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I need help with a 6 monitor set-up for a semi-overkill build, any pointers?

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July 26, 2014 11:49:05 PM

So I recently finished my build with a low budget graphics card, however my other components are of higher quality.
The only reason I swung for the low budget card is because I know I needed to upgrade it within the month but I also needed to see how all my components worked. With that being said, the final part of my project requires me being able to run a 6 monitor set up. This being for not only a full platform where as the one image is spread across all 6 monitors but also for me to be able to put separate tasks on one screen.

If its not too much to ask this is the motherboard I have:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=Cj0KEQ...

Is it crossfire compatible? What would I need to be able to run 6 monitors as both a full display for one image and as a 6 individual display? My buddy said to get one graphics card

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

with an HDMI outlet and use an HDMI splitter:

http://www.amazon.com/8-Port-Amplified-Powered-Splitter...

Will that fulfill the task or will I need to run two separate GPU's and SLI bridge them in order to take care of the job.

Im fairly new to the 6 monitor display portion of this build so I don't quite understand what SLI Bridging, Crossfire Compatibility, or any other steps needed to get the job done.

Finally, what two GPU's should I get that would give me the capability to perform the task? Do both GPU's have to be the same? Is SLI Bridge necessary for this task?

So I turn here for help.

Thanks a lot!
July 27, 2014 12:07:29 AM

With that graphic card,you cant even play all the games at ultra in 1080p.How can you play in 6monitors.For playing in 6monitors you atleast need a vram of about 12gb..and you also need a high end card.Get R9 290x with 8gb of vram and get another R9 290x with 4gb.That would be sufficient...And GTX 660 is also a mid end card.So you need always need a high end card for multiple monitor setup.So better get a R9 290x.In case of Nvidia ,go with GTX 780 or GTX 780ti.Those cards are also a high end ones.Just remember that you need to change your gpu only if you buy a shit gpu.If you buy a high end card,you dont need to change it for years.Probably 3-4 years,if you get a 12gb of vram.So better get it.....Pick up as the best solution if i helped you
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July 27, 2014 12:25:47 AM

I have done 4 and with a pretty low end Radeon GFX card .... was for an overhead display at a Power Pant

two of these should do the trick.....I'll see if I can find the cheaper one. Since you didn't mention gaming and said "project" I assume it's for some type of commercial dislay purposes.

http://www.amazon.com/Visiontek-HD5570-4-port-Graphics-...

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July 27, 2014 12:52:06 AM

No offense CompMods, but read the full page overview of the motherboard you posted. It clearly states it has support for CrossfireX and SLI. However you must have a processor that has a built in GPU according to Newegg's spec sheet
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Multi-GPU Support

With support for both NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™, the Z97 motherboard enables multi-GPU setups so you can harness the full power of the latest graphics technologies.


Just in case you weren't down with the lingo, Crossfire is an AMD (ATI for the old school) technology where as SLI is an Nvidia technology. You probably already knew that, but just in case. The card and splitter that your friend is suggesting would not work for your needs. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but that signal splitter does nothing more than take one signal and multiply it 8 times. Similar to when you go into a store and all the TV's are playing the same video. That would be a good setup for playing a movie across multiple rooms in a home though.

Since you didn't state your using this for gaming, I'm going to assume you are and base my recommendation on that aspect. If not then you can get away with a much cheaper card. If that's the case then you either need multiple GPU's or a very powerful single GPU. In any case make sure you have a power supply that can provide enough wattage for your system. The GPU you posted a link do will support up to 3 monitors, but if your trying to game then the quality would likely not be that great across multiple monitors. Praveen is correct that you would indeed need more vram for demanding games (bf4, w/e new COD comes out etc). Likely closer to 8gb than 12gb though.

Here is an AMD eyefinity card that will support up to 6 monitors, but the monitors must support display port otherwise you'll end up buying display port to DVI or VGA adaptors which can get pricey. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope that helps some

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July 28, 2014 12:15:08 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
I have done 4 and with a pretty low end Radeon GFX card .... was for an overhead display at a Power Pant

two of these should do the trick.....I'll see if I can find the cheaper one. Since you didn't mention gaming and said "project" I assume it's for some type of commercial dislay purposes.

http://www.amazon.com/Visiontek-HD5570-4-port-Graphics-...



nogood_555 said:
No offense CompMods, but read the full page overview of the motherboard you posted. It clearly states it has support for CrossfireX and SLI. However you must have a processor that has a built in GPU according to Newegg's spec sheet
Quote:
Multi-GPU Support

With support for both NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™, the Z97 motherboard enables multi-GPU setups so you can harness the full power of the latest graphics technologies.


Just in case you weren't down with the lingo, Crossfire is an AMD (ATI for the old school) technology where as SLI is an Nvidia technology. You probably already knew that, but just in case. The card and splitter that your friend is suggesting would not work for your needs. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but that signal splitter does nothing more than take one signal and multiply it 8 times. Similar to when you go into a store and all the TV's are playing the same video. That would be a good setup for playing a movie across multiple rooms in a home though.

Since you didn't state your using this for gaming, I'm going to assume you are and base my recommendation on that aspect. If not then you can get away with a much cheaper card. If that's the case then you either need multiple GPU's or a very powerful single GPU. In any case make sure you have a power supply that can provide enough wattage for your system. The GPU you posted a link do will support up to 3 monitors, but if your trying to game then the quality would likely not be that great across multiple monitors. Praveen is correct that you would indeed need more vram for demanding games (bf4, w/e new COD comes out etc). Likely closer to 8gb than 12gb though.

Here is an AMD eyefinity card that will support up to 6 monitors, but the monitors must support display port otherwise you'll end up buying display port to DVI or VGA adaptors which can get pricey. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope that helps some


It's actually for minor gaming but only FPS, I say that because I'm not gonna need a display to run a dashboard as if I were using it for racing or simulator games. Mainly media developmemt, minor gaming, it's actually for a personal entertainment room and office. However, I feel with what I've read online and after doing the cost research, I'm going to opt for a 55" 120hz 1080p LCD by LG. It'll take care of all my criteria at a fraction. Now with that being said, any pointers in a graphics card that'll take my screen to its full potential?
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July 28, 2014 9:25:21 PM

I have not see a TVs as monitor situation that I liked ..... reading text on a TV is atrocious so the office work will be annoying for the office work I think.
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