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Hey everyone. Im wanting to get triple screens and i need to know what will be the best GPU for it. I was thinking about getting a single 6850, but im kinda worried about the performance ill get out of it. Im only 14 so im trying to stay as low-cost as possible, so i dont really want to get a 6950.

I was looking @ Nvidia cards, but i see that you need SLI for surround.
So i have a few questions,

1. Does Surround mean using 3 monitors just for gaming? Or using 3 screens for general use?

2. If i need to SLI to use triple monitors even for general use (Im not worried about gaming on all 3 monitors), would 2 768mb GTX 460s be enough? or would i need something better?

And last, What would you recommend i get for triple monitors? Im always willing to save more, but i want this to be as cheap as possible. I know i really have no idea what im talking about, so please be respectful
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More VRAM helps a bunch for multi display gaming. IE 3+ Monitors. If you went with nVidia and got the 460's with only 768mb's of vram on each card (1.5GB total) it would be fine but the power requirement would be more than a single card solution for 3+ monitors from AMD/ATi.

If you can snag a 5850 instead of a 6850 that would be better as the 6850 is a bit slower. I would suggest just getting a 6950 or 6990 2GB version if you can.
     
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So how would a 2GB 5850 compare to SLI 460s?
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Originally Posted by EpicPie View Post
More VRAM helps a bunch for multi display gaming. IE 3+ Monitors. If you went with nVidia and got the 460's with only 768mb's of vram on each card (1.5GB total) it would be fine but the power requirement would be more than a single card solution for 3+ monitors from AMD/ATi.

If you can snag a 5850 instead of a 6850 that would be better as the 6850 is a bit slower. I would suggest just getting a 6950 or 6990 2GB version if you can.
umm i don't think the cards vram doubles to 1.5gb's i remember mostly everyone saying if you got 2 or more cards with 512mb,768mb or 1gb they just be as they are they won't double up they would share the 768mb between them 2 cards.

atleast thats what i remember
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So how would a 2GB 5850 compare to SLI 460s?
mostly the higher the vram of the video card the bigger the resolution you can play games on tho for 1920x1080 a avg or minimum of 1gb is neccessary but anything beyond that you'll need more, can't really compare a 2gb model with a 1gb model since the 2gb will be better at higher resolutions then the 1gb model.

but as for a sli system you'll get more out of a sli system but if you were to xfire the 5850's you'll get better results with those. don't forget theres 2gb 460's out there soo keep that in mind if you want 460's
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umm i don't think the cards vram doubles to 1.5gb's i remember mostly everyone saying if you got 2 or more cards with 512mb,768mb or 1gb they just be as they are they won't double up they would share the 768mb between them 2 cards.

atleast thats what i remember
This is correct.
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I think a single AMD HD 6950 2GB version will be better for multi screen display as compared to NVDIA.
    
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1. Only 2 display out per card on nvidia. Not very sure about this.

2. Believe when i say, by the time you have the three monitors and try gaming on it even for once youll probably love it. So, you really need to worry about this from the start.

3. Monitors will depend on you choice and budget really.
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I think a single AMD HD 6950 2GB version will be better for multi screen display as compared to NVDIA.
that would work a single 6950 could get the job done plus to gives ya room for another in the future
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So i guess i should save up for the 6950.. And theres no way to use 3 monitors on a single Nvidia card, correct?
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