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June 14, 2011 4:05:26 AM

Hello,
I am wanting to have 3 monitors (not to make one big desktop) connected to one Graphics card. My Motherboard only has 1 PCIe X16 slot so I can't Crossfire/SLI Any ideas?
June 14, 2011 4:38:34 AM

mobo doesnt matter.... what graphics card are you useing???
June 14, 2011 4:43:16 AM

right now its a Nvidia 210 which only supports 2 displays. I want to add another display to my setup
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June 14, 2011 5:58:44 PM

that should work ok with 3 displays. what would you be useing 3 displays for? sry, just currious.
June 14, 2011 8:16:13 PM

I like to multitask between WoW, StarCraft 2, and VMWare.
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June 14, 2011 9:37:56 PM

A 6850,as a single card,can do Eyefinity(3 monitors)but it doesn't have enough power to maintain good graphics at such a high resoultion by itself.You'll need to crossfire 6850's to be able to get playable framerates and have it look good.Otherwise your gonna have to play on the lowest settings.

SC2 is not even gonna be playable even on lowest settings.I also find playing anything that isn't a first person view to be somewhat dizzing.

What are you full system specs?(PSU,Mobo,CPU,etc.)

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June 14, 2011 9:47:44 PM
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baker12 said:
Hello,
I am wanting to have 3 monitors (not to make one big desktop) connected to one Graphics card. My Motherboard only has 1 PCIe X16 slot so I can't Crossfire/SLI Any ideas?

Pretty sure most top end AMD cards will support 3 screens off of one card. So all you need to figure out is what settings do you want turned up. If you want to play those games at decent settings with good framerates I would get a 6970. :)  just to be safe
June 14, 2011 11:11:14 PM

purple stank said:
A 6850,as a single card,can do Eyefinity(3 monitors)but it doesn't have enough power to maintain good graphics at such a high resoultion by itself.You'll need to crossfire 6850's to be able to get playable framerates and have it look good.Otherwise your gonna have to play on the lowest settings.

SC2 is not even gonna be playable even on lowest settings.I also find playing anything that isn't a first person view to be somewhat dizzing.

What are you full system specs?(PSU,Mobo,CPU,etc.)



Mobo: ASRock 760GM-GS3 running the 760G Chipset
PSU: Cosair 500W
RAM: 2x Kingston 2GB
HDD: Seagate 320GB
HDD: WD 1TB
Graphics: Asus Nvidia 210
Network Card: TP-Link PCIe X1 lite N card
TV Tuner: MSI Digianywhere A/D Plus
ODD: HP DVD+RW
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June 14, 2011 11:46:07 PM

What model is your Corsair 500watt? In particular how many amps are on the 12/v rail?

What processor do you have?
June 15, 2011 1:46:30 AM

AMD Athlon II X3

unknown atm about the PSU I've had it for a few years
June 15, 2011 1:51:45 AM

My bad the PSU is an OCZ StealthXStream OCZ500SXS I forgot that The cosair was in another system.
June 15, 2011 7:20:38 AM

There are a few AthlonIIx3s, do you know which one it is??? 425, 435, 445?
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June 15, 2011 9:36:57 PM

Your PSU should handle a 6850 but not a crossfire.Your gonna have to get a new PSU if you decide to get another 6850.
June 16, 2011 5:22:21 AM

hooru said:
There are a few AthlonIIx3s, do you know which one it is??? 425, 435, 445?


445

purple stank said:
Your PSU should handle a 6850 but not a crossfire.Your gonna have to get a new PSU if you decide to get another 6850.


I plan on getting a bigger (750w) PSU just to be safe ;) 
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June 16, 2011 7:54:32 AM

You do understand your not gonna be able to play WoW or any other game on high settings?

I'd suggest going with a PSU like Antec,Corsair,Seasonic,Cooler Master.
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June 16, 2011 3:29:56 PM

purple stank said:
You do understand your not gonna be able to play WoW or any other game on high settings?

I'd suggest going with a PSU like Antec,Corsair,Seasonic,Cooler Master.

if he gets the 750w PSU he can xfire and be cool :) 
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June 16, 2011 5:20:53 PM

Yes but this whole thread was started with running a tri monitor setup with single 6850.The OP still has to get a new mobo,psu and the 2nd 6850.I'm betting it will be a while before he gets all that stuff which is why i'm warning him that trying to run a 3 monitor setup with 1 card isn't even worth it,just a dream of eyefinity for now.
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June 16, 2011 6:15:17 PM

purple stank said:
Yes but this whole thread was started with running a tri monitor setup with single 6850.The OP still has to get a new mobo,psu and the 2nd 6850.I'm betting it will be a while before he gets all that stuff which is why i'm warning him that trying to run a 3 monitor setup with 1 card isn't even worth it,just a dream of eyefinity for now.

Im sure he could do ok with an OC 6970. Would not be able to run max settings. But he could do 3 screens with med to high detail. Wow will be ok for sure. Again he will have to turn so of the shadows and light/spell effects down.
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June 16, 2011 6:54:30 PM

Thats a good idea.I forgot that the OP hasn't purchased a video card yet.With the intentions of running a Tri monitor setup then yes of course you should be looking twards a 6950 or 6970 2G.
June 16, 2011 7:11:29 PM

whats your budget mr.Baker?
June 16, 2011 9:41:13 PM

$200-$300 for the card.

I already got the PSU down from a friend who bought it about a month ago but just bought another a few weeks ago so he could crossfire
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June 16, 2011 9:55:03 PM

baker12 said:
$200-$300 for the card.

I already got the PSU down from a friend who bought it about a month ago but just bought another a few weeks ago so he could crossfire

The card I have Msi Twin Frozer 2 is cheap (under your $300 limit) and it OCs like a beast as you can see from my sig just an idea, I need to change my sig as well I have the card with a slight voltage bump at 940 core clock and 1450 mem clock.
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June 16, 2011 9:56:48 PM

What PSU do you have now?
June 17, 2011 4:24:52 AM

not sure. Haven't got it yet and I don't remember what he got
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June 17, 2011 7:11:53 PM

You should try to find out.Would suck if it turns out its a bum PSU with really low amps.
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June 17, 2011 7:36:29 PM

purple stank said:
You should try to find out.Would suck if it turns out its a bum PSU with really low amps.

OP's first post said he had a 500w corsair. That would be just fine for one 6950 I would say. As long as it has the connectors and your not doing any type of crazy OC on your CPU and GPU. Or am I way off lol.?
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June 17, 2011 8:59:46 PM

I beleive I looked up that 500wa corsair and it had 2 12/v rails with 16 and 18.Which would be about 400 watts.
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June 17, 2011 9:13:25 PM

purple stank said:
I beleive I looked up that 500wa corsair and it had 2 12/v rails with 16 and 18.Which would be about 400 watts.

Huh weaker than I would have thought from corsair...so yeah lets hope that new PSU is a good one lol
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June 17, 2011 11:37:22 PM

It's one of their lower end models from a while ago.
June 17, 2011 11:54:10 PM

no i've seen it. It was bought about a month ago when I helped him put it his new computer together
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June 18, 2011 1:13:00 AM

baker12 said:
AMD Athlon II X3

unknown atm about the PSU I've had it for a few years


You said you've had it for a couple years...
It's one of the lower models back when every Corsair unit wasn't a quality unit.

We were talking about your current PSU,the 500watt Corsair.
I'm sure your talking about the new 750 wat? Do you know what make/model it is?
June 18, 2011 2:41:14 AM

I was confused lol I thought y'all were talking about the new not the old.
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June 18, 2011 3:13:10 AM

Do you know the make/model of the new one your going to get?
June 18, 2011 5:31:07 AM

No. My friend still has it and he's out of town right now. :/ 
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June 18, 2011 6:04:02 AM

Have you O.C.'d your CPU at all?

Do you have aftermarket cooling for your CPU?

I noticed that your Mobo is capable of unlocking cores.You should give that a try.
June 19, 2011 2:43:01 AM

purple stank said:
Have you O.C.'d your CPU at all?

Do you have aftermarket cooling for your CPU?

I noticed that your Mobo is capable of unlocking cores.You should give that a try.


I've looked but I'm new at the whole oc thing. I've yet figured out how to unlock the 4th core on this.


Also still have the market cooler on the processor

Got the new PSU model no.: Corsair hx750w
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June 19, 2011 3:18:38 AM

Wow,if thats this PSU then thats a really good quality PSU.Can't go wrong with that.

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

To unlock the 4th core you usually don't need an aftermarket heatsink but it's always a good idea.Sometimes unlocking the 4th core will require a little more voltage which will create more heat.
The unlocking feature is automatic,should be easy to find in the BIOS.Just turn the Auto Unlock(or whatever it is) On and it should attempt to unlock the 4th core by itself.If it's unsuccesful the firs try,add a lil voltage.About ".025" more to the "CPU Voltage".That should be plenty for the 4th core.

Before you start trying to unlock the 4th core make sure you monitor your temps.Get this application..

CPUID HWMonitor

http://www.cpuid.com/downloads/hwmonitor/1.17-setup.exe

Post a screen shot with what temps you see.

EDIT: Just did a little research and it seems the max temp for your processor is 75c,so try to make sure you don't go over that.
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June 19, 2011 5:24:32 AM

Did you try unlocking the 4th core?

Those are some pretty good idle temps even for a stock heatsink.

Download Prime95 and do a "Maximum Heat" test.Let it run for about 5-10 mins and then take another screen shot and post it.Make sure tho after your done running the test to fully exit out of Prime95,it will still keep running the tests if you don't close it from the bottom right tab.
During the test keep an eye on your temps and make sure it doesn't go past 70c.If it starts to look like it is, stop the tests right away.

Prime95:
http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=103

You can download it from the "Download Locations" in the center of the page.
June 20, 2011 9:39:31 PM

Haven't forgotten about you internet's been down (on my phone) will get the next screenshot asap
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June 20, 2011 10:44:00 PM

Ok.
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June 22, 2011 9:49:02 PM

I would defnitly get an aftermarket heatsink before you start O.C.ing.12c more and you would have had to shut it down.
June 23, 2011 3:39:00 AM

I'm new at this while overclocking thing lol what would you recommend?
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June 23, 2011 4:34:11 AM

I would reccomend a Hyper 212+ but it's way to expensive now.It used to be priced at $30 but now they realize how good it is and how many people want it so they raised the price to $50.

So since the Hyper 212+ is priced so high I would instead reccomend the XIGMATEK Gaia.It's a small cooler but it will do the job real good.It was acutally used in the System Builder at Tom's Hardware for the $2000 build,so it must be really good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 25, 2011 7:11:37 AM

Ok it also looks good to me. Since I'll be away for a couple if weeks I'll order it when I get back then I'll post a new thread under overclocking (and provide the link) since this thread is about graphics cards and we've shifted to another "topic" persay.

Thanks all for the help :) 
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June 25, 2011 7:18:58 AM

That makes sense.

Send me a PM when you start the thread.
June 25, 2011 11:02:36 PM

will do
July 13, 2011 11:29:08 PM

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