BUDGET RANGE: hoping for under $200, but I'm willing to pay more if the performance is better for my usage.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
- General office use (word processing, spreadsheets, internet)
- Light video editing
- no gaming
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Two 9800 GTs (running three monitors, non-SLI). One of the 9800GTs fried, so it needs to be replaced. I planned to continue using the other 9800 GT.
Power supply is Corsair 750HX 750W PSU.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: (e.g., make/model of CPU, MoBo, memory - this can help us determine whether or not a given card is compatible with and makes sense for your system. For high-end cards, knowing your case/cooling setup may also be helpful)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Microcenter
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: The resolution of each monitor is 2048 x 1152.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Needs to have two DVI outputs, so I can run two monitors off the card.
I know that most graphics cards are overkill for non-gamers, but this is a work computer, so I don't want to save $150 and end up with a GPU that bottlenecks my system.
I would like the card to be quiet, so either passive cooling or a large fan.
I was just doing some research, and I remembered something that came up when I first bought my system. Some AMD cards require you to use either 2 DVIs and a DP or 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 1 DP. I don't have a DP input on my monitors, so I would need to buy one of those $100 active DP to DVI adapters to use the DP output.
Apparently some cards are now allowing the use of two DVIs and 1 HDMI (you're not forced to use the DP), but I can't seem to find any on Microcenter's website.
I personally use the gts 450 and it works great.
I only use it for 2x monitors though, but I use it for gaming and it plays all the new games on highest settings.
So I'd imagine it would do what you want, no problem.
I'm trying to use the SAPPHIRE 100293DP Radeon HD 5570 with Eyefinity to run three monitors. And can't get the CCC software to configure it for the three monitors. I have two monitors going into DVI and one going into Displayport with an active adapter. If someone can tell me how to configure the latest version of CCC to get this to work I will pay you money. All the video tutorials are for an older version of the CCC. This is very frustrating. I can't imagine anyone getting this to work. Recently. At least since they've updated the CCC.
if you buy that ati card you better not use it together with the gt card...
their drivers are very different from each other for being from different companies
it will cause you a lot of problems and frustrations
Thanks for all of the great suggestions! I checked out those Sapphire Flex cards, and I'm not sure that they will work for me. My monitors are 2048x1152, and the Flex cards have
1 x Dual-Link DVI (2560x1600)
1 x HDMI (Sapphire doesn't say, but I think it's 1920x1200)
1 x DisplayPort (2560x1600, but I wouldn't want to use this because I would need to get a $100 active adapter. The resolution on the ~$30 active adapters is too low)
1 x Single-Link DVI-D (1920x1200)
So, at best, the single-link DVI-D resolution is too low, and at worst, both the single-link DVI-D and HDMI resolutions are too low.
I'd really like to switch from Nvidia to AMD. I've had two computers over the last 5-7 years or so, and each had an Nvidia card that failed. So, I was thinking about just getting two new AMD cards to run the three monitors. I'll probably decide later today.
BTW - I would prefer to buy from Microcenter because it's local, and I won't have to wait for the card to be shipped. I want to get back to using all of my monitors ASAP. If I wasn't dealing with a failed part, I'd probably be focusing on Newegg and Amazon. Their prices and selection on very good.
OK, I think my issue is fixed. I picked up an EVGA GTS 450 for $99 after rebate at Microcenter. I installed it, and it seems to be working great along with my remaining 9800GT. Now, I just have to pay close attention while I'm using the system to see if there's any difference in the performance.