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kirwinjd 12-28-2013 08:18 PM

Video card for 3 monitors
 
I'm installing Flight Simulator on my PC and I plan to use 3 monitors. Looks like ill need to install a video card that will support all 3. Is this something I can do myself that knows little about computer hardware or should I bring someone in like the 12 year old next door?

Thanks!

rossfingal 12-30-2013 12:55 PM

Whether you can or can't depends on some things -
What your computer/motherboard will support -
What the video-card will support -
Your Operating System.....

RustPicker 01-05-2014 09:14 AM

Wow, I haven't looked into a hardware comparability question like this in at least 10 years....
However, me going back to riding motorcycle(s) bump that part of my hobby as well as career.

That being said... If I would need a source to research even the
Potential..... Here's where I'd go.... Especially for any "Gaming," Graphics or CAD related question...

http://www.maximumpc.com

Do a search, I believe your answer will be obtainable.

Regards,

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raylo32 01-05-2014 10:52 AM

Something like this should work as long as you have a PCI Express slot and DVI monitors. They probably also make higher end models...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814129181

RustPicker 01-05-2014 08:03 PM

Raylo,

That's an awesome product, with a killer price point!

My reservation are the four analog monitor hook-ups vice DVI.
How much more $ would a card like that cost?

Regards,

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kirwinjd 01-06-2014 11:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rossfingal
Whether you can or can't depends on some things -
What your computer/motherboard will support -
What the video-card will support -
Your Operating System.....

Thanks. As it turns out, my 7 year old PC can't even load the software. Ill need to replace entire desktop with a monster graphics card

ddawg16 01-07-2014 05:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kirwinjd (Post 1288425)
Thanks. As it turns out, my 7 year old PC can't even load the software. Ill need to replace entire desktop with a monster graphics card

If you really want a wazu setup....get out the credit card.

Do a search on gaming computers. You will see lots of info on how to build a wazu setup.

One piece of advice....go with a SSD and a HD. I'm building up a HTPC right now....my boot time from POST to Win7 Log on is 7 seconds.

AJPLeBlanc 01-07-2014 11:00 AM

Rather than spend $1000 on 1 video card with 3 DVI outputs, just run dual graphics cards.

Obviously you'll want to make sure your rig is built to handle the load/heat/etc. but I bet it would be cheaper (and more common, so easier to find support info).

ddawg16 01-07-2014 11:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AJPLeBlanc
Rather than spend $1000 on 1 video card with 3 DVI outputs, just run dual graphics cards. Obviously you'll want to make sure your rig is built to handle the load/heat/etc. but I bet it would be cheaper (and more common, so easier to find support info).

Did you read the op's comment that his current computer won't even load the SW?

AJPLeBlanc 01-07-2014 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1288598)
Did you read the op's comment that his current computer won't even load the SW?

Yup, my comment was pertinent even if the OP is building/buying a new machine. It's more cost effective to install 2 graphics cards than it is to use 1 with more than 2 outputs.

ddawg16 01-07-2014 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AJPLeBlanc (Post 1288622)
Yup, my comment was pertinent even if the OP is building/buying a new machine. It's more cost effective to install 2 graphics cards than it is to use 1 with more than 2 outputs.

What good are the graphics cards if the software won't work?

AJPLeBlanc 01-07-2014 01:19 PM

If he's getting a new machine, one that would be able to run the software, I was saying that in that new machine that having dual graphics cards is a better approach. I was making a general statement about graphics cards, regardless of the application. Obviously I wouldn't recommend that someone install new hardware in a machine that wouldn't run the software in the first place.

kirwinjd 01-08-2014 10:16 PM

Thanks guys for all your input. Still looking at PC's with a graphics card to run the latest MS flight Simulator. That's why I wanted 3 monitors and maybe at some point going with projectors. I was thinking about custom ordering a Dell. That way I can hand pick everything from the OS to the video cards, HD etc.

ddawg16 01-09-2014 02:25 AM

NewEgg.....more bang for the buck

AJPLeBlanc 01-09-2014 07:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kirwinjd (Post 1289348)
Thanks guys for all your input. Still looking at PC's with a graphics card to run the latest MS flight Simulator. That's why I wanted 3 monitors and maybe at some point going with projectors. I was thinking about custom ordering a Dell. That way I can hand pick everything from the OS to the video cards, HD etc.

If you feel comfortable building it yourself, you can check out a multitude of different resources on the web for suggestions. I'm partial to http://www.maximumpc.com/ but there are many others. Back in the day, you could save a LOT of money by sourcing your own parts and building a PC yourself. It's less prevalent today, however the exception is when building high performance PC's. You can save some money AND get better performance AND get exactly what you want.

I like Dell for everyday machines, but if you want to do stuff like overclocking, and tweaking, the Dell uses a proprietary BIOS that doesn't usually offer much flexibility.

Just things to keep in mind.


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