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January 2, 2013 3:16:38 AM

Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my gaming rig. I have been slobbering over my friends triple monitor system for a while and am thinking of dojnt it myself. I have been doing research and keep reading conflicting ideas. I like Asus cards a lot, but I am not against any other brand if their is a good reason. I was hoping to get away with a single card solution so I don't have to upgrade the power supply. I have two Dell 27 monitors and will be adding a third. All are 1080p. I have the Asus gtx 680, Asus matrix 7970, and the standard Asus 7970 in mind. I'm just looking for the best solutions and opinions and hopefully why you have the opinion you have. I have only had experience with nvidia but I am not against going amd.

I appreciate any opinions or ideas on this subject. Can't seem to find a definitive answer andal are similar in price. Thanks for the help guys.

Current setup:
I5 3570k overclocked
Asus p8z77v-lk
Galaxy gtx 660ti
Corsair 650w power supply.

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January 2, 2013 3:18:09 AM

As i been saying i think you should wait for the next gen cpus honestly
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January 2, 2013 3:20:37 AM

I have thought about that as a option as well. I heard sometime 2nd quarter probably? Wojmd it be better to wait for 2012 to go on sale and grab one of them? Or is the new series going to be worth the full price?
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2013 3:22:53 AM

CPU is fine. If you're hoping to game on 3x1080p, I recommend the 7970 (The extra VRAM will come in handy) or possibly 2 to get good image quality and framerates.

If you're not gaming at 3 screens, keep your 660ti.
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January 2, 2013 3:26:56 AM

I'm happy with the 660ti right now but I think I am going to go for triple monitors. So you think the extra gig of ram will come into play at that high of res
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2013 3:29:09 AM

Yes, especially newer games right now like FC3, Hitman or even BF3 can chew up video memory quite easily
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January 2, 2013 3:43:11 AM

Okay thanks. That's kinda what I was thinking. I won't be playing much battlefield but hitman and things like mass effect 3 I play a lot
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January 2, 2013 3:48:58 AM

you be better off with a nvidia card over a radeon card go with a evga or msi 670 4gb card check out tigerdirect.com or even a 680 4gb
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January 2, 2013 4:00:57 AM

Okay. What makes you go with nvidia with triple monitor?
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2013 5:54:43 AM

kylemm said:
I have thought about that as a option as well. I heard sometime 2nd quarter probably? Wojmd it be better to wait for 2012 to go on sale and grab one of them? Or is the new series going to be worth the full price?



If you can wait it out i would or even catch the 670 on sale if the gtx 770 doesnt meet your standards either way its a win win situation but buying a gpu knowing the new series is coming out would be buyers remorse writing all over it..
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January 2, 2013 6:04:01 AM

Yeah that's kinda what I'm thinking. My main thing is just having a one card solution. I'll probably wait and see if the new cards are worth it or if the sale price for the 600 are good. Is the 680 or 7970 going to be enough juice for triple monitors?
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2013 6:05:22 AM

Some games they can run fine, but you'll definitely have to lower settings to medium for the more modern titles
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January 2, 2013 6:10:09 AM

Okay. I'll wait and see what comes out this year and then I'll make my decision. Thanks guys
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2013 10:24:01 AM

no point in playing the waiting game get what you need now as the new cards are going to be expensive and overrpriced at launch anyway.
why not get the amd radeon 7950 flex edition card for 300 bucks as it specially made for multi monitor gaming.
trade in your current 660ti as it still holds a very good value. its value will become very less once new cards launch . so you will be saving a lot of money now
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January 2, 2013 10:30:09 AM

i keep seeing references to gtx 7xx series, i mean is there any confirmation on the specs or release of the gtx 700 series??
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January 2, 2013 11:13:04 AM

mohit9206 said:
no point in playing the waiting game get what you need now as the new cards are going to be expensive and overrpriced at launch anyway.
why not get the amd radeon 7950 flex edition card for 300 bucks as it specially made for multi monitor gaming.
trade in your current 660ti as it still holds a very good value. its value will become very less once new cards launch . so you will be saving a lot of money now



I agree and disagree Yes someone could get a gpu now and be fully happy with it but with 300 you can wait and save a extra 100 and get something better with a new card and be fully up todate. Im not saying the current gen cards are bad because they tight but at the same time some people including me wants to step it up
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2013 11:21:01 AM

It depends on how long one can wait, it's all about patience. To me, if a new product won't come around 3 months later, it's pointless to wait and it's better to buy it now. To feel even more satisfied and to see something more beneficial, upgrade to something that performs around 60% better. That's why Tom's Hardware recommend people upgrade to something 3 tiers higher based on their graphics card hierarchy
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January 2, 2013 6:03:42 PM

That is probably good advice. I'll wait a little and see if anymore news about the new cards come out. From my understanding its only going to be around a 5-10 percent boost. It doesn't seem like I'll be too in luck if I just want to do a single card
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