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January 6, 2013 3:24:30 PM

I am going to build a pc for the first time now. It will be used for gaming, video editing, 3d animation and internet surfing. I am going to get three 1080p monitors for it. I will put two GPUs in it in SLI and it must be able to run BF3 on ultra at more than 50fps. What cards should I get? I am kind of a Nvidia fanboy so I don't want an AMD card. I am thinking of putting in two GTX 670s, but I don't know which version of the 670 will work best. My budget is too low to get the 4gb version.

Here are the specs for it:
Intel i7-3770k CPU
Sabertooth Z77 MOBO
GPUs ?
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 Ram
Intel SSD 330 Series 120GB
OCZ ZX Series 1000w PSU
Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100i
Corsair Vengeance C70 Case.

Note: It will be kind of military style and I chose the Sabertooth Z77 because it looks good.
I will also get a keyboard, mouse and a DVD drive. :D 
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 3:35:52 PM

at least gigabyte windforce 670 2gb version
January 6, 2013 3:40:29 PM

AMD Radeon said:
at least gigabyte windforce 670 2gb version

Would the EVGA GTX 670 work? The standard version.
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a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 3:45:32 PM

personally i would avoid evga as its cooler is always the boring-OEM--bad-cooling-performance fan
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 3:52:44 PM

Id wait till you can afford the 4GB versions if you plan on doing all the heavy stuff with it, the extra VRAM will help, especially if you are going to game on all 3 monitors.
January 6, 2013 4:04:53 PM

AMD Radeon said:
personally i would avoid evga as its cooler is always the boring-OEM--bad-cooling-performance fan

What about the ASUS DirectCU II Top version?
January 6, 2013 4:06:44 PM

getochkn said:
Id wait till you can afford the 4GB versions if you plan on doing all the heavy stuff with it, the extra VRAM will help, especially if you are going to game on all 3 monitors.

It is probably too expensive for me. I live in Norway and everything is a lot more expensive here :fou: 
January 6, 2013 4:22:59 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
asus direct cu II is a good card

but for the top edition becomes a little expensive and noisy for the price bump

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sadly, since I live in Norway there aren't many places to buy computer parts. And I only have a couple of cards to choose from. If I want to buy a DirectCU II card I must get a Top version because they don't have any other.
January 6, 2013 5:24:00 PM

I know you love nvidia but amd gpus are much better at high resolutions such as three 1080p screens.
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 5:32:30 PM

cbrunnem said:
I know you love nvidia but amd gpus are much better at high resolutions such as three 1080p screens.


+1 ....amd is the best for multi monitors
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 5:36:02 PM

Ya big question and huge difference OP.

Do you plan to game on all 3 monitors in a surround configuration or game on the main one and have the other 2 for just the 3D work? What 3D software?
January 6, 2013 5:59:03 PM

cbrunnem said:
I know you love nvidia but amd gpus are much better at high resolutions such as three 1080p screens.

Yeah, I have looked around at AMD cards and might get that instead of Nvidia cards. Which would you recommend?
January 6, 2013 5:59:57 PM

getochkn said:
Ya big question and huge difference OP.

Do you plan to game on all 3 monitors in a surround configuration or game on the main one and have the other 2 for just the 3D work? What 3D software?

I am going to game on all three monitors. For 3d work I will use 3DS Max.
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 6:03:32 PM

amd is the best for multi monitors where as nvidia has an upper hand in 3d.

amd hd 7970 is a bit better than the gtx670 though
January 6, 2013 7:05:23 PM

I game on 3 monitors with 2 560s no issues. So running 2 670s should work for you with no problem. Nvidia does 3d also. Make sure the cards have 2gb of vram or better. My 560s have 2gb of vram and I have no problems running any games. Bezel corrected 6080 x 1080p.
January 6, 2013 7:37:41 PM

chase3567 said:
I game on 3 monitors with 2 560s no issues. So running 2 670s should work for you with no problem. Nvidia does 3d also. Make sure the cards have 2gb of vram or better. My 560s have 2gb of vram and I have no problems running any games. Bezel corrected 6080 x 1080p.


This is a miss guided post. You will not play at ultra with 3 1080p screens with only two 560s. Especially not bf3 sorry.
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 7:40:35 PM

He didn't say what settings he runs at. But yea agreed as others have said I would go with a 7970 for 3 monitor setups.
January 6, 2013 7:49:44 PM

cbrunnem said:
This is a miss guided post. You will not play at ultra with 3 1080p screens with only two 560s. Especially not bf3 sorry.

Nothing misguided as didn't say anything in post about running everything at ultra. Reading is fundamental.
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 7:51:16 PM

+1 to that
January 6, 2013 9:06:17 PM

I game on 3 monitors with 670's in SLI and I get 50 to 60 FPS on ultra playing BF3.

I keep reading people say AMD is better for multi monitor and I totally disagree. Nvidia was easier to use for me. I had tons of driver issues with AMD.
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 9:26:38 PM

Well here is the thing with Nvidia that is kind of a bother every time you want to do nvidia surround you have to turn it on. It's not something that automatically gets turned on once you enable it. And the reason why people prefer AMD for triple or more monitor setups is because they handle larger resolutions without really taking to much off performance. Also as well AMD cards of late have come stock with more ram so that is why. I have a 670 I love it but if all I was focused on was Multi monitor I would have 7970 ghz sorry...
a b Î Nvidia
January 6, 2013 9:45:41 PM

bigshootr8 said:
Well here is the thing with Nvidia that is kind of a bother every time you want to do nvidia surround you have to turn it on. It's not something that automatically gets turned on once you enable it. And the reason why people prefer AMD for triple or more monitor setups is because they handle larger resolutions without really taking to much off performance. Also as well AMD cards of late have come stock with more ram so that is why. I have a 670 I love it but if all I was focused on was Multi monitor I would have 7970 ghz sorry...


^+1 to that :) 
January 7, 2013 1:18:49 PM

Does anybody know about the GTX 670 Phantom from Gainward? It was very cheap and it seems to be pretty good.
a b Î Nvidia
January 7, 2013 1:40:36 PM

when its same gpu...difference in performance from different vendors is not very huge
January 7, 2013 2:22:10 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
when its same gpu...difference in performance from different vendors is not very huge

Cool, some people say it runs cool too. I might buy two.
a b Î Nvidia
January 7, 2013 2:44:26 PM

all the best and good luck
January 7, 2013 3:15:29 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
all the best and good luck

Thanks
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