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dam I forgot that Ati came out with the 6970 with 2gb.
I would get that ATI 6970 if you want to run 1 card
but if you go with Nvidia 470 gxt is the minimum i would do

I agree.

A single 6970 would be the route I would take.
    
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I agree.

A single 6970 would be the route I would take.
I'm thinking that a sigle card running three monitors will force me to cripple display settings significantly. I'd like to run on high quality settings if possible.

However, going with a single card does leave the option of adding cards down the road without swapping out the original.

Dammit Nvidia, get on the ball and allow three displays on one card like your competitor...
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I'm thinking that a sigle card running three monitors will force me to cripple display settings significantly. I'd like to run on high quality settings if possible.

However, going with a single card does leave the option of adding cards down the road without swapping out the original.

Dammit Nvidia, get on the ball and allow three displays on one card like your competitor...
Er, these cards have 2gb vram. In SLI/CF you don't get to add all the cards ram together you know?
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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...
Many people feel the same. I'm still wondering which one.
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jeez, one 6950/70, two 470's or three 460s, lol.... I'm losin' it.
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Er, these cards have 2gb vram. In SLI/CF you don't get to add all the cards ram together you know?
So you lose VRAM when you SLI/CF cards with more than 1GB memory? Why is that?
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I was under the impression that the 460s were a better deal and could be OC'd to 470 levels easily. Also, might be able to do three 460s within budget if I play my cards right and wait a month or two...

So the only drawback will be I will need a better Mobo and PSU to handle the power requirements of three cards.

Definitely going LED on the displays if i do that, lol. Crikey, my budget keeps creeping up.
You cant Tri-SLI 460's only dual. And like just about everyone has said, anything larger than 1920 you are going to want more ram. You should go with a 6950 and unlock it, that way down the road you just always get another to keep up with the new games.
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You cant Tri-SLI 460's only dual. And like just about everyone has said, anything larger than 1920 you are going to want more ram. You should go with a 6950 and unlock it, that way down the road you just always get another to keep up with the new games.
interesting, can you tri-SLI 470s?

And if I get a 2GB 6950, down the road when I want to add another, I lose RAM, if I understand correctly, because you cannot add the VRAM together?
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So you lose VRAM when you SLI/CF cards with more than 1GB memory? Why is that?
Do SLI or CrossFire double the memory ?
This is one the questions that many people make mistake understanding it .
The answer is NO , SLI or CrossFire doesnt double the memory , You have a 512MB card , adding another card wont make your memory 1GB, it still will be 512MB,so both cards will use 512MB of RAMs but the memory won't double.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/24...crossfire-faqs


^^FAQs I always forget, had to dig that up from the archives.


**Take home bullet point: 6950/70s have 2GB vram. 6950 is 300 bucks and can be unlocked to 6970 (100% chance), ram stability aside.
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You can Tri-SLi 470s and for your other question you don't lose ram but you stil only have 2 GB
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