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Triple monitor set-up but only one for gaming - graphics card requirement

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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2014 12:30:39 PM

So I want a triple monitor set-up. I don't mind about how good 2 of the screens are - they can be 13xx*768 for all I care; they'll be on my sides (diagonally); just a way to keep myself constantly going; they'll be used to just read news and work on university stuff.
The middle monitor needs to be 1920x1080 (unless better if I improve it later on) and will be used for gaming for the most part.
now my question is - can a single 280X or GTX 770 (2GB or 4GB) deal with all that.
in the future I may upgrade the system to an SLI or crossfire - so which type of card will be best for that situation as well.
and will the FX 6300 bottleneck this system both single and SLI. as well as an 850W power supply for the SLI setup?

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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2014 12:37:52 PM

Yes, an 850w PSU will be enough power for the SLI Setup.
4gb Of RAM will help but generally if you want 3 screens for a game.
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March 6, 2014 12:45:21 PM

The 6300 will handle a 280x or a 770 just fine; maybe a SMALL bottleneck, but regardless, should be fine. If you're going to SLI (PSU would be great for SLI 770s), the CPU will bottleneck.

And you can hook up all three of the monitors to a single card, and have it so your middle monitor is your main monitor. Just because you have three monitors, doesn't mean that you have to enable Nvidia Surround/Eyefinity.

Unless you plan on gaming with Surround/Eyefinity, you'll only need the 2GB version of the 770.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2014 1:55:43 PM

enemy1g said:
The 6300 will handle a 280x or a 770 just fine; maybe a SMALL bottleneck, but regardless, should be fine. If you're going to SLI (PSU would be great for SLI 770s), the CPU will bottleneck.

And you can hook up all three of the monitors to a single card, and have it so your middle monitor is your main monitor. Just because you have three monitors, doesn't mean that you have to enable Nvidia Surround/Eyefinity.

Unless you plan on gaming with Surround/Eyefinity, you'll only need the 2GB version of the 770.


Right so next question; because budget at presents means I can't get the 4GB 770, and the 280X (3GB) is currently £15 ($25) cheaper than the 770 from where i'm buying from; which one would be the better option for future and SLI / Crossfire?
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March 6, 2014 3:17:53 PM

You can't go wrong with either, both of them trade blows; although the 770 is slightly faster. But the 3GB of RAM will help in future games as games are pushing VRAM. But 2GB will still do just fine. Mantle should no longer be a selling point as DirectX/OpenGL are following the same route.

Pretty much comes down to preference, yes the AMD is cheaper, but it runs hotter, and uses more power (not sure if you'll need higher than a 850W psu with the 280X in crossfire).
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