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Graphics Card(s) and help for 4-6 monitor display

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November 12, 2013 12:54:59 PM

I currently have a desktop computer running two 22inch monitors. They are plugged into the 2 DVI ports of my GTX 650.

I don't play that many games, so I don't mind buying another low budget video card if that is needed.

I would like to add another two monitors for a total of 4. Or to add another 4 monitors for a total of 6.

What are the various options I have to go about it? What would be the best way to go about it?

My current system specs are:

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
8GB of G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600 (2 x 4GB)
Corsair Force Series GS 240gb SSD
EVGA 01G-P4-2650-KR GeForce GTX 650 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Rosewill Challenger case

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November 12, 2013 1:03:16 PM

The card you have supports 3 monitors, so if you got a second of the same you could support up to 6.

If you went that route you would have 4 DVI outputs and 2 HDMI outputs. (you would have to get 2 mini-hdmi to full hdmi adapters, which should have come with the cards anyway)
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November 12, 2013 1:51:08 PM

itzdanielp said:
The card you have supports 3 monitors, so if you got a second of the same you could support up to 6.

If you went that route you would have 4 DVI outputs and 2 HDMI outputs. (you would have to get 2 mini-hdmi to full hdmi adapters, which should have come with the cards anyway)


Thank you for letting me know that my vid card supports 3 monitors.

Just a few further questions:

1. I would plug the new video card into the PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot? Would that slow down my primary video card speed? The only reason I ask is because on the mobo it gives the description: "2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots [blue] (single @ x16 mode, or dual @ x8 / x8 mode)"

2. Would it be fine to buy a lower end card such as a PCI Express 2.0 x16 card to put it into the PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot? Or would that be too old? Just better to get a PCI-E 3.0 x16 card?

3. Is there any difference in image quality on DVI vs the mini HDMI? Or it is the same?

4. Will I need a higher watt Power Supply? Currently I have the 650W Corsair.

5. Will I require any hubs or just the DVI and mini hdmi to full hdmi adapters?

6. I would assume only buy another NVIDIA Card, so I don't mix up NVIDIA and ATI drivers on the same computer?

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November 12, 2013 2:52:03 PM

1. Yes you would plug it into the second PCIe 3.0 slot. And no it would not slow it down. Even the super high end cards don't even fully saturate (or if they do it's barely) 8 lanes of PCIe 3.0. so 2 midrange cards wouldn't even get close to saturating PCIe 3.0 x8 (x2)

2. If you purchased the same card you could bridge them in SLI, so that both cards acted as a single card. Yes the other solution would work, but it's not ideal.

3. At 1080 there is no difference.

4. 650W is perfectly fine for dual GPU's and an i5. Especially since you have a high quality one.

5. Nope, no hubs. Just straight out of the cards, through the adapter to the monitor.

6. Absolutely. Preferably get the same card you currently have so everything is matched up. Especially since they are retailing for around 110-120 right now.
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