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Old Apr 18th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #1
Maverick1
 
 
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Am looking at possibly upgrading my current Dell Precision Workstation with this HP H8qe:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...ge&v1=Business

which comes with 2 PCIe (x16), 1 PCIe (x4), 1 PCIe (x1) slots.

I am currently running 4 19 inch dell monitors.

My question is this: One of the upgrade options for the graphics card on the H8qe is

2GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 530 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]

I talked to tech support and they said that if I used an adaptor on one of my 4 screens to fit the HDMI and a splitter on the DVI I can fit all 4 screens on the card above.

Is that a good idea? Or would that tax the card and cause overheating/noise? My workstation is noisy and pretty annoying.

Also, could I get a less pricey model (one of the home pavilions) instead and find a way to run 4 monitors on them?

Thanks for any pointers/ideas.
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Old Apr 18th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #2
Bolimomo
 
 
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2GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 530 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]

I talked to tech support and they said that if I used an adaptor on one of my 4 screens to fit the HDMI and a splitter on the DVI I can fit all 4 screens on the card above.
I am skeptical of that. I think you can have this card to support 2 monitors. I would question if it can support 4. From the specification page, it said "multiple monitor support" as Yes. But did not say how many.

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desk...specifications
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Old Apr 19th, 2012, 02:01 AM   #3
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I am currently running 4 19 inch dell monitors.

Also, could I get a less pricey model (one of the home pavilions) instead and find a way to run 4 monitors on them?

Thanks for any pointers/ideas.
Perhaps you can choose a less pricey model as you suggested, the home pavilions, and upgrade the graphics card to either the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 or the ATI Radeon 6850, as both have 2 DVI inputs. Then you can run two monitors into each DVI slot with a splitter.

Personally, I've found the Nvidia NVS 290 cards are fine for running dual monitors (I use a Dell Workstation with 2 NVS 290's). The newer model is the NVS 295, however I didn't see if HP gives that option.
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Old Apr 19th, 2012, 02:34 AM   #4
MoneyWalks
 
 
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Here is another option you might wish to look at :

http://www.tradingcomputers.com/TC_B...omGrisafi.html

Hope it helps.

All the best!
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Old Apr 19th, 2012, 05:36 AM   #5
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"... I talked to tech support and they said that if I used an adaptor on one of my 4 screens to fit the HDMI and a splitter on the DVI I can fit all 4 screens on the card above.

Is that a good idea?
Nope. With a splitter you get the same image (degraded at that) on both monitors.

You need either a quad-port video card (like Nvidia Quadro NVS 420) or 2 dual-port video cards. And as this computer has 2, PCIEx16 slots, you should be able to run either.
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Old Apr 19th, 2012, 07:46 AM   #6
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I priced out the same machine, which I think it's a nice machine.

But I found a different card to run 4 monitors.

NVIDIA FX 380

http://h71016.www7.hp.com/html/hprem...aily.asp#HHO13

http://www.google.com/products/catal...543&os=reviews

Hope it helps.

JT
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