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post #1 of 9
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My goal is to be able to play pretty much any game on want while on triple screens with max graphics. Right now I can play BF3 on one screen no problem, but it's not playable on three. Same with ARMA 2. What component would you think is holding me back most? The processor or video card? My i5 is overclocked to 4.7ghz
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post #2 of 9
video card....run dual 7970s and see what a difference wink.gif
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post #3 of 9
Well its easily your graphics card, the 2500k is fine, you wont get much better for gaming. Depending on your budget, i would either say buy a 7970, or a cheaper alternative would be buy a 2nd 6970 for xfire.
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post #4 of 9
the 2500k should be fine for the job i would just lower the graphics a little see where it sits fps wise and just mess around from there also a second 6970 would do alot for performance
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post #5 of 9
I vote for 6970 x-fire
 
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post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
My brother was saying that as well. Do you think i would have a better performance increase by getting a 7970 or doing 6970 in xfire?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8P67 Pro MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce 8GB G.Skill 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
500GB SATA / 320GB SATA Win 7 64bit Three Sceptre 24" Widescreens 6048x1080 Res nSpire 650w 
Case
Cooler Master 
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Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 G72GX NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M  Nanya Technology  
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post #7 of 9
You could sell your 6970 and buy 2 7970 for CFX sexiness lol.
 
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Crucial M4 128GB SSD SATA 3.0 M4-CT128M4SSD1 Corsair H80 v2i AIO liquid cooling Windows 10 Professional x64 47 inch Samsung LCD HD TV 
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Corsair 850w modular stock 
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C2Q Q6600 GO @ 3.2ghz 1.28 Gigabyte P35 DS3-L Pencil modded Nvidia 9800 GT 512mb 2x1gb Gskill 1066 5-5-5-15 & 2x1gb Gskill Pi 80... 
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post #8 of 9
i vote for another 6970 as its the cheaper way also if you can then just go tri sli for that bit more performance
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i5 2500k gigabyte ga-z68x-ud4-b3 MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4g 8gb corsair vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Plextor SSD samsung spinpoint f3 1TB samsung spinpoint f3 1TB Western Digital black 1TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
silver arrow windows 7 ultimate 64bit samsung s23a950D Ducky shine 3 year of the snake 
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Corsair AX1200 corsair 650D razer deathadder Steelseries QCK 
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asus xonar essence stx 
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i5 2500k gigabyte ga-z68x-ud4-b3 MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4g 8gb corsair vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Plextor SSD samsung spinpoint f3 1TB samsung spinpoint f3 1TB Western Digital black 1TB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
silver arrow windows 7 ultimate 64bit samsung s23a950D Ducky shine 3 year of the snake 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 corsair 650D razer deathadder Steelseries QCK 
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asus xonar essence stx 
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post #9 of 9
I'd go with a second 6970.
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i5 2500K Asus P8P67-M XFX HD 6970 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1600 9-9-9-24 
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Samsung 830, 128 GB Various HDDs Sony NEC Optiarc DVD burner Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (CPU) 
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i5 2500K Asus P8P67-M XFX HD 6970 2x4GB Ripjaws X 1600 9-9-9-24 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830, 128 GB Various HDDs Sony NEC Optiarc DVD burner Cooler Master Hyper 212+ (CPU) 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Accelero Twin Turbo II (GPU) Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit LG E2360 Microsoft SideWinder X6 
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Corsair 650TX v2 CM HAF 912 Plus Razer DeathAdder Steelseries SX 
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