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2nd graphics card to compliment MSI GeForce GTX 560

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October 11, 2012 3:22:22 AM

Power Supply Corsair HX Professional Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
Processor Intel Core i7-2600K
Current graphics card One MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
Monitor Resolution Two monitors 1920-1200 (new card and monitor will be 1900-1080 only)
budget ~$200

I really need a third(or fourth) monitor for my work. About 18 months ago, I built a I7 2600k Build.

I'm on a bit of a budget, so I looked into DVI splitters first (it's okay if one of the screens is cloned), but I've read so many complaints I think I'd rather purchase a 2nd graphics card.

To get a matching graphics card will run approximately $200. MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB

Since I'm committed to spending that much money, I'd like to make sure I'm making a wise purchase. Is there something cheaper that would do the job just as well? Is there something roughly in the same price range which would have an added benefit?

I figure there's a decent chance my old graphics card will die within the next couple of years. Not that I do a lot of gaming, but it seems that many of the reviews say that it fails 1-2 years after the purchase. Occasionally the screens will go black for a few seconds and then come back on, although I'm not sure that is the graphics card or something else.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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October 11, 2012 4:09:50 AM

If you're looking for a new gaming graphics card, then I'd recommend a discounted GTX 660 or Radeon 7870. If you just want a card to get more screens, then you might as well get something a helluva lot cheaper, such as a 6570.
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October 11, 2012 4:26:06 AM

Also, the 660 and the 7870 are both a lot better than the 560 Ti in both performance and power consumption. Even a similarly-priced (to that 560 Ti) 7850 would be better.
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October 11, 2012 4:42:38 AM

If your mobo can handle crossfire, getting another 560 ti would be the best choice imo.
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October 11, 2012 6:13:57 AM

A GeForce GTX 660 can drive four displays all by itself.

If your new displays have HDMI and DisplayPort video input ports then this is the ideal single card solution in your budget range without having to buy an active DisplayPort adapter.
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October 11, 2012 5:01:38 PM

ko888 said:
A GeForce GTX 660 can drive four displays all by itself.

If your new displays have HDMI and DisplayPort video input ports then this is the ideal single card solution in your budget range without having to buy an active DisplayPort adapter.


Wow, I hadn't considered such a solution! 2 out of the 3 monitors have DisplayPort input ports. Thank you for reminding me to check the input ports, @ko888.

Tough call between upgrading to GeForce GTX 660($229), or installing a cheap secondary card 6570($50). I'm leaning towards the $50 option. I don't game that often these days anyhow. Thank you, @luciferano for that suggestion.
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October 11, 2012 5:05:33 PM

bawchicawawa said:
If your mobo can handle crossfire, getting another 560 ti would be the best choice imo.
I can see how two matching cards would be the best option, but if I upgrade to the GTX 660, I'd probably use the old 560 ti in a separate budget build computer. I'm looking for value above top end performance.
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October 11, 2012 5:11:49 PM

There are also some GeForce GTX 650 cards that will also drive four monitors for a much lower price than the GeForce GTX 660.
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October 11, 2012 5:21:26 PM

Some lower end Radeons also support four, five, or six displays. This 7770 supports four (two mini Displayports, one HDMI port, one DVI port):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's also probably cheaper than any GTX 650 that supports four displays, but that's not a guarantee. I'm having trouble finding many such 650s. I don't know if this one supports four, but it does have four ports (two HDMI and two DVI):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 16, 2012 9:47:30 PM

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