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I need a new video card for an upcoming build that I plan on watercooling, so can anyone suggest a single video card that can do at least 3 monitors, (4 would be awesome without having to have a 2nd card) and has a really nice, high quality waterblock available?

I don't plan on gaming, so no need for SLI.

Also not sure/don't think I need 4k capabilities? I'd take it if the card & monitors can be had without costing an arm & a leg, but if the technology is still very pricey I could do without it. I'd still like HD if possible.

Maybe a block that has an LED or can be easily painted since I don't plan on running any dye in my loop, just plain water and UV reactive rigid tube.

A card & block combo that won't break the bank, but still very high quality? I'll spend what I have to though to meet my requirements.

What are the best port types these days? HDMI or display port? Does any card offer 4 of either one vs 3 HDMI & 1 display port?

I've been partial to Nvidia in the past, but not opposed to AMD if they have the quality, specs and a Waterblock is available.
Edited by TheGreyWizard - 11/9/15 at 7:40am
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Hi there tongue.gif

Well there are many cards that have the outputs that you need, the real question is what kind of use do you intend on them? I know you said you don't plan on gaming, but if you seek gaming on the 3 monitors at the same time, well that's another story.

Or you like to game on 1 monitor and the other 2 for tasks? or the 3 for tasks?

If you only do work like coding, typing, surfing the web, you could use a low end gpu and call it a day, and if you want something more to play on 1 monitor you can go with a good mid to high range gpu, and have the performace there if needed. I mean the whole idea of watercooling is lowering the noise and improving the performace tongue.gif, right? :tongue.gif

What it's your price range?

Cheers rolleyes.gif
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No gaming, really just coding, surfing, maybe watching a movie here or there.

But someone mentioned in another thread that mobo on board graphics can probably do what I need these days.

What do you guys think, could I get away without a video card all together and just run 3-4 monitors off of a Asrock x99 Extreme4/3.1 mobo with out affecting quality or experience? . Or should I just plan on getting a single dedicated video card for the 3-4 monitors anyways?

I'd say at the most, a mid range card with a budget of $300 to get what I need is reasonable if I can't just use mobo onboard graphics. There's absolutely no reason for me to drop the kind of coin a high end card requires.
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Well an x99 mobo won't have integrated graphics, so that won't work. I would say a GTX 970, or 960 even. You could get an EKWB block to go with it.
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Oh I got you rolleyes.gif

Well If I were you, i would buy a dedicated GPU, because that will ensure me that my CPU will be dedicated to the softwares, and then my GPU will handle all my monitors + some gaming if needed, more than that, using an APU it's good, but i haven't used my self, keep in mind that you will have to dedicate some ram for the GPU part of the APU chip.

My brother uses his PC for coding, surfing, some FPS gaming, and other things. He work with a 3 monitors setup, at 1st he used the onboard video card, but he told me that is was really slow with 2 many things on the screen, and he decided to get a mid range gpu, he bought a 7950, which at the moment was really cheap and until today it's fine for him. tongue.gif
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Well an x99 mobo won't have integrated graphics, so that won't work. I would say a GTX 970, or 960 even. You could get an EKWB block to go with it.

OK so a dedicated GPU it is then.

Wow the 960s are considerably cheaper than the 970s, what a the real difference between the 2?

Eta add: ok seems 970 has 1664 stream processors vs 1024 on 960.

What does that do?

970 also has 4gb ram vs 2gb ram on 960

970 is also 256-bit vs 128 on 960

So obvious some of the really important specs are double on 970 compared to 960. But is that worth more than double the price for my setup?

I really don't want to be bottled neck, so will get the 970 if I'll see dramatic improvements. But also don't want to spend more than double on the card if I don't have to.

As far as resolution I really have no idea. The best I can get I guess? The main 3 monitors probably won't be much bigger than 24", the 4th monitor may be a 40-48" TV above the rest. Haven't decided yet.

But remember, I have no interest in gaming with this rig, but may like to play 4k movies at some point in near future when the technology catches up.

For that reason should I go 970, or is 960 still capable for 4k movies?

And 4k isn't a must have, honestly might be a year or two before I'd even buy a 4k TV for the setup. I doubt I will spend the money to get all 3 main monitors 4k.
Edited by TheGreyWizard - 11/10/15 at 5:28am
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The 960 is 4k capable. You would be fine doing 4k with the 960 as long as your 4k displays are connected to Displayport outputs.
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Let me also say this, having a full sized Waterblock is important to me to help cool the entir card.

So with that in mind which card sshould I pick? Doesn't seem EK offers one for the evga 960. Still searching for the 970.
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Looks like they have them for the 970, but not the 960. You could go with another company for water cooling, but I don't know how those other companies are.
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