Advice on upgrading my GeForce GTS 450
I just upgraded to an ASRock z97 Pro MOBO (see components below). I presently have a nVidia GeForce GTS 450 graphics card. I want to add another 19" monitor (so that both 19" monitors flank my present 30" Dell monitor). I'm assuming that my GeForce GTS 450 will not drive three monitors so I need advice about getting a graphics card that will support the three monitors. Strictly website and word processing; I'm not a gamer. Thanks, Kerry Present components: MOBO: ASRock Z97 Pro 4 BIOS: default version Processor: i7-4790K 4.1 - 4.4 GHz, cores, 8MB Cache (Model: BX80646I74790K) CPU Cooling: Intel Heatsink Fan Thermal Controlled Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400MHz C11, 1.65v Power Supply: Ultra 600 3X ULT40073 PCX Video: nVidia GeForce GTS 450, PCI-Express 2.0, dual Monitor DVI, DVI, Mini-HDMI,Wireless Type: 802.11bgn Monitors: 30" Dell and 19" ViewSonic Bose speakers Samsung SSD 850 Pro, 256GB C: OCZ Vertex 256GB Samsung Portable SSD T5 TRENDnet's AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-818DRU Windows 10 Pro X64 Road Runner 50 MB High Speed
I just upgraded to an ASRock z97 Pro MOBO (see components below).

I presently have a nVidia GeForce GTS 450 graphics card. I want to add another 19" monitor (so that both 19" monitors flank my present 30" Dell monitor).

I'm assuming that my GeForce GTS 450 will not drive three monitors so I need advice about getting a graphics card that will support the three monitors. Strictly website and word processing; I'm not a gamer.


Thanks, Kerry

Present components:

MOBO: ASRock Z97 Pro 4
BIOS: default version
Processor: i7-4790K 4.1 - 4.4 GHz, cores, 8MB Cache (Model: BX80646I74790K)
CPU Cooling: Intel Heatsink Fan Thermal Controlled
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400MHz C11, 1.65v
Power Supply: Ultra 600 3X ULT40073
PCX Video: nVidia GeForce GTS 450, PCI-Express 2.0, dual Monitor DVI, DVI, Mini-HDMI,Wireless Type: 802.11bgn
Monitors: 30" Dell and 19" ViewSonic
Bose speakers
Samsung SSD 850 Pro, 256GB C:
OCZ Vertex 256GB
Samsung Portable SSD T5
TRENDnet's AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-818DRU
Windows 10 Pro X64
Road Runner 50 MB High Speed

#1
Posted 11/19/2017 12:25 AM   
"GTX" class from the 600 series or newer supports 3x monitors on a single card. Best "bang for the $$" in your situation would be the current gen GTX1050. This; "IF" all monitors are "digital" since analog outputs are no longer supported. Digital= DVI-"D", Display port, HDMI Analog= DVI-A, DVI-I (also known as "standard" DVI), VGA, S-video, SCART, ect.
"GTX" class from the 600 series or newer supports 3x monitors on a single card.

Best "bang for the $$" in your situation would be the current gen GTX1050.
This; "IF" all monitors are "digital" since analog outputs are no longer supported.

Digital= DVI-"D", Display port, HDMI
Analog= DVI-A, DVI-I (also known as "standard" DVI), VGA, S-video, SCART, ect.

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#2
Posted 11/19/2017 01:36 AM   
Thanks MrInfinit3, Yes, the monitors are digital. My 30" Dell has DVI-D input and the two 19" monitors have DVI-In and VGA input. Can I use the https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MF7EQJZ/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza —it appears to have one DVI-D and one HDMI and another port but I don't know what the other one is. Can adapters be used or is there another GTX1050 that will work for me?
Thanks MrInfinit3,

Yes, the monitors are digital. My 30" Dell has DVI-D input and the two 19" monitors have DVI-In and VGA input. Can I use the https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MF7EQJZ/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza —it appears to have one DVI-D and one HDMI and another port but I don't know what the other one is. Can adapters be used or is there another GTX1050 that will work for me?

#3
Posted 11/19/2017 10:46 AM   
"Adapters" No... "Converters" Yes! What you will need in that situation are... - 1x HDMI to DVI-I (or VGA) "Active" (ie: powered) converter - 1x Display port to DVI-I Active converter ...in order to convert the pure digital signal (HDMI/DP) to analog (DVI-I). Your main monitor (the Dell) can use a strait DVI-"D" cable ("Dual link" if greater than 1080p). [url=http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/accessories/apd/a7199439?cid=302824&st=&gclid=CjwKCAiA9MTQBRAREiwAzmytw0QwH2BDrSzD2BxVrVHD4oedTQEpK42LBeKeSaMLPk_eORcBKApKVxoCYekQAvD_BwE&lid=5758064&VEN1=sTSdgqZTF,112781467989,901q5c14135,c,,A7199439&VEN2=,&dgc=st&dgseg=so&acd=12309152537501410&VEN3=112604027335269928#polaris-pd]Example with DP[/url] (receives power from the DP port) [url=https://www.amazon.com/Active-Adapter-Benfei-Converter-Gold-Plated/dp/B01KLKQN9U]Example with HDMI[/url] (receives power from USB port or external power supply)
"Adapters" No...
"Converters" Yes!

What you will need in that situation are...
- 1x HDMI to DVI-I (or VGA) "Active" (ie: powered) converter
- 1x Display port to DVI-I Active converter
...in order to convert the pure digital signal (HDMI/DP) to analog (DVI-I).
Your main monitor (the Dell) can use a strait DVI-"D" cable ("Dual link" if greater than 1080p).

Example with DP (receives power from the DP port)

Example with HDMI (receives power from USB port or external power supply)

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RAM- G-Skill RipJaws 24Gb (6x4Gb) DDR3 @ 1600Mhz Cas8
Graphics- GTX780 + GTX560
HDDs- WD RED 3TB (3x3TB) Raid 0= 9TB +1 3Tb back up
PSU- Corsair CX750M
Monitor- 768p Dell P.O.S

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#4
Posted 11/19/2017 07:51 PM   
Thanks muchly MrInfinit3, Aloha, Kerry
Thanks muchly MrInfinit3,

Aloha, Kerry

#5
Posted 11/19/2017 09:21 PM   
Anytime :)
Anytime :)

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Power Supply- Corsair RM-1000i
3X Surround Samsung 27" (7680 x 1440p)

Radio Server/ Scientific Simulator
CPU1- Xeon X5650 @ 3.2Ghz (locked)
CPU2- Xeon X5650 @ 3.2Ghz (locked)
Motherboard- Asus Z8PE-D12X
RAM- G-Skill RipJaws 24Gb (6x4Gb) DDR3 @ 1600Mhz Cas8
Graphics- GTX780 + GTX560
HDDs- WD RED 3TB (3x3TB) Raid 0= 9TB +1 3Tb back up
PSU- Corsair CX750M
Monitor- 768p Dell P.O.S

STILL working Nvidia GPUs-FX5200,FX5700,6800GT,7900GT(x2),8800GTS(x2),9800GTX,GTX275(x2),GTX285(x2),GTX295(x2),GTX470(x3),GTX480,GTX660ti(x3)GTX770(x3)HWbot Overclocking results

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#6
Posted 11/20/2017 06:40 AM   
Update for GeForce GTS 450 owners. I just hooked up the two new 19" monitors to sit on either side of a 30" monitor. I thought for sure I'd need a new graphics card, however, my ASRock Z97 Pro 4 MOBO has a built-in DIV-D port and so I'm able to power all three monitors via DVI-D cables. I'll spend some more time with the new configuration to see if there are any hints that I should upgrade to a GTX1050 series. Much thanks to all, Kerry
Update for GeForce GTS 450 owners.

I just hooked up the two new 19" monitors to sit on either side of a 30" monitor. I thought for sure I'd need a new graphics card, however, my ASRock Z97 Pro 4 MOBO has a built-in DIV-D port and so I'm able to power all three monitors via DVI-D cables.

I'll spend some more time with the new configuration to see if there are any hints that I should upgrade to a GTX1050 series.

Much thanks to all, Kerry

#7
Posted 11/25/2017 10:13 AM   
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