BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: USD $150-250) best bang for the buck under $1200
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - BF2, Crysis 1/2, Dragon Age 1/2 ect...
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: new system so no GPU yet. I will be using a Corsair 850HX or better
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: currently planning a P67 build using a i5 or i7 K series.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Seattle, Washington, USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Trying to stay with low noise GPU's, recommended card should have a non-reference cooler on them
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes most likely to get good frame rates
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 X 3 (3840x 1024) currently, but would like to build to game on 1920x1200 x 3 (5760x1200)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to run with at least some AA and AF on (three-display setup)
I have been doing some research and I am leaning toward the nVidia Surround solution 2 or 3 GPU's in SLI, as it is simple (just plug in your 3 DVI monitors) vs the more complex ATI Eyefinity setup require 2 or 3 cards in Xfire to game with good FPS, plus the active (or is it passive?) Display port converter dongle thing.
Some of the research I have seen shows an advantage to having 2GB vs 1, 1.25.,or 1.5 GB of VRAM so I am leaning toward 2GB cards.
I am considering 2 Palit GTX 560 Ti (2GB) in SLI anyone have a better solution?
Is that enough GPU power?
Should I be looking harder at ATI? (if you say yes, please give a hardware solution with the Display port hardware required. anyone know if they are going to produce a 6970 Flex?)
Would 2 x GTX 580/570 (1.5/1.25 GB) be better?
are they going to produce a 570/580 with more RAM?
links to any threads with articles or persons gaming on 3 displays would be appreciated. I love stats and evidence.
For eyefinity it's actually not that hard even without the FLeX cards (Though i think Sappahire already released a FLex 6950), the Apple mDP-VGA is known to work fine for $30: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB572Z/A