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August 7, 2012 11:14:43 PM

Hello,
I need a bit of help selecting a good graphics card for my needs. Each screen will have several windows and lots of detail.

Here is my setup:
•MSI Z77A-G45 Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2667MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready
•Intel Core i7-3770K BX80667i73770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail
•MSI DH-24AAS-17 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA
•Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered
•Western Digital WD10EALX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 32MB
•Thermaltake VN770M1W2N Overseer RX-I Full Tower Computer Case - ATX, 700W PSU, Full Tower, 3 x 5.25" Bays, 5 x 3.5" Bays, 8 x Expansion Slots, 2 x USB 3.0, 2x Blue LED Fans, Black

I am also adding a Corsair Force GT 60 GB SSD that will run windows and my trading applications.

Since I am not a gamer, I am not well versed in the graphics card scene. I need to be able to quickly process and stream market data with as little delay as possible.

Budget: Looking to spend 300 or less total. Recommendations above are welcome, perhaps a cheap recommendation and then a higher end recommendation?

Help is appreciated. Thanks...
August 7, 2012 11:44:14 PM

Hello! So usually when you're rocking 2+ monitors you want to make sure you GPU has a) your required outputs and b) a good amount of vram to power all of that. This would be the "enthusiast" level card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with 6gb of ram on a single card, it's an absolute monster, however it is 700$ and since you won't be gaming I don't think you need something that extreme. The second best option would just be a gigabyte 7970 (or whatever manufacturer you prefer) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... both of these have 4 outputs and I think the second one would be exactly what you're looking for. However if you would like to stick to the 300$ price range, something like this would do just fine http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 8, 2012 1:23:10 PM

ksmetana said:
Hello,
I need a bit of help selecting a good graphics card for my needs. Each screen will have several windows and lots of detail.

Here is my setup:
•MSI Z77A-G45 Intel 7 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z77 Express, 2667MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready
•Intel Core i7-3770K BX80667i73770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail
•MSI DH-24AAS-17 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA
•Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered
•Western Digital WD10EALX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 32MB
•Thermaltake VN770M1W2N Overseer RX-I Full Tower Computer Case - ATX, 700W PSU, Full Tower, 3 x 5.25" Bays, 5 x 3.5" Bays, 8 x Expansion Slots, 2 x USB 3.0, 2x Blue LED Fans, Black

I am also adding a Corsair Force GT 60 GB SSD that will run windows and my trading applications.

Since I am not a gamer, I am not well versed in the graphics card scene. I need to be able to quickly process and stream market data with as little delay as possible.

Budget: Looking to spend 300 or less total. Recommendations above are welcome, perhaps a cheap recommendation and then a higher end recommendation?

Help is appreciated. Thanks...


First, I trade on the forex market so I do understand your needs.

Second, you do not need a PCI-e 3.0 card to do what you want. The resolution you are using will determine which card (at minimum) to use in the following family of video cards that work well in this situation; Nvidia NVS series. The is what I use for my main trading machine. I run 6 - 24inch 1920*1200 monitors using 3 NVS290 video cards. The NVS 295 will run 2 monitors at 2560*1600. They also have cards with quad output. Start here - http://www.nvidia.com/object/desktop-nvs.html

Third, DO NOT buy new retail. These cards are standard in some HP and Dell business class machines and are taken out and put on EBAY where you can get them for MUCH LESS. They have a special connector called a DMS59 which will give you dual VGA, or dual DVI. The newer cards, NVS 295, also now come with display port.

If you have only 1 PCIe slots available and need 2560*1600/1440 look for the NVS 440 like this one. http://www.ebay.com/itm/nVidia-Quadro-NVS-450-Video-Car...

The NVS 290/295 cards are a lot more abundant and cheaper. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Sealed-HP-NVidia-Quadro-NVS...

AS a side note inexpensive 27" 2560*1440 IPS monitors will begin to be sold here in the US starting August 21. They will list out at $429. http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/08/nixeus-unveils-27-2560... I have one on pre-order from amazon but I am sure I will be getting more to replace my 24 inch monitors.

I just took a look at your board and see you have 3 PCIe slots. If I were you I would get 3 NVS295 cards from the EBAY listing I gave to you above. (I have no connection to them). They are new and come with the DVI adapters.

Now, with the money I just saved you, you can get 2 27" 2560*1440 monitors and have a 6 monitor setup.




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August 8, 2012 2:18:44 PM

hcforde said:
First, I trade on the forex market so I do understand your needs.

Second, you do not need a PCI-e 3.0 card to do what you want. The resolution you are using will determine which card (at minimum) to use in the following family of video cards that work well in this situation; Nvidia NVS series. The is what I use for my main trading machine. I run 6 - 24inch 1920*1200 monitors using 3 NVS290 video cards. The NVS 295 will run 2 monitors at 2560*1600. They also have cards with quad output. Start here - http://www.nvidia.com/object/desktop-nvs.html

Third, DO NOT buy new retail. These cards are standard in some HP and Dell business class machines and are taken out and put on EBAY where you can get them for MUCH LESS. They have a special connector called a DMS59 which will give you dual VGA, or dual DVI. The newer cards, NVS 295, also now come with display port.

If you have only 1 PCIe slots available and need 2560*1600/1440 look for the NVS 440 like this one. http://www.ebay.com/itm/nVidia-Quadro-NVS-450-Video-Car...

The NVS 290/295 cards are a lot more abundant and cheaper. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Sealed-HP-NVidia-Quadro-NVS...

AS a side note inexpensive 27" 2560*1440 IPS monitors will begin to be sold here in the US starting August 21. They will list out at $429. http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/08/nixeus-unveils-27-2560... I have one on pre-order from amazon but I am sure I will be getting more to replace my 24 inch monitors.

I just took a look at your board and see you have 3 PCIe slots. If I were you I would get 3 NVS295 cards from the EBAY listing I gave to you above. (I have no connection to them). They are new and come with the DVI adapters.

Now, with the money I just saved you, you can get 2 27" 2560*1440 monitors and have a 6 monitor setup.



this guy knows a lot more about this stuff than me! Ignore my post, listen to him :D 
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August 8, 2012 6:57:08 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like you have a sick setup.

That is the general concensus I'm getting: Purchase several inexpensive cards rather than pay up for PCIe 3.0 cards. I guess I was trying to deliver a pizza with a ferrari haha

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August 8, 2012 6:57:23 PM

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August 30, 2012 10:27:09 AM

I'll second the NVS 290/295/300 series. I run 4 NVS 295 (8 monitors) and they're great. A few of my computer buddies tried to talk me into the best 3D capable cards with zillions of GB of ram, but it's not necessary. Trading software utilizes VERY LITTLE resources.
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