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Hey guys, working on a new build, and am torn when it comes to GPU. Which one I want and this is best changes on a daily basis it seems. So i figured I would ask here, where there is a bit more expertise than I possess!

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Gaming
Probably 2 monitors, highest Res
New to OCing so probably wont OC the card
Not opposed to single card or duel card options, if it is a single card option there is a good chance illg et a 2nd one down the road

If you could provide links to suggestions as well as the reason you suggest it I would appreciate it!

I am constantly blown away with all you guys know
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You'll just be gaming on one screen, right? I would initially say you could go with a Crossfire 6950 2GB setup or SLI 560Ti or 570.
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3Gb GTX 580?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130655

Extra Memory might help with multi monitor setup.

Eventually you will want to OC. It is inevitable.
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Might help to clarify highest Res meaning 1080p or a 2560x1600 30in display. You really can only game on one monitor at a time with 2 screens and at 1080p sli might be overkill. I currently run 3 monitor eyefinity on just the 1 6970 but I am only playing older games like wow and dragon age 1 at the moment. I guess I would suggest a single high end card and possibly pick up a 3rd monitor and second card down the line if your desk supports it
    
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Might help to clarify highest Res meaning 1080p or a 2560x1600 30in display. You really can only game on one monitor at a time with 2 screens and at 1080p sli might be overkill. I currently run 3 monitor eyefinity on just the 1 6970 but I am only playing older games like wow and dragon age 1 at the moment. I guess I would suggest a single high end card and possibly pick up a 3rd monitor and second card down the line if your desk supports it
Good advice. There are quite a few people who use dual high-end cards on a single monitor to keep min. FPS above 60, but it seems a bit excessive to me as well.
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Intially I am going to be playing on a 23 or 24 inch, at 1080p. How does the eyefinity work with three monitors? I have seen a bit of those deals on newegg with 3 monitors and cards and was wondering how it all worked.
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3Gb GTX 580?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130655

Extra Memory might help with multi monitor setup.

Eventually you will want to OC. It is inevitable.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127589

but if you're not going to OC I would just go with above posters gtx 580 from evga.

For lifetime warranty and just regular stock cooling
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Intially I am going to be playing on a 23 or 24 inch, at 1080p. How does the eyefinity work with three monitors? I have seen a bit of those deals on newegg with 3 monitors and cards and was wondering how it all worked.
In short with AMD eyefinity or Nvidia 2d surround you trick windows into believing you have 1 big monitor with a resolution of 5760x1080, or with monitors in portrait mode 3240*1920. the resolution may be slightly bigger after Bezel correction because it fakes pixels where the bezel is so your image doesn't seem to jump an inch between the monitors but seems to flow behind the monitor bezel.

The reason multi-monitor gaming is done with an odd number of monitors is basically so the center of the screen doesn't fall on a bezel. So you can have 3 or 5 monitors for the best results.

As far as your graphics options if you were to go for a 3 monitor setup AFAIK you would need a single AMD card, a Nvidia 590 or Nvidia SLI because I don't think Nvidia supports 3 monitor gaming without SLI. Also they say more video ram is best for pushing this many pixels, I believe this comes into play more when running Anti-Aliasing and Multisampling or other similar effects. I haven't really run into any limits on my 2gb of video memory because the games I have played have had issues running these effects

I was coming from a 2 monitor setup, but generally it was gaming on the one monitor with a web browser in the other. This came in handy when playing slow paced games like World of Warcraft. Now I just enjoy seeing more stuff off to the sides now with my eyefinity setup. I will admit, it is not perfect as not all games support it very well. Many games have things pinned to the sides so without downloading mods you may find yourself turning your head a lot to see the mini map or other points of interest. As mentioned I really have only extensively played WOW and Dragon Age Origins since setting it up. WOW is very mod based anyway so it wasn't to much of a problem, but as for Dragon Age I just learned to live with my action bars being on my left monitor along with my party, and the mini-map stuck on the right, and as a result I have an uncluttered center monitor for playing the game.

As far as performance In WOW I have everything enabled except multisampling, and I am stuck in DX9 because eyefinity doesn't work in DX11 mode, but I get consistently over 60fps with the occasional dip to maybe 40s in raid. Don't think I ever looked at FPS in Dragon Age, but I have everything enabled but frame buffer effects there too and it runs at 60FPS solid with Vsync enabled. I don't know if its an AMD driver issue but when I enable multisampling or the Frame buffer effects in Dragon Age both games have driver crashes instantly.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127589

but if you're not going to OC I would just go with above posters gtx 580 from evga.

For lifetime warranty and just regular stock cooling
That card is so much win. I'm going multi monitor in a few weeks and I'm buying that card.

@OP
If you want a good bang for your buck I would go for the CFX 6950s. That's what my friend did on his recent build and it totally rapes my 580. He's experiencing no problems.
Edited by dotcom - 8/17/11 at 8:45pm
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