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if your video card supports "eyefinity" then yes you can run 3 or more depends but if its not then nope your gonna need crossfire or sli
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Allow me to make another suggestion. I had the exact same situation as you (same card too) and what I ended up doing was much easier/cheaper. Basically, buy an HD 4350. Its so cheap, and will let you add another 2 monitors if need be. If you don't have a spare pciex 16 slot, then just mod it (involves a little bit of cutting - I can show you how), or use a riser to fit it in a pciex 1 slot (again I can show you how).

After doing this I've never looked back!
This is really your best option OP!

Getting a cheap card for two more ports. It's won't be crossfired, you don't have to set it up that way. Besides, you need two cards in the same generation for CF, IE; 4870 + 4890.
    
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This is really your best option OP!

Getting a cheap card for two more ports. It's won't be crossfired, you don't have to set it up that way. Besides, you need two cards in the same generation for CF, IE; 4870 + 4890.
It really is the best option. You mention you have 3 pci-e slots - are they x16 slots though, or x1?

If they are x16, then its dead easy! Just get an HD 4350 and problem solved. Remember that the 4xxx series doesn't support eyefinity, so if you are wanting that you will need a 5xxx card or higher. And even if you can crossfire the 4890 and 4350 (and you can't afaik) - there is absolutely no need
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I ran a 4890 (2x 22" monitors) and a 4550 (40" HDTV) for almost 6 months, one of the best setups i ever had.

You can always use a PCI-E 16x riser to fit it into a 1x slot if you have to.
    
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Thanks for the replies guys. I wasn't even aware you could use two different video cards without using SLI or CF. xD

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It really is the best option. You mention you have 3 pci-e slots - are they x16 slots though, or x1?

If they are x16, then its dead easy! Just get an HD 4350 and problem solved. Remember that the 4xxx series doesn't support eyefinity, so if you are wanting that you will need a 5xxx card or higher. And even if you can crossfire the 4890 and 4350 (and you can't afaik) - there is absolutely no need

I have 3 pci-e x16 slots and 1 pci-e x1. I didn't even count the x1 slot.

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Getting a cheap card for two more ports. It's won't be crossfired, you don't have to set it up that way. Besides, you need two cards in the same generation for CF, IE; 4870 + 4890.
So a 4550 would work over crossfire with my 4890?



EDIT: These are the two cards I'm trying to decide between:
XFX Radeon HD 4550
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5450

If I can use crossfire with the 4550 I'm def getting that.
Edited by smitty5569 - 3/10/11 at 4:29am
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get any old cheap ass card and throw it in there! will work fine
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I have 3 pci-e x16 slots and 1 pci-e x1. I didn't even count the x1 slot.



So a 4550 would work over crossfire with my 4890?



EDIT: These are the two cards I'm trying to decide between:
XFX Radeon HD 4550
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5450

If I can use crossfire with the 4550 I'm def getting that.
Can I ask why you are insisting on crossfire? If I am correct, if you crossfire you will NOT be able to run the third monitor, as crossfire only lets you plug displays into ONE card. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. According to this chart (http://game.amd.com/us-en/content/im...ombo_chart.jpg) you can't crossfire those cards. I would be inclined to get the 5450 as you will be able to connect an additional THREE monitors to that, if you ever needed to
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Can I ask why you are insisting on crossfire? If I am correct, if you crossfire you will NOT be able to run the third monitor, as crossfire only lets you plug displays into ONE card. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. According to this chart (http://game.amd.com/us-en/content/im...ombo_chart.jpg) you can't crossfire those cards. I would be inclined to get the 5450 as you will be able to connect an additional THREE monitors to that, if you ever needed to
Well I wanted to use Crossfire because it combines the power of the two cards, so i would get increased performance when I'm playing games. But if I can only plug displays into one card or if I can't Crossfire them at all, then yeah I would def want to get the 5450. So if someone could clarify this I'd appreciate it.

EDIT: I did some research and found out that it has to be the same series within a generation. So 48XX series card will only work with other 48XX cards, 45XX cards will only work with other 45XX cards and so on (with the exception of 5970). Exactly like your image showed.

So it looks like problem solved, I'm getting the 5450.
Thanks for all the help guys.
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get any old cheap ass card and throw it in there! will work fine
What this guy said.
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