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Old November 4, 2010, 04:38 PM
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I want to try to get into multi-monitor gaming however i've run into a few little bumps or questions which i thought i'd ask those whom have done it already.

I am looking to do around 19 or 20" tri-monitor set up. I was thinking up to 100$ for 19" 16:9 monitors, is 120$ plus taxes a good price for 20" 16:9 monitor?

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This moves me to the gpu to use. Right now i have an MSI 465 GE which is a 470 with a twin frozr heatsink on it. I was wondering if i should still try to keep my hopes up that i'll find a used 465 GE or 470 with twin frozr for a decent price or if i should go to red and use one gpu. I'm actually hoping to not upgrade whatever card i use for a while, so if i went sli i'd keep it at least a year.
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Old November 4, 2010, 05:09 PM
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Radeon HD 6850 or 6870 can do tri-montior set-up on 1 Video card.

You would need 2 Nvidia Cards in sli to do the same feat.
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Old November 4, 2010, 11:04 PM
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Found this Acer P216HMD 21.5IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 50000:1DC 5ms VGA DVI HDCP for 130$ each
I know i would need that, however the 2 470s would more likely give me more frames in surround then a single 6870 would for eyefinity

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Old November 5, 2010, 12:10 AM
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Found this Acer P216HMD 21.5IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 50000:1DC 5ms VGA DVI HDCP for 130$ each
I know i would need that, however the 2 470s would more likely give me more frames in surround then a single 6870 would for eyefinity
What about two 6850's? You might be able to sell the 465/470 for the same price as one of the 6850's.
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Old November 5, 2010, 05:56 AM
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Whats the performance difference between 6850 crossfire and 470 sli, anyone have any data?
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What about picking up a gt 240 or something similar for cheap to use for the 3rd monitor/dedicated physx?

NCIX have a good deal on a zotac in this weeks sales: NCIX.com - Buy Zotac GeForce GT 240 550MHZ 512MB 2.0GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E DVI VGA HDMI Video Card - ZT-20403-10L In Canada.
Normally 80-120 for that card...

Then you can go pick up another 470 later if/when you need it
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Old November 5, 2010, 11:51 AM
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That is a possibility though i was thinking going with a second card and keep those for a year or two
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Wow, that's a good deal. And they're doing free shipping for orders over $300. Tempting!
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Old November 7, 2010, 08:37 PM
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Already done. Pending those and my second 465 GE to arrive. I'll take pictures and some benchmarking when they get here
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Already done. Pending those and my second 465 GE to arrive. I'll take pictures and some benchmarking when they get here
I've been considering a multi-monitor solution, but after springing on a 470, the lack of a solution from nVidia mirroring the same usability and ease of ATI's Eyefinity meant I put it off. However, if this turns out well for you, I'd likely consider grabbing a second 470 and giving multi-monitor gaming a shot, although that will depend upon whether the hacked SLI drivers for my AMD rig will even allow things to gel together.

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