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    Recomend a Graphics Card(s)

    Anyone care to suggest a graphics card or cards for a 3 monitor set up (3 24in 1920x1200 16:10). Currently using an ASUS GTX570, which is probably too chunky (physically it takes up 3 slots) to do two of in SLI and is probably not quite capable of driving three monitors off it's own back. Most of my gaming is iRacing (and soon Assetto Corsa), Rise of Flight, RTS with a smattering of FPS (GTA, Team Fortress etc). Budget is £400 max.

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    Probably an AMD 7970 then - £325 at eBuyer with a nice cooler (there are cheaper ones available, but not by much). Will power three displays on its own, though you'll need a mini-DP-to-whateverYouWant adapter. AMD have done the multi-monitor thing for three generations now so it's pretty solid.

    Though I seem to recall that the newer nVidia series can do it, perhaps? In which case the nVidia 770 is about the same price and arguably more powerful, depending on the games.

    EDIT: apparently the nVidia cards can now support mulitple monitors with nVidia surround, since the 600 series - in which case, the 770 cards have 1 x HDMI and 2 x DVI outputs, so probably more convenient than the AMD as well. Overclocked Palit card @ £330.
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    I recently purchased this: Sapphire HD 7950 BOOST 3GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI.. | Ebuyer.com on it's own, overclocked and runs VERY nicely - It outputs to my 24" 1080p monitor as well as my 37" 1080p TV at the same time and runs games such as FC3 at max settings.

    If you want SLI two of these overclocked would do the job: Asus GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II OC 2GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI.. | Ebuyer.com Ok, it's £40 over budget but in my opinion worth the little extra!

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    680, 690 <<<< preferred, 780.

    680 is just a little behind the 780. However, the 690 blows both out of the water.

    Edit: Woops, just saw your max budget. Sack the 690. Make a decision between the 680 and 780 imo
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    Budget is £400 max.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    However, the 690 blows both out of the water.
    Gigabyte GTX 690: £833

    Likewise the 780, at £500+. And 770 is a higher clocked version of the 680, so preferable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Gigabyte GTX 690: £833

    Likewise the 780, at £500+.
    Yep, just edited ass you were posting

    Edit: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ASUS-GTX69...item56576ea56e

    833 my buttocks. Saying that.... sack the 2nd gtx680 on my rig and buy the 690!? :P
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    So I'm not stabbing in the dark..

    How much do you have to spend on the graphics card?
    What interfaces (DVI, etc) do your monitors have available?
    Which motherboard are you using (to check for PCI-E 3.0)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post
    So I'm not stabbing in the dark..

    How much do you have to spend on the graphics card?
    What interfaces (DVI, etc) do your monitors have available?
    Which motherboard are you using (to check for PCI-E 3.0)?
    £400 is the budget on the graphics card.
    Monitors will be Dell U2412M.
    Motherboard is ASUS 1155 P8Z68-V PRO.

    Thanks for the replies so far.

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    Thanks for that

    I'd probably look at the GTX670 or 680, both of which can post to 4 monitors.

    Realistically, you'll probably end up using 2 DVI-DVI connections, and a displayport to displayport (or DP to DVI, to DVI).

    You'll see a little drop-off in FPS, because you'll be running a PCI-E 3.0 card in a PCI-E 2.0 slot, but to be honest, that'll be negligible (Using a PCI-E 3.0 in a 2.0 slot)

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    The 770 is cheaper than the 680 and a better performer. Do not get the 680. The two cards are the same chip, just the 770 is clocked higher and priced lower.

    You could get the 670, but you want all the grunt you can get for 3 1920x1200 monitors, so you may as well spend up to the 770. It's as close to £400 as you'll get - the only cards more powerful are way over £400.

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    The 680 is cheaper than the 770 >.>

    Also, the performance increase from the 680 to 770 is 5 - 8%. >.>

    Don't know what you're on about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    The 680 is cheaper than the 770 >.>

    Also, the performance increase from the 680 to 770 is 5 - 8%. >.>

    Don't know what you're on about.
    Going by eBuyer as it's normally the best indicator of price. If you've spotted a better offer, I'm sure @pcstru would be delighted to hear it

    Excluding ex-display models:
    nVidia GTX 770 costs £320 to £385
    nVidia GTX 680 costs £350 to £480

    EDIT: @pcstru - you may want to consider a 4GB model for multi-monitor fun e.g. http://www.ebuyer.com/510168-zotac-g...d-zt-70304-10p (not out till the end of this month)
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    Last edited by Sunnyknight; 18th June 2013 at 12:29 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyknight View Post
    Fair play - I didn't bother shopping around as it wasn't my money I was spending the 4GB cards are more expensive than eBuyer mind. It'd be worth looking round a fair bit, judging by the price variance between just those two sites!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    EDIT: @pcstru - you may want to consider a 4GB model for multi-monitor fun e.g. Zotac GTX 770 4GB GDDR5 Dual-DVI HDMI DP PCI-E.. | Ebuyer.com (not out till the end of this month)
    Thanks again everyone.

    Damn-it though, reading a review of a 3 monitor 1080 set-up driven by a 680, frame rates seem to be dropping a little lower than I want. I'm sure iRacing won't trouble it and I guess there is always the settings to fiddle with but ... but ... the 780 does seem to be 25% faster. Uuurgh.



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