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I'm looking to do surround, only problem is I have one card and NO budget.

But I want it really bad.

I think I know the answer to the question, I need 2 cards to run 3 monitors.

I mainly want 3 of the same monitors. (The Asus VE248Q)

They're all 200 each, and the 560ti is roughly 200. So I'd need 600 to make this dream a reality.

Sad thing is, even if I did do it, 1GB ram would kill me at that res.

Should I just be happy with single monitor?

would I be better off selling my VE248Q and buying a 120Hz monitor?

OR maybe even grabbing that 27" Sammy everyone loves? I think it's ST950D or something.
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This is why i went ATI for three monitors... the 2GB vram + up to 5 screens on a card. But yea the 1GB vram will hold you back. But surround really is amazing so imo i would just swap that card for another one then get your other two monitors.
    
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My vote goes out to the Sammy! And a GPU upgrade!

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This is why i went ATI for three monitors... the 2GB vram + up to 5 screens on a card. But yea the 1GB vram will hold you back. But surround really is amazing so imo i would just swap that card for another one then get your other two monitors.
Makes sense. Baby steps. I would get the 570 2GB if I did, I'm just hesitant because a) All I play is Counter-Strike b) it's a lottttt of money and c) my parents my have a heart attack lol

But yeah, I would probably either go the way you did, with 2GB ram on the GPU ie 6950. OR I could just get a 2GB 560Ti (I think they make them?)

But yeah, baby steps.
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They're all 200 each, and the 560ti is roughly 200. So I'd need 600 to make this dream a reality.

Sad thing is, even if I did do it, 1GB ram would kill me at that res.

Should I just be happy with single monitor?

would I be better off selling my VE248Q and buying a 120Hz monitor?
Eh, depends on what kind of settings you can live with. You can run surround with 1GB cards, but you'll have to drop AA and texture quality in the more demanding games.

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/8016...ream-card.html

^Paradigm did a surround review with 1GB and 2GB 460 SLI a while back, which should give you a ballpark estimate on the kind of performance you'll be seeing.

If you're the type that prefers to turn all the eyecandy up, then a single 120Hz screen is probably a better option.
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lol I remember one of your other threads about getting SLI or the SSD

Finally the time has come!!! lol

Play any demanding games? crysis 2? BF3? metro etc?

EDIT:

Here it is: http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...ld-you-do.html

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Honestly man, forget about surround and get yourself either a 24" 120hz 3d monitor, or a nice 27".

I was in your shoes about a month ago. Ditched my gtx 460 and 27" and got 2 6970s and 3 24" 1080p monitors. Even with 2 6970s powering that res 5760x1080, i wasn't satisfied. I'm one of those people who likes to max the settings with all the eyecandy, and you really can't unless you have 3 3gb 580s or 3 6970s, and even then some games wont be able to get a solid 60fps.

aside from being ridiculously demanding, it's really not that great. most games look stretched and take a lot of tweeking with the fov and such, and that's even if the game supports surround.

Ended up selling the 6970s and monitors, got back on my 27" and bought a 590. Couldn't be happier. Though I will probably buy a 3d 27" monitor around xmas.
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hehe, yeah, but THIS TIME I wantttzzzz a new screen. or 3. LOL

but honestly I'm so random and I have no idea what I want in life
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hehe, yeah, but THIS TIME I wantttzzzz a new screen. or 3. LOL

but honestly I'm so random and I have no idea what I want in life
Well ask yourself, will you be turning away from the open source games and onto the more demanding ones soon? If so then yeah 'might' be a good idea to upgrade the gpu, however unless you move onto those gaming platforms you won't know what you want.

I've not had a monitor since I sold mine roughly 8 months ago and at the moment I'm using my TV, it does the job however I too want to go for surround but my 460s aint gonna be able to handle that especially with games that I play. So I'm definitely looking for a for deals on a much beefier setup which can handle that kind of resolutions.

Soooooo what has changed in the last 4 weeks? you play any demanding games?

Ask yourself do I want to game in surround or upgrade my cpu to ivy or even SB-E when it's released?

Which upgrade will be more beneficial to YOU?
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as you so eloquently put it into perspective. I should probably just be happy with what I have. I will always game on source games, and games like 1.6

I do occasionally bust out crysis 2, but it's playable for me.

Thanks for that.

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