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Three monitor setup options?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Hello all,

I'm in a quandary and am hopeful that someone here will have the answers for me.

I have the following components in my workstation at home:
- MSI 870A-G46 AM3 AMD Motherboard
+ 1x PCI-E 16x, 1x PCI-E 4x, 1x PCI channel
- GIGABYTE GV-N550OC-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti

I am looking to attach a third monitor, and have come across the following options to achieve this, so far:
- Replace the motherboard with one that has onboard graphics.
- Replace the motherboard with one that has another PCI-E 16x channel and install another NVIDIA card in SLI.
- Add another NVIDIA card (PCI, or PCI-E 1x or 4x) that is compatible with my current driver set and route the graphics to the primary card.
- Replace the NVIDIA card with an ATI card that supports three monitors.

I am not really interested in doing multi-monitor gaming, or anything fancy, so the SLI option seems a bit excessive. The most I would be interested in is having the option to run a game or 1080p video off of this monitor.

I would consider switching to ATI, however I have been reasonable happy with NVIDIA for a number of years and wouldn't know where to start in selecting a card. I am thinking that the third option, installing a passive card, would be the most economical and suitable to my interests, if feasible. I have not been able to find much verifying information about this solution, so I am not even sure how I would go about working it out.

I have heard, once the passive card is installed, that I would simply select the primary card in the NVIDIA Control Panel for the third monitor. Is this accurate? I could not find such a field in that application, and would like to have my bases covered before spending the money on a solution.

Any other ideas and information would be most appreciated. Thanks!
post #2 of 4

This is your cheapest solution without having to buy additional active adapter. One card to drive 3 monitors.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102960

 

 

 

 

14-102-960-TS?$S300W$

 

 

14-102-960-Z05?$S300W$

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post #3 of 4
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If replacing the NVIDIA card with an ATI card would be the cheapest option, then I would like the card to be comparable to the card I currently have. Like I said, I don't know terribly much of ATI cards, but from comparing what information I had at my disposable, I found the core clock speed of the card you linked ~300MHz slower and the memory width to be 64-bit vs 192-bit on my card.
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Yes, Sir. The information will be provided shortly. Thank you.

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120GB x 4 RAID0 Raptor 300GB x 2 RAID0 CPU-370 CPU-370 
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120GB x 4 RAID0 Raptor 300GB x 2 RAID0 CPU-370 CPU-370 
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