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post #61 of 65
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Thanks for the information on the last thread. I do like my IMAC but it is getting older.

I have replaced the HD with SSD and increased the RAM to 6 from 4 and it runs very well even with the windows for mac software. It simply will not perform the way I need it to with what I want to build a computer desk top for.

I plan to build this computer and I appreciate very much all of the help given here, it has been a real treat to have such help given freely.

Thanks to all,

Steve
post #62 of 65
if you do decide to build a windows machine instead of getting a mac, just remember business applications when run natively on a windows machine uses little if any GPU power. so what you actually need is not a top of the line video card but rather a video card that will support 6 monitors simultaneously. this gives you native support for 6 monitor on that card and you can use the IGP (HD5000) for the additional 2. the key to running so many monitors at once is you MUST buy monitors that supports display port. regular VGA/DVI/HDMI monitors will only allow 2 simultaneous displays which is fine for the IGP side of things. so you want a 6 display port and 2 additional monitor (i recommend staying with the same brand and model for all 8 if you intend to go that far) so that the color and brightness of the panels match and is more comfortable on the eye.

if you know of anyone with such set up, you may want to sit down at their machine for a few minuets and see if that's what you really want. having 6 monitors all displaying information can be overwhelming and you may want to just start off with 3 larger monitors like 1440p and see if that would serve you needs. if you know someone with technical background, you may want to have them take you to a local computer store and "educate" yourself on the differences between having fewer high resolution monitors as opposed to multiple lower resolution monitors. there are pro's and con's to each and most of the time i tend to settle for larger resolution but fewer monitors since it's easier on the eyes in the long term.

anyway. feel free to come back if you have any more questions.
post #63 of 65
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that is something I had not thought about as to monitors and the hook ups and all being the same

I do not have access to going to one but I do know a couple I can ask about it.

Thanks for that information, I will have to try to digest the hook up part.

One point, if you would not mind clarifying a little


actually need is not a top of the line video card but rather a video card that will support 6 monitors simultaneously. this gives you native support for 6 monitor on that card and you can use the IGP (HD5000) for the additional 2. the key to running so many monitors at once is you MUST buy monitors that supports display port.


I am not sure I grasp this point What do you mean by 'native support' what is IGP? and what is 'supports display port'?

I thought if it ran all of them I just spread what I want to which monitor?

Thanks,
Steve
post #64 of 65
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I am not sure I grasp this point What do you mean by 'native support' what is IGP? and what is 'supports display port'?

I thought if it ran all of them I just spread what I want to which monitor?

Thanks,
Steve

most video cards will not support 6 monitors by itself. there are some AMD cards that WILL support up to 6 monitors on its own (like the one i linked before). the brand doesn't matter you just need to get the one's that will support 6 on a single card. i think most card will only support up to 4? native support simply means it will support it by itself without going to SLi or crossfire configurations (multiple video cards)

IGP = integrated graphics processor. the new intel CPU's all have a video chip built right into the CPU itself. it's not meant for gaming but is more then plenty powerful for business applications. the latest iteration of that is HD5000? they may have come out with something better by now, but i haven't kept track with it. most motherboards will support the use of both the IGP and discreet video cards these days so that shouldn't be a problem.

displayport is a video connection standard. here is more info on it if you are interested.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisplayPort
the primary "practical" advantage to displayport is that it allows more then 2 monitors to be used simultaneously. and that's really all you need to know about that. it cost alittle more to buy displayport capable monitor, but if you want to use more then 2 monitors, you need it.
post #65 of 65
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thank you, now I am having 'analysis paralysis' after reading all of this in trying to make my decision in what to buy. Of course it seems as if I get most of the parts and put it together it will more than fill my needs. It will obviously be way beyond what I have at this time.

Steve
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