Hello all, I do web and graphic design and am looking to expand from 4 to 8 25-inch Asus VE258Q monitors. I currently run a Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard, i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, 32GB of RAM and 2x GeForce 9800 GT cards.
I don't play games but I do digital video rendering and work alot with the Adobe suite of products; Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, etc.
What blazorthon said. Your motherboard and CPU are great but you are definitely lacking in the GPU area. The GTX 650 cards are good and cheap but I'd bet you want to run all of your displays from a digital output so you might want to consider a GPU that has two DisplayPort outputs as well as DVI/HDMI outs so you can run four monitors off each card. You're lucky that your current monitors already have DP inputs so you won't need any active DP adapters.
Thanks for the input - and please pardon my ignorance but to upgrade my GPU, do I upgrade my motherboard? Or is the GPU separate? Can you recommend one? If I do need a motherboard, can you make a recommendation?
As re: digital output - what should I look for there? Thanks very much.
The 9800 GTs are PCIe cards. Your CPU also has an integrated Intel HD 4000 IGP that uses the motherboard's video outputs, but you're probably not using it if you're using two discrete video cards. You do not need a new motherboard.