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I haven't been looking at graphics cards for a long time, so bear with me if some of this is really outdated info.

I have a 6950 that needs to be RMA'd, and I'm thinking of getting a new card, and selling that one off when it gets back (can't be without my PC for nearly a month due to work). I always hear good things about nVidia so I figured I'd give them a try. I have some questions on specific cards, and nVidia in general though.

For cards, how many nVidia cards let you connect 3 (or better yet, 4) to them? I remember when surround first came out, it was a 2 monitor/card affair. Has it gotten better? DP monitors are fine.

Also, what card is in a similiar/slightly higher range than the 6950 that can do that (if any).

Finally, I use linux a fair bit. nVidia used to be the gold standard for linux support. However, I've been hearing some people say that's no longer true. Anyone have issues with nVidia + Linux (usually Mint or other debian base).
    
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Nvidia is great. I've become somewhat of a fanboy as late, I just like them.

As for multiple monitors the latest generation of GTX600 series cards will support 3 and usually four monitors. I currently run four monitors on a single GTX660. It works great. These are all seperate monitors though, not a surround setup. Pretty much anything on this list will do. Buy the best one your budget will allow.

As for linux, I have messed around with linux mint/ubuntu a little and I've had nothing but nvidia.
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I've owned both a 7950 and GTX 670 (currently own this) and I have to say I liked the 7950 better. I had better overall performance, easy to overclock, for some reason it actually ran quieter and colder then my current card. The only real thing I can say I love about the 670 and the only reason I wouldnt give it up is for SweetFX. Basically allows you to change the AA used in any game. So I'm running the HL2 shaders and AA in Guild Wars 2. Looks sooo much better.
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