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18 monitor set - individual desktop - not 1 large desktop

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October 16, 2012 11:31:30 PM

Hi

I am about to purchase an 18 monitor setup. my goal is to run individual monitors at 1920x1200 resolution using 3 radeon 7970 hd cards. i will be using maxtor's triplehead2go to connect 18 monitors.

my question is weather i will experiance any issues with running 18 monitors using 3 cards on 1 computer system. if so, what should i be expecting?
October 17, 2012 10:30:22 AM

Also, will a 1250 watt power supply be enough for those 3 cards or can i use 2 psu on 1 system?
October 17, 2012 2:22:11 PM

I don't know how well Windows would be able to support an 18 monitor setup; you might not be able to use all the monitors at once. I don't know for sure though since I have never done an 18 monitor setup. My guess is that if it works well, it will look epic. Could I also ask, what will you do with 18 monitors? :) 
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October 17, 2012 4:50:59 PM

to be honest i have seen 12 monitor set up working just fine on 1 computer. I am going to set up 9 monitors for gaming, 6 monitors for excel and accounting and 3 for web pages. My concern is that there wont be enough power but from what i am reading 3 cards should have atleast 1200 watts. but then what about cpu and motherboard and the rest?
October 18, 2012 11:41:39 AM

Yes. Also, your CPU should be powerful enough to process what's going on between all your monitors. GPU will do all the work where gaming comes in, but your CPU will have to be able to process your web browsing and excel work over 9 monitors.
October 18, 2012 4:38:38 PM

I will be purchasing an i7 3770, 2600 ( not the K version ) or i7 3820. The reason is because they have the IntelĀ® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O . which one would be better for my purpose?

Also is it possible to connect 2 PSUs to 1 computer. 1 psu powering motherboard, HDDs etc while the 2nd powers the 3 graphic cards? I will design and build my own case so i will take space into account.
October 19, 2012 8:45:22 AM

I'm sorry, but I haven't had much experience building computers in the past so I can't answer your question about connecting 2 PSUs to 1 machine. To asnwer your question about the CPU, if you need Intel Virtualization technology for your work (and that's it) then get the newest and most powerful CPU - something within your budget, of course.
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