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Capabilities of GTX 560 TI vs 480 or others

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February 29, 2012 5:06:44 AM

Hi,

I am looking to upgrade my GTX 280 to a graphics card that can run Battlefield 3 better and also support 3 monitors.

I am working on websites, so i need the three monitor support for code, not for gaming, but am looking to get better gaming support as the 280 is DX10.

The monitors are:

Samsung 32" 1080p

Samsung 27" 1080p

and HP 20" 1080p

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D

CPU: Intel i7 930 Quad-core (2.8 ghz, i believe)

PSU: Antec TruPower 1000

Should I get another 280 or upgrade a second card to a 560 TI? ( this was advice from a guy at MicroCenter, he actually said the 560 ti will support all 3, but the ebay seller i contacted regarding the 560 ti said the card only supports 2 monitors...)

Should I run both the 280 and the 560 ti simultaneously, or just run the 560?(would that allow the 3 monitor support?)

What are the benefits of 560 vs. others like the 480? (I dont want to spend too much)

Please forgive the amount of questions and my ignorance.

Thanks in advance! :na: 
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February 29, 2012 5:39:47 AM

Nvidia cards only support 2 monitors on 1 card. AMD video cards support 3 monitors setup with one card.If you want to use 3 monitors with Nvidia you need SLI.
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February 29, 2012 5:50:36 AM

so two graphics cards on a motherboard have to be SLI'd to work? I didnt know that. Then again I dont know alot. So would it benefit me to buy a AMD, or to SLI my GTX 280 with another?

If the answer is the former, what is an affordable AMD card that runs DX11 and will run 3 screens without a hitch?

THanks.
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February 29, 2012 6:08:27 AM

iamdan said:
so two graphics cards on a motherboard have to be SLI'd to work? I didnt know that. Then again I dont know alot. So would it benefit me to buy a AMD, or to SLI my GTX 280 with another?

If the answer is the former, what is an affordable AMD card that runs DX11 and will run 3 screens without a hitch?

THanks.

You would probably be best served to just wait for the Radeon 78xx cards are out and pick one of those up however SLI GTX280 is nothing to pass off ether being it would perform better than a GTX 580 sometimes.
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