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Hey guys, I have a quick question!

I have a few extra bucks floating around and am contemplating finishing my Nvidia Surround setup (or get one step closer at least). I only need one more monitor and I am golden.

But here is my question, do I have enough RAM for running the most current games in Nvidia Surround? I know it takes up more video ram (which I feel I have plenty of), but do gaming applications grow as well?

In short, monitor, or 12GB of Ram?

Thanks guys! I appreciate it!
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System ram doesn't affect your capability of running 3 screens. VRAM on the other hand, is what you are looking for. And your tri-sli 470's will be great. Your 6gb system ram is PLENTY.
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agree with above, i say get the monitor!
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System ram doesn't affect your capability of running 3 screens. VRAM on the other hand, is what you are looking for. And your tri-sli 470's will be great. Your 6gb system ram is PLENTY.
Perfect! Thanks guys! +1 Rep to you both
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i can't game on mine because my card's not fast enough, but productivity everywhere else is amazing. let us know how it turns out
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as long as u do not use ridiculously high amount of AA or max out textures in certain demanding games, you will be fine with 3 1080p monitors.
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as long as u do not use ridiculously high amount of AA or max out textures in certain demanding games, you will be fine with 3 1080p monitors.
Agreed.
You should be fine.
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The question of ''enough or not'' is fairly open-ended as VRAM (as opposed to system RAM) needed varies from game to game and it also depends on the gamer's personal preference of the amount of 'bells and whistles' (especially anti-aliasing).

Below is a study of SLI GTX460 1GB vs 2GB (close enough to shed light on 1.3GB GTX470 SLI) on Nvidia Surround (3x1920x1200) for 11 games. You can read through it. My own deduction is: If one accepts low level anti-aliasing (2xAA) in general, then GTX470 SLI has little problem.

So, adding a 3rd monitor to do Nvidia Surround is a better option than getting system 12GB system RAM (which benefits 3D animation/modelling, video editing/post processing...etc).

Link:http://www.widescreengamingforum.com...eatured_Review
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The question of ''enough or not'' is fairly open-ended as VRAM (as opposed to system RAM) needed varies from game to game and it also depends on the gamer's personal preference of the amount of 'bells and whistles' (especially anti-aliasing).

Below is a study of SLI GTX460 1GB vs 2GB (close enough to shed light on 1.3GB GTX470 SLI) on Nvidia Surround (3x1920x1200) for 11 games. You can read through it. My own deduction is: If one accepts low level anti-aliasing (2xAA) in general, then GTX470 SLI has little problem.

So, adding a 3rd monitor to do Nvidia Surround is a better option than getting system 12GB system RAM (which benefits 3D animation/modelling, video editing/post processing...etc).

Link:http://www.widescreengamingforum.com...eatured_Review
Great post! Thanks a lot! +1 rep!

(and yeah, but I am studying video production and will upgrade to 12GB in the future anyways haha. Thanks though!)
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