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Dual 7970's enough for 3 120htz monitors ultra settings 60 fps?

I personally have the funds to get whatever I want so money is not an issue. Although is not an issue I’m not trying to spend a dumb amount of money. I have been trying so mu h my eyes hurt and have yet seen the answer I’m looking for! I’m building a computer from the ground up and everything is in place expect the gpu! All I want to know is what combination of cards will give ne the performance I’m looking for.

I will have 3 benq 120 hrtz monitors...I’m preparing for elder scrolls online at the moment. If 4 7990s is the only way it’s possible to run it on ultra then please let me know. I really just want to get down to the bottom if this.
Or do you recommend I wait till future cards come out? I’m not in a real rush my computer I got in 2009a is still holding strong but I now have money to get the dream computer I always wanted.

currently in my cart:
1x ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
Item #: N82E16829132006

1x Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148844

1x Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
Item #: N82E16836121044

1x LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) ... - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136250

1x Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007

1x CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835181017

1x NZXT FS-200RB-BLED 200mm SILENT Blue LED Fan with ON/OFF Switch
Item #: N82E16835146007

1x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBXL

1x GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128514

2x SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351VXSR Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...

1x NZXT Air Flow Series RF-FZ140-U1 140mm Blue LED Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835146020

1x NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT White Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811146067

2x LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289

1x NETGEAR R6300 Wireless AC1750 Open Source Dual Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router IEEE 802.11ac/a/b/g/n
Item #: N82E16833122466

1x Rosewill HERCULES-1600 Continuous 1600W@50 Degrees C ATX12V v2.3 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER ...
Item #: N82E16817182251

1x AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

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right now i got 2 7970's in the cart will that be enough...if you see anything else please let me know
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  1. Ultra 5670x1080 Ultra settings= TriSLI or TriFire!
  2. Why limit yourself to 3 x 1080 diplays when you can get 3 x 30 inch ones at 7680 x 1600 since your not that limited on funds for a setup. Youll need at least 2 680s or 7970s for it though. I love my single 30 inch, gaming at 2560 x 1600 is to die for but there arent that many can afford $1200 for a single display.
  3. What really concerns me is you're going all out on a rig... and getting an FX-8350. Wow. Just... wow.

    And once again, like has been said a million times here, 8GB is enough, 16 is overkill.

    What, exactly, do you need two DVD drives and a BR burner for (seeing that a BR burner can burn DVDs)?

    THREE 7970 GHz plus an overclocked CPU plus internals might pull 1KW so with 20% overhead you need maybe a 1200W PSU.
  4. J_E_D_70 said:
    What really concerns me is you're going all out on a rig... and getting an FX-8350. Wow. Just... wow.

    And once again, like has been said a million times here, 8GB is enough, 16 is overkill.

    What, exactly, do you need two DVD drives and a BR burner for (seeing that a BR burner can burn DVDs)?

    THREE 7970 GHz plus an overclocked CPU plus internals might pull 1KW so with 20% overhead you need maybe a 1200W PSU.



    The burners are needed for personal reasons but they are NEEDED.
  5. Anonymous said:
    Why limit yourself to 3 x 1080 diplays when you can get 3 x 30 inch ones at 7680 x 1600 since your not that limited on funds for a setup. Youll need at least 2 680s or 7970s for it though. I love my single 30 inch, gaming at 2560 x 1600 is to die for but there arent that many can afford $1200 for a single display.

    ANY RECCOMENDED SCREENS?
  6. Your best bet is to look in ebay for catleap monitors, they got those for around 500$ or less.
  7. djangoringo said:
    Your best bet is to look in ebay for catleap monitors, they got those for around 500$ or less.

    thanx for that i will be grabbing 3 of these...but anyone have any feedback on the gpu's? its looking like 3 7970's
  8. or waiting i heard some cards will be coming out soon
  9. djangoringo said:
    Your best bet is to look in ebay for catleap monitors, they got those for around 500$ or less.


    Unless you're lucky enough to find a 2b circuit board catleap on ebay, those won't be able to hit 120hz. On top of that, there's tinkering that needs to be done (adjusting your card's pixel clock rate, then setting custom refresh rates). There are tutorials on this, the most detailed of which are on 120hz.net

    If you're not daunted by that, your best bet on getting a 120hz capable yamakasi is 120hz.net itself. They are currently sold out , however, and the price is $720.

    There is also Overlord computers, they're a U.S. company that has started importing the LG IPS panels used by yamakasi/achevia/crossover and making their own 120hz capable 2560x1440 monitors. Sadly, they're also sold out atm, but @$530, it's considerably cheaper.

    good luck!
  10. J_E_D_70 said:
    What really concerns me is you're going all out on a rig... and getting an FX-8350. Wow. Just... wow.

    This is especially concerning when going with 120hz. If you plan to take advantage of 120hz, you need high FPS, and AMD CPU's will often bottleneck you, especially online games.

    @OP:
    Personally, I think you're trying too hard for Ultra max settings for everything. You simply cannot do Ultra max for all games and achieve 80+ FPS, which I assume you want if you are getting 120hz monitors. Even a single 1080p 120hz monitor will require you to reduce some settings to get 80+ FPS in some games. You'd need at least 3 7970's or 680's to get close most the time.

    There is nothing wrong with dropping a few settings here and there. PC games are often designed with settings not meant to be used for the majority of the population and they don't add that much visually.

    I have 680 SLI, and a single 1080p 120hz monitor, and I still reduce settings here and there. I also play in 3D a lot, if not most the time, and have to reduce settings there as well (3D Vision and 2D surround give similar performance, but 3D has a cap of 60 FPS).
  11. quilciri said:
    Unless you're lucky enough to find a 2b cricuitboard one on ebay, those won't be able to hit 120hz. On top of that, there's tinkering that needs to be done (adjusting your card's pixel clock rate ,then setting custo refresh rates).

    If you're not daunted by that, your best bet on getting a 120hz capable yamakasi is 120hz.net. They are currently sold out as well, however, and the price is $720.

    There is also Overlord computers, they're a U.S. company that has started importing the LG IPS panels used by yamakasi/achevia/crossover and making their own 120hz capable 2560x1440 monitors.

    Sadly, they're also sold out atm, but @$530, it's considerably cheaper.


    well looks like ill be playing the waiting game for that...but now im really worried about the gpu power needed for this
  12. bystander said:
    This is especially concerning when going with 120hz. If you plan to take advantage of 120hz, you need high FPS, and AMD CPU's will often bottleneck you, especially online games.

    @OP:
    Personally, I think you're trying too hard for Ultra max settings for everything. You simply cannot do Ultra max for all games and achieve 80+ FPS, which I assume you want if you are getting 120hz monitors. Even a single 1080p 120hz monitor will require you to reduce some settings to get 80+ FPS in some games. You'd need at least 3 7970's or 680's to get close most the time.

    There is nothing wrong with dropping a few settings here and there. PC games are often designed with settings not meant to be used for the majority of the population and they don't add that much visually.

    I have 680 SLI, and a single 1080p 120hz monitor, and I still reduce settings here and there. I also play in 3D a lot, if not most the time, and have to reduce settings there as well (3D Vision and 2D surround give similar performance, but 3D has a cap of 60 FPS).

    Thanx for the response. You don't think buying 3 cards now would be a waste? I mean if waiting is the best bet I dont mind to be honest. The relase date for elder scrolls hasn't even hit yet. and I haven't played any games most of last year so i stilll got BF3 to play and stuff so if i got to wait i don't mind .
  13. for 3x 2560x1440, at least 3x7970 or 3x680. (on the catleaps, the Nvidia cards seem the achieve slightly higher monitor overclocks, dunno about the overlord screens)
  14. When i mentioned the catleap monitors it was just for the resolution and quality, not for the 120 hz, it will be just a waste the 120 hz, at 7680x1600, i don't think any dual setup will run games maxout at more than 60 fps, it will be lower than that, even with a 3-way setup.
    For two cards, just get three 1080p monitors.
  15. 7680x1600 is ridiculous, just stick with 1080p x3
  16. redeemer said:
    7680x1600 is ridiculous, just stick with 1080p x3

    Oh you think so?
  17. bystander said:
    This is especially concerning when going with 120hz. If you plan to take advantage of 120hz, you need high FPS, and AMD CPU's will often bottleneck you, especially online games.

    @OP:
    Personally, I think you're trying too hard for Ultra max settings for everything. You simply cannot do Ultra max for all games and achieve 80+ FPS, which I assume you want if you are getting 120hz monitors. Even a single 1080p 120hz monitor will require you to reduce some settings to get 80+ FPS in some games. You'd need at least 3 7970's or 680's to get close most the time.

    There is nothing wrong with dropping a few settings here and there. PC games are often designed with settings not meant to be used for the majority of the population and they don't add that much visually.

    I have 680 SLI, and a single 1080p 120hz monitor, and I still reduce settings here and there. I also play in 3D a lot, if not most the time, and have to reduce settings there as well (3D Vision and 2D surround give similar performance, but 3D has a cap of 60 FPS).

    any recommended CPUs?
  18. blacktee0 said:
    any recommended CPUs?

    i7 3770k or i5 3570k would do the trick. Even i5 2500k or i7 2600k would be good if you like to overclock.
  19. redeemer said:
    7680x1600 is ridiculous, just stick with 1080p x3


    This whole rig will be ridiculous, why should the monitor setup be "reasonable"?
  20. quilciri said:
    This whole rig will be ridiculous, why should the monitor setup be "reasonable"?


    If he is looking for fluid performance, going too high on the resolution will hurt that goal.
  21. bystander said:
    If he is looking for fluid performance, going too high on the resolution will hurt that goal.

    I guess i was looking for the best of both worlds
  22. and all of you guys was tons of help im changing my cpu and motherboard now
  23. If you do go the fx-8350 route get a ud5 or even ud7 if you truly have an unlimited budget, money well spent because if you go trifire it will at least be 8x instead of 16x 16x and 4x, if you go to intel looks like youll need the maximus extreme, asrock extreme 6 or asus rampage IV to run at least 8x (as far as i looked all others run 16x 8x and 4x) I think this is correct others can elaborate if I left some stuff out or missed something.

    Plus 32gb of ram??? why? I mean its your money but it would be spent better elsewhere such as a custom loop cooler which imo is well worth it, or if your insistent on a AIO wait for the swiftech H220 to realease its coming soon its expandable if you want to and is looking to be much better than the corasair AIO's.

    IMO go intel if your doing it for gaming, although if you go for 7680X1600 you probably wont have a bottleneck(especially if you oc the 8350), I have a 965 be at 4.0 ghz and love it but thats what my budget dictated I would rather have gotten an i5 3570k, I do have high hopes for steam roller though if they ever release it
  24. Why don't you just crossfire a pair of Asus Ares IIs, on a server motherboard with 2 Xeon CPUs. Now THAT would be awesome.
  25. Other than the two xeons +1 on this^ lol(I mean its a great idea, but as far as ive researched theres no way for games to utilize both cpus so that would just be money spent stupidly no offense smokey), although i wonder if a single 120mm rad can really cool 2 7970s?

    Edit:technically its quadfire
  26. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121717&cm_mmc=SNC-YouTube-_-TV-_-SdhDd_xjdVw-_-14-121-717 If you watch the video the cooling in the benchmarks for it oced along with the cpu never got above 63 c i think.
  27. Thanks helper, i figured they probably wouldn't put the cooler on there if it wouldnt be enough, radiators really are amazing little things.

    And blacktee I didnt even see that, OMG that is one of the purtiest things i ever did see. Only one thing to do...get it. Also a plus 3X 16x.
  28. Anonymous said:
    Why limit yourself to 3 x 1080 diplays when you can get 3 x 30 inch ones at 7680 x 1600 since your not that limited on funds for a setup. Youll need at least 2 680s or 7970s for it though. I love my single 30 inch, gaming at 2560 x 1600 is to die for but there arent that many can afford $1200 for a single display.



    $1200 thats crazy look on ebay i bought a 2560 x 1600 for $500 on ebay. Its brand new shiped from korea, it uses a LG monitor with a korean brand slapped on it way cheaper. Mines called a crossover
  29. bystander said:
    If he is looking for fluid performance, going too high on the resolution will hurt that goal.


    A single 7970 ghz maxes everything in BF3 multiplayer 2560x1440 at 61.6 fps
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/30/xfx_double_d_hd_7970_ghz_edition_video_card_review/6#.USf2NqXryRM

    3 2560x1440 monitors supported by four 7970's or even a pair of "7990"'s would fall under "fluid" imo, nearing 80 fps average. Any less demanding game will naturally see much higher FPS.
  30. quilciri said:
    A single 7970 ghz maxes BF3 multiplayer 2560x1440 at 61.6 fps
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/30/xfx_double_d_hd_7970_ghz_edition_video_card_review/6#.USf2NqXryRM

    3 2560x1440 monitors supported by four 7970's or even a pair of "7990"'s would fall under "fluid" imo, nearing 80 fps average. Any less demanding game will naturally see much higher FPS.


    Did you read through that page?

    That particular review site takes things from a different perspective. They do not give you max settings on all cards and tell you the FPS, instead, they tweak the settings until they get performance they consider good enough for each card. They turned a few settings down in order to achieve those FPS. Maxed out, the performance would be different. On top of that, those were after OCing the cards.

    This is single player, which is a bit higher than it will be in multiplayer. You may or may not find an average 47 FPS good enough. I personally don't, but you might.

    Keep in mind, there are other games, so are more demanding, some are less.
    http://tpucdn.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7970_GHz_Edition/images/bf3_2560_1600.gif

    EDIT: Doh, forgot we are talking about 3 screens at 120hz. That chart you have is a single card on a single monitor. Things don't scale exactly evenly anyways. Those are not applicable for the conversation.
  31. Correct me if I'm wrong, but HDAO AO isn't available for BF3, so what the OC'd double D is using are the max settings. I'm not denying a bit of overclocking might be necessary, but with 4 of those cards, smooth gameplay is achieveable @ 7680x1440.
  32. quilciri said:
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but HDAO AO isn't available for BF3, so what the OC'd double D is using are the max settings. I'm not denying a bit of overclocking might be necessary, but with 4 of those cards, smooth gameplay is achieveable @ 7680x1440.

    Besides the problems that quad-fire will bring up much of the time (micro-stutter, lack of support, loss of performance), you also have to deal with the noise, unless you also plan to water cool it.

    And according to the link you showed, they used it on one of the setups.

    You also seem to be under the impression that adding 1 card per monitor will maintain the current performance. That is often not the case.
  33. bystander said:
    Besides the problems that quad-fire will bring up much of the time (micro-stutter, lack of support, loss of performance), you also have to deal with the noise, unless you also plan to water cool it.

    And according to the link you showed, they used it on one of the setups.

    You also seem to be under the impression that adding 1 card per monitor will maintain the current performance. That is often not the case.


    Micro-stutter is by-and-large, a thing of the past. Turn off v-sync (adaptive v-sync for nvidia)... And it was never really a problem with 3 and 4 card setups anyway.

    I am aware that multi card setups do not scale 100%, but in the current generation, both crossfire and SLI are well about 90%, and crossfire is very close to 100% with the second card, and still above 90% with the third. There is admittedly a lack of data on 4 card setups, but just based on the previous pattern, I'd wager the 4th card's scaling isn't going to drop off dramatically.
  34. BigMack70 said:
    If you're serious about high framerates in maxed out demanding games on 3 screens, you should be considering nothing short of 2x GTX Titan cards in SLI. Possibly 3.


    Price not being an issue, I agree here.
  35. 2x titans it is!! will my cpu be bottlenecked though? I'm debating with myself waiting for the haswell
  36. You're always going to be better off spending more than you planned instead of less than you should. Sidenote, if you're planning on headphones instead of speakers I'd bump the xonar rd up to an essence stx. Mine is a beast, and haven't reagreted it for a second.
  37. You mind as well get the best possible desktop processor as well to know for a fact you are not bottle necking: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116877 overclock it to atleast 4.4 ghz as well. You will need a new motherboard for this processor so i would recommend this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131808
    While you are at it you mind as well get faster RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231590
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