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December 17, 2012 12:57:17 AM

my current build so far is
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sR7f

I will be running a 2nd monitor in a month or so and I am looking for a graphics card from the range of 200-300

*edit* forgot to add in my case. all fan slots are filled.
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December 17, 2012 1:15:55 AM

7870 or a 660ti. you may be able to find some 7950s for sale within your budget

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100352...

if this is primarily for gaming and gaming alone, and you haven't gotten the parts yet, i suggest dropping down to a 3570K, 2x4gb 1600mhz memory, and a quality 600-650w PSU (only if you're not going to run the card in SLI/CF) and use the cash you saved up by getting a 7970/670.

EDIT: if you're going to use two monitors for gaming, i suggest you think it through first and list out the games you wish to play with two monitors if you haven't. some games will play well enough with only two monitors but others are better off with an odd no. of monitors, like first person shooters.
December 17, 2012 1:18:37 AM

Hazle said:
7870 or a 660ti. you may be able to find some 7950s for sale within your budget

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100352...

if this is primarily for gaming and gaming alone, and you haven't gotten the parts yet, i suggest dropping down to a 3570K, 2x4gb 1600mhz memory, and a quality 600-650w PSU (only if you're not going to run the card in SLI/CF) and use the cash you saved up by getting a 7970/670.



I have most of the parts. All I am missing would be the graphics card and the mobo. this build will be for gaming as well as streaming content as well. I do hope to run sli/cf in the future but still debating. Not going to go water cooling until I feel more comfortable. This will be my first hands on build.
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December 17, 2012 1:25:56 AM

I'm not sure how you can game on two monitors. Three I could understand. The crosshairs would be between the screens so impossible to play.

I have a cheap second monitor that I use for extended desktop. Also I can use the monitor to monitor my CPU, GPU, and fans.
December 17, 2012 1:29:18 AM

envy14tpe said:
I'm not sure how you can game on two monitors. Three I could understand. The crosshairs would be between the screens so impossible to play.

I have a cheap second monitor that I use for extended desktop. Also I can use the monitor to monitor my CPU, GPU, and fans.


that is basically what I will be using my 2nd monitor for as well as browsing and other things rather than having to tab out constantly
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December 17, 2012 1:56:11 AM

What will be Your Resolution in gaming? 2560x1600?
December 17, 2012 2:00:48 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
What will be Your Resolution in gaming? 2560x1600?


For now it is 19020x1080 unless I choose to go with a bigger monitor resolution in the future.
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December 17, 2012 2:07:55 AM

stevenk92 said:
For now it is 19020x1080 unless I choose to go with a bigger monitor resolution in the future.


But you'll increase your Resolution when you'll Have 2 Monitors. Right?
You'll game across both Monitors?
December 17, 2012 2:12:46 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
But you'll increase your Resolution when you'll Have 2 Monitors. Right?
You'll game across both Monitors?


If I can yes I will.
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December 17, 2012 2:25:08 AM

So you'll probably play at 2560x1600 with 2 Monitors? That's the Res of 2 Monitors Right?

If so, get GTX 670. Best Buy for that res.
GTX 670 Overclocked = GTX 680 Stock. :D 
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December 17, 2012 2:35:48 AM

Gotta go three monitors for gaming, otherwise it would seem weird.

Go 670. Since you are considering multiple monitors.
December 17, 2012 2:40:30 AM

which manufacturer would you guys recommend? I hear asus has a great cooling fans with its CUII


*Also note my budget is unfortunately only between 200-300*
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December 17, 2012 2:51:01 AM

For GTX 670?
Asus or MSI are both Very good Brands in terms of cooling.

December 17, 2012 2:56:49 AM

in terms of performance how are AMD graphics cards?
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December 17, 2012 3:06:21 AM

Well... I'd personally Recommend you to get Nvidia cards.
December 17, 2012 3:09:59 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
Well... I'd personally Recommend you to get Nvidia cards.

May I ask why?
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December 17, 2012 7:43:38 AM

Most of the AMD cards aren't smooth always. You may get High FPS but that you'll feel that they stuttered.

Nvidia have features like TXAA, Adaptive V-sync to prevent this and enhance your Gameplay
December 17, 2012 10:26:46 AM

get a gtx 690,two monitors/three monitors won't be a problem,even for games like metro 2033 or crysis 3.
December 17, 2012 12:49:25 PM

Anik8 said:
get a gtx 690,two monitors/three monitors won't be a problem,even for games like metro 2033 or crysis 3.


690 is not within my budget.

As for sumukh, is there a reason why amd causes stuttering?
*i know lots of questions and goin off topic sorry*
I believe nvidia is my choice of graphics card then :) 
December 17, 2012 1:04:37 PM

Asus DCUII GTX 670. This is what I have and runs everything like butter at ultra. It has the same board as the GTX 680 which is much more expensive and you can use the built in tweak tool to OC the settings to 680 levels.

I've got 2 monitors plugged in right now but only use one for gaming and the other for watching movies or browsing (they're different sizes 1080, 1050 so I cant game across both) and it runs great with low temps.

It's also the quietest 670 card especially at high temps.
December 17, 2012 1:05:19 PM

Also in the future you can add another for SLi and it will perform like a 690 at a fraction of the cost
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December 17, 2012 1:09:30 PM

Dude, No problem.
I've been here in the forums from Days. I've experienced that many of the AMD users Complain here that their Card Stutters and doesn't give good Quality Image. Like this : http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p287/zane14785/Jagge...
I've seen a even bad Image than this but Can't find the link, from the Same guy. That guy got a 7950, still got bad problems.
Wastage of Money. :( 

So I just recommend you to get Nvidia cards.
The only reasons that AMD cards get High fps is they stutter and don't render everything nicely, Hence go very fast and get High fps.

December 17, 2012 1:18:07 PM

His budget is "200-300". He's gonna have to go with a 660 ti in that price range if he goes with Nvidia.
December 17, 2012 2:44:03 PM

I am from the US. As for the 670. I wouldn't mind putting another 100 down for a worthy graphics card. Would the non oc'd Asus be good enough? Or should I get the oc'd one? I am new to the whole overclocking of the components of pc
December 17, 2012 4:09:18 PM

The cheapest solution I can recommend for multimonitors is 660 ti sli, not less than that.
December 17, 2012 9:01:07 PM

What is the importance of memory interface in a graphics card? I've read around searching but I couldn't get a clear understanding
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December 17, 2012 10:49:44 PM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
So you'll probably play at 2560x1600 with 2 Monitors? That's the Res of 2 Monitors Right?

If so, get GTX 670. Best Buy for that res.
GTX 670 Overclocked = GTX 680 Stock. :D 


You are aware that the minimum for multi screen gaming with Nvidia cards is three screens? Two monitors is a no go as far as Nv is concerned.
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December 18, 2012 12:02:10 AM

Mousemonkey said:
You are aware that the minimum for multi screen gaming with Nvidia cards is three screens? Two monitors is a no go as far as Nv is concerned.


Oops :p  I never knew that.
So what is 2560x1600 for?

So now the best is to get a Single monitor.
December 18, 2012 1:50:02 AM

Should I still stick with the gtx 670 and overclock it?
that being said when I learn how to oc properly
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December 18, 2012 5:52:22 AM

Good is to stay with Single BIG Monitor.
And a GTX 670.

OC is very easy, really. Just have to Open MSI afterburner and then slide the bar to right. Don't slide too much, do it according to the temps.
December 18, 2012 6:02:41 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
Good is to stay with Single BIG Monitor.
And a GTX 670.

OC is very easy, really. Just have to Open MSI afterburner and then slide the bar to right. Don't slide too much, do it according to the temps.



Increasing clock speed can sometimes increase the voltage in turn increasing the temperature correct me if I am wrong please.

I like the cooling solution from Asus and I've heard negative reviews of MSG PE graphics cards. The pricing of the Asus gtx 670 non top
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is priced the same as the evga gtx 670 ftw sig 2 which has a duel fan set up.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 19, 2012 10:59:45 PM

You are right. But there are cooling fans to prevent heating.

Evga is better. I've heard alot about those cards, very nice fi you get one.
Evga has about 100Mhz more clock than Asus.
December 20, 2012 1:07:33 AM

Sumukh_Bhagat said:
You are right. But there are cooling fans to prevent heating.

Evga is better. I've heard alot about those cards, very nice fi you get one.
Evga has about 100Mhz more clock than Asus.

They may have a higher clock speed but their cooling design is far superior from the benchmarks that I have seen. Lower noise and temp. I read that blower style fans tend to generate more noise.
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December 20, 2012 1:25:05 PM

Yup Evga isn't friendly to Cooling.

But you can get Aftermarket Fans for Evga Cards.
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