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I would like to play an array of games Call of Duty, Battlefield, Lineage II, MEdal of Honor, Iracing, GTR, and many other games..
My budget is 200$ or less. I want the possibility to do a triple screen setup in the future with no additional cost other than the monitor (and cables).
Should I go with something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102913
Or SLI? If so then which cards would work if I chose to go Nvdia?
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For $200, theres nothing thats going to get you enough FPS to play with triple screens. If that would be for one screen, then it's okay, but if you want to go for three screens, theres no way.
    
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Go with the the 6870, all ATI cards can support triple screens on one card. If you got 2 NVIDIA cards and wanted to do that you would go over budget, if you can raise the budget then you could get 2x GTX 465's in SLI and that would also work very well. smile.gif That option goes down the $300+ route however...

If you can find a cheaper 5850 or 5870 go with that, the 5xxx series are all faster than their 6xxx series counterparts.

EDIT: yes the above post is also correct, you really wont get many FPS with 3 screens with that budget. Why dont you put the monitor budget towards the GPU and get a nice GPU so you can play well with just 1 monitor? Or you can split the budget up, get some cheaper monitors or less of them and with a better card!
Edited by hfcobra - 2/14/11 at 4:55pm
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Well he can play triple screens, but will have to sacrifice eyecandy to make it feesible on some games. (Battlefield, Crysis, (insert high omg-so good looking game here)).
Make sure you get another 6870 for xfire down the road.
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Originally Posted by hfcobra;12387831 
Go with the the 6870, all ATI cards can support triple screens on one card. If you got 2 NVIDIA cards and wanted to do that you would go over budget, if you can raise the budget then you could get 2x GTX 465's in SLI and that would also work very well. smile.gif That option goes down the $300+ route however...

If you can find a cheaper 5850 or 5870 go with that, the 5xxx series are all faster than their 6xxx series counterparts.

EDIT: yes the above post is also correct, you really wont get many FPS with 3 screens with that budget. Why dont you put the monitor budget towards the GPU and get a nice GPU so you can play well with just 1 monitor? Or you can split the budget up, get some cheaper monitors or less of them and with a better card!

So you think a 5850 or 5870 would be a good choice? And just crossfire whenever I decide to triple screen? (Could be a year.. possibly 2 before I go with a triple screen setup)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SirBash;12387938 
So you think a 5850 or 5870 would be a good choice? And just crossfire whenever I decide to triple screen? (Could be a year.. possibly 2 before I go with a triple screen setup)

I would say that is a good way to go for performance for sure. The 6xxx series are less powerful, but they also use less power if you want that instead. If you can fork out the money go for the HD5870! It is a good card! smile.gif
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post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by hfcobra;12387985 
I would say that is a good way to go for performance for sure. The 6xxx series are less powerful, but they also use less power if you want that instead. If you can fork out the money go for the HD5870! It is a good card! smile.gif

Thanks a lot! +rep

Know of any good deals on any of those cards?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121418&cm_re=hd_6870-_-14-121-418-_-Product

^ HD 6870

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121370&cm_re=hd_5850-_-14-121-370-_-Product

^ 5850

I like the ASUS cooler better than the reference cooler, much nicer temps.
There is a cheaper non-oced ASUS 5850 as well
Used 5850s can be very cheap so you may look into that

Performance wise they both are about the same, so its up to you smile.gif
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Hey man check out the used market like kijiji and craigslist , i have bought plenty of good cards for good prices, for example i bought a hd 6970 for $200, which i recently sold to make room for my gtx 580, of the cards your even looking for might be found for a good, just my 2cent
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Quote:
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If you can find a cheaper 5850 or 5870 go with that, the 5xxx series are all faster than their 6xxx series counterparts.

What? I would like to see evidence of that?


The 69XX series cards are faster than their 5XXX series counterparts. They trade blows at 1920X1200 but with resolutions higher than that the 5XXX series card with the exception of the dual GPU model don't compete. Then there is the fact that the 69XX series card all scale better in Crossfire than their 5XXX series brethren.

I'm not disagreeing that the the 5850/70 is an excellent card. It is. So are two GTX460's in SLI. But don't knock the new series Radeon HD's. They are better than their 5XXX series brethren.
    
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