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    Default Little Help From the Pro's Please

    Hi Guys,

    I'm a old guy that still likes to game with FPS and Flight Sims and needs some good advice (yea I'm sure a bunch of you have shot me before)

    Below are my current system specs. I'm wondering if a video card upgrade will be worth the money. I am considering picking up a AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB. I currently have 3 LG 23" W2340V Monitors running through a Matrox (THTG) Triple Head to Go, which works semi-OK.

    My main questions are
    Is the Radeon HD 6970 the fastest card out now?
    Will it run the 3 monitors I have now or will I still need the (THTG)?
    Can I run the 6970 and the GTX 295 at the same time? (is this a crazy thought?)
    Will I see much difference in the 6970 over the nVidia GTX295 I have now?
    Is there anything else I can do to increase performance without breaking the bank?

    Currently playing for reference (MOH, COD, BBC2, MSFS)

    System Specs
    1 | AREA 51 X58
    1 | FULL-TOWER BLACK CASE 2.0B
    1 | ASUS X58 MOTHERBOARD P6T DELUXE
    1 | INTEL BLM 2.66GHZ i7-920 A51 X58
    3 | ELPIDA 2GB DDR3 1333MHZ JEDEC STANDARD PC3-1066
    1 | SEAGATE 500GB SATA 7200RPM 16MB CACHE HDD
    1 | SEAGATE 1TB 7200RPM HDD 32MB
    1 | LG 20X DUAL LAYER DVD±R/W W/LIGHT SCRIB
    1 | TEAC CARD READER WITH BLUETOOTH REV2
    1 | INTEGRATED ETHERNET NIC P6T DELUXE
    1 | SOUND BLASTER X-Fi XTREME AUDIO PCIe
    1 | NVIDIA GTX 295 /D10U50
    1 | ALIENWARE ALIENADRENALINE (ETPS V3.75)
    1 | WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM X64 BIT

    Thanks for all the help guys

    Stang out

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    Default Re: Little Help From the Pro's Please

    I do believe you can run three monitors off the 6970, but you will need to make sure you have all the connection cables needed

    And yes I think you can run the 295 with it, as a physx card.

    The 6970 will be a big improvement on the 295 for sure!

    As for your other options, not too sure, I think a 5870 would cover your upgrade desires too and be cheaper so you may want to look at those as well.

    I'm not a gamer, so hopefully others will reply for you with more in-depth thoughts on this.

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    Default Re: Little Help From the Pro's Please

    i think the 6970 is only single core,the 5970 is dual core graphics card so im guessing it would be more powerful,but either are better than the gtx 295
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    Default Re: Little Help From the Pro's Please

    What power supply do you have? Does it have enough power (total wattage and 12v amps) and the right connectors to support upgrading and or adding to your cards?

    What is your objective? Are you trying to get the best video card, or best for some budget level, or achieve some minimum rate for certain games?

    To better define personal objectives and system requirements you should go to Updating Video Card - Defining Personal Preferences &System Requirements. They also provide general help on upgrading a video card.
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