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Video Card suggestion for 3 monitors

Hi all,

I don't know a lot about PCs in general and the more I research graphic cards the more it seems I don't even really know what I'm after. I'd love to hear some advice from any of you brilliant folks based on my needs! First, my current PC:

ACPI x64-based PC
Intel Core i7 X980 @ 3.33GHz
2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
3x monitors: 2x 24", 1x 22" (all Dell "Ultrasharp" DVI)
Windows 7 64bit

Now, what I'm looking for:
- A better graphics card (or cards) for modern games at 1920x1200... specifically, Battlefield 3 runs kinda choppy even on low settings
- I need this to work well with 3 monitors
- I need this to work well with graphic design tools, like Photoshop, Illustrator, etc... my understanding is that the video card isn't going to have much effect with these programs
- My budget is probably around $500... I'd love if I could spend less, of course, and still see big gains above the GTX 260s.

Thanks for any thoughts!
-Aaron
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  1. I would say 2 x 770
  2. Your processor could benefit from some serious overclocking. 2.2 ghz is pretty slow by today's standards.

    May want to get 4gb cards rather than the 2gb cards
  3. Thanks for the replies!

    Somehow I could have sworn I was looking at 760ish cards for like $500 a pop... must have been something else... maybe the GTX 780? It's amazing 770 to 780 has such a big price jump, is it really that much better?

    egilbe said:
    Your processor could benefit from some serious overclocking. 2.2 ghz is pretty slow by today's standards


    Woops, that was a typo, it's actually 3.3GHz... that was dumb of me. :) It's not overclocked. Does that change what sort of video card I should look at?
  4. Best answer
    The 760's is a massive upgrade over the 260's and 2 of them in SLI will beat a single GTX780 which is more expensive. Two times 770 will blow your budget of $500.
  5. Thanks, those GTX 760s look great!

    Now my next dumb question... what's with all the brands for what seems to be the same card? Back in the day I only remember cards being a few major brands like NVIDIA and Radeon... but now it seems like there are a zillion brands I've never heard of that repackage the same NVIDIA or Radeon card? What's the difference between these? Cosmetic or something more significant?
  6. vinhn said:
    Here is a general list of recent games that require the amount of GPU needed for 3x1080p setup.
    http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4632/36/geforce-gtx-700-series-sli-review-geforce-gtx-760770780-in-sli-and-3-way-sli-how-many-cards-do-you-need

    That list is based on 60fps it is more interesting to actually look at the benchmark numbers since over 90% of gamers will be happy going past 30fps.
  7. Oh, here's another question... say I wanted to get just one GTX 760 and maybe get the second one later... my understanding is that I couldn't use the GTX 260s at the same time even if I had slots, they have to be the same cards? And if I went from 2x GTX 260s to 1 GTX 760 would I be able to use 3 monitors and see any better performance?
  8. nascent said:
    Now my next question... what's with all the brands for what seems to be the same card? Back in the day I only remember cards being a few major brands like NVIDIA and Radeon... but now it seems like there are a zillion brands that repackage the same NVIDIA or Radeon card? What's the difference between these? Cosmetic or something more significant?


    Nvidia and AMD make the chips (GPU), their partners (all the misc brand names) make the cards. My guess is that a single GTX760 is about 150% the performance of 2 x GTX260 in SLI.
  9. rolli59 said:


    Nvidia and AMD make the chips (GPU), their partners (all the misc brand names) make the cards.


    I see. Any bad card brands to avoid?
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