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Looking for a GPU that will supprt 6 monitors

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March 7, 2012 3:45:56 PM

Hello,
To start, i am not a day trader but i do trade often (few times a week) using Thinkorswim and looking to get more serious. Anyway, currently i have HP XW6400 workstation running 64bit Windows 7 with 8GB of RAM. I have two different older ones GPUs supporting 3 monitors right now and that works superb. However i do not have enough space or should i say I WANT MORE.
I have purchased 6 21" LCDs that i need GPU now for. It could be one or two. Price is a big factor. looking for something up to $150.00 total.
There will be NO gaming dome at all!!. ONLY need these 6 monitors for trading. Want to make sure that i will have enough power and RAM, without breaking the bank. Also don’t want to have something that fill freeze.


Thank you

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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 3:55:51 PM
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 4:01:48 PM

Yep, that should work.
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 4:07:55 PM

Don't you need a crossfire for that?
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 4:10:45 PM

maxinexus said:
Don't you need a crossfire for that?


Crossfire is for sharing processing power, not having multiple screens.
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 4:37:56 PM

maxinexus said:
"At the bare minimum, the lowest end AMD DX11 GPU can support up to 3 displays. At the high end? A single GPU will be able to drive up to 6 displays." http://www.anandtech.com/show/2833

So you better get better card than two low end. Get 2Gb versions
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


See the original post, "here will be NO gaming dome at all!!. ONLY need these 6 monitors for trading." The extra power will go completely unused. Not to mention he is going to have a buy a bunch of displayport to DVI dongles to make it work.
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March 7, 2012 11:19:02 PM

Hello iknowhowtofixit

And thank you so much for your posts and comments. I have looked at the link you mentioned (Two of these - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102960)
and I like that a lot!!!
However, I mentioned in my original post my total spending should no exceed $150.00. Actually I can go a little higher, lets max it to a $250.00 flat if that would benefit me.
Once again, there will be NO gaming done at all. Mostly trading using Thinkorswim application.

If you think that maybe spending few extra $$$ will be wiser, please advise. Also, do you think that my old HP xw6400 dual core dual cpu workstation will be OK??

Once again, thank you and everybody else that were kind enough to reply to m,y post.
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a b U Graphics card
March 8, 2012 1:33:09 AM

I wouldn't invest more than that unless you plan on playing games at some point. An extra $100 won't really do much for you unless you want to use one card instead of 2.

I'll have to agree with max above and say that the HD6870 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150563) is probably your best bet. Although, you will need a couple of displayport adapters to go with it (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2) as well as an HDMI to DVI cord (unless your monitors support HDMI already) (http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=hdmi+to+dvi+cable&x=0&y=0).
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March 8, 2012 10:30:02 AM

Hello iknowhowtofixit and thanks again.

No, games are not considered at all and the other two GPUs that you mentioned in your very first post looks like a ideal solution for me. Just wanted to make sure that they will have enough RAM on them to support 6 monitors. As I mentioned, 6 monitors are strictly for trading. However workstation will be used for other tasks, like banking, emails, excel, etc (but then will probably disconnect few monitors via Screen Resolution in Windows 7 (to be green on environment )

Having that said, I will have several charts streaming data on those monitors, its not a game, but still plenty of data needs to be updated constantly and want to make sure it will not freeze on me. I understand that if I spend more I get more, but exactly as you said, if the extra power will not be used, then why waste it?

I addition, I want to make sure, my hp xw6400 workstation will handle the extra power. ( I have 3 monitors now with two old GPUs) and it works perfect.

However, if you think that a little more RAM would benefit me, I am willing to spend extra on that.

I appreciate your posts and comments.
Thank you very much
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March 8, 2012 3:53:41 PM

Hello iknowhowtofixit

I just placed an order for the two of those GPUs you have mentioned in your first post $59 each. Will update this post once received and installed.
Thank you again.
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March 8, 2012 10:01:18 PM

Hello iknowhowtofixit

The way i have connected now, i have some kind of DVI Y cable plugged in to my card and on the other end where it splits, i have connected two monitors. So out of two cards with each having one physical output, Y cable is attached and on the other end i have 4 connection where three monitors are plugged in.

Will i be needing those Y cables here for the new cards or each physical connection will drive one monitor. If so, excuse my ignorance, why do i have those Y cables in the first place??
Thanks again.
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a b U Graphics card
March 9, 2012 5:07:49 AM

You will need 6 separate connections directly to the cards using the cords detailed in my previous post. You will not need any Y adapters.
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March 9, 2012 10:07:37 AM

Best answer selected by mallaki.
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March 9, 2012 10:08:22 AM

Thank you iknowhowtofixit

I understand now.
Thanks again.
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March 10, 2012 4:02:54 PM

Hello,

I have received my two GPUs as recommended by iknowhowtofixit in his earlier post. Connected 6 HP 32031 LCD to it and it works perfect. LCDs came with the DVI cables and GPUs with HDMI to DVI. Therefore, did need to but any cables. GPUs are really nice and very easy to install.

One again, thank you all and especially iknowhowtofixit for all comments and answers.

Thanks
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