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Currently I have dual monitors on my desk running just fine, and my big screen tv hooked up as well... but am unable to view all three at once. So what I currently do to watch movies and such is just mirror my main monitor and my TV while essentially "disconnecting" the secondary monitor. However, I want to keep this same setup (2 monitors, 1 tv) but add a third desktop monitor. I would like three independent monitors running at once, with the ability to "disconnect" one of them and utilize the tv as a monitor for movies etc... here is the problem. I have a gpu that only supports two outputs at once (hence why i disconnect one monitor to watch stuff on the tv) what is the cheapest way to go about this?
So to recap
Currently: have 2 independent monitors w/ability to switch over to TV
Want: 3 independent monitors w/ability to switch over to TV

My motherboard is the Asus M4A87TD/USB3 it has a single PCI Express 2.0 x 16 and three PCI slots
GPU GTX 460

Can I just buy a cheap video card and add it to a PCI slot? If I do this will it allow me to run 3 monitors independent of each other?

Also, I am not opposed to buying a new GPU in the $200 or less range that will support 3 monitors...just want them all on at the same time obviously and have the ability to switch over to the TV when needed (so technically 4 monitors need to be connected I guess, but only 3 at once is what I would like).
post #2 of 8
Since your GPU is fairly old, I'd suggest getting a 7850 and a mini dp adapter if you need one.
 
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Will this be able to support 3 monitors running at once with a fourth plugged in (TV) that I can switch over to? Also, why a mini dp adapter

How does the 460 compared to the 7850 look?
post #4 of 8
Comparison The 7850 outperforms the 460 in a convincing way.

Yes you will be able to have 3 monitors running and four plugged in, unless your mointors have DP connectors you will need a miniDP or a DP adapter (check what kind the card you purchase uses) plug in your main monitor using DP, the TV with HDMI and the other two monitors with DVI
 
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the cheapest would be pci video card. i'd go to a local pc repair shop and try get one for free or trade. or get one from ebay for under $10....
    
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What type of PCI gpu card should I be looking for to ensure that it will work?

Also I currently have my two monitors on DVI and the tv on hdmi can the pci be anything or what?
post #7 of 8
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the cheapest would be pci video card. i'd go to a local pc repair shop and try get one for free or trade. or get one from ebay for under $10....

What are my choices for a pci video card?
post #8 of 8
i think anything pci would work. just ask seller if it'd work with windows 7 (that's if you use windows 7)..
    
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