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Graphics card for dual 2560x1440 Monitors

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December 26, 2012 5:00:21 PM

Hello all,

I am currently putting a build together (I'm new at this, first build) that I will be using for programming, virtualization, and gaming. I'm not sure which graphics card will be the most effective for the best price. I will be running two 2560x1440 monitors, and would like to be able to play games on them as well as run desktop applications. I was recommended the Galaxy GTX 670 4GB. However it's pretty expensive (especially if I SLI), and I don't know if I need the 4GB. I've heard here and there that the 4GB is a waste and doesn't get utilized. Here's my current in-progress build:


CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.90 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black/White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1183.78

So my question is, what is the best GTX 670 for my setup, do I need to SLI, and do I need a 4GB model? Thank you for your help.
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December 26, 2012 5:19:24 PM

For gaming at very high resolutions more than 2GB may be needed if you plan on using high settings.

Also, keep in mind that if you plan on gaming on two monitors, bezel will be right at the center. This is why using two monitors is not a good idea when gaming. Probably, you'll end up using only one of them for gaming and both for desktop applications. In this case, 2GB will probably be enough.
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December 26, 2012 5:27:46 PM

legendkiller said:
For the same price($10 more), i'd get this GTx 680 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... in SLI
Also, 4GB isn't needed unless your doing a single video card running both monitor...


Thanks for the suggestion. I'm hoping to probably just SLI with two 2GB GTX 670s if possible, to save some money.
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December 26, 2012 5:30:54 PM

yyk71200 said:
For gaming at very high resolutions more than 2GB may be needed if you plan on using high settings.

Also, keep in mind that if you plan on gaming on two monitors, bezel will be right at the center. This is why using two monitors is not a good idea when gaming. Probably, you'll end up using only one of them for gaming and both for desktop applications. In this case, 2GB will probably be enough.


This is something that has been mentioned to me before, and I neglected to say that I will probably just be gaming on single monitor and using both for desktop applications. So you are correct in that assumption. If 2GB is then sufficient, any suggestions on a solid GTX 670, and if I will need to SLI them in the future? I don't need to play games at ultra high settings, but I would like to be able to do medium to high settings on a single monitor.
Thanks for your input.
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December 26, 2012 8:45:30 PM

legendkiller said:
I'd get two 660Ti in SLI, just my opinion lol...

BTW, go check these benchmark

http://www.techspot.com/review/603-best-graphics-cards/

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/598?vs=555

You'll not see much of difference.

GTX 680 is meant to game at 5760x1080. So, if you don't game at that then 670 is the way to go.
And I don't mind if you get a GTX 680. Its all upon your budget and thinking


Yeah I'd rather get some cheaper 670s, the benefits of a 680 don't appear to be worth the price.
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a c 79 U Graphics card
December 26, 2012 8:54:48 PM

The 7970 is a much better choice for high res displays. It has more memory, costs same as a 670,.and out performs it. Id just get a single one if your gaming on one screen, probably won't need AS at that res and can always add a second.
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December 26, 2012 10:35:12 PM

unksol said:
The 7970 is a much better choice for high res displays. It has more memory, costs same as a 670,.and out performs it. Id just get a single one if your gaming on one screen, probably won't need AS at that res and can always add a second.


Yeah I considered the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, but I don't know. Too much to choose from. Too many posts of people on either side, saying one is better than the other. I just figured I would pick one already and be done with it. Also I don't think my PSU will support it, something about 6-pin and 8-pin connectors.
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December 27, 2012 12:08:51 PM

zerobuild said:
Yeah I considered the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, but I don't know. Too much to choose from. Too many posts of people on either side, saying one is better than the other. I just figured I would pick one already and be done with it. Also I don't think my PSU will support it, something about 6-pin and 8-pin connectors.

I'd get 670 because the some games benefit from it more than 7970... Just like BF3, 670 will benefit a lot... 7970 is great for high Resolution but since your gaming on one monitor(which you should) a 670 is better because 2GB is enough and the GPU horse power is pretty strong too... Look up what kind of games you play and see which one benefit from each, few FPS doesn't matters much... I'd choose Nvidia over AMD because Nvidia is more of a gamer side in my opinion... Beside, Nvidia and Intel are teaming up against AMD right now lol...
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