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If I do a 3 monitor setup would I need 3 of the same monitors? Would my Radeon HD 6970 be good on 3 1080 21.5" monitors or should I get another? Also I heard HDMI is better than DVI. Is it? If it is, how much better is it?
 
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In AMD eyefinity, any match of monitors is supported, but all will run on the highest common refresh rate and resolution.

So you can mix and match, but for comforts sake, make sure they are all the same resolution and approximately the same size.

(Though, nvidia surround requires 3x the same sync polarity, so if you buy mixed monitors, it's risky, you might not get them to work in nvidia surround, if you ever go that route)

A single 6970 can do some games on high in 5760x1080, but it's not enough for a lot of them. If you really want eye candy, I'd suggest another one.

HDMI and single link DVI are identical in terms of circuitry inside. They will be identical in terms of performance.
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Hdmi=dvi, dvi just doesn't stream audio. Same exact quality. Also, having three of the same monitors is always preferred...with different monitors the set up doesn't look as clean and the sizing/resolution/aspect ratios between the screams will look bad. Go with 3 of the same monitor.

What exactly are you going to be doing, mostly gaming, trading, surfing, etc? What games, and what's your budget?
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Hdmi=dvi, dvi just doesn't stream audio. Same exact quality. Also, having three of the same monitors is always preferred...with different monitors the set up doesn't look as clean and the sizing/resolution/aspect ratios between the screams will look bad. Go with 3 of the same monitor.

What exactly are you going to be doing, mostly gaming, trading, surfing, etc? What games, and what's your budget?
Mixed monitors aren't that bad if they are the same size and resolution. A bit of adjustment from the monitor OSD can get the monitors colors to roughly match too, and now the only real difference to the immediate eye is the differing bezel.
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It's easier to work with monitors that are the same size (and model pref). I say this because expanding your desktop onto multimonitors that are diff resolutions and sizes looks sloppy imho (I've had a similar set up in the past), althought it gets the job done.

As for HDMI and DVI, HDMI=DVI. There are a couple of things you can do with an HDMI that you cant with DVI. For example, you can push audio AND video through HDMI (most older hardware will not support this, and there's only a handful of new hardware that will). Another thing is that you can run multiple video inputs on a single HDMI cable. This was one of the main reasons they invested in HDMI development. Although this is another perk that is hardly ever used (yet), it could come in quite handy down the road.

I think you're perfectly fine using DVI or HDMI for now. If you already have the cables and enough connections, go for the DVI to avoid buying new cables. You can always buy HDMI cables later if you find that you have hardware that supports the added features of HDMI, and you would like to use those features.
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Thanks for the replies, I think it'll be a better idea to get the 2 extra monitors after my next graphics card. I'm planning on playing games like Crysis 2, Starcraft 2 and all those demanding games by the way, so would 2 6970s crossfire'd on 5760x1080 be able to max? Or atleast ultra?
 
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I think starcraft 2 doesn't support triple monitors due to being an RTS game.

Not sure on the performance in crysis 2.
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Thanks for the replies, I think it'll be a better idea to get the 2 extra monitors after my next graphics card. I'm planning on playing games like Crysis 2, Starcraft 2 and all those demanding games by the way, so would 2 6970s crossfire'd on 5760x1080 be able to max? Or atleast ultra?
No 3 monitor support for SC2, and crysis 2 runs poorly in eyefinity for my 6990 (slightly oc'd) maxed. It's playable at high settings.
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Damn, seriously? Would I have to unplug the monitors or would I be able to just put it in windowed mode and just have the rest of the monitor spaces open for other stuff? For Crysis 2 would I be able to just have it be playing on like the middle monitor and be doing other stuff on the other 2? Kind of new to multi monitor setups
 
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Damn, seriously? Would I have to unplug the monitors or would I be able to just put it in windowed mode and just have the rest of the monitor spaces open for other stuff? For Crysis 2 would I be able to just have it be playing on like the middle monitor and be doing other stuff on the other 2? Kind of new to multi monitor setups
Windows + P will be your best friend when you pick up eyefinity. Allows you to switch from single (left or right panel), single center, duplicate(one giant res), and extended (3 separate windows).

You can have the game running on one monitor and have other things running in the background but you can always play the game in eyefinity at a lower settings. Crysis 2 was just poorly optimized for AMD cards. Every other game runs fine in eyefinity at max settings with the AA/AF turned down a bit.
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