Originally Posted by Figit090
I have two HP zr22w monitors. Pics when my desk is clean...
I'm looking for any advice on the cheapest (while not decreasing performance) option for a third screen using my ASUS P8z77v-Pro motherboard's Intel HD 4000.... anyone have tips? I was thinking a cheap $15 card for the third but I'm not sure what that will do to graphics performance. Right now most cheaper cards are worse than the HD 4000's capabilities.
I currently am running one monitor off my display port and the other off my dvi-d and the manual says that's the max. Could I get an inexpensive GPU and hook up a third, or should I save a little, buy a used card on ebay and have a better all around performance?
What kind of work do you do? lots of screens!
GPU choice is dependent on what you are going to use the third monitor for. If you are using it strictly as extra desktop space then any cheap card will do. If you are going SLS you need something more powerful.
I build computer systems for video editors, day traders, computer artists, etc. and they all go multimonitor so I have to know the limits of various configurations. The above layout is an old one, I've made a much bigger and better one:IMG_0305_edited
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The problem with the 6-monitor asymmetrical layout is that it doesn't support Eyefinity/nVSurround as that requires all the monitors to be the same orientation (landscape or portrait). I briefly tested a 5x1 24" 1920x1200 portrait layout alongside my 6-monitor layout for gaming purposes:AdobePhotoshopExpress_20121013005712
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The 5x1 layout is okay for gaming but I hated all the bezels. For productivity or videos it sucks big-time, so much so I found myself moving my keyboard and mouse to the monitors I was working on at any one time. 11 monitors are a bit excessive so I scaled back to the 7-monitor layout. It's actually an interim design as it isn't balanced properly - the upper 4 monitors are 20" 1680x1050. Ideally the top row should be 4x22" 1920x1080 as it would match the PPI and horizontal resolution of the 3x30" 2560x1600 monitors below. Using 3x30" means I get the advantages of Eyefinity without the productivity loss of the 5x1 portrait. As a bonus it also has an extra megapixel of desktop space.