Im thinking of putting together most of the components in the sept 11 system $1000 build but with a few changes that I seem to need to be able to play BF3 with 3 monitors. The main question I have is the build that's mentioned on Toms Sept issue uses 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1 GB 1 GB GDDR5. I've researched the Radeon HD6970 and it seems to fit my bill to be able to use 3 monitors.... Can I do that with the 2 GTX460?
Do I need to change any thing else to my build to accomidate the Radeon 6970?
1.EVGA P67 Micro SLI LGA 1155, Intel P67 chipset
2.Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo), Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache
3.Cooler Master Hyper TX3
4.SAPPHIRE 100311-2SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
Support Video Card with Eyefinity
5.Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1600 Kit, Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit
6.Western Digital Caviar Black 750 GB 750 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s
7. Sony Optiarc DVD Burner 24x DVD Burner
8.Corsair CX600 V2 600 W ATX12V, EPS12V, 80 PLUS-Certified
To answer the question at a high rate.. I haven't bought the monitors yet either... Im looking into them now.
since you haven't bought monitors yet, i'd suggest going for a single monitor to start with, and upgrade to 3 later.
then you'll have some cash to get a higher wattage power supply so you can cfx 6970s
Go with 2x 570. It will cost about 700 but will last you for 6 years. If you want to cut cost, 2x 560 Ti are alright. Nvidia card handle BF3 better than AMD so you get more FPS with nvidia for the same price.
Why two video cards? I guess that was my original question?
You need triple the graphic power If you are running triple the resolution. On a single monitor, a single 560ti or 570 is sufficient. On triple monitors however, you need SLI 570/580 or a 6990 to get even close to the same frame rate