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January 29, 2013 1:46:28 AM

Hello, first post here. I am trying to build a gaming build that can run games such as Battlefield 3 and Skyrim on high-ultra settings with good fps at 5760 x 1080 res. I currently have an outdated AMD Eyefinity system but would like to switch over to Intel/ Nvidia Surround setup.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 month

Budget Range: not more than $2500 before shipping and rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music, 3D animation, photoshop, movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Either Windows 7 pro 64 bit or ultimate 64 bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon

Location: Texas

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU, Coolermaster HAF X case, ASUS Maximus V FORMULA motherboard

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 5760 x 1080 (Nvidia Surround)

Additional Comments: I will be playing games as well as doing 3D animation on this machine. I have room to increase my budget if the gain is worth it, nothing crazing though. I also want a SSD for my boot drive. I also do not need any accessories such as a keyboard or mouse. Thanks for taking the time to help me out.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Time to get a new computer

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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 1:57:35 AM

My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.77 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2345.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 2:01:07 AM

For gaming at that kind of res, you want to stick with Radeon cards. I can provide benches showing why if you want.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Formula ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($364.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2554.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 22:59 EST-0500)

Bit over budget, but I think it will do very well for what your after.
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a c 280 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:30:17 PM

You don't need an i7 (especially the 3930K) to game at that resolution and the suggestion of a $350 motherboard is quite ridiculous.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($125.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2403.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 12:29 EST-0500)

With the difference you can buy whatever peripherals you want.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:38:56 PM

With those three displays, newer game will simply crush even CF 7970's. Please read this article, especially the page of it I referenced:

http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/grafikkarten/2012/3x...

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Note that the dual 7970 GHZ are crippled by microstuttering and how much better the 680's are. Sure, the 7970's will give you more frames per second, but the 680's will give you a smoother experience. Note they say the 7970's in SLI were unacceptable without a patch of the frame limiter, which is only a partial fix, and destroys the advantage of the 7970's higher FPS.

I'd recommend a pair of 680's with 4GB ram.

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a c 280 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 5:01:35 PM

babernet_1 said:
With those three displays, newer game will simply crush even CF 7970's. Please read this article, especially the page of it I referenced:

http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/grafikkarten/2012/3x...

Google Chrome will translate it.

Note that the dual 7970 GHZ are crippled by microstuttering and how much better the 680's are. Sure, the 7970's will give you more frames per second, but the 680's will give you a smoother experience. Note they say the 7970's in SLI were unacceptable without a patch of the frame limiter, which is only a partial fix, and destroys the advantage of the 7970's higher FPS.

I'd recommend a pair of 680's with 4GB ram.


I saw a benchmark yesterday that said that dual 7970 > dual 690 > dual 670., I'll see if I can go dig it up. I'm aware of the micro stuttering issues but Catalyst 12.11 seems to have fixed this issue or so I am told.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:07:27 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I saw a benchmark yesterday that said that dual 7970 > dual 690 > dual 670., I'll see if I can go dig it up. I'm aware of the micro stuttering issues but Catalyst 12.11 seems to have fixed this issue or so I am told.


Yes, it never ends. I read an article about this. AMD put out a new patch that only worked on some cards and only on some games. Even then it still wasn't as good as the 680's.

The debate over AMD and Nvidia never will end. And that's a good thing. Keeps both companies on their toes with better products and lower prices.

Personally, I'm waiting for the new Nvidia GK110 Titan. It will have the processing power of a 690 in a single GPU. No SLI issues at all at SLI speeds. Due out the end of FEB.

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a c 280 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:10:22 PM

babernet_1 said:
Yes, it never ends. I read an article about this. AMD put out a new patch that only worked on some cards and only on some games. Even then it still wasn't as good as the 680's.

The debate over AMD and Nvidia never will end. And that's a good thing. Keeps both companies on their toes with better products and lower prices.

Personally, I'm waiting for the new Nvidia GK110 Titan. It will have the processing power of a 690 in a single GPU. No SLI issues at all at SLI speeds. Due out the end of FEB.


I probably won't get another video card for at least a year or two. I like my dual 7870 setup for now but the next round I'm definitely going NVIDIA.
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January 29, 2013 6:22:47 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone! Much appreciated. However I did have my eyes on getting 2 of the MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr GTX 680 4GB cards. Haven't decided on a particular build yet; I'd love to get a x79 motherboard with an i7 3930k but it seems like a z77 motherboard with an i5 3570k would be more bang for my buck in this case.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:23:57 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I probably won't get another video card for at least a year or two. I like my dual 7870 setup for now but the next round I'm definitely going NVIDIA.



Awesome! Late 2014 Nvidia is coming out with their Maxwell that is about 3X of the 680. You will just be ready to buy then.

http://wccftech.com/nvidia-kepler-refresh-bring-2530-pe...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:25:24 PM

escendrix said:
Thanks for the replies everyone! Much appreciated. However I did have my eyes on getting 2 of the MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr GTX 680 4GB cards. Haven't decided on a particular build yet; I'd love to get a x79 motherboard with an i7 3930k but it seems like a z77 motherboard with an i5 3570k would be more bang for my buck in this case.


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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:25:51 PM

If you're into editing the i7-3770k is the best choice within the range+16GB, if it's mainly gaming then the i5 is better with 8GB, also a 670 4GB is the best bang for the buck nvidia high end card, it's performance difference is minimal vs 680 gtx, the price for for each 680 gtx 4GB is 100$ more.
A 670 FTW has the 680 gtx pcb, it's a good option.
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a c 280 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:26:44 PM

escendrix said:
Thanks for the replies everyone! Much appreciated. However I did have my eyes on getting 2 of the MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr GTX 680 4GB cards. Haven't decided on a particular build yet; I'd love to get a x79 motherboard with an i7 3930k but it seems like a z77 motherboard with an i5 3570k would be more bang for my buck in this case.


Not necessarily. For gaming you want the i5. If you do any sort of hardcore Photoshop work or something else of that nature then you want the i7. If you are trying to future proof your build there really isn't any such thing.

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Awesome! Late 2014 Nvidia is coming out with their Maxwell that is about 3X of the 680. You will just be ready to buy then.


Sweet got time to save money then! :lol: 
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January 29, 2013 6:32:14 PM

djangoringo said:
If you're into editing the i7-3770k is the best choice within the range+16GB, if it's mainly gaming then the i5 is better with 8GB, also a 670 4GB is the best bang for the buck nvidia high end card, it's performance difference is minimal vs 680 gtx, the price for for each 680 gtx 4GB is 100$ more.
A 670 FTW has the 680 gtx pcb, it's a good option.


Mainly for gaming with some photoshop work and 3D animation. My main concern is being able to play games on high (not ultra) with good fps on 3 1920 x 1080 monitors.

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The 3770k is only $100 more than the i5 3570k, seems like it would be worth it for me.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:35:11 PM

Two 670 gtx FTW will run pretty good at that resolution, better only with three way sli either with 670 or 680 to notice an improvement.
Then the i5-3570k+8/16GB will do.
Something like this : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ajvd
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January 29, 2013 6:49:13 PM

How much of a difference will there be between gtx 670 4gb sli vs 3 way sli? at 5760 x 1080 res?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 6:50:44 PM

Not much, i don't think it's worth, you'll have more power consumption and heat.
2-way is the ideal.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 30, 2013 2:54:48 AM

g-unit1111 said:
You don't need an i7 (especially the 3930K) to game at that resolution and the suggestion of a $350 motherboard is quite ridiculous.


I saw the 3D animation and went to get the 3930K, well aware that a 3570k can handle gaming at that res.

Also I really do recommend getting the 7970Ghz
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_P...
If you look at the graphs, you will see that as the resolution increases, the 7970Ghz pulls further ahead of the 680. At 2560x1600, there is a 10% performance difference. That is roughly half the resolution you will be running, so the difference will be even more apparent.
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February 6, 2013 12:00:35 PM

Best answer selected by Escendrix.
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