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My end goal is my computer to support 3 displays. I do NOT plan to play any type of games, I just want 3 different video's playing on 3 different displays. Sounds silly, I know, but it's what I need for my churches VBS.

As you can see, I have 1 560ti, which we all know supports 2 displays. So, I just need one more. I have an open 16x slot, however, it can only be a single slot card! I was curious if I can just throw in another 5XX series card that was a single slot, OR get a single slot AMD card that can support 3 displays.

Ideas?
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Yes.

You can add another card, or get one that supports 3 displays.
    
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So the cards don't have to be the same? Just anything?
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Correct.
    
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You do not need 'Surround' but just 1 more monitor support. 'Surround' usually refers to 3 monitors working together to display 1 visual image (usually gaming) across the 3 displays.

No need to get another 5xx card as it is expensive.
No need to get a card (usually AMD) that supports 3 monitors by itself as it is not cost effective.

Just get a single slot cheap Nvidia card. Even an old 8xxx and 9xxx series will do.
If it is just for the summer, perhaps you can even borrow an old Nvidia card from a friend.
Edited by windfire - 5/12/11 at 8:01pm
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Would there be any issues if I went with an AMD card? Worried about having AMD and nVidia drivers running at the same time...
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Best if you stayed solid Nvidia. No chance of driver complications.
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Originally Posted by -Apocalypse- View Post
Best if you stayed solid Nvidia. No chance of driver complications.
    
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Would there be any issues if I went with an AMD card? Worried about having AMD and nVidia drivers running at the same time...
Well... it is not recommended but 2 Different display drivers did not give me issues back then.
I switch Graphic Card several times last year. Radeon HD 3650, GeForce GTX 260, Radeon HD 5850, GeForce GTX 460, and Radeon HD 5750.
When I use GTX 460, I didn't uninstall ATI Catalyst Driver and when I use Radeon HD 3650, I didn't uninstall NVIDIA Forceware driver.
No real trouble for me...
    
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Alright, so I'm sticking to nVidia. Which card has the lowest power draw? Looking at the 520.... but man that things price/performance is terrible :/
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