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Multi-Monitor Setup
« on: Dec 30, 2009, 09:26 AM »
I'm building a computer for a customer, who has a need for multiple monitors. The build will include two nVidia 9500GT video cards, each capable of running 2 monitors.

The customer, who trades world currencies, already purchased two Samsung widescreen flat panels and will soon purchase two more. However, he ultimately hopes to run a total of 8 monitors.

My question is how do I make that happen for him? The ASUS motherboard will only hold two video cards, and each video card will only support two monitors.

Thanks in advance for any help/direction.

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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2009, 10:43 AM »
Is this going to be an SLI setup? Is that the reason for the two cards?



You don't need two cards for a multiple monitor setup, the nvidia software will handle the setup just fine.

What is the operating system going to be?
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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #2 on: Dec 30, 2009, 10:52 AM »
No, it will not be an SLI setup. I figured two cards since each will support two monitors. He will start with two monitors, but plans on running 4 monitors soon.

The OS will be Win7 Home Premium.
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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #3 on: Dec 30, 2009, 11:13 AM »
Could return the other cards and go with something like this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195086

Then just add another when needed in a non crossfire setup.

May also be possible to set something up with some sort of video splitter. I've never gone past two monitors at a time.
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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #4 on: Dec 30, 2009, 11:24 AM »
Wow. That's an expensive card. The 9500GT cards were only $65 each.

I was thinking that a video port splitter might work to achieve the 8 monitors. I guess I'll find out in time, if he in fact goes to 8 monitors. I'm thinking that once he sees how effective 4 widescreen monitors will be, he'll probably be happy with that.
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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #5 on: Dec 30, 2009, 11:38 AM »
I should add that the preference is to support all DVI connections, with each monitor displaying separate graphs. In other words, he doesn't want information doubled on any screen.
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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #6 on: Dec 30, 2009, 11:50 AM »
In that case, a normal splitter won't work.  You could try a couple of these from Matrox.  Not cheap but probably not a bad solution.....

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/

Combined with the dual-output cards you already have they should do the job.  Could maybe add 1 at first and then see about further expansion later.

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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #7 on: Dec 30, 2009, 11:57 AM »
Thanks, Buff. It looks like that would do the trick.
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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #8 on: Dec 30, 2009, 12:52 PM »
Scuzzy, There are professional trading systems available that might serve your customer better.

Look at these 2 sites:

http://tinyurl.com/yh3sz6y
http://tinyurl.com/yzj5dg2

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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #9 on: Dec 30, 2009, 01:04 PM »
Thanks, Bill. I had already seen the first link.

I'm only building the base system and he already purchased two Samsung monitors. I just have to make sure that what I build (last of parts will arrive today) will ultimately meet his goals. To be honest, I doubt he'll ever go above 4 monitors. But if he does, then I need to figure out how to make it happen.
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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #10 on: Dec 30, 2009, 01:35 PM »
I'd be really interested in seeing the specs. you selected for the base system, when you have time.

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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #11 on: Dec 31, 2009, 09:55 AM »
Here you go, Bill: (I'll try and link the products later)

Ordered from Newegg.com:

$120 ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
$141 AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
$105 MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (OEM)
$ 95 CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM
$ 75 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB Hard Drive
$ 55 Cooler Master Centurion 5 Computer Case
$ 35 AFT XM-35U BLACK USB 2.0 Card Reader
$ 32 Sony Optiarc 24X Rewritable DVD Drive
 
Ordered from TigerDirect.com:
 
$ 50 Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply
$140 (2 @ $70 ea) EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2
 
Parts total: $848
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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #12 on: Dec 31, 2009, 01:34 PM »
Thanks Scuzzy, no need to link them..Certainly lots of processing power!! He'll need it.
Interesting you chose AMD over Intel......

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Re: Multi-Monitor Setup
« Reply #13 on: Dec 31, 2009, 06:15 PM »
I balanced the Intel offerings against AMD, and decided that AMD met my client's needs at a far better value.

Realistically my client needs graphics power over CPU power. The pair of 9500GTs will accomplish that job with aplomb.

I finished building the system a couple hours ago and installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. So far, so good.
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