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Old August 12, 2011, 10:38 AM
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Hi,

I've recently purchased the XFX Triple Stand: NCIX.com - Buy XFX Fxtristand Triple LCD Display Monitor Stand - Supports 3 LCD Monitors From 17IN to 24IN Each - XFX - FXTRISTAND - in Canada

and Three Dell U2410 monitors: DELL Dell - UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor : Computer Accessories and PC Components | Dell Canada

I need some advice on the GPU(s). The standard I want to meet, is to have the right components to enjoy triple monitor gaming with good fps and great picture quality.

The trouble is, I don't know what is required for this kind of set up. I believe I can run each monitor on 1900x1200.

Your thoughts, please!

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Old August 12, 2011, 01:04 PM
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What's your motherboard? Are you thinking SLI or Crossfire?
I assume your going to be running the lcd's at native resolution, so your going to need some beefy horsepower. Some NVIDIA and AMD single cards do have 3 outputs, and you might be able to get away with a single high end card, but I would personally go with dual gpus to make sure your experience wont be hampered after investing that much in a nice display setup.
Dual GTX580s or 6950s should do nicely.
I'm assuming your in Ottawa? I'd really like to check out your setup once you have it up and running!
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Old August 12, 2011, 01:07 PM
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So you're resolution will be 5760x1200 and I'll assume that you want smooth frames and HQ textures. Good luck building this rig!! You my friend are in $trouble$.

1) Asus WS Revolution P67 + HD6950 triple CF is the cheapest option + 850W PSU Golden, or lower efficiency and higher wattage PSU.
2) GTX 590 SLI + 1100W PSU No comprimise in power, horrible value and noise
3) HD 6990 CF + 1100W PSU Same as above
4) HD 6990 + HD 6970 + 1000W PSU somewhere in the middle between the first option and the second&third

You will need an 8 slot case with massive cooling. Cheapest option is the Rosewill Blackhawk. Best one is the Silverstone Raven 3 with two 180mm intake fans, it's the air cooling champion. HAFX is a bit behind in cooling but much more user friendly, and the Inwin Dragon Rider is also a worthy option.

No matter which way you go today, You won't spend less than $1,400 on GPU, motherboard, case and PSU. You can't get less than an Intel i5 2500k CPU, and your rig will be pushed to its limits from the start and you will find yourself needing an upgrade next year to keep up with newer games. Better capable GPU solutions will be on the shelves in three months and will hold up considerably better and longer than this generation's cards. Although you can run each monitor at 1920x1200 as you said,the time for 5760x1200 has not started yet.

This year's cards and last year's operate on the same 40nm chips while the next batch of cards will operate on 28nm, that's two generation ahead and it's only three months away.

You can settle for a $260 Sapphire HD6950 2 GB Dirt3 edition and use one monitor and wait till December.
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Old August 13, 2011, 01:08 PM
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Im using the 'Sapphire HD6950 2 GB Dirt3 edition' with the 3 monitor setup.
To be honest Im not noticing hardly any slowdown in the games I play.
Well except for Crysis 2 & FSX, I had to take that down a few notches.

Bad Company 2, MOH, Dirt 3 all ran perfect for me.

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Old August 13, 2011, 11:48 PM
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A pair of GTX580's would be nice for this setup because a GTX580 in SLI supports triple monitor. Most powerful single GPU in the market and when in SLI is way more powerful than a GTX590 by a mile. Add in a Core i7 2600K @ 4.5GHz + Z68 board and you're good. Pick a board with proper slot spacing as well, you would want at least a single slot of space between GPUs to let them intake cool air.
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Old October 28, 2011, 10:19 AM
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Hi all,

I am finally almost ready to place the orders for my build, I was hoping I could run this by the community and get some final tweaking feedback before I go through with my purchase! I am pretty novice, so any advice or approvals will be much appreciated. I based my nomination for GPU off of the recent hardware canucks review for surround/eyefinity GPU setups.

Please see my build below, and I thank you for your help in advance (I'm excited for this!) <3



1.0 PARTS ALREADY OWNED
DISPLAY - Quantity 3: Dell Dell - UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor -1900x1200
DISPLAY STAND: XFX TRIPLE DISPLAY MONITOR STAND 1-450 (FXTRISTAND)

2.0 PROPOSED BUILD /W OPTIONS & PRICES
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor =$319.99, New Egg Listing

MOBO (OPTION 1): ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen3 = 234.99. NewEgg Listing - (Not currently selected for build)
MOBO (OPTION 2): ASRock Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 2133 LGA 1156 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3 = 274.99 Amazon Listing (Currently nominated for build)
MOBO (OPTION 3): ASRock Z68 Pro 3 This line came up in my search, may not be worthwhile (Not currently selected for build)
GPU (OPTION 1) - Quantity 2: XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini DisplayPort Video Card = 2x679.98 NCIX Listing (Not currently selected for build)
GPU (OPTION 2) Quantity 2: Gigabyte GV-N580UD-3GI GeForce GTX 580 Graphic Card - 772 MHz Core - 3 GB GDDR5 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 4008 MHz Memory Clock - 2560 x 1600 - SLI - Fan Cooler - DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.1 - HDMI - DVI= 2x554.00 =1108.00 Cendirect.com Listing (Currently nominated for this build)
PSU (OPTION 1): Silverstone Strider 850 Gold 850W Modular Power Supply ATX 24PIN 135mm Fan 70A 80+ Gold Black = 154.69 DirectCanda Listing (Currently nominated for this build)
PSU (OPTION 2): Corsair Professional Series Gold AX 1200W Power Supply = 289.99 Memory Express Listing (Not currently selected for build)
RAM: GSKILL Sniper Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit = 54.99 Memory Express Listing
SSD (OPTION 1): Patriot PW120GS25SSDR Wildfire Series 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SandForce Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD = 259.99 NCIX Listing(Currently nominated for this build
SSD (OPTION 2): Crucial Technology 128GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive = 190.76 B&H Listing[i/](Not currently selected for this build)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda XT 7200.12 2TB SATA 6.0GB/S 3.5IN 8.5MS 64MB Hard Drive OEM = 129.79 BestDirect Listing
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper = 189.99 I would welcome other suggestions!!
Cooling (OPTION 1): COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 = 34.99 NewEgg Listing (Currently nominated for this build)
Cooling (OPTION 2): Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler (OR THERMALRIGHT ARCHON BOTH SEEM TO BE 79.99) = 79.99 (Neither currently selected for this build, each priced at 79.99)

Tentative Build Subtotal, Oct 28, 2011: = 2,527.42

3.0 ACCESSORIES
Keyboard: SteelSeries 6Gv2 Keyboard (Already wn)
Headset: SteelSeries 7H USB Headset (Already own)
Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei Mouse (Planning to purchase)
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Old October 28, 2011, 10:36 AM
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For that resolution, you will REALLY want 2x GTX 580 SLI.

Unfortunately, I haven't really had much luck with AMD solutions and Eyefinity lately.
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Old October 28, 2011, 10:50 AM
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For that resolution, you will REALLY want 2x GTX 580 SLI.
Are two cards even enough to yield playable framerates with decent settings turned on? I found that 3 470's @ 5760x1080 had a tough time even with low settings in BF:BC2. Perhaps surround drivers are better with the 500 series cards.
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Old October 28, 2011, 10:55 AM
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Are two cards even enough to yield playable framerates with decent settings turned on? I found that 3 470's @ 5760x1080 had a tough time even with low settings in BF:BC2. Perhaps surround drivers are better with the 500 series cards.
Load balancing is all screwed up with 3 cards. It'll run quite well.
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Old October 28, 2011, 12:13 PM
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interesting every one is recommending dual card solutions.(1 powerful card > than 2 lesser cards is my rule of thumb, especially with all the driver issues)..
I had my trusty 5870 running 3 x24" samsung monitors no problem (eyefinity) on games, Call of duty black ops, just cause 2 etc...
mind you I gave up because i couldn't get used to 3 monitors.
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