3 monitors and 2 cards: SLI needed?


I'm looking for a good config with 3 monitors connected to 2 Nvidia graphic cards. Not for gaming.

I'm not sure if I need an SLI motherboard with 2 SLI graphic cards, or just any common motherboad would be able to manage 2 identical PCI graphic cards with 3 monitors connected.

Some advice?,

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  1. No SLI is needed.

    Just install a 2nd video card in either a PCI-e or PCI slot, whichever is available. Connect the 3rd monitor to the 2nd card.

    Note: A PCI-e card will not fit in a PCI slot; only a PCI-e slot.
  2. Only motherboards that specifically say they are "SLI certified" can do SLI.
  3. This is where a low end 75-100$ ati card would be nice if you're not gaming.
  4. You do not need an SLI board, just one with two PCI-E slots. Even a 16x/4x configuration will do. If you don't care about the gaming performance though you should know that you can use a single Radeon card with Eyefinity to drive three monitors. This can be done on a lowly 5670 provided it has a display port. Sapphire also makes a line of "Flex" cards which do not need an active display port adapter to run eyefinity.
  5. ok,

    I need a silent configuration.... I have seen the Gigabyte Radeon 5750 for 3 displays or two Nvdia Geforce 210. Similar price... It can be a good idea to avoid hot and stress in only one card?

    btw, it seems the Geforce 210 has a third HDMI connection.. Can I connect the third display to HDMI getting a similar resolution to common work (office, etc..) or it will become too much bright?

    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121422&cm_re=Geforce_210-_-14-121-422-_-Product
    - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125328&Tpk=Gigabyte%20Radeon%20HD%205750

    thanks for comments :)
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