This is supplemental information to my post on the ultimate trading computer with a value budget.
Really enjoy your daily info sent out…..thank-you. Needing a new computer and remembered your suggestion to turn to ibuypower. I have gone to their web site via your link. Unfortunately, I am not much of a techy, so I called them to ensure the system would meet my needs including I wish to use three monitors. Per their advise, the system as you suggested does not support 3 monitors, they said it will only support 2. In order to support 3, they advised I need to purchase the crossfire mode ( dual video cards) at additional $106.
They suggested that if the listed system (your suggested specs) was used with 3 monitors, that the user may have modified the system with eye finity which they do not support. In your blog, you referred to being able to use 6 monitors or more but I did not notice reference to you modifying the specs of the ibuypower system.
You appear to know alot about computer systems….do I need the dual video card as they said?
Would like to get it right rather than have headaches/disappointments when it arrives.
Great question and I am going to update the post. When you order from iBuyPower, you have to make sure the graphics card has a display port by requesting one with it from iBuyPower. The card I use for this “value build” to save money is a base model card so doesn’t have it 100% of the time. See below screenshot.
Once you get the card, check to see if it is a regular display port or a mini display port (it is physically different, see this image), then order an active (not passive!) display port adapter. With that, plug in the 3rd monitor, enable it via Catalyst Control, and you are good to go.
Alternatively, you can spend the extra $106, have two cards in your PC upon shipping, and just plug in 3 monitors without needing the adapter. Having two cards means you can theoretically go up to 6 maximum monitors at once.
Hope that helps!
This guide was written by 2014-01-22.and was last updated on