Hardware Required for Three Monitors & One PC

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April 18, 2009 at 13:21:49
Specs: Windows Vista Ult x64, E6600
Hi there,

I'm looking at upgrading to a triple monitor setup from my current dual monitors, but I'm having no luck finding much info about it, so thought you guys and girls could perhaps help?

I'd like to know what kind of hardware/software I'd need to do this?

I'd like to add in another main screen (48" @ 1920x1200) above my existing two 24" (1920x1200) screens, in a big square basically.

Each screen would have to be able to show *independent* images at the same time (i.e. not mirroring each other).

Ideally I'd like to keep my current GFX card (an nVidia GTX 260 which works great for my dual monitors, but is unable to support 3 - if my understanding is correct), however, if I need to change GFX card to get three monitors could you suggest the kinds of card(s) I'd need?

I looked at splitters such as Matrox's Triple Head 2 Go, but this doesnt support the required resolution of three monitors @ 1920x1200 each, so is no good.

Thanks in advance, Ed.

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April 18, 2009 at 14:45:11
Try looking for a PCI based card that can do the required resolutions. I think staying with nVidia based cards would be better.

WinXP should support up to 10 displays. I know Win2000 did.

All the cards in the link below should be PCI. Mix of ATI & nVidia.


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April 18, 2009 at 14:51:06
Simply being a PCI card is not enough, please don't reply if you don't know what you're talking about...

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April 18, 2009 at 15:17:43
And you are rude and don't know what you are talking about.

If you have a PCIe card now then PCI is about your only choice if you want to keep your present card, which is what you stated is your desire.

Only mistake I made was not noticing you are using Vista.

Just Google for "Running 3 monitors in Vista" and you will get many hits showing it is possible to do this. You need to run the same driver, as I mentioned above. About the only thing that may pooch the setup is that evidently Vista Aero won't run on a three monitor setup.

One more point to make. Making rude comments like you did won't get you much help on this forum.

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April 18, 2009 at 15:44:16
Perhaps you should have stated get a PCI card ASWELL as the current PCI-E card, as the original post simply says 'get a pci card' which on its own would be a step backwards.

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April 18, 2009 at 16:03:02
I would have thought that "get a PCI card ASWELL " was a given, seeing you alread had 2 monitors.
Don't be so touchy.

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April 18, 2009 at 18:47:46
I would have thought so too, seeing as you stated you wanted to keep your existing card and monitors as is. That was one hell of an apology.

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