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Single Graphics card that will support 3 monitors under $250?

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December 23, 2011 1:57:19 AM

I am looking to see if there are any graphics cards that are under $200 that can run a triple monitor setup? Currently I have two Asus VH226H monitors on a EVGA GTX260. I am interested in upgrading my graphics card and adding a third monitor, I don't really need it just like the symmetry of having 3 monitors. I have seen a few graphics cards that have dual DVI ports and an HDMI port but wasn't sure if you can run all three at once.

I was consider a GTX560 but am open to other options. Just looking to spend under $250.
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December 23, 2011 2:09:18 AM

Off the top of my head you should opt for an HD 6950 2gb version, I think they run right around the 250 mark.

Pretty sure no single nvidia card supports tri monitor except the gtx 590 which is like a 600 card so you are limited to AMD if you want a single card setup.

also what are you trying to accomplish with this gpu?? meaning are you gaming? because if so, you can't expect max details on tri monitor with one hd 6950, probably could around medium settings
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December 23, 2011 2:14:28 AM

Yes I game but I am not looking for a hardcore setup. I play BF3, L.A. Noire, Batman Arkham City and a few others. Just looking for pretty good performance not top of the line.
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December 23, 2011 2:27:01 AM

that hd 6950 is the best you can do for the budget that you have given, you could sli two gtx 460 v2 (I think EVGA just released them) for roughly 300.00

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

this would give you better performance than one hd 6950, however then you have no upgrade path later down the road.

It is typically best to buy the best card you can affoard with the assumption that you will be able to xfire or sli it latter down the road.

I would personally opt for the hd 6950, then xfire 6 months down the road.

Also what is your PSU?
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December 23, 2011 2:46:04 AM

Its a Rosewill 500 watt power supply, not sure on the specific model. I am planning on upgrading the power supply(not sure which one yet, the processor to i5-2500K, motherboard(not sure yet) and RAM to at least 8 GB.

Also I am not necessarily looking to game across three monitors I am OK with only gaming on the middle monitor but having my desktop run across three
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December 23, 2011 3:15:13 AM

Most any ATI/AMD video card from the 5000 or 6000 series supports eyefinity for 3-6 displays on a single video card, it requires a display adapter for the 3rd monitor.

If you plan to game on all 3 screens at once, you'll want the strongest card in your budget, which would be the 6950.
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December 23, 2011 3:06:22 PM

maniacss said:
Yes I game but I am not looking for a hardcore setup. I play BF3, L.A. Noire, Batman Arkham City and a few others. Just looking for pretty good performance not top of the line.


The problem with having 3 displays for games is that you need a relatively high end card to push that many pixels. If your monitors are 1920x1080 each, then three of them will come out to a total of 5760x1080 resolution.

If I had that, then I would go with the Radeon HD 6970 or more likely the upcoming Radeon HD 7950, but that's way out of your budget at an estimated $449.
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December 23, 2011 3:07:55 PM

maniacss said:
Its a Rosewill 500 watt power supply, not sure on the specific model. I am planning on upgrading the power supply(not sure which one yet, the processor to i5-2500K, motherboard(not sure yet) and RAM to at least 8 GB.

Also I am not necessarily looking to game across three monitors I am OK with only gaming on the middle monitor but having my desktop run across three


In that case, then you don't really need to spend too much. You will probably find the HD 6850 or HD 6870 to be enough for your needs.
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December 23, 2011 3:11:22 PM

For the PSU I generally recommend Seasonic, Corsair, or XFX.

All XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic. Many of Corsair PSUs are made by Seasonic as well, but they also have PSU sourced from CWT (still pretty good) as well. I believe Corsair has recently started using a 3rd OEM to manufacture PSUs as well, but I don't know the company at the moment.
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December 23, 2011 3:26:57 PM

The 6950 is about the only thing that fits ya budget range but gaming on 3 monitors is not going to be bearable at 5760 x 1080. The Rosewill PSI is scary and can only support one 6950. For example one 6950 gets only 25 fps in Metro 2033 one one 1920 x 1200 monitor.

$250 price after MIR ends today
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 23, 2011 3:37:49 PM

I use 3 monitors for general use (office, internet, email, etc) and usually only the middle for gaming on my 6870. Gets pretty good performance at 1920x1080 (not maxing BF3 or anything, but I mostly play RTS and racing games anyhow and it does great with those). And it's great to have three monitors to spread out my work.
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December 23, 2011 3:39:14 PM

jaguarskx said:
For the PSU I generally recommend Seasonic, Corsair, or XFX.

All XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic. Many of Corsair PSUs are made by Seasonic as well, but they also have PSU sourced from CWT (still pretty good) as well. I believe Corsair has recently started using a 3rd OEM to manufacture PSUs as well, but I don't know the company at the moment.


Flextronics makes their AX1200 flagship.

Channelwell makes their CX line (except for the 400), GS Series, HX 750 and 850, TX750, 850 and 950, VX550 and HX1000

Seasonic makes the AX750 and 850, CX400, HX 450, 520, 620 and 650, Vx450 and TX 650

I'd add that knowing the OEM doesn't necessarily mean that it's a good unit......Delta for example makes the venerable CP and SG series for Antec , both get 10,0 jonnyguru performace ratings ..... but Delta also makes their Basiq series which is their budget line.
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December 23, 2011 11:05:12 PM

maniacss said:
Its a Rosewill 500 watt power supply, not sure on the specific model. I am planning on upgrading the power supply(not sure which one yet, the processor to i5-2500K, motherboard(not sure yet) and RAM to at least 8 GB.

Also I am not necessarily looking to game across three monitors I am OK with only gaming on the middle monitor but having my desktop run across three


If this is the case I still recommend the 6950 for excellent quality gaming or a 6870 or 6850 for good 1920x1080 gaming however, like others have stated, no single card in your budget will allow for ok-good gaming experience across all three monitors, you will be limited to one or two.

You of course could sli two gtx 460s (the performance vs one single 6950 wouldnt be overly drastic) once you upgrade your psu but, Like stated before, people often op for best single card setup they can afford and then upgrade later.

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