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LavaTheif
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I'm a complete noob with hardware so can someone please help me.

My GPU can support up to 4 monitors. I have 5. I figured that since you don't need a GPU for a computer to work, my PC would be able to support 4 with my GPU and one with the on-board system, but apparently I am wrong.

Is it possible to configure it to work this way? Will this seriously impact performance? (It shouldn't right? As PCs are designed to run with one monitor)

I know it is possible to connect multiple GPUs so if that's not possible, could anyone give me any advice on that? Thanks!

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    I don't belive its possible to use the on board as well as the gpu, but I could be wrong as its been ages since I pulled apart a PC lol
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    @ScribeOfGoD
    All depends on the motherboard.

    @LavaThief

    On most motherboards, it will shit on your perf, CPU will be used to render video for that output if it can be enables simultaneously. There a re a few with a small integrated video processor, but they will steal power from the 12v rail on the main. Also not ideal.

    Just grab a second video adapter 🥳
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    @SortOfTested Thanks! Do you have any tips / tutorials for connecting a second one? If so that would be great!
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    5 monitors? That's a lot! But you will need a second GPU for it.
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    @LavaTheif
    Plug it in to the pci-e port, attach whichever vga power it needs (6/8pin), should detect it as a second device. Good to go
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    @LavaTheif You could even use the non-gaming cards for this purpose (e.g. Nvdidia GT instead of GTX, no idea of AMD names), but I have no idea if it will negatively impact the output performance if your first card is better.
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    @sbiewald
    👆This, also.
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    @sbiewald thanks! Should it just work with any gpu or should I stick to the same brand?
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    It depends on your system.

    At work, we're only using USB-C monitors (one to two LG Ultrawides poer desk) because they can also be used to charge the Dell Notebooks or MacBooks we're using. I got an USB-C to Ethernet, HDMI, VGA and a third USB-A Port adapter with the Notebook and I am currently using that one to connect to my VGA Monitor at home and I've connected a second external screen on the HDMI Port.

    Thus: USB-C might be a solution for you.
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    @LavaTheif I would stick to the same "developer" (AMD / Nvidia), but I don't see the need to stick to a single manufacturer (Gigabyte, Asus, ...).

    In theory there shouldn't be any problems when mixing them, but I wouldn't risk it.
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    @sbiewald One last quick question, I know that with sli it will limit the ram to 2gb on both if the lower one has 2gb. Is that the same when they're not in sli?

    Edit: actually, that doesn't matter, but I am still kinda curious
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    @LavaTheif No, the memory won't be limited, they will act like two completely separate devices.
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