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    Question The Triple Monitor/Graphics Card Fiasco

    Haven't been on in ages! Glad to see everyone is still crankin away....i see this clearly as my once proud system is getting really romped by most people on here hahah...

    Expect maybe fitting triple 120m rad water-cooling system in a Antec 900 case, maybe I still hold that accomplishment haha

    Anyway, I have a question before i go spend some money...
    Currently I have a dual monitor setup running-off a single GTX 280 HC16 and I currently just bought a new LG 37" LED TV which will be mounted slightly above the two monitors. So being the obnoxious american I am obviously want to go triple monitor.

    I would prefer to go SLI, in which i would buy an additional GTX 280 HC16 or Vanilla 280 but pretty sure I cant do three monitors in SLI (Expect using the expensive Matrox products)

    Or I could not SLI the cards and run the third monitor off its own separate GTX 280 card I believe but if I'm going to spend 200 or above on a GTX 280 wouldn't it be better to pick up like a Nvidia 400/500 Series Card and if so what would be the best bang for my buck in a situation like this (IF it is even possible to run these different cards not in SLI for tip monitors)

    Thanks guys

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    You should be good to go but I am unsure with NVIDIA. You made need an active or passive adapter. I am not up to speed on this. Perhaps someone can chime in. I am at work with no customers and surf all day... You definitely need 2 cards.

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    Hey Dan!

    It depends if you want Nvidia's Surround (gaming across 3 screens, acting as 1 large display) or 3 separate screens that act "independently."

    If it's the former, then you need dual cards in SLI and essentially identical monitors. Nvidia doesn't mix and match monitor manufacturers well, which is why I had to forego my GTX 580's in SLI and instead go with AMD's 6900's in Crossfire for Eyefinity. AMD doesn't care about the monitors or number of cards, but Nvidia does.

    So three different screens as "separate", then you're good to mix and match whatever. If you want one bigass desktop then you need SLI and identical monitors for Nvidia.

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