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September 10, 2013 7:04:07 PM

Hello, I'm going to build a new PC soon and I'm trying to figure out what video card to get. The computer will be running Arch Linux most likely and will be used for the general use, programming, and running virtual machines. I am trying to keep a way from gaming and am going for as cheap as possible. I read that getting a Radeon card with eyefinity is a good solution but I have never used AMD/ATI cards. Anyone have any suggestions?
September 10, 2013 7:12:01 PM

If you aren't doing any rendering, gaming, etc.. even the newer intel iGPUs support three monitors. Of course you would have to make sure you find a motherboard with the appropriate video outputs to support all three.
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September 10, 2013 7:26:39 PM

I agree with the HD7770.
However, this one is a better choice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can also choose one of the games (AMD Never Settle Bronze Tier). You may not be gaming, so if you don't want it at least get your code and SELL it. There is an expiration for redeeming it.

Obviously they won't run on Linux.
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September 10, 2013 7:27:08 PM

ComponentGeek said:
The Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X http://amzn.to/18ann0b would be a great option.


AMD's drivers for Linux past the HD 5000 series sucks. Get a 650ti, OP.
And how do I know? I had the exact same GPU and the whole OS was sluggish. What happened when I plugged my 4670 in? Great. My 5770? Great. My 6850? Back to square one.
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September 10, 2013 7:30:26 PM

Thanatos Telos said:
ComponentGeek said:
The Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X http://amzn.to/18ann0b would be a great option.


AMD's drivers for Linux past the HD 5000 series sucks. Get a 650ti, OP.
And how do I know? I had the exact same GPU and the whole OS was sluggish. What happened when I plugged my 4670 in? Great. My 5770? Great. My 6850? Back to square one.


It appears NVIDIA is better:
http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/05/02/1421258/amds-op...

I said the reverse until I looked closer and realized that the NVidia CLOSED SOURCE drivers were better than AMD's. You probably want the CLOSED SOURCE drivers.

Other:
Don't forget you have to install the new AMD/NVidia drivers. Linux distros come with a basic version with limited support.
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September 10, 2013 7:38:07 PM

So I agree with the GTX650Ti 1GB; here is my recommendation. An Asus 2-slot solution:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I believe the VGA might be tied to one of the DVI connectors so that you can use EITHER but not both. The most logical would be to use both DVI's and the HDMI output.

If all three monitors have DVI, as I said use both DVI's then get an HDMI->DVI cable or else an HDMI->DVI adapter and use a normal DVI cable.
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September 10, 2013 7:51:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I really like the 650TI suggestion. I thought that only the really high Nvida video cards had support for more than 2 monitors. Also as far as I know Nvidia has better drivers than AMD or Intel. I'll probably go with the gtx 650TI.
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September 11, 2013 6:16:08 AM

kogo50 said:
Thanks for the suggestions. I really like the 650TI suggestion. I thought that only the really high Nvida video cards had support for more than 2 monitors. Also as far as I know Nvidia has better drivers than AMD or Intel. I'll probably go with the gtx 650TI.


"On Kepler, one card powers three monitors for gaming, with the option for a fourth monitor for web or IM."

I also saw an NVidia video where it was absolutely confirmed the GTX650Ti supports four monitors for non-gaming.
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