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Graphics Which Graphics Card for Multi-Monitor

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RinSewand, 23 Sep 2013.

  1. RinSewand

    RinSewand What's a Dremel?

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    Hi all,

    Looking for a little help here. I currently run;

    Graphics Cards;
    XFX 5770
    XFX 5450
    XFX 5450

    Monitors;
    Dell 27" (2560x1600) (DisplayPort, DVI)
    Dell 24" (1920x1280) (DVI, D-Sub)
    Dell 17" (1280x1024) (DVI, D-Sub)
    Dell 17" (1280x1024) (DVI, D-Sub)

    It's just not powerful enough and the current graphic cards struggle. I video edit, photo edit, and watch HD films, but I'm not interested in using it to play games. Currently I can't run Aero without stuttering.

    What do you reckon I should go for? I'd rather spend as little as possible, but at the same time I don't want to skimp if it'll lead to issues in the future. So far my best guess has lead me to two of;

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-msi-radeon-hd-7850-oc-4800mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-900mhz-1024-cores-hdmi-dport-dvi-plusfree-games

    But I'd welcome some more informed input. Rig spec is in sig. I'd also like to avoid upgrading the PSU, if possible (currently a 580w Corsair)...

    Thanks.
     
  2. Darkwisdom

    Darkwisdom Level 99 Retro Nerd

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    A HD 7850 would be fine for a few monitors as long as you're not gaming. You have lots of ram so there shouldn't be any issues.
     
  3. meandmymouth

    meandmymouth Modder

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    Two of the 7850 would be plenty. Heck, one should be enough if you can get the monitors connected.
     
  4. RinSewand

    RinSewand What's a Dremel?

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    Hadn't considered one - may have to look into adapters to convert the HDMI as well. Thanks for that :)
     
  5. meandmymouth

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    Nvidia cards, 600 series and better, can output to 4 monitors also. I'd probably still stick with AMD and wait to see what they unveil on Wednesday, but it's always worth a look at what else is out there.
     
  6. PhoenixTank

    PhoenixTank From The Ashes

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    Beware of pitfalls. Some cards can only drive a certain amount of displays via certain port types.
    Read up carefully before you pull the trigger on one you like.
     
  7. law99

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    basically the more display ports the better... isn't that the rule of thumb?
     

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