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I am trying to find a cheap 3 screen gfx card for a friend and his DAW setup (music production computer).

He has this card at the moment:

Gainward GeForce® GT520 1024MB HDMI, DVI, VGA

it seems to have 3 outputs but not sure if it can run all three at the same time

he has looked at a single USB vga solution for around £30 to add to the other 2 outputs from his card.

Would a cheap 5xxx series card do triple head?
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post #2 of 5
Geforce cards no matter how many outputs (unless they are dual GPU versions) won't do more than 2 outputs, a cheap AMD/ATI 5XXX series should be able to run 3 screens by itself.
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post #3 of 5
You should be looking at AMD Eyefinity(5 series), that would allow you to run upto three screens at once.
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Originally Posted by LiquidKaos View Post
Will all of these do it? All his monitors are D-Sub input would he need to buy adaptors/cables or do any of these manufactures supply them as standard?

Thanks for all the help so far!!
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SteelSeries 7G 850W NorthQ Black Magic Flex Modular Coolermaster Cosmos Pure Black V2 Logitech G9 
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1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 h50 (modded) Win 7 64bit Professional Dell 24" E248WFP x 3 (for eyefinity) 
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