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Looking for a graphics card for gaming/multi-monitor setup

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November 24, 2009 11:14:00 PM

Hey Everyone,

This is my first time posting here so bear with me, I'm currently looking for a graphics card that is alright and two things. One, play games like WoW, Team Fortress 2, and Left 4 Dead 2. I'm not big on detail so the graphics don't have to go all the way up on TF2 or L4D2 but I would like WoW to be high in graphics settings. I would also want to be able to connect two 1080P displays to this graphics card via DVI. I found graphics card to be able to do this but I'm looking for one with an HDMI port on it so I can work with Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects on the big screen.

Any ideas? Don't care if it's from Nvidia or ATI, just want one that does what I would like.
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November 25, 2009 12:03:59 AM

Some info on your current power supply will be helpfull, if its too small you will need to upgrade.

The ATI 5000 series cards seem to be right up your alley. They all have DVI and HDMI ports and I think L4D and TF2 slightly faver ATI cards too.

5750 performs like a 4850 and costs ~$150
5770 like a 4870 and is ~$180.
5850 ($300) and 5870 ($400) would probly be best for 1080P screens

If you go with the 5800 series cards you should have enough umph to use Eyefinity and play your games with a resolution of 3840x1080.

As a side note I have played WoW with an E6600 with a HD4870 on a 1620x1050 screen and got about 40-60 FPS if I remember correctly.
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November 25, 2009 12:11:39 AM

Okay, Sounds good. I'm working with a power supply I think around 400-500, I'm really just thinking about taking out a crap card from a custom build Dell and put a graphics card I want in it. So if I were to get one of those graphics cards, I'd probably get smooth frame rates in WoW? (I'm a WoW addict). I'd probably get the ATI 5770 card and run two 1080Ps off of it, (only using one for gaming). I'd like to have everything in WoW fairly high with no lag. Do you think I'll achieve that with this card?
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November 25, 2009 12:56:54 AM

The 5770 has a min 450 psu requirement, since you mentiond dell you might need to upgrade it if its not 500.

Found some clips on youtube showing a 5770 running 3 1080 screens in eyefinity with ave fps of 25. so i would immagine a single 1080 screen would get you atlest 35. but second oppinions from others would be good.
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December 1, 2009 11:27:07 PM

Yeah, I'd probably play WoW the most so I think I'm pretty good with that? lol

Thanks for all your help!
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December 2, 2009 12:41:46 AM

twstdude0to0 said:
Okay, Sounds good. I'm working with a power supply I think around 400-500, I'm really just thinking about taking out a crap card from a custom build Dell and put a graphics card I want in it. So if I were to get one of those graphics cards, I'd probably get smooth frame rates in WoW? (I'm a WoW addict). I'd probably get the ATI 5770 card and run two 1080Ps off of it, (only using one for gaming). I'd like to have everything in WoW fairly high with no lag. Do you think I'll achieve that with this card?


You can't run the HDMI output from the 5000 series and the DVI outputs at the same time. You need to plan on which way you will deploy the Displayport. There are actice adapters to make it DVI but not that I know of that make it HDMI. Don't assume you can DP-> active DVI -> HDMI. It MAY work, but is dodgy enough getting DVI to convert right.

You may want to get either one DP monitor or the active adapter for the monitor and leave a DVI port open. (those can convert to HDMI just fine) If you are buying a Dell anyway they offer DP displays, in 24" and 30".

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December 2, 2009 1:22:43 AM

? @redwolfexr is that have to do something with the audio?
Anyways he just needs it for photoshop so just buy a DVI->hdmi adapter on the semi cheap and run 2 dvi displays.
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December 2, 2009 11:35:22 PM

It has to do with the way they piped their video outputs. There are 6, with some of them in tandem to drive DVI.

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=783&type=expert&pi...

So there are two paired outputs for DVI and 2 possible remaining DP outs. To do a 6 port card they ALL have to be DP.

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The OP wants to drive three ports -- the third being his "big screen." All I am saying is there are definitely adapters that can do the hard convert from DP to single Link DVI -- but not neccesarily to HDMI.

If you have to buy an adapter I am just saying to use it from the DP to one of the DVIs since its a known good configuration. (unless he wants to swap cables and take one of the monitors down every time he uses his big screen.)
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