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Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I am not really a techie so hoping for a bit of help here from you guys, I am setting up a new system for my brother who is a retiring Veteran. As my

gift to him I have decided to buy him a new rig from OriginPC as well as setting up a 3 monitor Eyefinity system for him.

I will be buying 3 new monitors for the Eyefinity and was wondering what I need to set this up.

I would like to know if it is possible to have the 3 monitors daisy-chained to 1 Display port cable instead of using 2 DVIs and 1 display port cable.

Can this be done?

If so what hardware will I need?

Does anyone recomend some decently priced monitors and what do I need to plug the 3 display port connectors into 1 display port connection on the

grpahics card?

The system has 2 AMD ATi Radeon CrossfireX 5870s - sapphire model

Any help would be greatly appreiciated.

Thank you very much.
post #2 of 9
No, you'll need either 1 display port, or if your monitor has none then you'll need an active DP->DVI adapter. The other two can be connected via regular DVI.

For graphics, Eyefinity requires one GPU, unlike nVidia. You can get away with one, but if he's an extreme gamer and plays Crysis/Metro etc then you'll need 2 top-level cards.

For monitors, look into either the Dell IPS or HP equivalent. Asus also makes some good ones (VH series I believe) which can be found on newegg.com

For a GPU I'd stick with a single or crossfire 6950 2gb. Great performance and can always add another down the road.

edit: Sorry missed that you have 2x5870's. Those will be fine if you want to stick with them. Otherwise above is what I recommend.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
sorry i am not sure I understand, so can the 3 monitors be plugged into 1 display port connector on the ati 5870?

the card has 2 DVIs 1 HDMI and 1 display port.

i would like to daisychain all 3 monitors with 1 displayport cable and plug that 1 cable into the grpahics card

is that possible, sorry for not understanding what you mean

thank for the reply.
post #4 of 9
5870's vram will choke at 5760x1080 resolution...
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by dribbler View Post
sorry i am not sure I understand, so can the 3 monitors be plugged into 1 display port connector on the ati 5870?

the card has 2 DVIs 1 HDMI and 1 display port.

i would like to daisychain all 3 monitors with 1 displayport cable and plug that 1 cable into the grpahics card

is that possible, sorry for not understanding what you mean

thank for the reply.
No, you can't do that.
As the first guy said, 2 can be connected via DVI and 1 can be connected via native displayport or an active dp to dvi adapter ($30).
It depends on if you monitor has DP.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by dribbler View Post
sorry i am not sure I understand, so can the 3 monitors be plugged into 1 display port connector on the ati 5870?

the card has 2 DVIs 1 HDMI and 1 display port.

i would like to daisychain all 3 monitors with 1 displayport cable and plug that 1 cable into the grpahics card

is that possible, sorry for not understanding what you mean

thank for the reply.
No, you can not daisy chain. Why would you even want to. Each monitor must be plugged into each port. This will mean atleast 2 DVI's and 1 display port. If your monitors have no display port, then you will need an active display port -> DVI connector for it to work.

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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
5870's vram will choke at 5760x1080 resolution...
I've ran Eyefinity just fine with xFire 6870's. Unless he's trying to max certain games, he's fine.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
OK thanks everybody.

So the best thing to do here:

2 monitors going to DVI ports on the graphics card.

1 display port from the monitor to the grpahics card.

If the monitors support the display port does the connection go directly to the graphics card display port or do i still need an adapter? I am guessing No but would like to make sure
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by dribbler View Post
If the monitors support the display port does the connection go directly to the graphics card display port or do i still need an adapter? I am guessing No but would like to make sure
If you have a display port monitor then you do not need the active display port adapter. The only thing you will need is a display port cable which you would plug directly from the monitor into the graphics card.
    
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thanks for the help everyone.
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