Diablo® III

Building 3D system, dual SLI 670's?

I'm building a new system and so far I have these parts:

MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel Core i7-3770K BX80667i73770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail (I69-3770K)

CORSAIR XMS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP16GX3M2A1600C10

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AZRX 500GB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I've also ordered a VG278H monitor and my only question is should I go ahead and get another gfx card or will the 1 run everything just fine in 3D? I know a lot of the argument is that anything over 60 fps is a waist since most monitors are only 60hz but since mine is 120hz will the difference in fps make a visible difference while I'm gaming?
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Is this just for D3?
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Na for general purpose gaming, crysis 2, bf3, cod, etc
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but I am particularly interested in D3
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As for your question: If you are aiming for the 3D surround mode, having one more 670 would be helpful for demanding games like Battlefield 3. If you aren't going to use 3D surround mode, a single 670 should be sufficient.

And no, you will not notice anything between 60 and 120 FPS.

I would also do the following:

1) Reduce CPU to i5-3570k (if you will overclock your CPU), or i5-3450 if you won't overclock.

2) Reduce RAM to 8GB (2x 4GB)

3) You can make do with a cheaper motherboard (IE) ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX) unless you want to try tri-SLi later.

4) Unless you have to buy an EVGA brand, I'd consider ASUS DC2 TOP version of 670

5) Sound card won't make a difference over onboard audio now.

All of these won't impact your gaming performance whatsoever, but still save you bundle of money.
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Nope not planning on doing the 3D surround mode, by sufficient would that run the game on high settings without any issues gameplay wise? Also thanks for the info on the sound, what's dif on the graphics cards?
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The ASUS DC2 TOP version is known to perform very close to a stock GTX 680, and will match HD 7970 graphics cards, while being cheaper than both of them.

There's nothing that GTX 670 won't run with maximum graphics settings on a single monitor setup with fluent, smooth FPS.
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Good to know, most of the reviews I could find didn't go into 3D at all though so I was wondering how the performance was with 3D enabled.
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By 3D you mean the 3D Vision?

GTX 670 still can run most games perfectly with it, but if you want to run Battlefield 3 at ultra settings with 3D Vision enabled, you might consider buying one more GTX 670 (although it should not be necessary).
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Yeah I meant the 3d vision the VG278H has the Nvidia 3d vision 2 on it so just wanted to make sure I could play everything without having to worry about settings and all that
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Just remember that 3D vision doesn't work with all games, and it has to be set up to use it. Also, 3D vision will cause about 20%~60% performance penalty (this varies depending on the game).
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Yeah it's more novelty at this point but thats what I was worried about with the graphics card and why I was considering the SLI :/
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Well, GTX 670 is as good as it gets. If you can't afford another graphics card right now, you can disable 3D vision in games where FPS hit is too severe. Still, most games should run fine with 3D vision with good FPS.
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$$ not an issue, just didn't know if it was worth it if the 670 by itself could run everything just fine, I also heard there were issues driver wise with running SLI.
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SLi and CrossFireX work fine generally, but yes, some games will have issues with it, and for some games, SLi/CrossFireX won't work at all.

But that can be worked around by disabling SLi for those games.
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Good to know, thinking I'll stick to the single 670 unless for some reason I should run into something it can't run well, thanks for the help!
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Why get 2 670's and not a 690 if money is no object?

Sure it's a grand and not really needed :)

Also you want to change your HD to a blue, green is for power saving.
Edited by bKSK#1695 on 6/6/2012 4:13 PM PDT
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