Buy a 2nd GPU after R9 280X or Get an Active Adaptor for Multiple Monitors?

ratman2050

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I had 2 really old GeForce cards in my desktop which I use to display 3 monitors just for everyday use. I was sold a Visiontek R9 280X at an unbeatable price so I bought it however I need an active miniDP to VGA or DVI adapter if I want to use it with my 3rd monitor (says Visiontek support).

I want to know which option would be best for me based on other peoples experience:

1. Buy a miniDP adapter and use one single R9 280X to get 3 monitors
2. Buy a 2nd cheaper GPU to use to support 3 or monitors in case I want more than 3
3. Buy a 2nd GPU that can crossfire with R9 280X to get "maybe" better performance and more than 3 monitors?

For buying a 2nd GPU I don't have that much cash left over to buy another R9 280X. I could probably spend $50 or less, and I am open to used GPUs.

For the 3rd option, I'm not sure what can crossfire with an R9 280X.

I don't really game too hard, I play CS GO, occasional BF4, Warcraft 3, Dota 2, etc. But I almost always play on Low/Med res (I don't really care for 1080p ultra/high), my monitors are 1280x1024. I watch a lot of HD Youtube, Movies, TV Shows and my old GeForce was dying out.

Thanks
 

ratman2050

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Really? Last time I checked they were at least $100 used 7950 on eBay, can you link me something around $50?
 

ratman2050

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Unfortunately that is an active bid, if you look at the last sold auctions the price is usually around $100, http://www.ebay.com/sch/Graphics-Video-Cards-/27386/i.html?_from=R40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40%7CR40&LH_Auction=1&LH_ItemCondition=3000&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&_nkw=hd+7950&_sop=13

thanks though

 

ImDaBaron

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Ofcourse its active. You might get lucky and grab one of them for just a little bit above that. But more than likely you wont be able to get a crossfire card for $50.
 

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