Multi monitors (3+) set up, USB graphics cards, gaming and more..

By Coxis
Jun 23, 2010
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  1. Hi guys,

    I have a few questions regarding a multi monitor set up for my home PC, but first, some background info.

    I bought an ATI HD 4670 (PCI-e) a few months back. It has 3 video outputs, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA and 1x DVI. I knew from the start that I wasn't going to be able to use all three outputs at once for a 3 monitor set up, which is sad. So, here goes:

    1- Is there absolutely no way for me to use all 3 video outputs at once? Maybe modified drivers, something along those lines?

    2- If the answer to the above question is negative, then would getting an additional PCI (not express) graphics card be an option to have more than 2 monitors running at once? The main card would be connected to a PCI-e slot.

    3- Are USB graphics cards any good for gaming? I've been eyeing the HP USB Graphics adapter (I work at HP so I get a discount) as of late. Think flight sims.

    http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13226_na/13226_na.HTML#Technical Specifications

    4- How much of a toll do USB graphics cards take on CPU power?

    5- Did I miss any alternative? If so please let me know. By the way, I can't afford a Matrox adapter.
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