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Why is everyone saying it's not enough? I have 2 MSI GTX 570 OC editions and they work fine for me when using 2D surround.

BC2 I can play with x8 AA and filtering with other settings maxed and HBAO off. Although I can only play it at 5760x1080 because of a bug with the game and bezel correction. Sure you may not have 60 fps but45fps is fine without any real noticing.
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Why is everyone saying it's not enough? I have 2 MSI GTX 570 OC editions and they work fine for me when using 2D surround.

BC2 I can play with x8 AA and filtering with other settings maxed and HBAO off. Although I can only play it at 5760x1080 because of a bug with the game and bezel correction. Sure you may not have 60 fps but45fps is fine without any real noticing.
This... I get 38fps avg all maxed, HBAO on and 4xMSAA in BC2 @ 6060x1080...

Sure I back the settings off a little to get 48FPS avg (HBAO on)... But the game still looks stunning!

Note: I get 1250mb of VRAM usage on avg...
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I'm considering scrapping the 570's and even going with 580's at this point. I don't know if I want to though lol, just because that's an extra $1000 because I would have to get either the 3gb versions or something with custom cooling. Can one card run 3G vision or is that just with two cards as well?

Because this is my first build I really don't want to end up with something "half assed" quality wise if I were to decide to go with the surround. This is hurting my brain haha. I have $4000 to burn on the whole system including monitors so I may as well make it as future proof as I can
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I'm considering scrapping the 570's and even going with 580's at this point. I don't know if I want to though lol, just because that's an extra $1000 because I would have to get either the 3gb versions or something with custom cooling. Can one card run 3G vision or is that just with two cards as well?

Because this is my first build I really don't want to end up with something "half assed" quality wise if I were to decide to go with the surround. This is hurting my brain haha. I have $4000 to burn on the whole system including monitors so I may as well make it as future proof as I can
You can also consider the 6990, which is much cheaper, has more memory, and eyefinity works just as good for that price.
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I'm considering scrapping the 570's and even going with 580's at this point. I don't know if I want to though lol, just because that's an extra $1000 because I would have to get either the 3gb versions or something with custom cooling. Can one card run 3G vision or is that just with two cards as well?

Because this is my first build I really don't want to end up with something "half assed" quality wise if I were to decide to go with the surround. This is hurting my brain haha. I have $4000 to burn on the whole system including monitors so I may as well make it as future proof as I can
I went from 570 SLI and stepped up to 580 SLI for the purposes of Surround. That extra 10-15% performance increase actually made a pretty big difference in allowing some settings to be enabled that were previously disabled or lowered in Metro 2033 and Crysis + Warhead. Most other games played the same with no noticeable increase.

With that said, as you can see from the responses so far, what settings and what games a person plays will determine how enjoyable Surround will be. Obviously, if you want to enable as many settings as possible while playing at the full resolution, your money is best spent on the 3GB 580's (preferably on three of them at least). As I mentioned before, in my experience, two way SLI offers good performance in the majority of games out there, but a third card really is needed to really maintain high performance in Surround for those system intensive games. If you are willing to sacrifice and compromise, two way SLI is just fine, but be aware that you may not be able to enable AA in some games, and may even need to lower some other settings as well.

For me, I'm not as "hardcore" as I used to be, and I'm guaranteed to never replay a game again after I beat it, as I have such a huge backlog of games already that have never even been touched. Therefore, in games like Crysis and Metro, performance in them no longer matters to me. For others, like Defoler, an expensive, high-end setup should not see any compromises whatsoever. However, he makes a great point that an HD6990 would be a great alternative and is more likely to work with your mismatched monitor situation. In the end, *your* financial situation and standards for gaming should be what decide for you.

And to answer your question, you certainly can use 3D Vision with a single card on a single monitor, but expect to have half the performance versus 2D. If you want 3D Vision Surround, you would still need at least two cards.
     
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I agree with the above posters suggestion that AMD is more forgiving when it comes to mismatched monitors, but they fail hard when it comes to 3D gaming, and your only option in that regard would be nVidia.

My suggestions are as follows:

Single 120hz monitor: 2x 580 1.5gb
If planning surround (3D or 2D) get 3gb SLI with a board that will support Tri-SLI for the option to buy a third 580 when you purchase more screens.

In regards to 3D surround, it is terrible, a few of my colleagues who have tried it say that the glasses cut out alot of your peripheral vision and that it is very underwhelming.

So if planning surround I swear by the U2311h's in 2D.

Cheers,

Ishi
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It all comes down to what resolution you want to play at and if you are expecting to max everything out. If you are going to be playing on a 19" Lcd x 3 then 1.2gb 1.5gb im going to guess would be fine but once you crank it up to 1080p x 3 on 22" 24" or more size screens then memory becomes more of an issue if you wanna keep playing with max settings.

Just my toughts as i understand how this works, correct me if wrong plz.
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Alright well this prety much settles it for me then.
I'm just going to go ith the single 580 3gb for now (due to money restraints) and probably get a second in a few months or so.
Im going to just grab a few good monitors and go with 2d surround, 3D has never been really big for me, i just figured if i could get cards to handle it well in my price range it would be more bragging rights than anything.
Ill probabl still grab a 120hz monitor for now and then get two othes at a later date, from what i understand the 120hz will just drop down to the specs of the oter two i get when playing in srround? so if i get two 2ms, 1080p, 60hz it will perform the same as them?

Anyone have suggestions for monitors? im looking at the Benq xl2410 23.6" to get now. Does anyone know of two others that would suit well with it? I've had a look around and its matte black but most others have the gloss finish. Ideally i would like to be able to grab two other 23.6" matte blacks just to stick to a theme.
Thanks for everyones help so far
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