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Need Help With Adding 3rd Monitor

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 5, 2011 8:42:34 PM

Here are screen shots of the specs I currently have. I am currently running 1 monitor via VGA and 1 monitor via HDMI.

Not sure on what graphic card or what I would need to extend my desktop onto 3 monitors.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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January 6, 2011 3:07:56 AM

are you looking to play games or spread applications accross all three monitors?

These are your four basic options given your system
1- this is the cheapest and least effective option. It should let you add a third monitor, but it will not be a good option at all really unless you want just a simple quick fix to browse the internet and such.

2- this is a slightly better option, but given your system runs onboard video I doubt it is a good idea either.

3- Any ATI 5000 or 6000 series video card, most likely something above a 5750. You will need either a monitor that takes displayport or buy an active displayport to dvi converter. Given the resolution of your first monitor, I wouldn't reccomend anything below a 5870 or a 6970 if you are gaming across all three, maybe even a 5970. With these you will definately need to improve the cooling in your system, as well as purchasing a new power supply because 300 watts will not be enough. I do not suggest nVidia because I beleive you need more than 1 card to hook up three monitors.

4- If it is for non gaming applications I would reccomend getting a workstation graphics card that can support 3 or more monitors. These can be quite pricey, but I do not know enough about these to comment.
January 6, 2011 3:47:30 AM

one more thing, if you go with option 3, you will also most likely need a bigger case...