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First off I would like to apologize for creating another thread like this, I'm sure you see a lot of these and are rather annoyed with them. I have researched GPUs for a few months now and have lurked around forums trying to decide a card but I just can't come to a conclusion.

Here is the situation. I recently built my first computer (2600k, p8z68-v pro/gen3, 16gb 1600mhz (before someone says it, yes I know 16gb is overkill)) and I still need a GPU. Since I have PCI 3.0, I was planning on upgrading my card and CPU when the new line of GPUs come out and selling the old stuff. But since we don't know when that is I'm really at a loss.

If I get a card now what should I get, or should I wait?

I want to play BF3, GTA, Dirt ect and eventually I would like to do it on three full HD monitors (but I'm not sure if I'll ever make this dream a reality). At first I thought I would get a 6950. Then I saw a video of someone doing triple monitors on a 6870 so I thought I would do two 6850's. Then I considered one (MAYBE two) 560's. Then I read on here that if I want to do three monitors I should do like two 580's?! I'm not spending $1,000 on graphics cards. Now I'm considering just forgetting this whole line of GPUs and waiting for the next series. I really need some help!

tl;dr I want a graphics card that can game with three monitors

Sorry again for one of these annoying threads!

This is the video I saw if anyone wants to know.


Edited by magic8ball88 - 10/25/11 at 12:01am
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get 2 of these 6950 2gb, you'll be happy



http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...f53ca286980fe9

$235 each
Edited by adjas - 10/25/11 at 2:17am
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Do I really need two 6950's?
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I would say the 6950 2GB or the 560 Ti 2GB edition would be the best dual card set up.

You have to remember that you are processing 3 screens worth of information rather then one. Look at what the frame rates either of these cards deliver at 1920 x 1080, now divide it by 3 as a loose estimate to see how your frames will drop. The second card helps compensate for this, however there wills till be games that even 2-3 580s or 6970s still can't play at absolute max settings due to how much more graphical information these cards have to process vs just one monitor.
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Originally Posted by Arinoth View Post
I would say the 6950 2GB or the 560 Ti 2GB edition would be the best dual card set up.

You have to remember that you are processing 3 screens worth of information rather then one. Look at what the frame rates either of these cards deliver at 1920 x 1080, now divide it by 3 as a loose estimate to see how your frames will drop. The second card helps compensate for this, however there wills till be games that even 2-3 580s or 6970s still can't play at absolute max settings due to how much more graphical information these cards have to process vs just one monitor.
That makes sense. I guess the video just threw me off. How did he manage all if that on a 6870? And what about two 6950's? They beat a 580 in most tests but how would they do with three monitors?
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they're the best bang for the buck (for 3 monitors)

2gb @ $235 a pop
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I'm having trouble finding a 6950 for $235. Could you link me to one? The other link said it was $249.
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the link say 15% off.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by magic8ball88 View Post
I know 16gb is overkill *snip*
Overkill? Because on OCN there is no such thing as that word......maybe not enough, but never that word you used. One thing you never have to do on OCN is apologize for being more than efficient.

Anyway. On your multiple monitors your best choices are optional and depending on your budget.

Two - 6950 2GB or 560Ti 2GB for least amount of GPU power.

Two - 6970 2GB or 570 2.5GB for mid-level range.

Two - 580 3GB for king of the hill, EPEEN goodness.

Now the choice is really yours because for everyone that's based on budget or lack there of. Why wouldn't anyone want the best if you can afford it? If you can't those other choices are more practical and will get the job done.

Good luck and post back when you've pulled the trigger and update us.
     
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If you want to do multiple monitor setups ATI can be done with one card to do eyeinfinity, Nvidia needs SLI to do surround.

I would personally start off with one HD 6970, and if needed go CF 6970 down the road. You might say "I might buy all the new stuff in a few mths' ... then I will say was GTX 460 that much weaker than GTX 560? Was the GTX 480 still a weakling in the GPU market? Are the 5870s obsolete? To answer your question its an absolute NO. Everyone that owned one of them simply added another one THIS year for half the price they paid for the first one and their CF/SLI set up is cheaper than the newer stuff, but performs and can still handle BF3. GTX 460 SLI can handle BF3 all maxed out !!

Two 6950 2 GBs are nice, but usually one 6970 is all you need. That said BF3 you might not able to run at Ultra and everything turn on at that resolution of 3 monitors. But one 6970 should handle BF3 at high settings or ultra with a few things turn down/off.
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