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Efficient graphic cards around 400USD.

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February 26, 2013 12:35:21 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Summer 2013 BUDGET RANGE: Max 450$ but around 350$ would be ideal. Before Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: ( Gaming [From most to least important, Minecraft, Crysis{1,2,3}, Battlefield 3.], Web browsing, Productivity {photoshop, CAD software}

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Well the system I plan on building is for a senior project in high school. But my thoughts are on getting a Seasonic PSU of required wattage and 80+ Gold or better. Currently my laptop has a first generation A4.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Planned set up is an Intel core i5 2500k/3570k, Asus P8Z77 Mini-Itx motherboard, Corsair RAM ~8Gb, Western Digital Green 1Tb, Samsung 840 Pro 128Gb SSD, Xigmatek Gaia CPU Cooler, all in a Fractal Node 304. If there is any conflicts with my selections please tell me.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com is first choice, amazon.com is last choice. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: The United States of America

PARTS PREFERENCES: Reliable cards with constantly updated drivers, Efficiency is good for my space constraints, Quietness is a top priority. I Prefer a clean looking card with a backplate, like the EVGA rectangular cards.

OVERCLOCKING: No, if anything it's underclocking or undervolting to reach an acceptable quietness.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 5760x1080(+bezel correction), or 4800x900(+bezel correction)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: For as much I stretched the point of silence, it can have a subtle whoosh sound. But definitely not the sound of a jet engine, as that annoys the crap out of me. I'm not looking for cutting edge/best in the world settings, just something that's looks respectable across 3 screens. (Mid settings are fine with me). I don't like a card with flashy colors our lights, simplicity is perfection IMO. My current thoughts are a 660Ti, but that memory bandwidth just dosent seem like its able to push surround. 7950's look good on paper but I worry about the noise level. Monitors in my price range tend to have DVI, VGA(and a few with HDMI). So any thoughts on my GPU selection or build in general would be greatly appreciated.
February 26, 2013 12:48:43 AM

I have an EVGA GTX670 FTW plays every game I want, is quiet, cool, supports 4 monitors out of the card. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car....

The FTW is factory overclocked and comes with the same 3 year warranty. I have the 4GB model, that and the FTW overclock push it above you budget but the standard is also an outstanding card.

Nothing wrong with the radeon though
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February 26, 2013 12:50:20 AM

gtx570 definitely isnt enough power for that rez, go for a 7950 or 7970
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February 26, 2013 12:51:48 AM

If your not dead set on that case I would go with this.
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E168111...
The case you picked may limit your Gpu length.

The card I would go with at that resolution would be this.
http://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemNumber=N82E168142...


Crysis 3 struggles on my sli 680's 1920x1200 with everything set to max I couldn't even imagine 3 screens with one Gpu other than Titan even then in most reviews they have 3 titans for that kind of resolution.
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February 26, 2013 12:52:20 AM

ndslite said:
gtx570 definitely isnt enough power for that rez, go for a 7950 or 7970

typo on my part I do have the 670
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February 26, 2013 12:53:10 AM

get a 7970 with a custom cooler like MSI or Sapphire's dual fan models. honestly a 7950 with a nice cooler will do we well. they're not that loud. I'm OCing my 7970 to 1.15Ghz and honestly my CPU fan is louder...
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February 26, 2013 1:16:20 AM

What's a reliable AMD GPU manufacturer?
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February 26, 2013 1:18:45 AM

Shawna593767 said:
What's a reliable AMD GPU manufacturer?


The best ones are Asus, Sapphire, and MSI. Gigabyte have gotten pretty good, I consider Gigabyte and HIS and XFX close seconds
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February 26, 2013 1:21:27 AM

What about video ports, aren't you limited for eyefinity setups?
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February 26, 2013 1:23:06 AM

If anything Amd will give you more support for more monitors. Eyefinity isn't really that limiting.
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February 26, 2013 1:23:41 AM

Shawna593767 said:
What about video ports, aren't you limited for eyefinity setups?


both AMD and Nvidia are doing really good for multi-monitor set ups this generation. just make sure you have a displayport capable monitor or an ACTIVE displayport to DVI adapter and you're good to go
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February 26, 2013 1:47:06 AM

go with the 7950 hands down, their performance is really similar and you're looking at a $120 difference for a maximum 5% performance difference (sometimes even in favor of the 7950). if you have $400 to spend get a 7970 Ghz edition. but honestly that 7950 is your best bet

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/550?vs=598
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February 26, 2013 1:52:43 AM

Best answer selected by Shawna593767.
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February 26, 2013 1:54:17 AM

And I'm aware they perform the same it's just... Well it looks so freakin purdy. :)  thanks for the help.
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