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Old June 19, 2013, 09:33 PM
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Default Xfire 7950s or single 780 {multimonitor}

I have come to a decision on my build exept for one part, The graphics card/s.

for 650 $ I could get either 2 7950s 3gb, or a single 780.

I will be gaming with 3 1080p monitors.
I know I wont get perfect or even exellent performance on 3 monitors, but I want to be able to do it.

the rest of the build
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5"
Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply - X-850 SS-850KM
intel i5-3570k
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1866MHz CL10 DIMM (F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL)
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LG 24x DVD-Writer
BitFenix Outlaw Black Mid ATX (BFC-OLW-100-KKN1-RP)



the performance gap is actually pretty huge (7950s are better) but I don't know how good xfire is working atm, or wether there are problems with bottlenecking, heat...
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Old June 20, 2013, 01:00 PM
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You're better off with two 7950s if you have 3 monitors. While I don't think you can max out every settings with 3 monitors, you can get a pretty decent level of detail.

Now I haven't tried a 780 but I always thought that a single card is good for two monitors only.
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Old June 20, 2013, 02:35 PM
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That depends. My 7970 Matrix will output to six monitors. Probably a lot more useful for work than play with a single GPU though.
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Old June 20, 2013, 05:05 PM
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My advice, go with the 780 JUST so you can have a single GPU solution over crossfire. Although dual cards are reasonable setups, there just some stupid things that don't work once in a while and drive me mad when they don't. It's not major, but sometimes it will be for a specific game that you happen to want to play. If you're super conscious about your money and want the best performance per $$, the 780 isn't the way to go, but almost EVERYTHING about it is better than dual 7950s. Way lower temps, power consumption, heat output, better reliability, less stuttering potential issues, etc. Also, a 780 will have NO problems outputting surround resolutions no matter what some fools like to say about the matter. I have been running surround on a single GTX 680 since it came out and I have not complained about the experience.
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