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Looking to upgrade to a 3 monitor set up - Could use some advise.

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May 29, 2013 8:01:14 PM

I am planning on buying three monitors to add to a rig I built about a year ago. I was wondering about this Eyefinity vs crossfire vs any other options for gaming. I would like the ability to use each monitor for something different at times, but mostly I would like to see my game stretch across all three. My build is listed below, and here are the monitors(ASUSVS229H-P):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I currently have only one HD6850. Is this able to handle the 3 monitors with ease? If not, should I look into Crossfire, or a better card?


I am aware of the Display Port use for Eyefinity and don't mind buying the adapter.

And when I get it running, what kind of problems have you had with the edges of the screen that touch; landscape vs portrait?

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May 30, 2013 12:54:41 PM

Think you'd need a better GPU.

You have to remember that 3 of those screens means the GPU rendering 3 x 1920 x 1080p.

That's a lot. The 1GB frame buffer (aka RAM) of that GPU will have to store all that res.

Generally I'd say look into a better card (and give us a budget). Because even if you got 3

HD 6850s with 1GB RAM, each one wouldn't store only 1 screen. Each one will still store the texures

from all 3 screens. Thus, get a better GPU, with more RAM.
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May 30, 2013 6:37:09 PM

I would like to keep it around $200. If I can sell this card I would add that to the $200. Else, I would need to wait a few months to afford to spend more than that.
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May 30, 2013 6:38:48 PM

Might be a tough thing to do if you're wanting to stay at 1080p resolution.
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May 30, 2013 6:57:33 PM

X79 said:
Might be a tough thing to do if you're wanting to stay at 1080p resolution.


Well, I can wait to make some extra cash. I would like to stay at 1080p. That is very important to me. I wouldn't want to stare a game that looks fuzzy stretched across three screens. Haha. I am going to look into it, where would the GPU RAM need to be; 2GB? 4GB?
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May 31, 2013 11:18:51 AM

The more the better to be honest.
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