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November 5, 2011 8:19:56 PM

I currently have 1 Dell SE198WFP 19" monitor and 1 Radeon HD 5750 Vapor-X edition. i'd like to upgrade for gaming and movies. I am on a tight budget (around $250-$280). My question is should i get 1 more 19" monitor and an HD 6850 or 2 more 19" monitors?

1 19" monitor and an HD 6850:
Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $109.99
HD 6850 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $149.99

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2 19" monitors
Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $109.99 x2
DisplayPort Adapter - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $26.99

all three monitors are the same size and resolution. I'd like to know if my HD 5750 is powerful enough to run all three monitors in games with low detail settings too. Thank you for taking the time to read (and hopefully answer) my questions!

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2011 8:32:31 PM

Don't even bother with 3 monitors using a 5750, and 2 monitors isn't great because the bezels will be more annoying than a 3 monitor setup. For 250-280 get a nice 6950 and play any game at 1440x900 on max settings for a while.
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November 5, 2011 8:35:03 PM

I'd be moving away from 1440 x 900 and on to 1920 x 1080 before investing in 3 monitors.

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November 5, 2011 8:48:45 PM

gmcizzle said:
Don't even bother with 3 monitors using a 5750, and 2 monitors isn't great because the bezels will be more annoying than a 3 monitor setup. For 250-280 get a nice 6950 and play any game at 1440x900 on max settings for a while.

My 5750 already plays games at max settings at 1440x900 so i don't really see a point in getting a 6950. Would my HD 5750 not run any games at low settings with 3 monitors?

JackNaylorPE said:
I'd be moving away from 1440 x 900 and on to 1920 x 1080 before investing in 3 monitors.

What's the point of moving onto higher res monitors besides more pixels? I already enjoy the clarity of 1440x900.
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November 5, 2011 8:50:43 PM

justme1212 said:
My 5750 already plays games at max settings at 1440x900 so i don't really see a point in getting a 6950. Would my HD 5750 not run any games at low settings with 3 monitors?


What's the point of moving onto higher res monitors besides more pixels? I already enjoy the clarity of 1440x900.

Sure you could run it on low settings but it would look like garbage, so what's the point?

More pixels = sharper/better image. The clarity of 1920x1080 puts 1440x900 to shame
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November 5, 2011 8:58:30 PM

gmcizzle said:
Sure you could run it on low settings but it would look like garbage, so what's the point?

More pixels = sharper/better image. The clarity of 1920x1080 puts 1440x900 to shame

My monitor at work is a 1920x1080 24" and i didn't really notice more clarity, just smaller text and more room. Would a 6850 or a 6870 run 3 1440x900 monitors alright?

Thanks for your replies!
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2011 9:11:19 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong but 3 1440x900 monitors = 4320x900?

If so, 4320x900 = ~3.8mil pixels
2650x1600 = ~4.0mil pixels

That will definitely be a challenge for a single 6850 unless you are playing older games.
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November 5, 2011 9:35:08 PM

gmcizzle said:
Correct me if I'm wrong but 3 1440x900 monitors = 4320x900?

If so, 4320x900 = ~3.8mil pixels
2650x1600 = ~4.0mil pixels

That will definitely be a challenge for a single 6850 unless you are playing older games.

Can i not run it at a lower resolution and have it stretch a little? Does Eyefinity allow me to switch between monitors for different tasks so i could run games on just the middle screen and movies on all three?

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2011 9:40:34 PM

Sure, you could run it on a lower res that shouldn't be a problem. Not 100% sure if eyefinity will do that since I've never used it, but I can't see why it wouldn't.
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November 5, 2011 9:57:20 PM

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November 5, 2011 9:58:53 PM

gmcizzle said:
Sure, you could run it on a lower res that shouldn't be a problem. Not 100% sure if eyefinity will do that since I've never used it, but I can't see why it wouldn't.

I've decided to wait until i can test out what i'm wanting to do. Thank you for your input!
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November 5, 2011 10:02:27 PM

Running a LCD monitor at anythign less than its native resolution will look blocky and blurry!
Watching movies with a large bezel bar down the middle of the screen?
So the question is why would you want to do it.
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