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June 13, 2012 4:53:08 AM

I need a graphics solutions that would allow me to use three monitors, one of which must be HDMI and another that must be VGA or DVI. Unforunately, I can only spend between $120-$150 on it. I'd like it to be something that could support moderate gameplay, say Diablo 3 on close to max settings.

Thanks for the help!

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June 13, 2012 5:14:15 AM

What motherboard are you using?
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June 13, 2012 5:28:27 AM

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June 13, 2012 5:55:40 AM

But I would need an active adapter, correct?
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June 13, 2012 6:04:16 AM

Nope, you can just use the HDMI, and two dvis for the other monitors, then set it all up in Catalyst Control Center. It also comes with a DVI-VGA adapter, should you need it.
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June 13, 2012 6:14:56 AM

I thought eyefinity required at least one use of displayport?
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June 13, 2012 1:59:17 PM

Crap, you will need to use the display port with an adapter such as: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

After talking to my buddy who uses eyefinity, he said you'll have to use the DP. I didn't think you did have to. I apologize for the confusion. The good thing is that you can buy the adapter for the first card mentioned and still be within your budget.
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June 13, 2012 2:05:55 PM

As another option, buy one graphics card for gaming, and a cheap second card to attach the two non gaming monitors.
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June 13, 2012 2:15:14 PM

Careful on the active adapter. Had an Eyefinity setup earlier this year and had to return the active display port adapter twice to get one that worked correctly. They are very finicky.
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June 13, 2012 2:32:43 PM

geofelt said:
As another option, buy one graphics card for gaming, and a cheap second card to attach the two non gaming monitors.


Good idea, if your board has 2 PCIe I would get a 7770 for around $125 and then a 6450 for around $30.

The main monitor runs off the 7770 and is used for gaming, the other 2 monitors are plugged into the 6450. In this model you are not using eyefinity or corssfire you are simply using multiple GPUs.

This would be cheap, easy, scalable, and work very well for productivity like having WORD, EXCEL, and ACCESS all on thier own screen at one time.
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June 13, 2012 9:23:25 PM

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DisplayPort is required for Eyefinity.


Normally you'd be right. But the flex cards are different. Speaking as a former owner of the 6950 FleX you do not need to use display port if you are using a FleX card.

That said, active adapters aren't too expensive, and then your choices aren't as limited.

I would get a decent gaming card and invest in an active DP or active mini-dp adapter. Would be cheaper than buying a second non-gaming card.

Unless you have a cheap GPU already at home somewhere, then you could use that for your non-gaming monitors, and get a decent GPU for gaming.
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June 13, 2012 10:36:58 PM

I never saw him say anything but using 3 monitors not that he would be using 1 for gaming and 2 for whatever. So whoever suggested the 2 card solution needs to read better. To power 3 displays at even decent graphics for games you cant get a crappy GPU as was suggested. Even 2 7970s would struggle with some things. So id adivse you get a 670 at least or at least a 7950.
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June 13, 2012 11:25:07 PM

A 670 on a $150 budget? I don't think that's going to work.
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June 13, 2012 11:52:07 PM

Gaming on 3 monitors with a $150 budget is kind of out of the question...

Plus in the original question, OP lists different connectivity for his monitors. You wouldn't want to game in eyefinity with VGA paired with two higher quality inputs.
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June 14, 2012 12:01:26 AM

I didnt say it would work on a $150 budget. If he wants 3 monitors and gaming he'll need one of those cards. On $150 it cant be done period.
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June 14, 2012 12:12:51 AM

Im not terribly concerned with gaming on all three monitors. They're all different resolution. I would mainly game on one monitor.
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June 14, 2012 5:35:31 AM

get a 6850 - it will end up costing you between 130-135$ after rebates

and an active display port for 25$ - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . You don't need the more expensive dual link adaptors unless you are going above 1920x1080 resolutions.

That will go 10$ over your budget.

If you want to stay in the budget replace the 6850 with a 7770.
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June 14, 2012 11:57:00 AM

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Im not terribly concerned with gaming on all three monitors. They're all different resolution. I would mainly game on one monitor.


Thanks for clarifying.

What GPU do you have in your PC currently? You could buy a gaming GPU to use as primary and use your current card just for the extra monitors.
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June 14, 2012 9:40:40 PM

I use the on-board graphics on my motherboard.
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June 14, 2012 9:42:30 PM

You should be able to run two from your GPU, and one from your motherboard.

So, go ahead and just buy the best card for your single monitor gaming performance :) 
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June 14, 2012 9:50:17 PM

No way....! How would I do that.
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June 14, 2012 9:51:15 PM

Plug one into the motherboard, and two into your gaming GPU.

Windows should detect all three, same as using two GPUs for multiple monitors.
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June 14, 2012 10:05:15 PM

Wow, such a simple solution. Awesome! Now what graphics card do I get?
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June 15, 2012 2:18:36 AM

Best answer selected by jradicle11.
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