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Hey guys. I am building sort of a centralized HTPC for my house and have 2 questions. What graphics card will be enough to handle 1080p on 3 screens?
2. How do I have multiple logons on different screens?
Thanks ahead of time.
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Originally Posted by stringcheese166 View Post

Hey guys. I am building sort of a centralized HTPC for my house and have 2 questions. What graphics card will be enough to handle 1080p on 3 screens?
2. How do I have multiple logons on different screens?
Thanks ahead of time.

It depends man

1. Multiple screens = Graphics card with plenty VRAM
2.Depends on your budget
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Thinking multi seat x. I want to be able to use multiple tvs. In reality I want to go up to 6 screens. Also, I am going to use a Xeon 3220. Its socket 775 so it needs to be compatible with that
Edited by stringcheese166 - 6/8/13 at 4:33pm
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That processor is going to be a bottle neck for any current tech GPU. As for using 6 screens thats gonna take 2-3 GPU depending on what type of interface the TVs have. Most of todays TVs have HDMI which is fine. But most GPUs only have 1 HDMI out. But there are adapters for DVI to HDMI that will work.
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I planned on adaptors but I was wondering if I'd need a huge board to fit those cards
I also wasnt planning on current GPU tech
Edited by stringcheese166 - 6/8/13 at 5:52pm
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I think you may be better building a media server around that CPU. Something like a central file server where you can have plex or xbmc running on a little box for each tv you have. Plex runs great on Roku boxes, which are in the $50 neighborhood, and many people say Raspberry Pi boxes work great with xbmc.

If you put 4-8 Gb of ram with that CPU, and stuffed it in a case full of HDDs it would work great as a headless server. In the simplest form you could just run something like Ubuntu for your OS with a samba file server and plex media server. That way you could access your library from any PC, XBOX, and many other machines. If you wanted to get a little more advanced you could get a nice RAID card and use something like FreeNAS or Unraid.

Just something for you to think about. Unless you just want to spend money on a novelty project, it doesn't seem worthwhile to me to make a central HTPC full of loud, hot, and inefficient GPU's to power multiple TV's.
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That is a fair point to make. In all reality I want to keep costs to a minimum here. I know I will need a nic of some sort for streaming. The reason I want to go the GPU route is to power a PC in my sisters room too as she barely browses the web. So, I guess my thing there is maybe I just build another computer from more pawned parts for that and make a plex server. I like the idea but I don't have the data needs for anything of that nature either. I am not ripping DVDs or downloading movies. Just streaming in all seriousness but I want to retain web surfing capability on the tv
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