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My current build is this:

i7 960 @ 3.8 ghz
12 gb ram
560ti 1gb in SLI
asus sabertooth x58 mobo

I just recently upgraded my monitor setup to 3x 24" screens and want to be able to game at 5760x1080 in BF3 and eventually BF4. My question is should I build a completely new rig from scratch to accomplish this or upgrade my 560tis. My concern is my processor and older mobo won't be able to keep up.

Thinking about either 2x 7970 ghz or 2x GTX 680 4gb

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 15
Just upgrade the gpu's

I wouldn't use the 4gb 680's as they cannot fully use the memory due to their mem bus width being pretty low.

Also the 7970's driver's have an issue where its a lot of "stuttering" going on. I would either

Start out with a 7970 or a GTX680 or even a titan.
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post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by KuuFA View Post

Also the 7970's driver's have an issue where its a lot of "stuttering" going on.

Some people swear by Radeon Pro eliminating most stutter, but I have not used it personally so can't really comment.

+1 to your suggestion for GPU upgrade though.
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Thanks for the replies. Do you think two 7970s will keep my comp current for a few more years before doing a new build?
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Money wise i would get 2 7950b or one now one later on they are pretty close to 7970 performance but cost much less.
post #6 of 15
yeah for the best value for money go with a HD 7950 boost. overclock it to 1150 mhz which is easy to achieve. you will match a HD 7970 Ghz at those speeds. your cpu and mobo should do fine. just upgrade the GPU. the HD 7950 boost will beat the GTX 560 Ti SLI and provide more consistent and smoother gameplay.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

also you can wait till july and then grab the second card . AMD is working on a frame pacing solution for CF which should reduce microstuttering and provide smoother gameplay.
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post #7 of 15
Not sure what's the everyone here and the 'memory bus being low' accusation.

For three screens, two 670 4GB's in SLi would give you the best performance for the price.
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There have been tests done on the 670 2gb vs 4 gb, and it showed that there is no point to get the 4gb version unless you are going at least 3 way Sli, for there to be enough gpu power to even utilize the 4gb effectively.

"We've given the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 4GB video cards plenty of opportunities to prove to us why we would need 4GB of VRAM on these. Unfortunately, these have come short of proving this. We tried pushing a single ASUS GTX 670 4GB to the max on a 30" display, at more than playable settings, and also at 1080p. We saw no advantages with a single card. Then we put two together in SLI and tried to push them to the max at 5760x1200. What we found was that higher settings were possible to enable, but the performance wasn't there to allow them to be playable. Simply, the performance of GTX 670 isn't enough to utilize the capacity of 4GB of VRAM."

"To make the 4GB of VRAM on the GTX 670 work for you, you are going to need at least three of them for 3-way SLI, to give you the performance to back up the VRAM."
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/14/asus_geforce_gtx_670_directcu_ii_4gb_sli_review/9#.UXU-yLXvvTw
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Before everyone starts recommending cards why is it that no one has asked what PSU he has?

I am going to ask what PSU do you have?

And 4 GB GTX 680 is not faster or better in anyway with the games out right now at least not with a single monitor
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post #10 of 15
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Before everyone starts recommending cards why is it that no one has asked what PSU he has?

I am going to ask what PSU do you have?

And 4 GB GTX 680 is not faster or better in anyway with the games out right now at least not with a single monitor

It's a corsair 850w... not sure of the exact model
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