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Looking to get GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB, will computer work, and how many monitors supported

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May 7, 2013 12:04:26 PM

I am looking to get this graphics card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Based on this article:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

For this computer:
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/gateway-fx6850-51u/450...

To play this game:
http://www.eveonline.com/faq/client-system-requirements...

I run three clients on two screens and would like to have three or four screens available.

Does anybody know:
1. How many concurrent monitors does this card support (I would like 4, but 3 will work)?
2. Is this card compatible/usable with my computer listed above (i.e. board and power supply)?
3. What is the bottleneck with this system (graphics, CPU, board, hard drive, ram etc) as is, and proposed?
4. Is this option the best way to go about getting more monitors, or would buying a second card like the one that is already in it work (and is that possible)?
5. Does anybody have a better idea or suggestion to do what I want to do for a similar price?

My goal is to run 3 or 4 monitors for gaming, work, and video fun.

The reason I ask about the concurrent monitors is that the one in the computer now has three ports, but only supports two monitors, and I cannot find anything that says how many concurrent monitors this card supports.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
a b U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
May 7, 2013 12:17:25 PM

1. Four.
2. You need a new and better power supply.
3. The hard drive, technically, as with every system.
4. Buy a better card, or buy this and SLI down the road. (Not sure if your work programs will utilize SLI)
May 7, 2013 2:35:21 PM

ihog said:
1. Four.
2. You need a new and better power supply.
3. The hard drive, technically, as with every system.
4. Buy a better card, or buy this and SLI down the road. (Not sure if your work programs will utilize SLI)


Is the four monitor support confirmed to mean concurrent?
Would a 500W power supply work (any recommendations for the systems mentioned), and what specs are important when getting one (i.e. what am I looking for in a power supply)?
How does SLI work. I have seen another thread that says my card already in the machine is SLI compliant (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/245454-33-crossfire-f...). Would that mean I could plug another one in (assuming the board has an extra PCI slot which I don't know) and through software or something (I guess that is what SLI is) get them to work at the same time so I can plug two more monitors in?
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May 7, 2013 3:27:26 PM

The GPU mentioned says the minimum recommended power supply is 450W, which is what I have. Would running at the edge like that be more likely to cause problems?
May 7, 2013 3:42:48 PM

That should be adequate. I always use this just to double check: http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index...

If your upgrading the power supply and the graphics card at the same time with the intention to SLI, I might look into a 600w PSU and a Larger Graphics card instead. It doesnt appear as though you have enough room for a second card. It says you have 2 PCIe slots, but none are free. Im assuming one is being used by a wifi card or something. Also I was always told if your intensely gaming to base the graphics card's memory on how many monitors you run, with a minimum memory of 2GB. So if you plan on Running 4 monitors, use a 3GB card or 2 2GB cards
a b U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
May 7, 2013 4:37:27 PM

jtw0006 said:
The GPU mentioned says the minimum recommended power supply is 450W, which is what I have. Would running at the edge like that be more likely to cause problems?


The problem is that it might not be a quality PSU.
May 7, 2013 10:21:35 PM

RabidSnail said:
That should be adequate. I always use this just to double check: http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index...

If your upgrading the power supply and the graphics card at the same time with the intention to SLI, I might look into a 600w PSU and a Larger Graphics card instead. It doesnt appear as though you have enough room for a second card. It says you have 2 PCIe slots, but none are free. Im assuming one is being used by a wifi card or something. Also I was always told if your intensely gaming to base the graphics card's memory on how many monitors you run, with a minimum memory of 2GB. So if you plan on Running 4 monitors, use a 3GB card or 2 2GB cards


Thanks for the link. Not knowing which pinout I have on the i7 I just tried a bunch of random ones and it looks like a 500-550 would work. If I went with dual cards I need like 700. Newegg has a bunch of random ones, was just going to grab one, unless anybody has a brand they would recommend.

I might try a wide screen or large format monitor. The LG ones look alright, but they all seem to have pixel issues.
May 8, 2013 7:07:26 AM

Can your mobo fit two cards though. Make sure you find out before buying a new PSU or you might regret overpaying or not getting one large enough.
May 8, 2013 7:49:35 AM

RabidSnail said:
Can your mobo fit two cards though. Make sure you find out before buying a new PSU or you might regret overpaying or not getting one large enough.


I am going to buy and replace. Not going to try the SLI thing I don't think.
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