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First post, long story short: Planning a SB 1155 build for gaming, Adobe CS5, and AutoCAD work.

I'd love to be able to do a triple 27" display setup without breaking the bank too badly.

Hoping I can find some discounted LED monitors around $300/each in the next three months to save on the electricity this setup will pull. Currently considering options from Acer, Samsung, and HP.

I'm assuming there's still no way to do triple displays on one card.

So what would be the best bang-for-buck solution? Dual GTX460's?

Ideally I'd like to keep the cards around $200 each.

PS - completely overwhelmed by the number of gtx460 options out there and the variations in prices and specs out-of-the-box. Can you get a reference stock 460 and OC it to the same point as an EVGA gtx460 that comes with 850mhz out of the box?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 76
If i remember any AMD 5xxx series or higher can support 3 displays on one card with the use of display ports.

Look up eyefinity
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post #3 of 76
any ati/amd card is a go go, meaning you can use only one and it'll be fine

dual gtx 460 sounds fine, but you are out of 1920x1080 so i dont think the ram is good enough on the card

just grab a 5970 lol
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hrm, really...
I was dead set on nvidia, but if only the AMD cards can do three displays on one card, might consider that.

Nvidia does not match that Eyefinity feature with Surround?

Does anyone have any thoughts on a lower end SLI/CF solution vs. a higher end single card solution for triple displays?
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I would use 1 6950 unlocked to a 6970 for triple 27s. crossfire issues through the ceiling until they finally *if ever* get their driver team back on point.
    
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post #6 of 76
you need to run SLI for Nvidia surround, wont work with single card

imo for 3 monitors, go with eyefinity, 69xx specifically for that 2gb vram which helps a lot in high (>1920x1200) res

but then again, 2x gtx 470 or even 460 would be pretty beastly
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The 69xx series have 2GB on 1 card, and it will be able to drive most games at medium-high settings. a 6950 is cheap, and POSSIBLY be unlocked to a 6970.

Also, if you want to crank up the AA, just get 2x of them!
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I would use 1 6950 unlocked to a 6970 for triple 27s. crossfire issues through the ceiling until they finally *if ever* get their driver team back on point.

What?!

Never had 1 issue with my crossfire setup. So dont go saying there are tons of driver problems.
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that's what I'm struggling with...
- single high end(has to be AMD) card, vs. lower end SLI/CF dual cards...hrm.

It's a difficult comparison to weigh, really.


Dual 460s/470s vs. single 6950/70...

Might make sense to go single card so i can go dual on that card down the road....but idunno. I'm generally an Nvidia supporter and card technologies advance so quickly, I'd bet in a year or two would be easy to find a single card that could handle 3x1080P easily...confused.gif
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post #10 of 76
Honestly, if you've always supported NVIDIA, why not try picking up a single AMD card, try it out.

Switch for a bit and see how you like it. You can always CF with 2 high end cards down the line.

You can always return the card and go to your SLI setup if you really dislike AMD.
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