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Cheapest and quietest way to support 3 - 4 monitors

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I am quite familiar with building rigs, except in the area of video cards. Could I have your esteemed opinions on a way to setup 3 - 4 monitors in the most cost-effective manner in relation to performance?
  • I am NOT a gamer, and DO NOT PLAY GAMES OFTEN/AT ALL. Being able to play some may be nice though - even at a low FPS.
  • I work with multiple programs open - 1 to 2 per monitor
  • I do watch movies
  • Budget < $200
  • I have heard that AMD Radeon would be the way to go... is that true?
  • Low noise is a priority over performance

Edited by nicefinly - 8/22/12 at 10:37pm
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Most if not all video cards available can run as many displays as ports it contains. The bulkiness and heavy power draw is mainly only used for gaming and 3d rendering.
If you only want multi-display support without any graphic intensive stuff, you could get a GT 210, plug 2 displays into the card and a third display into your mobo integrated GPU. Should run fine. Heck, add another 210 and run 5 displays tongue.gif

There are low tier cards that have a few feature which allows you to split a single DVI port into 2 displays. I forgot what this feature is called. This allows crazy 5-display support using a single very low-end card.

If all you're aiming for is +1 your available displays then just get whatever cheap card that has a DVI port.
Edited by Wnivre - 8/23/12 at 12:23am
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Grab a 7750 it supports several monitors or get two 5750s off of ebay
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Originally Posted by Wnivre View Post

Most if not all video cards available can run as many displays as ports it contains. The bulkiness and heavy power draw is mainly only used for gaming and 3d rendering.
If you only want multi-display support without any graphic intensive stuff, you could get a GT 210, plug 2 displays into the card and a third display into your mobo integrated GPU. Should run fine. Heck, add another 210 and run 5 displays tongue.gif
There are low tier cards that have a few feature which allows you to split a single DVI port into 2 displays. I forgot what this feature is called. This allows crazy 5-display support using a single very low-end card.
If all you're aiming for is +1 your available displays then just get whatever cheap card that has a DVI port.

Thanks! About running the motherboard output simultaneously with the video card outputs - is there a performance difference between the graphics on the monitors as a result? What software allows you to manage it? And finally... is it pretty standard to be able to plug into both the motherbaord and videocard outputs simultaneously without hassle?
post #5 of 6
Plug n' Play. 2d images use very little power so in that there's no performance hit.
Use the normal Windows resolution manager and you'll see all the screens on it. For convenience, however, have the best display plugged into the first dedicated GPU and set as the primary display.
The display that's plugged into the iGPU will not show up on the Nvidia/AMD controller, so you need to use the Windows one.
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Will Ubuntu will pick it up though, like the windows one?
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