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I have recently been considering getting a third monitor for my setup. If I end up getting one I would like to be able to play games using all three monitors.

From what I have read about using triple monitors for games I would need to use SLI with two NVidia cards or a single ATI card. I don’t think I can currently afford to spend much more than $300 on a graphics card so SLI is probably not an option.

I think that a HD 7850 would fit quite well into my budget, but I am not sure how it would perform on games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim with triple screens (1920 x 1200). If anyone could give me some idea of what sort of settings I could expect to play on and what sort of frame rates I might get that would be really helpful.

Also my desktop consists of:
Q9450 @ 3.4ghz
EVGA 780i motherboard
8GB RAM
900w PSU
EVGA 9800gt (512 MB)

Not sure how the rest of the desktop will hold up to three monitors, any advice is welcome.
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http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1437/pg11/sapphire-radeon-hd-7850-overclock-edition-graphics-card-review-eyefinity.html

That should give you an idea of how it'll perform, but keep in mind that test system has a i7-3960X.
I probably wouldn't go with a mid range card for a eyefinity setup, especially not for an FPS like BF3.
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If I was you I would save up a bit of cash and get a 680/7970 at that resolution your not gonna be very happy with the performance if you purchase something now at $300

EDIT: and as sai dee says especially with FPS games
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buy 7850 OC+1
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Thanks for the help guys. I think right now I am leaning towards getting the 7850. It may not be great for eyefinity, but I can always just play single screen on games it doesn’t have the power to run at that resolution.
Do you guys know what brand/model of this card is generally best for overclocking?
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At about $250 the 7850 doesnt have any real competition in the price range. I'd splurge/save the extra $100 for the 7870, but beyond that the price doubles.

so far as brands go, I'd probably go with a Sapphire. The OC capability probably isn't going to vary between cards right now, imo, and the Saph is reputable and has decent cooling; at least for stock. edit: unless HIS releases an IceQ 6850 sometime soon. Love that turbine cooler on it.
Edited by Otterclock - 4/9/12 at 11:07am
    
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