I am building a system for work and need help selecting an appropriate video card or cards. The basics of the system are:
GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 MB
Intel I7-2600 CPU
16 GB (4x4) G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1866
Crucial M4 120 GB OS drive
I use a lot of VMs so that is where the need for power and RAM come from. I don't game so I don't need the works on a card. Occasionally I'll watch a blu-ray. I am having trouble selecting a video solution.
I currently use a single dual output card. The outputs connect to VGA replicators and then to 2 monitors each. I work at two desks using the same computer so I have the 2 monitor desktop mirrored. I can rotate all 4 monitors so that they are all facing one computer. I would like to be able to occasionally switch to using all 4 for a single desktop. I also don't want a lot of fan noise, a ton of power used or to spend over $200 for video.
So my questions are:
1. Do I need 1 or 2 cards?
2. Does crossfire or SLI solve my problem?
3. Is there a single card that would do what I want?
4. What do you recommend?
SLI can be used for multiple displays, but you definitely don't need that kind of horsepower.
Eyefinity can handle 6 displays, but as far as I know it's not that easy to find a cheapish card with 4 outputs. 3 would be very easy to come by, on the other hand.
^+1 on the 1600 RAM.