Solved What kind of Video Card do I need to run 3 Monitors?

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July 11, 2013 at 11:24:17
Specs: Windows 7, AMD A10-6700 CPU/G Skill Ripjaws 16GB Ram
What kind of Video Card do I need to run 3 monitors? I have 2 Samsung P2770HD Monitors and a 32" LCD TV I want to use. I am wondering what kind of Video Card I need for it. I am using an Asus F2A55-M FM2 Motherboard and an AMD A10-6700 Richland Processor. It's nothing high end, just capable, but I am hoping I don't need some ungodly expensive $300+ Video Card.

The Motherboard/CPU have embedded RadeonHD 6700 graphics. Would I be able to use that for One of the monitors and a video card for the other two? Or do they all need to run off the same card to make one large desktop?

I am sorry if the question comes off as naive or stupid. I have just never run this setup, and want to do it right.

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July 11, 2013 at 11:55:54

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July 11, 2013 at 12:08:50
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You'll either need an AMD based card that supports EyeFinity....

or an NVIDIA based card that supports Surround....

Certain restrictions apply regarding the types of connectors that need to be used.

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July 11, 2013 at 12:15:04
Thank you Jennifer. I did my own Google search, but the results all show the same thing: It all depends on your Motherboard, Chipset, Card Tech, etc.. Some MoBo's disable onboard video with a Graphic Card installed, Eyefinity from AMD will work but for more than 2 monitors it ONLY works if you have High End Dsiplayport capable monitors, etc. That's why I included all of the info on my Motherboard, CPU and the like. To give a good picture of the whole setup.

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July 11, 2013 at 14:02:43
Just get the cheapest AMD or nVidia card you can. They all support at least 2 monitors, and if the MB disables its video subsystem, you're only out $25.

The other option is to look at multi-monitor workstation cards. nVidia's line is called Quadro, and goes for about $450 for the 4 monitor cards. AMD's line is called FirePro Multi-view, and their 4 monitor cards start around $300. This is why I suggested the $25 option first.

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July 11, 2013 at 15:35:40
I strongly suggest you read the last link in my other response.

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July 11, 2013 at 20:43:57
Riider.. I actually read through all of it. It was QUITE informative. I ended up going with a GTX 650 2GB card, using the two DVI Connectors for the monitors and the HDMI for the TV.

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