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Old 06-30-2011, 12:54 PM - Thread Starter
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In the not to distant future, I'll be purchasing a dedicated gaming desktop with the following specs:

Intel DP55WG CrossFire / SLI ready Motherboard
Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor
8 GB Kingston DDR3 1333 Memory
1 x 500GB 7200 RPM WD Caviar Black SATA drive
2 x ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB PCI-E Video Cards (CrossFire)
1 x 10/100/1000 Copper Gigabit Port Embedded on Motherboard

Because I'd like to game from the couch, my plan is to connect it to my 52" Sony 1080p via HDMI. I sit about 10-12 feet from the TV.

The Sony has a game mode, and when it recognizes a pc connection will allow me to choose between "text" and "video" as a separate video mode as well. My question is, are the specs above sufficient to adequately display on a 52" 1080p TV?

Is there anything else I should be aware of if I use the 52" as a gaming monitor? I ask because I was led to believe the larger the screen, the less desirable pc gaming is compared to a monitor. Is that true?
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1080p is pretty easy to spit out, and games look just about the same between medium-high and maximum-ultra settings these days. You have enough ram. Anything quad core works fine for the CPU. I'd kill the dual video cards and just get a single, more expensive card. Life will be easier, and you can throw a second card in later if you need to. For example, instead of two 5750s, get a single 6870. Google up a 5750 SLI review and see what single card is comparable for specifics. I know my single 6870 runs my three 1080p monitors at ~45fps medium-high, or a perfect 60fps high settings when I run in single monitor mode, for every game I have thrown at it.
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Also, sitting 10-12 feet from your screen means you won't see much of a difference between 720p and 1080p (I use a 50" TV from about 10 feet away and see no discernible difference). That lightens the load considerably for either boosting the graphical settings or just getting a game to run really smoothly.

The only game I've had real trouble with lately is Splinter Cell Conviction, which I think is down to generally poor performance on ATI setups. I know that game is also very CPU dependent, and the CPU you're looking at is much heftier than mine.
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I'd kill the dual video cards and just get a single, more expensive card. Life will be easier, and you can throw a second card in later if you need to. For example, instead of two 5750s, get a single 6870. Google up a 5750 SLI review and see what single card is comparable for specifics.

Forgive my ignorance as I'm still attempting to google this stuff, but what would be more powerful between these two:

2 x ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB PCI-E Video Cards (CrossFire)

-or-

1 x NVIDIA GTX 460 PCI

Or are they about equal?
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Don't do 2x5750. It'll have more issues and be only marginally (if at all) faster than a single 6850. Plus you can overclock or add another 6850 in the future if you need to. $150 shipped from newegg...
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Forgive my ignorance as I'm still attempting to google this stuff, but what would be more powerful between these two:

2 x ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB PCI-E Video Cards (CrossFire)

-or-

1 x NVIDIA GTX 460 PCI

Or are they about equal?
5750 in crossfire would probably be closer to the GTX 560.
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LTTP but for the cost of 2 5750 he is pretty close to a single 6950 which would bow them out of the water.
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LTTP but for the cost of 2 5750 he is pretty close to a single 6950 which would bow them out of the water.

I got a 6950 and game between a 27" 1080p monitor and my 82" Mits tv and I can run most games maxed all out at 1920x1080 with a good FPS.

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I did the whole 5770 Xfire thing and lemme tell you, go with a single card. The 5K series don't scale nearly as well as the newer 6K cards do (if Xfire is what you want). They were nosier, produced more heat, and the performance wasn't really impressive enough to stick with long term. I'd probably get a 6870, call it a day, and then once the new 7K cards come out go hog wild as they'll be a true generational jump ahead of the "tweaked" 6K cards. If you're just trying to go cheap because the 5750 cards are older don't tempt it.
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I got a single 6950 and it has run everything I've thrown at it at full specs and 60fps. I'm planning on getting a second 6950 around Christmas when BF3 comes out if I need it. The 6900 series is supposed to crossfire much better (close to doubles the power) than the older cards.

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The only comment that I have, is that you're going to want to sit closer to the TV when your playing the PC games, otherwise, it will look pretty much identical to gaming on a Xbox, and if that's the case, then what's the point, just get a Xbox.

What I do, when I'm gaming in my living room, is I take the Loveseat (opposite to the main sofa), and turn it sideways, and move it about 5 feet from my 50 inch plasma. If I didn't do this, and was just sitting on my regular sofa in it's normal position, I would be about 11 feet from the screen. I've done that before, and I was disappointed with the results. I could barely notice a difference between PC games and Xbox 360 games, and that includes the fact that I was running the PC games at a "true" 1080p, while many of my 360 games aren't even running at a true 720p.

The problem was the distance from the screen.
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