Originally Posted by Iphone5
Thank you all SO Much for the feedback. its insane the support of this place. I was planning on setting up 3 monitors for nvidia surround from the single gtx 670 card which i have researched and found it IS possible i believe for 2d surround. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162118
Is the graphics card i would be using to do that. I have researched quite a bit into that but would also like to hear how that would work and in terms of being able to set up a stable fps with the 3 monitors or getting dual gpu's. Thank you guys so much again!
Both major companies can do three-screen gaming on a single card in addition to dual cards, though there is some issue of whether you'll get the frame-rates/quality you want. Note that with AMD's eyefinity, at least one monitor must be hooked up to a Display Port connection.
I do want to caution you on the monitors though! I've heard (no direct experience) that using non-IPS monitors for a 5760x1080 setup is less than ideal. The reason being the inferior viewing angles of TN panels become somewhat apparent on the edges of the two flanking monitors. So I'd suggest making sure you use a good panel (this is why I recommended the 3 dell u2312hm monitors).
As for powering your screens... well after looking at benchmarks, the 7950s have some (minor) advantages not obvious in most of the benchmarks. The first is 3gb of VRAM. Games will only rarely use over 2 GB of VRAM, but if you're going to run into the problem, gaming with mods on 5760x1080 is one of those situations. So in rare instances the higher VRAM of the 7950 may prevent you from having to turn down graphics settings (over the 2gb of VRAM on the 670). This would not be a regular thing, however. Second, this gen of AMD cards generally has more overclocking room than the Nvidia line. So there's a little easy boost over benchmarks (generally taken at stock speeds) if you're comfortable overclocking video cards.
With those minor issues as caveats, and also with the caveat AMD has improved drivers somewhat more than Nvidia (lower starting point), the better video card setups for running 5760x1080 multi-monitor gaming generally roughly follow price:
7950 ($300) < 670 ($400) = 7970 ($400) < 7950 Crossfire ($600) < 670 Crossfire ($800) = 7970 Crossfire ($800) < 7950 Tri-fire ($900) < Even more expensive Graphics card setups. What does this increased spending get you? Progressively higher quality settings on the hardest to run games. But even a single card should run pretty much any game smoothly if your'e willing to deal with less than 'high' settings. And the mid-range solutions (say, 7950 crossfire) should handle the vast majority of games on super-high settings, while dipping to med-high with only the hardest of games to run graphically.
With the part list you posted, how could i maintain a $2000 budget while buying decent monitors? I'm left with about a $335 budget for monitors which what you guys have been saying, would not be near sufficient for decent monitors to match the good tower. And a triple monitor stand like the Ergotech triple monitor stand http://www.amazon.com/Ergotech-Triple-Horizontal-Monitor-100-D16-B03/dp/B001NPEC5A
would end up raising my price to like $2.500. Im not sure if i can manage that.
By following the parts list I posted above, which included $705 for monitors. I budgeted for three decent monitors (meaning IPS with good gaming response times, the 3x Dell u2312hm), 7950 Crossfire out of the gate, with the theoretical option to add a third 7950. And got roughly $2000-2100, depending on if you want to count rebates. Now I didn't account for a monitor stand - I presumed you'd just line up the 3 monitors yourself on their own stands. Not as optimal, perhaps, but doesn't cost you the extra $.
Another option would be to either wait on triple monitors or (better yet) wait on a second GPU. You could follow a build planning on two 670s and just not get the 670 until you have more money later. Or you could get a build with 2 670s but not buy new monitors until you can afford the setup you want.
But if you have the 2k now, and want to get started now, well, that's the presumed motivation behind the parts choices I made in the build I recommended.Edited by MisterFred - 9/19/12 at 4:19pm