Trying to upgrade to triple screen

That's actually the one I used. I don't have my CPU overclocked (I don't even know how to). If I got everything right, it says my current setup has a 300W minimum and a 350W recommended and then with the 7970 it's a 370W minimum and 420W recommended. I put in no overclocking and recommended for CPU Utilization and System Load.

MannishBoy wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Don't be afraid to get monitors with just DVI inputs if there is a good deal or something. Display port inputs tend to come on more expensive monitors. You can do 2 with DVI and the third using a $20-30 DP to DVI adapter.

I think if it's the same as my 6950, you also want to make sure to get an active adapter. On the 69XX cards, you have to have at least one displayport in use to do more than two monitors.

So I have two monitors and my TV hooked up. I have two DVI ports on the card, a couple of miniDisplayPorts, and an HDMI. I couldn't just hook the TV into the HDMI port, I had to move one of the monitors off the DVI and onto the mini-DisplayPort by using an Active miniDisplayPort adapter. (Have to be active, passive won't always work)

Also a lesson learned: Sometimes ports are shared, so what looks like a separate DP and DVI connection might in reality be shared output, so I had to experiment a bit with finding the right ports that wouldn't conflict.

(I'm also from ET. Harriman originally, then Knoxville)

Sounds like I'm in for a fun time!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Don't be afraid to get monitors with just DVI inputs if there is a good deal or something. Display port inputs tend to come on more expensive monitors. You can do 2 with DVI and the third using a $20-30 DP to DVI adapter.

I think if it's the same as my 6950, you also want to make sure to get an active adapter. On the 69XX cards, you have to have at least one displayport in use to do more than two monitors.

So I have two monitors and my TV hooked up. I have two DVI ports on the card, a couple of miniDisplayPorts, and an HDMI. I couldn't just hook the TV into the HDMI port, I had to move one of the monitors off the DVI and onto the mini-DisplayPort by using an Active miniDisplayPort adapter. (Have to be active, passive won't always work)

Also a lesson learned: Sometimes ports are shared, so what looks like a separate DP and DVI connection might in reality be shared output, so I had to experiment a bit with finding the right ports that wouldn't conflict.

(I'm also from ET. Harriman originally, then Knoxville)

EDIT: Looking at the second card in the discussion, there are only two mini DisplayPorts anyway. So if you plan to get DisplayPort monitors, you'll have to either hook one to a DVI port, or get a multistream hub and split one mDP into two.

MountaineerWR27 wrote:

Sounds like I'm in for a fun time!

It's not that bad if you know that stuff going in. I never could find something that had it all in one place, though. So learn from my work

(Also note the edit in the other post).

MountaineerWR27 wrote:

That's actually the one I used. I don't have my CPU overclocked (I don't even know how to). If I got everything right, it says my current setup has a 300W minimum and a 350W recommended and then with the 7970 it's a 370W minimum and 420W recommended. I put in no overclocking and recommended for CPU Utilization and System Load.

Sweet, I would think that you could rely on that calculation and not upgrade the PSU.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...

She's in the mail! And I get Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite?! Yes, please!

It's here! Question though; it looks as though the card has a 6-pin and 8-pin connector on it. My current/former card only has a 6-pin connector, and I can't find an 8-pin in my mess of cables....help?

You might have to upgrade your PSU after all then. Usually the video card will come with an adapter though, one that will convert a couple of the plain old 4-pin molex connectors. Even on the power supplies that support 8-pin power to a video card, it's usually included as an extra two pins "hanging" lose next to the main six. You'd have to squeeze it up against the six to line it up and hold it in place with your hand as you're attaching it.

Ya I went ahead and got another one. There's a local computer shop a few minutes from my apartment and the owner had a Corsair XH1000W he sold me for $120. Has a vibration in the fan that's a little annoying, but I wear headphones when I play so I don't really hear it when it matters. It still has it's warranty too, so I might look into that and just get it fixed. I should be pretty well set in the wattage department now, since I went from a 460W to a 1000W PSU lol