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Can someone recommend a good low cost graphics card that can run three displays at 1920x1080 for office use?

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December 31, 2013 10:05:02 PM

Can someone recommend a good low cost graphics card that can run three displays at 1920x1080 for office use? Only for browsing, emails and office work in general. No games at all.
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December 31, 2013 10:07:18 PM

I would go with a 2gb 7770.
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December 31, 2013 10:10:31 PM

rs2k said:
Can someone recommend a good low cost graphics card that can run three displays at 1920x1080 for office use? Only for browsing, emails and office work in general. No games at all.


What CPU do you have? You probably don't need a discreet video card for this.
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December 31, 2013 10:10:47 PM

Technically? Integrated Intel HD can handle that, if you have a Core i-series processor. Otherwise, I think you have to go with something like an R7 260X or 650Ti, since I can't find confirmation that anything cheaper supports 3 monitors alone.
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December 31, 2013 10:15:00 PM

an hd 7770/7790 would be plenty to handle this. but depending on the cpu you may not need it. older cpus only handle 2 monitors with the igpu but a sandy bridge based cpu can run 3 with no dedicated card.
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December 31, 2013 10:16:46 PM

If you're using a Core i- series Intel processor you shouldn't have to get a cheap graphics card. If you're not using Intel Core series I would suggest a Radeon HD 7750 or GTX 650. Those support 3 monitors and are more than enough for basic office tasks.
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December 31, 2013 10:32:59 PM

The computer I'm looking at currently has an AMD A4-3300. It currently is using has two monitors and no discreet card. I need to build a few more computers and I want at least a few to have the capability to use three monitors. Which CPU and mobo comp should I aim for to support 3 monitors?
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December 31, 2013 10:41:27 PM

The easier/cheaper solution will likely be to add two discrete cards. The biggest challenge with running three screens on the newer cards is often because they only have the ability to output two signals as DVI/HDMI without an active converter which will require either more expensive monitors that support display port, or a fairly expensive active converter. If you can get a mid tower(not the stupid slim towers) with 2 PCI-e slots you can put two separate cards in, if you don't CF/SLI them you can run monitors off of each one separately, if you do CF/SLI them all screens have to be run off of one card.
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December 31, 2013 10:42:59 PM

go with a sandybridge or haswell i5 like i5 3570k or 4670k and z87/z77 mobo for a 3 monitor set up that will not need a dedicated card for office use.
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January 1, 2014 8:19:41 AM

How about something like this:
1x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or is it possible the onboard video will work with 1 discreet card? If that's the case I can use an AMD A4 or A6 and one of those cards?

I'm not convinced I need a Core I5 over a Core I3. All the heavy duty work is done by my remote dual quad core 32 GB RAM server and my local overclocked Core I5 16 GB RAM server/station. These new stations are little more than terminals. They won't even have to do email in the next month. All that's moving over to a server app. The more money I can save on the machine the more I can spend on the phones and monitors.
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January 1, 2014 9:01:08 AM

Depending on the BIOS, you may be able to set up displays across both the integrated and discrete cards. For instance, mine can do it, but it has to have a specific option enabled in the BIOS/UEFI.

That specific Motherboard you linked does indeed support Flexible Display Interface, which is what is supposed to make even an i3 work with 3 monitors (though they all have to be the same resolution / refresh rate), and is also apparently required to allow the onboard graphics to work with a discrete card.

I would order a system with the motherboard, see if I can't get the i3 to work at an acceptable level alone, and if not, then spend the extra $60 or so on the discrete GPU.

Note that you will need a monitor that supports both VGA and DVI, possibly to include HDMI, but you can convert that to DVI via cable. Otherwise, you'll need the card anyway.
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