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Recommend Graphics card(s)

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Badger2003, 27 Jan 2006.

  1. Badger2003


    Joined: 2 Jul 2004

    Posts: 309

    Location: York

    I need some advice please:-

    I'm looking to connect 4x 42inch Plasma or LCD TV's (yes, I said 4 :cool: ) to a single server class PC (8 gig ram, top spec PC).

    The problem I have is I lack experience / knowledge of having done this before. Obvioulsy I'll need a few decent graphics cards to connect the screens to - this is where I need some help.

    Can you please recommend the graphic(s) cards to use. Is it best to connect by DVI? One issue could be that 1 screen will need a 70m cable run to the server! Would this cause signal loss and can I get / make a DVI lead that long?

    Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    Budget isn't too much of an issue either :cool:

  2. semi-pro waster

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    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

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    Location: Glasgow

    DVI would give you the crispest clearest signal but you may find that there are problems with the lengths of cable involved, from a quick search I can't find any exact figures but one place says 9.6m is the maximum length to remain within specification. What you may need in that situation is a DVI repeater or amplifier. VGA appears to have even less of a range.

    I don't know if such a product exists but what about a wireless broadcasting system as that should make it possible?
  3. tbz_ck


    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

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    Location: merseyside

    I've seen VGA cables up to 40 metres installed at a church. There was some ghosting which the chap got rid of somehow. May have been the quality of the cable.
  4. a1ex2001


    Joined: 14 Mar 2005

    Posts: 13,061

    Location: Here and There...

    For the 70m run you maybe better off condiering a seperate PC and using a network link and a terminal services conection or somethin similar. Not sure if you'll get a cable that long and if you will what quality it will be.
  5. Badger2003


    Joined: 2 Jul 2004

    Posts: 309

    Location: York

    That's exactly what I was thinking of doing but didn't want the inconvenience of having 3 client PC's just to operate 3 of the screens. This may indeed be the only option.

    Availability of LAN ports isn't an issue it's just finding somewhere to hide the PC and still make it accessible if a reboot is needed!