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Hi, I'm going to pick up a gtx 680 once the prices start to drop. However I am really interested in using this with 3 monitors. I understand that not many games support 3 monitors and even so, if I wanted really great performance playing something like battlefield 3 I'd need a second gtx 680. That could be a possibility at the end of the summer. Saying that I'm already settled on the video card. However I'm having trouble deciding on what monitor to get 3 of. I'm trying to keep it less than $500 usd.
I've done a little bit of research myself and found these so far:
Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009266

At 140 dollars each, I can pick up 3 of them for 420usd + shipping. Which I am more than happy with. The reviews seem solid, but I'm not sure if anyone has had 3 at once.

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236059

At 170 dollars each they are a bit more than I'd want to spend. if I bought them now I could get them at 150 each after a MIR. But lets think of it without the MIR, is the extra net total of 90 dollars really worth this monitor? It looks great and the reviews are great for it too.

Some additional thoughts:
I've read a little bit here and there about nvidia 3D or something. I'm not interested in anything 3D if its like the movies.

The system I'm going to be putting the video card in specs are as follows:
Q6660 @2.9
4GB DDR2 ram
Kingston Hyperx 120gb ssd
Evga 780i SLI motherboard.
Corsair 600w psu
All in a MountainMods U2-UFO case

Chances are I will also be upgrading to any ivybridge and OCing it on water.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
post #2 of 6
I have the ASUS monitor and I love it. I plan on getting two more for surround.
But a GTX 680 is not going to run how it really could bc your CPU is gonna bottleneck like no other. I had a g6660 at 3.2 and it would be maxed out when playing BF3 with only a GTX 260 running.
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by Madog View Post

I have the ASUS monitor and I love it. I plan on getting two more for surround.
But a GTX 680 is not going to run how it really could bc your CPU is gonna bottleneck like no other. I had a g6660 at 3.2 and it would be maxed out when playing BF3 with only a GTX 260 running.

Huh, I'm running a gtx260 right now. And yeah, the Q6600 does max out while playing bf3. hmmm, maybe I'll just grab 2x of the asus. and pick up the 3rd one later.
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post #4 of 6
I know its been a while.. Sorry
But, i would recommend getting at least a Q9540 if you dont want to upgrade to SB or IVY then oc the fire out of the Q9540. That way you wont be so bottle necked.
post #5 of 6
Is it not also worth pointing out also that your motherboard only supports PCI-E 2 and the 680 is a PCI-E 3 card. Isn't there a 20% performance drop as a result (at least that's what i recall reading somewhere).
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post #6 of 6
I recommend asus, but if you really want to take advantage of a gtx680 you should get a 2560 resolution monitor or 1080p monitor with a 120hz refresh rate. Pci2 and pci3 are pretty much the same for now because not all the bandwidth of pcie2 can be saturated. Plus if you really want the gtx680 in pcie3 you would obviously need a gen3 motherboard and an ivy bridge processor. Not worth it imo.
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