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Help with my monitor setup. (3x display)

I'm currently looking into a computer build for video editing and slight gaming so I want to go for a 3x display.
I'd really like the 3 displays to be from 20-24 inches, so if you guys have any models to recommend me (with thin bezels), PLZ don't be afraid to advise.

Currently, I was going to set up 3 of these monitors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001475

with two of these GPU cards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127582

But I have a few questions:
I most likely NEED 2 cards to connect the 3 monitors, correct? Two of these cards comes out to $740 so I am just wondering if I should get a 6990 dual GPU card for $730. Which option would provide the best performance?

Sidenote:
I will be getting an adequate power supply -- 1200W.
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    Currently, I was going to set up 3 of these monitors:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001475

    Why the 3D monitors? You realize about $100 of that price is simply the 3D glasses kit, and then another ~$50 for the 3D feature of the monitor.

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    But I have a few questions:
    I most likely NEED 2 cards to connect the 3 monitors, correct? Two of these cards comes out to $740 so I am just wondering if I should get a 6990 dual GPU card for $730. Which option would provide the best performance?

    With NVidia, you need at least 2 cards to run 3 monitors either individually (i.e. no gaming) or in surround (3 for gaming, acts as one big monitor). The 3D will just kill your GPUs - it takes a lot of horsepower to run even one display in 3D.

    Many of AMD's cards run 3 monitors on a single GPU. Basically any of the 68XX series and up. However, performance isn't great (not that it's stunning on NVidia either).

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    Sidenote:
    I will be getting an adequate power supply -- 1200W.

    Unnecessary unless you're running 2-3 GTX 580s or dual GPU cards with OCs.
  2. boiler1990 said:
    Quote:
    Currently, I was going to set up 3 of these monitors:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001475

    Why the 3D monitors? You realize about $100 of that price is simply the 3D glasses kit, and then another ~$50 for the 3D feature of the monitor.

    Quote:
    But I have a few questions:
    I most likely NEED 2 cards to connect the 3 monitors, correct? Two of these cards comes out to $740 so I am just wondering if I should get a 6990 dual GPU card for $730. Which option would provide the best performance?

    With NVidia, you need at least 2 cards to run 3 monitors either individually (i.e. no gaming) or in surround (3 for gaming, acts as one big monitor). The 3D will just kill your GPUs - it takes a lot of horsepower to run even one display in 3D.

    Many of AMD's cards run 3 monitors on a single GPU. Basically any of the 68XX series and up. However, performance isn't great (not that it's stunning on NVidia either).

    Quote:
    Sidenote:
    I will be getting an adequate power supply -- 1200W.

    Unnecessary unless you're running 2-3 GTX 580s or dual GPU cards with OCs.
    Kill the GPUs? Would 3D be enabled all the time? I don't intend on using it constantly, only here or there. It's a convenience because I do have like 1 or 2 3D Blu Ray movies that i haven't watched yet. I plan on getting a few more over time.
    Regardless though, which would be the most powerful solution? I was told 570s in SLI were more powerful (2D), just need confirmation
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    Kill the GPUs?

    3D runs your GPUs at 100% all the time. If you can manage the temps, it's not a big deal. Just note that you'll be scaling down the detail in 3D games.

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    Would 3D be enabled all the time? I don't intend on using it constantly, only here or there. It's a convenience because I do have like 1 or 2 3D Blu Ray movies that i haven't watched yet. I plan on getting a few more over time.

    You can turn 3D on/off when you like. I had the Asus 3D monitor for a while, so I have some decent experience with it.

    I would check whatever playback software you intend to use. I had Cyberlink's PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D and that was the only 3D Bluray program they made at the time. There are other options as well.


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    Regardless though, which would be the most powerful solution? I was told 570s in SLI were more powerful (2D), just need confirmation

    Well, 2 GPUs will always outperform a dual-GPU card with similar GPUs on the same PCB. It's just that 3D is really going to be hurting on 3 monitors.
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