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Discussion in 'Wackbag Tech Support' started by chumpy, May 23, 2013.

  1. chumpy

    chumpy No hopes of repair
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  2. Hog's Big Ben

    Hog's Big Ben Getting ass-***** in The Octagon, brother.
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    All the 'baggers lining up to help broke Newegg:

     
  3. chumpy

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    link works fine for me
     
  4. gorram

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    That seems like a pretty high end card already what can it not do? Ive never heard of multi graphics cards performing all that much better than a single card and can be potentially problematic or issues that make it not worth doing.
     
  5. chumpy

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    I can't play Far Cry 3 with it turned full blast. There are other games I want to get soon too. I want to be able to see all the detail now and into the future. Right now it's a theoretical discussion.
     
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    I'd wait until you actually encounter something that won't run to your satisfaction... Then get a second card. By then the price will be lower. The 7870 is a bad-ass card.
     
  7. chumpy

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    Right now I can't run FC3 full blast and I want to see the top shelf settings. My monitor has 2 HDMI inputs so theoretically each card will work half the space being able to give that much more detail. Is that correct?
     
  8. Hog's Big Ben

    Hog's Big Ben Getting ass-***** in The Octagon, brother.
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    Yeah, that's not how that works.

    You get a little cable that connects the two video cards internally. You still only connect one HDMI cable to your monitor. Depending on the game and depending on the iteration of video driver, you can get anywhere from no noticeable difference to almost double the frame rate at any given quality setting.

    You may want to Google how this particular game responds to your particular card in Crossfire. Geeks love talking about this shit on geeky forums.
     
  9. Wrecktum

    Wrecktum Tounge puncher of fart boxes

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    You can probally upgrade your cpu and ram. That's most likely where your bottle neck is. If your ram and cpu aren't fast enough to keep up with your video card it's like putting a turbo charger in a pinto. You might get a slight boost but not as much as you would with a new engine and exhaust to go along with it.

    Edit: for more information
     
  10. Mags

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    I've had sli and it's fast...on some games. On others it's a hinderance.

    I just upgraded from a gtx 590 which is a dual-you card. It was a beast but after a hard life it started to die.

    I just installed a gtx Titan. Um, it's awesome.

    Bottom line, a single you is more reliable if its a beast. I found sli and dual gpus to be less effective overall.
     
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    My processor is an i7 3770

    I have 8gb of ddr3 1600 RAM

    I want to go to 16gb RAM regardless
     
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    Awesome card but isn't one of those more toward multiple monitors or is it a crazy beast for a single?
     
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    A second card would cost $250, but how good is your power supply? Also Ram prices have started to climb and expected to not go down either, thanks to smart phone demand, so you better get that Ram quick. The days of cheap ram are over.
     
  14. Mags

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    Well, both. I plan on upgrading to one of them ultra hi-rez 30" monitors from my 28", which ill use in tandem at times. This card laughs at Crysis 3 on ultra.
     
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    I'm seeing the info on the new GTX780 and me likey!! That would do me well for a while!
     
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    You ever look into getting one of those Catleap Monitors from Ebay? They ship to you straight from Korea, it's supposed to be a great deal.
     
  17. Mags

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    Tempting but don't you have to buy a transformer to make it work?

    Ill have to research more.
     
  18. gorram

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    Modern power supplies today have the electronics built into them to work worldwide. Usually all you need to do is place the proper plug on the end of the cord.
     
  19. Mags

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    About 5 years ago I bought a cheap Korean monitor that was supposed to be awesome for $300. It was such a shabby unit (Hanns G, maybe?). I bought a Dell 28" for more than double and the picture difference was stunning. I still use the Dell.
    I'm loathe to jump on these "totally awesome monitor for the price" trends but this one does look promising.
     

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