Triple 1920x1200 surround gaming setup? Best adapter?

kiselk

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Hi all,

I'm here to ask you about my future setup.

I want:
1. Surround gaming 3x1920x1200 display array.
2. It will be good, not 'must have' to have this array run Crysis maxxed out.

I have:
1. Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.8GHz (w/o OC)
2. Sapphire ATI Radeon 4870x2
3. ASUS P5QPro
4. 2x2GB Transcend @800

I know that:
1. 4870X2 supports only 2 displays at once, so I will have to get an additional card to run 3rd display.
2. Triple displays surround gaming setups are supported by only TripleHead2Go and SoftTH yet. Later will be EyeFinity but it is always delayed.
3. TripleHead2Go devices do not support 3x1920x1200, only less, so I have to stick to SoftTH
4. SoftTH renders everything on only one card, if there are several, uses others only for output to display. It does not support CF.
5. ASUS guys told me that I will be able to run my 4870X2 at x16 and other card only at x8 without CF, with CF x8 both. So there is no point making 2x48070x2 CF with P5QPro if I am not mistaken.
6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7GeaaCmh3k
This guy has the setup I want he says he got 4870x2 and 3870, but he says the 3870 is a waste of money and recommends getting a cheaper one because it is used only for output. He uses SoftTH, he likes everything he got and recommends no replaces for my build. He is also silent about benchmarking his setup.
7. 3x1920x1200 = 6,912,000 pixels and 2560x1600 = 4,096,000 pixels. So my config will be almost twice harder for my 4870x2 to render than a 30'' display.

I am confused about:
1. Will it be at least working?
2. What FPS I will get with maxxed Crysis played at 4870x2 at 3x1920x1200?
3. If I wont like the FPS, how can I improve the setup? 4870x2 is the best on the market, it fits my needs talking about the configuration even if I have to by a cheap additional card for third DVI output, but I couldn't find a way to extend this setup if I will need to. There is no CF for SoftTH and 4870x2 is the most powerful card.
4. If there will be a bottleneck, how can I improve it? Maybe another RAM freq, more RAM, another motherboard for 2xPCIEx16 run, overclocking CPU, GPU?

I would be glad if someone commented this or corrected me if I am wrong in any of my statements.

Thanks in advance.
 

kiselk

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oh rly? why?
I was aiming World of Warcraft, actually. Crysis was just a benchmarking way for comparison.
I realize that it will be a hard try for my 4870x2 to render 5760x1200, but that guy has it working! Not the Crysis, but other games.
I took a look at the specs of new ATI cards and they re good, but here in Russia 5870x2 will cost me another $1000 in November.
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kiselk

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I'm not investing in WoW, I will give it up again after I level from 80 to 85, I just have no ideas whom to give my money to :) Always wanted a good gaming setup. And when I knew theres a thing called surround gaming I started to cry and to roll on the floor, you know, and decided that my money will give me an opportinity to totally go out of this dam money-dependant, whore-sucking, ***-speaking world into the same virtual one but with spells, monsters and M-16 :)

You play Wow on 3screens?