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November 16, 2012 1:55:04 PM

Thanks for the replies guys! Rockdpm - I'm not so sure that I am yet prepared to plunge into 3D gaming as it doesn't really tickle my fancy. I may explore that down the road though. Thanks for the input.

manofchalk - Multi-monitor gaming is not a possibility, that will be my new reality. I like the idea of the extra RAM and the memory bus difference. Upon further research, 7970s do seem to offer more bang for the buck. Definitely food for thought!

Although, it seems that the more information I read, the more lost in stats I become. I can dig it though! Thanks gents! I think I am leaning toward the 7970 solution...


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November 16, 2012 4:49:01 PM

manofchalk said:
Idiocracy!
If multi-monitor gaming is a possibility, then dual 7970's is the way to go. The extra GB of VRAM (1GB per screen) and wider memory bus really helps it here. As well as a better utility for multi-monitor gaming Eyefinity, which is superior to Nvidia Surround (just like 3D Vision is superior to HD3D or whatever AMD's 3D utility is called).
Unless Nvidia have dropped a Catalyst 12.11 like driver as of late, the 7970 Ghz is the fastest single GPU card you can get.

The latest NVIDIA driver puts the680 in the lead at those time....sorry
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November 17, 2012 12:22:15 AM

^ Benchmark?
I have heard of new drivers from Nvidia boosting performance but haven't actually seen anything solid of it. From what I have seen 306.97, its a fairly routine update that fixed a few issues in the previous update.
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November 17, 2012 4:21:55 AM

Were on 310.54 where you been?
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November 17, 2012 5:24:46 AM

Ahh, my mistake.
I looked up the latest drivers on the nvidia website and it said 306.97. Did not realize the new drivers are so far only in Beta (as of yesterday anyway).

Will look into this.
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November 17, 2012 9:25:30 AM

Hmmm, see what I mean? By the way...Idiocracy is the correct answer. Anyway, I suppose that maybe I shouldn't lean towards the 7970s? EyeFinity is apparently superior to nvidia surround...
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November 17, 2012 5:17:06 PM

Yes from what my sources say. the AMD surround beats NVIDIA's similar technology. As for 3D (no not hinting at getting 3D). NVIDIA's 3D is far more superior than AMD's. Because NVIDIA focused development on 3D rather than working more towards surround. But both still do the job quite nicely. Performance of cards depends on the driver. and obviously its AMD 1 week and NVIDIA the next
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November 24, 2012 2:18:17 AM

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November 24, 2012 11:04:44 PM

I...I feel proud today that I could help out a veteran who served his country....I feel GREAT
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