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AMD Radeon 7790 Graphics Card to run 3 Monitors?

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October 23, 2013 2:08:23 PM

Hello!

I'm not very tech savvy, so please bare with me. You may have to dumb some of your terminologies down for me. I have read through the stickies so I will post the example to try and maximize your help.

What I am after, is to be able to use all 3 monitors, mostly for work, however it will be for pleasure as well. I am currently using a NVidia GeForce 6150SE 430 Graphics card, on Windows Vista. Now this is a works computer, however it does get used as my personal one. I have multiple monitors, however with this graphics card, it only seems to duplicate one screen, whereas I need multiple sceens to hold different spreadsheets ect. Also since this is my personal desktop as well, I'd like it to be able to play some games, and be able to use Youtube etc. The only game I'd probably play is Guild Wars 2 however, and browser based MMO's.

Now for the example!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Probably as soon as possible, i'm not in a rush, however I do have the money to purchase one that is reccomended. BUDGET RANGE: £100? Maybe over if it is worth while.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming; Guild Wars 2, Web Based MMO's. Work based spreadsheets and Youtube. Use of 3 monitors would be brilliant, however I'm talking old LCD, I doubt they'd put out 800x600, let alone 1k+ however resolution isn't an issue to me.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: nVidia GeForce 6150SE 430. And what ever the stock PSU is, I have only altered the RAM to add more. I have no idea how to find out the what the PSU is.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Compaq SR5219UK 3.5 Gig of RAM (2x 2G sticks) 32 Bit OS. Running on Vista. (work would prefer to keep it Vista, as all their computers run on that, and it makes it easier for the tech guys apparently)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I've only ever used Crucial, however that was for memory. I don't know any other computer parts websites. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK

PARTS PREFERENCES: Again, total Novice. I was told the AMD Radeon 7790 would be the best for what I need, but at the same time, I'm not sure if it's a sledgehammer to open a walnut kind of thing? Or whether or not, it wouldn't work with my computer?

OVERCLOCKING: Never heard of overclocking, so I'm going to say no. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Again, no clue. No?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: My central monitor (and main) is running currently at 1440x900. Less for the other two. However I have no specs for those. [If it helps, they are a) Acer AL1715, and b) Starlogic, M17CNA] Both opted from work. (classy... not even 3 matching monitors!)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As you can tell, I'm a complete novice, I understand how to operate one, couldn't tell you the foggiest one how to build one. So I am requesting your assistance, prior to me purchasing something and finding out it isn't designed for my specs.

Thank you for your time, and if you need any further information, feel free to ask. Also I apologize for the wall of text. But rather give as much info, than give none.
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October 23, 2013 2:22:12 PM

the 7790 is a very strong gpu for the $$ you spend. if you can afford it get it. it will drive 3 monitors pretty easily. it's a low power card and should run quiet and cool for you.
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October 23, 2013 2:25:33 PM

I'm assuming it will work with my specs then?
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October 23, 2013 2:34:30 PM

Sorry to keep going though, but what is the difference between Sapphire, AMD and XFX? Also 1, or 2Gig? I've just went to check out prices, and I got lost instantly with the choice.
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October 23, 2013 2:39:11 PM

Without going over your budget I would suggest getting a 2GB 650 Ti Boost. (Under budget after mail in rebate)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx650tibd...

Or if you are able to spend about 117 (I don't know how to make symbol for pounds sorry) you could get a 7950 which would perform better. However the 7950 would require more power and you might need to upgrde your PSU. If you open your case the wattage will probably be written somewhere on your case.

It's a pretty safe bet that the 650 Ti will be able to run on your current PSU too.
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October 23, 2013 2:42:17 PM

As its a works PC I wouldn't recommend a 7790, I have one and when it GSODS or turns the monitor off the only recourse is to reboot the PC.
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October 23, 2013 2:48:37 PM

it will work with your motherboard and powersupply. and the person suggesting a 650tiBOOST, he has a 300W psu... he won't be able to power the boost with that psu. the 7790 is a 85W gpu, he should be fine with it.

stick with the 1gb version. it's not fast enough to use 2gb of memory.
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October 23, 2013 2:51:11 PM

HarryGray2 said:
Sorry to keep going though, but what is the difference between Sapphire, AMD and XFX? Also 1, or 2Gig? I've just went to check out prices, and I got lost instantly with the choice.


There different brands of the same card. The only differences is cooling, clock speeds, and some other "minor" features. Otherwise they're the same card from different manufacturers.

Id strive to get 2GB over 1GB for your scenario. The extra memory is very useful for multiple monitor setups such as yours.
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October 23, 2013 3:01:05 PM

prf007 said:
Without going over your budget I would suggest getting a 2GB 650 Ti Boost. (Under budget after mail in rebate)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx650tibd...

Or if you are able to spend about 117 (I don't know how to make symbol for pounds sorry) you could get a 7950 which would perform better. However the 7950 would require more power and you might need to upgrde your PSU. If you open your case the wattage will probably be written somewhere on your case.

It's a pretty safe bet that the 650 Ti will be able to run on your current PSU too.


Safe to say you've lost me. Mail in rebates? I've never heard of these before. Also I can't find those 7950's for anything less than £180, however these are 3gig, also, how would I go about changing my PSU (Power Supply Unit?)
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October 23, 2013 3:24:57 PM

Mail in rebate is just a a prepaid envelope you get with your order, you fill it out and mail it back, then they send you the amount for the rebate as a check.

There are a couple of places that have the 7950 for about $190 (117 pounds after a mail in rebate) but they have been selling out quickly. Here's the only oe I could find in stock now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But you would need to buy a new PSU, you could find one for around 60USD. Both of these would put you way above your initial budget however.

Changing you PSU would be relatively easy. Just swap them out and make sure you reconnect everything that was plugged in essentially.
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October 23, 2013 3:26:22 PM

prf007 said:
Mail in rebate is just a a prepaid envelope you get with your order, you fill it out and mail it back, then they send you the amount for the rebate as a check.

There are a couple of places that have the 7950 for about $190 (117 pounds after a mail in rebate) but they have been selling out quickly. Here's the only oe I could find in stock now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But you would need to buy a new PSU, you could find one for around 60USD. Both of these would put you way above your initial budget however.

Changing you PSU would be relatively easy. Just swap them out and make sure you reconnect everything that was plugged in essentially.

Still not bothering to read the OP huh?
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October 23, 2013 3:27:37 PM

Ingtar, thank you very much for explaining that, I will end up going with that one, a lot of hassle changing a lot of things over, just to make use of these monitors, (and i'm bloody paying for it! Won't even let me put it on the company card...)

I shall order it today, once again, thank you to everyone that posted and helped me out. Muchos appreciated!
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October 23, 2013 4:48:04 PM

np, and good luck with the new card!
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October 24, 2013 10:26:08 AM

@Ingtar33 Sorry to open up a resolved question, however I've just went to purchase the Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card]http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-hd7790dc2oc1gd5]Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card however when I was checking out prices I found out for the 2 gig]http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-hd7790dc2oc2gd5]2 gig version, is £0.42 more! For 42p, is it worth doubling the memory, or will my computer not be able to use it?
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October 24, 2013 5:56:36 PM

up to you really. more vram can help with multiple monitors. generally the card isn't fast enough to use more then 1gb of vram, but there are reasons to get a card with 2gb. such as multiple monitors at high resolutions, or having 2 7790s with 2gb of ram for a xfire configuration.
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