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Decision time and i need some help deciding

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February 12, 2010 9:30:44 PM

I'm in a bit of a dilemma guys. As you can see, it's time for me to make a tough decision; either an HD 5970, or 3 monitors. My budget is limited to the price of the HD 5970. I can't make up my mind. I already have 2 5770's. But I also already have 2 24" monitors for each set up.

I was thinking of the Asus VH236H for my 3 monitors since it's priced right right below my budget. I was also looking at the Hanns-G 23" on newegg priced at 159.00 each. I know it'd save me 90 dollars if I chose that option, however, it's 5ms vs 2ms on the Asus. Not that 2ms is that much more noticable than 5... I'm seeking uniformity in the monitors so they'll have to be identical.
For the 5970 I was thinking about going with either Sapphire or Asus.

Sadly I hate the fact that Newegg charges Californians tax, unlike Amazon... But Amazon also charges a little extra to make up for those fees. I've had great success on both e-tailers, and will only consider those two when making my purchase.

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February 12, 2010 9:39:05 PM

What about your first two 24" monitors? what will become of them if you decide to get 3 new Asus/HannsG monitors. Seems like a waste to replace them. Assuming if they are the same, why not go and get a 3rd one that matches them?

As for getting a 5970 when you already have two 5770s, if you could sell those 5770s you could make enough to get yourself a 3rd monitor i suppose.
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February 12, 2010 9:45:12 PM

so 2 monitors and 2 x 5770's isnt enough?

Personally I'd go for a 5870 and some other upgrades like a SSD or watercooling, as I dont find eyefinity appealing.

Unless you have a 2560 x 1600 res. monitor Or 3 monitors for eyefinity I think a 5970 is a waste
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February 12, 2010 11:07:25 PM

Any chance you can sell the two 5770s, and buy a single 5870 and one more 24" monitor? Keep in mind you can't CF and Eyefinity at the same time.
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February 13, 2010 3:59:56 AM

One of the reasons I want to switch up the monitors is because the glossy display refracts any beam of light directly into my eye. The other display I'm quite happy with; however, the cost of that monitor itself costed the same price as 3 new monitors. I was hoping to game above 2560 x 1080. Hell to be honest I was planning to get 6 monitors, but after my car was towed from in front of my house and the expenses associated with towing, CHP, and DMV, I'm left with only half the original amount I wanted to spend. I suppose that's what happens when you're the minority in a predominately upper class generation x area.
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February 13, 2010 4:04:52 AM

Keep in mind that to use eyefinity with three monitor at this point one of them must have a display port input or you will need a rather expensive($100) active display port adapter.
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February 13, 2010 4:03:18 PM

Oh wow really? That makes my heart ache.
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February 13, 2010 4:24:50 PM

I believe they are hoping to remove that requirement in the future through driver updates but for the moment that's the way it is.
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February 14, 2010 12:19:52 AM

4745454b said:
Any chance you can sell the two 5770s, and buy a single 5870 and one more 24" monitor? Keep in mind you can't CF and Eyefinity at the same time.


You can CF & Eyefinity at the same time, they fixed that with 9.12 (maybe even 9.10) MONTHS ago (December at the latest).
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February 14, 2010 3:36:36 PM

paperfox said:
You could get around the $100 active adapter (DVI/HDMI) by getting the cheaper active VGA adapter, ~$25.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one seems to be promising. should get mine by Tuesday.


That is interesting, there are claims that it works with eyefinity! That's a huge relief for my thin wallet.

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You can CF & Eyefinity at the same time, they fixed that with 9.12 (maybe even 9.10) MONTHS ago (December at the latest).


Please elaborate. I don't understand what you're trying to convey, do you mean to say that I may configure it as such: DVI-DVI-DVI, DVI-HDMI-HDMI, HDMI-HDMI-HDMI, HDMI-DVI-DVI? Would I be able to avoid the displayport configurations? [edit] I assume you were referring to the eyefinity problems in CF. I had already known about that.

At any rate, my sister is going to take 1 5770 off of my hand. You had better believe that I'm going to sell the other one as well. Any takers? :kaola:  I believe I will be better off with a 5850, rather than a 5970. Advice here as well guys!
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