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June 24, 2014 10:14:42 AM

Hello, I'm trying to build a multi-monitor setup for business that uses a center monitor I already have (~24" and has HDMI), 2 side monitors (17"-19", haven't chosen yet) and occasionally a large TV display on the wall (40-50"). The most intensive graphics will be online charts/graphs, Bloomberg charts, etc. Ideally, the 4 screens could be connected using extended desktop. I know that having different monitor sizes introduces some complications, and I don't know much about graphics, so I'm hoping for a little advice on the best graphics card solution (1, 2, etc.). For Bloomberg, the only minimum standard I have to meet is having a "dual port graphics adapter with a minimum of 512MB of memory," so I guess just relying on onboard graphics won't work.

Here's the build so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: *Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK2 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($176.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $866.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria

Thanks in advance for your help!
a b C Monitor
June 24, 2014 10:45:32 AM

Eyefinity setups has problems with different resolutions. But it doesn't sound like you want that. You should be able to extend onto all the screens. I have a slightly similar setup with my 7950/R9 280 and my three 25" monitors and my 40" TV. I say slightly because all four screens are 1080. But with extend mode it shouldn't matter. You need to find a card that supports four monitors. If you aren't gaming then any of them should work. I did have to buy two mDP to DVI adapters to get my side monitors working. Center is on DVI, TV is on HDMI, and the side monitors on the the ACTIVE mDP to DVI.
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June 24, 2014 12:58:56 PM

4745454b said:
Eyefinity setups has problems with different resolutions. But it doesn't sound like you want that. You should be able to extend onto all the screens. I have a slightly similar setup with my 7950/R9 280 and my three 25" monitors and my 40" TV. I say slightly because all four screens are 1080. But with extend mode it shouldn't matter. You need to find a card that supports four monitors. If you aren't gaming then any of them should work. I did have to buy two mDP to DVI adapters to get my side monitors working. Center is on DVI, TV is on HDMI, and the side monitors on the the ACTIVE mDP to DVI.


Thanks! Right, Eyefinity shouldn't be necessary since the system won't be used for gaming. I found this card --

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)

that has 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort and 2 DVI outs. Would you guys say this is about the right level of card to easily support the monitors? Thanks again for your help, I really appreciate it.
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a b C Monitor
June 24, 2014 2:09:17 PM

You sort of need to pay attention to eyefinity as it's those cards that can handle four or more screens. You won't be using it, but it's those cards that will do what you want. The 660 should work. I nearly bought a 660TI instead of my 7950 because I wouldn't need two mDP to DVI adapters. But I had already researched the 7950 and knew how that would work. I'm not totally sure about that one card, but from what little I know it should work. Read reviews of that card on newegg to see what others have said about it doing this.
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June 24, 2014 8:19:10 PM

Thanks for the advice! I found a thread over at the EVGA forums that confirmed you can support 4 displays with the 660. There's some confusion out there because of Surround limiting you to 3 monitors that serve as 1 screen plus a 4th accessory screen, but it looks like for non-gaming applications you can use extended desktop on all 4 without any problems.
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June 24, 2014 10:04:35 PM

Just remember that to do what you want I think you leave surround off. I'm also not sure if you need an active DP to DVI for that card. Unless ofcourse your monitor takes full size DP. In that case you are fine. Just plug them all in, then either in drivers or windows just extend them all. That's what I've done. Good luck with your build. Nothing size work like having four screens going.
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