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Display noob setting up eyefinity for first time

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 10, 2012 6:32:12 PM

Okay so I'm kinda a noob with graphics so I dont know anything about this. I recently built myself a new computer, mostly for the fun of doing so but also because I wanted a new gaming rig. I made it pretty powerful (at least I think so) for a decent price. I put in an XFX Radeon HD 6870 (this one to be precise: and this card allows eyefinity Right now the computer is hooked up to a small 24" tv in my dorm room and it plays nicely. Next year im moving off campus so i will have more space and want to be able to use the Eyefinity that is suported by my video card. My only problem is that I dont know what resoulutions to get the three monitors that i would be using (the tv would become a dedicated tv at that point and ill prob just watch sports or play XBOX on it).

So anyway can someone help me decide what resolutions for the monitors I need to get I was hoping for like 24" monitors or lower(22" maybe). I know I need at least one display port monitor and the others dont matter I figured if I used a DP one for my center screen and the other two were DVI that would work? right or wrong? I just dont understand resolution or aspect ratio or any of that.. sorry for the lack of information. like i said all the info on the card is here:

I believe it said the max resolution supported was 2560X1600...whatever that means. should I get 3 monitors at this resolution or do i need to divide that by 3?????? idk whats going on here.

Thanks for all the help guys I really appriciate it. In case you need more specs on the build I listed them here:

Windows 7 Ultimate
AMD FX 6100 6core processor
16GB Corsair XMS DDR3 memory
Asus M5A99x EVO motherboard
265GB Patriot Pyro SE SSD OS drive
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB data drive
April 10, 2012 6:53:48 PM

the resolution is not rated as to be spread out across the 3 devices.
just what ever monitor you have hooked to the display port will be an active monitor and you dont want that to have a higher native resolution then the max.

for a monitor i like
$20 off w/ promo code EMCNFJN45,
1080p 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio

for spanning across 3 or more monitors is hydravison but its quirky on my set up so i stuck with eyefinity.

i have a 20" widescreen (1900 x 1600 dvi) 32" tv (hdmi 720p) 17" (active display port)
April 10, 2012 6:59:07 PM

ohhhhh ok that makes more sense now and thanks for the suggestion on a monitor I'll check it out