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Hi.

Im planning on Getting a new PC soon and at first i just wanted to have a single 22" monitor and to play the newest AAA Titles at full res. However im now thinking of getting 3 monitors because, well its awsome. However I dont know what graphics card to get to run this or even weather I should go SLI. Here is what I want to know:

1. Will i have to get Sli?
2. Does the Vram increase add you add more cards, i.e 2 2gb cards make 4gb Vram.
3. will 2 gtx 670's be fine to run games like bf3 on full settings with 3 monitors and get nice smooth Fps?
4 Or should I go for something a little better like the 770?
5. what cards would you recommend for a triple monitor setup to play the latest games at full res and get smooth fps?

If you guys could answer any of my questions that would be great. And just to inform you guys my budget for graphics cards is around $900 at the most or £550.

Thanks Dan thumb.gif
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1. Will i have to get Sli?

It's not necessary, but it will improve performance.
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2. Does the Vram increase add you add more cards, i.e 2 2gb cards make 4gb Vram.

No. This is one of the big misconceptions about multi-GPU setups. 2 3GB cards have a buffer of 6GB across 2 cards. They still get 3GB each.
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3. will 2 gtx 670's be fine to run games like bf3 on full settings with 3 monitors and get nice smooth Fps?

You'll likely have to turn down a few settings, but it should be OK. This one I'm not sure about, so anyone else feel free to correct me.
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4 Or should I go for something a little better like the 770?

Rule of thumb: get the best single card you can now. You won't get any of the issues with SLI and you get more headroom for upgrades.
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5. what cards would you recommend for a triple monitor setup to play the latest games at full res and get smooth fps?

We need a budget for this. The best you can do is SLI Titans, but that's probably out of range.
 
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Thanks very much Ginger. Really helpful.
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