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Hello there,

I have recently turned a machine I used to run database editing into some sort of gaming beast.

I am not the most computer savvy gent so I require some help.


I had a simple i7 970 6 core running at stock speeds (not overclocked) and basically I did a lot of dabatase editing and I also played some geeky soccer games (Football Manager). Apparently this game runs 26% faster on 6 cores than on a quad core which is why I got the 970...

Anyway I basically got rid of everything in this pc, except for the CPU. (even though people told me I should have sold it and gotten a 2600k instead)

This is my current machine :


Thermaltake Level 10 GT
Intel i7 970
16GB RAM F3 Rip Jaws
Gigabyte G1- Guerrilla motherboard
Intel SSD 250
2 X Gainward GeForce GTX 580 3GB Phantom (SLI)
Corsair AX1200

I actually have no water cooling or anything special on this machine.

The video cards hit about 80ish degrees when I play games (after about 4-5 hours straight).

I currently play on a 4 year old LCD screen 42'' and I can see a lot of ghosting/lag and basically when I play any kind of game I can see a lot of motion blue and it sort of makes me queezy.

I have games like Crysis, RIFT, Metro 2033 and a few others than run fine but they only get 60fps on this 60hz monitor I have.

They are pretty smooth running but there is some stuttering I think because of the monitor (while when I bring the pc to my nephews place on a 120hz pc there is no stuttering at all).


I decided I want to get 3 monitors in 3D/Surround gaming.

After going to shops and seeing the size of monitors I DO NOT want to play on anything smaller than 27''.

24, 23 and 22 all look way too small for me.

Basically, will my current computer be able to play games like Crysis 2, Metro 2033 and RIFT at 5760 X 1080p over 3 X 27'' monitors?

I have heard there is no need or AA with that resolution and you can cut some of the eye candy because there is no real need for it (again at that resolution.)

I just hope to play the game around 50-60fps using 3D and 2D with my current machine.

If I cant, I will just get 1 monitor.

Your help is much appreciated.
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Yes, dual 580 3GB's are perfect for that kind of resolution. There's nothing better, aside from getting more of them (tri/quad sli) and honestly you won't need to, esp. if you don't mind the occasional minor sacrifice to IQ (like 90% maxed out) on the toughest of the tough games like Metro.

Your cpu is fine btw but personally I'd want to OC it. It's so easy to do you might as well.
    
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xeon X5675 6-core @ 4.1ghz (1.29v, 20x205 +ht ) rampage iii extreme msi rx470 gaming X (the $159 budget king) 3 x 2gb corsair xms3 pc12800 (9-9-9-24-1T@1600MHz) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
hynix 250gb ssd (boot), 2tb deskstar (apps),1tb... plextor px-712sa - still the best optical drive... corsair h8o v2 aio W10 home 
MonitorPowerCaseAudio
asus vw266h 25.5" (1920x1200) abs sl (enermax revolution) * single 70A rail 850w silverstone rv-03 XFi Titanium 
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Thank you so much for your reply.

I was feeling bad for sticking to that CPU but I did not want to lose my 20 odd percent speed increase to my soccer game.

You stated I should over-clock my CPU. Will my CPU be too slow for 3 screens without overclocking it?

Do I need a huge water cooling kit to OC or can I get just a CPU cooler?

I cant wait to play on 3 screens, but I want to make sure I am doing the right thing.


I really want to get 120hz screens but they are a bit expensive.

I will have to wait and see what to get, unless anyone has any suggestions as to what 27'' are best suited for my setup.
Edited by masked_hero_666 - 8/21/11 at 5:43am
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