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You can run pretty much any collection of monitors you want off the 670 (including running single-card Surround, if you feel like a gaming experience that will leave you wanting more - especially GPU power wink.gif) so you could ditch the 250. That may save you any possible headaches that may appear from a mixed card setup. I'm running 5760x1200 in three 1920x1200 monitors with a 1080p accessory display myself at the minute. Works like a dream. smile.gif
I'm not completely up to speed on the AMD cards and EyeFinity any more (although I believe the use of DisplayPort for one monitor is still required for Surround) but both AMD and nVidia are pretty much equal for single-GPU stability/performance.
That said, I'd probably try the 7950 first; it's been some time since I've used AMD on a system where it really needs to push a lot of pixels, and the 7900 series has been tormenting me... biggrin.gif

All of my monitors don't support native display port. So I would need to get a active display port adapter, and that is expensive. So I would just use what I already have.
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All of my monitors don't support native display port. So I would need to get a active display port adapter, and that is expensive. So I would just use what I already have.
There are a couple of 'flavours' of active adaptors, though. There are dual-link-DVI capable ones, which are USB powered and big and expensive... or single-link-DVI active adaptors which seem to sell for something in the $20-40 region IIRC. smile.gif If your monitors are 1920x1200 or lower, that'll do fine. wink.gif Oddly, the best place to look for them is in the AMD EyeFinity Qualification Lists. This one I believe works, from reports on other forums and 1080p screen users...

I've not had the opportunity to try EyeFinity myself (ie: set my own kit up) and I've used DVI+DVI+HDMI as the connection setup from my 680 for my Surround setup, which works well. smile.gif
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There are a couple of 'flavours' of active adaptors, though. There are dual-link-DVI capable ones, which are USB powered and big and expensive... or single-link-DVI active adaptors which seem to sell for something in the $20-40 region IIRC. smile.gif If your monitors are 1920x1200 or lower, that'll do fine. wink.gif Oddly, the best place to look for them is in the AMD EyeFinity Qualification Lists. This one I believe works, from reports on other forums and 1080p screen users...
I've not had the opportunity to try EyeFinity myself (ie: set my own kit up) and I've used DVI+DVI+HDMI as the connection setup from my 680 for my Surround setup, which works well. smile.gif

Well there's no point in buying something if I don't need it. The GTS 250 will run the extra monitors just fine. I'm just looking for a primary video card.

Thanks for the recommendations though. thumb.gif
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Well there's no point in buying something if I don't need it. The GTS 250 will run the extra monitors just fine. I'm just looking for a primary video card.
Thanks for the recommendations though. thumb.gif
True. biggrin.gif

Personally, I prefer not to have to worry about mixed generations of cards; I've had problems in the past from that. However, I shouldn't go looking for issues before they've shown up. redface.gif
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I finally decided to just pick up a Galaxy reference 670 then throw a waterblock on it, then OC it a little. That should hold me off till I build a new system in a few years.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. thumb.gif
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I finally decided to just pick up a Galaxy reference 670 then throw a waterblock on it, then OC it a little. That should hold me off till I build a new system in a few years.
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. thumb.gif

Good choice. I hope you good luck with your new card mate thumb.gif .
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I finally decided to just pick up a Galaxy reference 670 then throw a waterblock on it, then OC it a little. That should hold me off till I build a new system in a few years.
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. thumb.gif
Good choice smile.gif
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Good choice. I hope you good luck with your new card mate thumb.gif .

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Good choice smile.gif

Thanks guys. I appreciate the push you guys gave me to spend more of my money. tongue.gif
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Trust me guys with this one he will never go back to ATI. We have had many long hours in oovoo trying to get the 5970s to work and it never ended well. frown.gif Currently we are deciding whether to go with a 580 with waterblock for ~$360 or a 670 for ~$480. Is it really worth the extra money and will it last for a few years till a major upgrade or will it need to be supplemented with another card to last a while. Also with the 670 he wont fully be able to utilize Pcie 3.0 since he has a 980x cpu but it will still run games quite well. Is it worth it to pay for the newer 3.0 but not utilize it with the current rig?

You do realize that any Quad GPU set up will only have problems? rolleyes.gif

As in any Quad GPU set up ever.
    
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