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So I'm going all out on buying a kick-ass gaming rig this year..
I'm getting GTX 560's in SLI;
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-a...30mhz-384-core
And going Sandy Bridge with the Intel Core i5 2500k and a P67 board.

Nvidia Surround is something that amazed me when I saw it played with Mirror's Edge.. just looked amazing. (

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So what monitors would be best (but not too pricey) for this feature?

Also on the side, what games are best played on the three beasts?

Thanks guys XD
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http://support.amd.com/us/eyefinity/...-software.aspx

I know its AMD but this is a basic list of games that will properly support extreme wide resolutions of which nVidia Surround is basically the same thing as Eyefinity. Keep in mind that's by no means an all inclusive list, several other games will be compatible although it might take a bit more work to get them running properly. For instance I was a huge Tribes/Tribes 2 junkie and I know that with some FOV tweaking even those games (which are 10+ years old) could be properly configured to support a triple monitor setup)

As far as monitor recommendations a basic budget would be extremely helpful

Three decent sized and quality IPS panels can be several hundred more than cheaper TN alternatives but the better viewing angles might be something you consider worthwhile. There's also 120Hz monitors to consider if you ever do want to mess with 3D or just have the faster 2D
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Originally Posted by bojinglebells View Post
http://support.amd.com/us/eyefinity/...-software.aspx

I know its AMD but this is a basic list of games that will properly support extreme wide resolutions of which nVidia Surround is basically the same thing as Eyefinity. Keep in mind that's by no means an all inclusive list, several other games will be compatible although it might take a bit more work to get them running properly. For instance I was a huge Tribes/Tribes 2 junkie and I know that with some FOV tweaking even those games (which are 10+ years old) could be properly configured to support a triple monitor setup)

As far as monitor recommendations a basic budget would be extremely helpful

Three decent sized and quality IPS panels can be several hundred more than cheaper TN alternatives but the better viewing angles might be something you consider worthwhile. There's also 120Hz monitors to consider if you ever do want to mess with 3D or just have the faster 2D
Nice list.

You can have 3D eyefinity/surround? :O

I toyed with the idea but i'd have to get 3 U2311s now. Personally if i were doing NV surround of eyefinity i'd get 3 of the cheapest 22" ish monitors i could find. When I built a PC for my friend he got 2 cheap 22" benq panels for less than £200 brand new. Decent quality too.
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One important consideration for picking what monitors for a 3-display setup: Portrait Mode or Landscape Mode.

If the 3 monitors will be in Portrait Mode, avoid at all cost getting TN-panel monitors as (due to the intrinsic characteristics of TN-panel) there will be severe colour cast and it is just very difficult to view them. Get IPS-panel monitors.

Even if you are going to arrange the 3 monitors in Landscape Mode, I still recommend you to get better monitors (eg IPS) as IPS panels basically eliminate the color shift that often happens on the left and right monitors in a 3x1-Landscape setup.

Of course, it depends on your budget. Just try not to go cheap with monitors as they usually stay with you for a long long time.
Edited by windfire - 2/21/11 at 6:29am
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You can have 3D eyefinity/surround? :O
Well nVidia touts their "3D Vision Surround" which is a combination of 3D plus 3 or more monitors for the surround effect. Of course you don't need to do the 3D as the SLI setups can do 2D Surround which is basically the same thing as AMD's Eyefinity considering AMD does not yet support 3D gaming.
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Well nVidia touts their "3D Vision Surround" which is a combination of 3D plus 3 or more monitors for the surround effect. Of course you don't need to do the 3D as the SLI setups can do 2D Surround which is basically the same thing as AMD's Eyefinity considering AMD does not yet support 3D gaming.
The 6000 series does I think, and it's called 'AMD HD3D'.
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The 6000 series does I think, and it's called 'AMD HD3D'.
I don't remember the reviews I read talking about it but you're right, AMD seems to have snuck that in there.

If I missed it its because I just don't care about 3D regardless of who is providing it
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Thanks for the infomation guys,
Can someone specifically recommend a monitor for this surround set up?
I will be running them with 2 GTX 560's and an i5 2500k w/4GB 1600mhz DDR3 RAM.
Thanks XD
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I'm a huge fan of the ASUS VH236H.
It's not an IPS panel, but it's definitely a fantastic monitor for the price.
It has a $20.00 MIR and you can get an additional $10 off with Promo Code EMCKHJB52.
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I suggest Dell UltraSharp 2209WA 22'' for 323 quid per monitor (with free shipping).

Its native resolution is 1680x1050 which is relatively low (<1920x1080) if only one monitor is used. However, when 3 monitors are used, its 1680x1050 becomes an advantage, IMHO, as it makes life easier for your pair of GTX560 Ti, particularly on the VRAM portion. And you might be even able to turn up a little bit more eye candies at this resolution too.

The strong area of this monitor is that it has e-IPS panel (e for Enhanced).

Dell UK link: http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna...ynote_irrank=0

However, if you still wish to consider monitor of native 1920x1080, then Dell U2311H 23'' for 263 quid per monitor is a good choice. It has IPS-panel.

And, I also suggest you to read this review of GTX460 1GB vs 2GB for Surround:
http://www.widescreengamingforum.com...view_-_Page_14
Pay attention to the resolution and VRAM analysis.

Dell UK link: http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna...MostBought,rk:
Edited by windfire - 2/22/11 at 6:36am
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