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3rd Monitor Support with a 580gtx

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March 21, 2012 3:28:31 PM

Title should explain most. I'm not looking to SLI. I'm simply looking for a second GPU to support a third monitor, the monitor is not going to be used for any stressful processes.


What i need.
Recommendations for cards I could get for third monitor support (I'm not looking for anything fancy).
Some specs.

Asus x58 Sabertooth MOBO
750 W PSU

EDIT -- Also I dont even know whats the best piece of hardware for third monitor support. All i need is for it to be working.
March 21, 2012 3:35:45 PM

Are you wanting to game on 3 monitors or just use them for your desktop? Because if you're not looking to game, then an inexpensive Radeon card is probably your best bet - I'm pretty sure that all levels of the 7xxx series cards can drive 3 monitors.
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March 21, 2012 3:37:03 PM

Im not looking to game, its simply for extended desktop.

Also im currently using a 580gtx. So I dont think from my knowledge a ATI card would be compatiable..
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March 21, 2012 3:38:59 PM

You are correct, but if you don't need to play any games then you can sell your GTX 580 for ~$300, pick up a 7770 for $150, and pocket the extra $150... much better than dropping an extra ~$400 to get a second GTX 580 to drive 3 non-gaming screens!
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March 21, 2012 3:41:21 PM

What i meant is I do game, but the third monitor i'm looking to support, Isn't going to be for games. Just side programs.

Sorry kinda derped there.

so in no way would I drop a 580gtx :p 
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March 21, 2012 3:42:08 PM

BigMack70 said:
You are correct, but if you don't need to play any games then you can sell your GTX 580 for ~$300, pick up a 7770 for $150, and pocket the extra $150... much better than dropping an extra ~$400 to get a second GTX 580 to drive 3 non-gaming screens!

You can run different models of cards to drive more displays without using SLI. You only need to match models for SLI.

That said, I have literally no experience here.
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March 21, 2012 3:43:31 PM

willard said:
You can run different models of cards to drive more displays without using SLI. You only need to match models for SLI.

That said, I have literally no experience here.


This being said, What would you recommend. As an Inexpensive card to support my third monitor.
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March 21, 2012 3:45:30 PM

Any nvidia card will work for this. You can pick up a cheap 8800 gtx off ebay for $50 and hook up the 3rd or 4th monitor to that card.
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March 21, 2012 3:46:45 PM

Would i have any problems running a 580gtx and a 8800gtx off a 750 PSU?
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March 21, 2012 3:47:42 PM

faalin said:
Any nvidia card will work for this. You can pick up a cheap 8800 gtx off ebay for $50 and hook up the 3rd or 4th monitor to that card.


I think this is right - I'm pretty sure you can drop in any other nvidia card if you only need it to drive a desktop monitor. I've never done it myself, but I don't think you need to add another 580 to do it.

If you want SLI 580s, any 2nd 580 will enable you to drive 3 screens.

A 750w PSU should be fine for 580+8800GTX
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March 21, 2012 3:55:25 PM

It should be fine but if your worried you can drop down to a 8800gts. Really any nvidia card will do I have a old GeForce4 MX4000 card running as a second card to a 560ti in one of my work computers to get me a third monitor. The only thing to watch is what resolution the card can handle, if your wanting 3 monitors running 1080p then you need to make sure the second card can handle those settings.
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March 21, 2012 4:11:00 PM

Thanks guys, I got all I needed.
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