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Old July 26, 2012, 12:38 AM
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OK.. this is my first build. I will probably be back here with a lot more questions in the future but here is the first...

I am building this rig to be primarily a media center and I have know idea if I need more then one GPU. It will be used on a 50" plasma TV.
I will be using it to play BLU RAY's, browse Internet (YOU TUBE) & hopefully gaming (right now I'm using XBOX 360 for gaming so if I can migrate to PC for that GREAT).
I already have the following: eVGA X58 SLI motherboard running a i7-950 - 3.06 GHz CPU with 12 GB of Corsair XMS3 Dominator DDR3 Ram.
I still have to get the: Tower, PSU, HDD, BLU RAY drive and will probably upgrade the heat sink from the stock Intel heat sink.
There are so many GPU's available, I don't know where to start and don't know if I need to buy a single
3GB GPU or two to three 1.5GB GPU's.
As far as price is concerned I don't really have a limit because I am buying piece by piece, not all at once.

I thank you guys for any help or suggestions you have to offer.
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Old July 26, 2012, 01:37 AM
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What kind of games? and can I assume that the 50" is 1920x1080?

Looking at a single GTX 670 if you want to run everything in every game max at 1080 for a couple of years..
but something like a GTX 560ti will do the job pretty damn well but is at the stage where it starts struggling with some titles with everything on max..
(turn the settings down a little and it's fine and still better than a xbox)

Stick to 1 card, at your resolution you would need 3 TV's to stress 2 or 3 cards.. and the same to want more than 1-2GB ram.
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Old July 26, 2012, 03:25 AM
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I second Dzzope's opinion, a single 670 will give you all the performance you need.
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Old July 26, 2012, 04:18 AM
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Just to let you know running 2 cards DOES NOT increase the overall amount of video ram you have, it just splits the load between the two. So if you have a game that is rather video ram hungry, 2 cards over 1 won't make a difference. Performance wise though beyond that 2 cards typically beat a single, but it depends on what you're comparing.
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Old July 26, 2012, 10:11 AM
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OK.. thank you guys.. that is very helpful.
1920x1080 is correct.
At the moment I'm playing Skyrim. I Play a variety of games ranging from Black OPS, Street Fighter, Batman Arkham City & the list goes on. What ever is popular.. I'm usual playing.
Migrating to a PC for game play I obviously want the best possible performance. I will defiantly look into the GTX 670.
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Old July 26, 2012, 10:16 AM
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always the best single card in your budget in my opinion. A gtx 560Ti if you want to keep costs down some or if money permits the jump to a gtx 670 would be worth it.
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Old July 26, 2012, 10:35 AM
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A single 1080 resolution monitor or TV is nothing for a 560Ti and especially a 670 in today's games.
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Old July 26, 2012, 01:54 PM
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I agree with the 670. You should find it lasts a couple years, especially when only running at that resolution.
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Old July 26, 2012, 02:28 PM
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670 all the way, that's what I will be getting.
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Old July 27, 2012, 02:33 AM
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Rumours of a 660ti that is very close in performance of the 670 but at a lower price-point..
Only time will tell, but if your not in a rush then you may as well wait a few weeks, might save you $100 on a 670..
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