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June 16, 2014 8:16:15 AM

Can I run two cads like these for 4 monitors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I need all 4 monitors in a minimum of 1920x108. This setup is for Productivity and Media not gaming. I'm trying to save some cash...
If I can, how to go about this??

My Build:
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-4460 3.2GHz 6MB QUAD CORE
ASUS H87-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
8GB DDR3 1600MHz
CORSAIR 430 WATT PSU

I would like to save the cash rather than going with a Gigabyte GTX 750 2GB for all 4 monitors.
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June 16, 2014 8:27:10 AM

AnonXmous said:
Can I run two cads like these for 4 monitors:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I need all 4 monitors in a minimum of 1920x108. This setup is for Productivity and Media not gaming. I'm trying to save some cash...
If I can, how to go about this??

My Build:
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-4460 3.2GHz 6MB QUAD CORE
ASUS H87-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
8GB DDR3 1600MHz
CORSAIR 430 WATT PSU

I would like to save the cash rather than going with a Gigabyte GTX 750 2GB for all 4 monitors.


You will be looking at about ~140-160 a monitor (USD). I use a 23in HP, and it cost me $190.

EDIT: Wait a minute. Those cards cannot do SLI. They cannot work in tandem.
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June 16, 2014 8:31:33 AM

I have a similar motherboard, and I utilize the ASUS version of the card you are showing above. I set the primary video to the motherboard, and the secondary to the PCIe card. I run HDMI and DVI from the mobo to 2 monitors, and HDMI and DVI from the GPU to 2 monitors. It works great for my purposes (I do not do any gaming). The "bottleneck" of my setup is the GPU, but since I don't run anything that puts a load on the GPU, I haven't run across any issues.

I love the "silent" version of the card - no fan is present on the GPU and without gaming, it keeps cool:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 16, 2014 8:32:24 AM

He doesn't need SLI.

Yes that works.
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June 16, 2014 8:32:51 AM

Thanks for the quick reply, but I don't think you understood my question.
I have the monitors, I'm worndering if I can install 2 video cards on my rig to run all 4 monitors simutaniously; say 2 via HDMI and 2 via DVI.
Graphics card #1 would be 1 HDMI and 1 DVI both at 1920x1080 res. And the Same for Graphics card #2.
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June 16, 2014 8:33:37 AM

Wow you guys are all over this Thanks!!
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June 16, 2014 8:51:33 AM

Any Suggestions @ swifty_morgan for the same price point. Around $80.00? Most seem to be over $100, even for low end...
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June 16, 2014 9:08:13 AM

club 3d had a low end card with 4display ports on it. maybe you can find/price that?........... then you have to remember....... if you want to play you have to pay......... good luck. /.......... maybe try some refurbished or open box..... but buyer beware.
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June 16, 2014 9:12:01 AM

4745454b said:
He doesn't need SLI.

Yes that works.


Would I need any type of specific configuration to do this? Also I like to Dual-Boot, so, do you if this will work with Linux Ubuntu 14.04 by any chance??

Thanks in advance!

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June 16, 2014 11:14:07 AM

I don't know about Linux. Not a bad idea to buy one, and try to use any onboard plugs you have. Some boards support using their outputs while others don't. You can always buy the second card if you need it. (or buy both, and only open one. Should be able to return the other if it's not opened for really cheap/free.)

You shouldn't have any config issues. Just extend the screen onto the four monitors. That's what I'm doing with my 7950. All four screens can show their own windows. It's great for productivity.
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June 16, 2014 6:13:08 PM

4745454b said:
I don't know about Linux. Not a bad idea to buy one, and try to use any onboard plugs you have. Some boards support using their outputs while others don't. You can always buy the second card if you need it. (or buy both, and only open one. Should be able to return the other if it's not opened for really cheap/free.)

You shouldn't have any config issues. Just extend the screen onto the four monitors. That's what I'm doing with my 7950. All four screens can show their own windows. It's great for productivity.


Thanks for you input, It is much appreciated.. I think I'm just gonna spent the cash and get the a gigabyte 2GB GTX 750.. Plus, if I do decide I want to play, I shouldn't have an Issue. Whadda ya think ??/

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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June 16, 2014 8:29:14 PM

Up to you. More expensive and you'll probably need to pick up some adapters to make it work. It will handle games MUCH better then those 210s. Only you can decide if its worth the money. Your idea is a good cheap option, but as a gamer its not one I would ever do.
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June 16, 2014 9:14:55 PM

4745454b said:
Up to you. More expensive and you'll probably need to pick up some adapters to make it work. It will handle games MUCH better then those 210s. Only you can decide if its worth the money. Your idea is a good cheap option, but as a gamer its not one I would ever do.


Ditto +1. Go for a good card, don't waste the cash on several bad ones.
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June 16, 2014 11:05:39 PM

4745454b said:
Up to you. More expensive and you'll probably need to pick up some adapters to make it work. It will handle games MUCH better then those 210s. Only you can decide if its worth the money. Your idea is a good cheap option, but as a gamer its not one I would ever do.


Whyaat do you mean by adapters? I have a six pin plus 2 on a corsair CX430 PSU and a PCIe x16 3.0 plus a PCIe x16 2.0 slot on a full size ATX board. Plenty of room in a Corsair Carbide 200R case.


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June 17, 2014 5:34:46 AM

Do all four of your monitors use the ports on that card? If not, you might need some HDMI to DVI adapters or other such things. I have my four running on my 7950, but I had to buy two active mDP to DVI adapters to make it work.
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June 17, 2014 6:15:17 AM

4745454b said:
Do all four of your monitors use the ports on that card? If not, you might need some HDMI to DVI adapters or other such things. I have my four running on my 7950, but I had to buy two active mDP to DVI adapters to make it work.



Ohhhh *facepalm* NVM I don't know what I was thinking... lol Yeah, I'm good on that front. all my monitors have DVI, HDMI and VGA, plus I do own some adapters as well so, yeah I'm good.Tahnks again for all your help!
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