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Here is a diagram of my current setup

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The end goal for this project is for my Computer to act as my homes server and for everything to be centralized. Really the only goal for my LCD's is to watch XBMC. Here's my question. I do not want to have to disconnect and reconnect and have to make all of the audio changes needed to get audio to go through my TV each time I want to watch XBMC. I rather it be an almost instant process. The video card in my computer is a ATI HD 5870 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102856) which CAN support up to 3 monitors.


What would my best bet be to automate the process (on the computer side) for when I click to the correct source on my TV? I'm not worried about the LCD in the Mancave....I can manually turn that on and off through the CPU....its just the upstairs part that I am having problems figuring out the best way to automate.


Here are a few of the pictures of the install too if anyones cares smile.gif I'll add some of my CPU setup tonight.

https://plus.google.com/photos/100412308158647180169/albums/5774356200299514321?authkey=CKvIqIOh9-GrDw

Here are a few of the CPU stats if needed as FYI

Motherboard:
CPU Type QuadCore AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition 965, 3800 MHz (18.5 x 205)
Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 (3 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 3 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Dual Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset AMD 790FX, AMD K10
System Memory 4096 MB (DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM)
DIMM1: G Skill F3-12800CL7-2GBRH 2 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (8-8-8-22 @ 609 MHz) (7-7-7-20 @ 533 MHz) (6-6-6-17 @ 457 MHz)
DIMM2: G Skill F3-12800CL7-2GBRH 2 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (8-8-8-22 @ 609 MHz) (7-7-7-20 @ 533 MHz) (6-6-6-17 @ 457 MHz)
BIOS Type Award Modular (10/15/10)

Display:
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series (Engineering Sample - WDDM v1.20) (1024 MB)
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series (Engineering Sample - WDDM v1.20) (1024 MB)
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series (Engineering Sample - WDDM v1.20) (1024 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress)
Monitor Dell S2209W (Digital) [22" LCD] (N764H97H3NLU)
Monitor Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB] (20461)
Monitor ViewSonic VX2439wm [24" LCD] (RKB101200340)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter ATI Radeon HDMI @ ATI Cypress/Hemlock - High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Adapter Realtek ALC889 @ ATI SB750 - High Definition Audio Controller

Storage:
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Storage Controller Microsoft Storage Spaces Controller
Disk Drive INTEL SSDSA2CW160G3 ATA Device (160 GB, SATA-II)
Disk Drive ST3750640AS ATA Device (750 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Disk Drive WDC WD20EURS-63Z9B1 ATA Device (2000 GB, SATA-II)
Optical Drive TSSTcorp CDDVDW SE-208AB USB Device
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 148.7 GB (111.5 GB free)
D: (NTFS) 698.6 GB (513.4 GB free)
E: (NTFS) 1863.0 GB (988.0 GB free)
Total Size 2710.4 GB (1613.0 GB free)


Thank you guys so much!
Edited by Tyzing - 8/8/12 at 10:51am
post #2 of 4
My 1st thought is a multi-output receiver.

Looking at your GPU, you only have one HDMI out, and from what I have seen out there, some DVI to HDMI adapters do not play nice with certain hardware. That may be the case with yours.

With a two HDMI output receiver, you could drive both the Samsung TV upstairs and the LCD downstairs.
The 2 monitors could be driven via DisplayPort or DVI.

(Edit) Do you have anything that could be used as an extender, such as a XBOX or PS3?
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks Wiley for the quick response. Looking back at my drawing it could be a bit confusing. The two monitors connected to the CPU are currently both connected to DVI.
post #4 of 4
OK, so let me see if I have this right...

You want the computer (CPU) to drive a video source to 4 displays total, and your current videocard (GPU) can drive three.

The monitors take up 2 of the available 3 outputs, and you want to output (via HDMI) to the remaining TV's.

You could get a HDMI Splitter (check monoprice.com), where you can use the HDMI out on the GPU to the splitter, that would output to the remaining TV's.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=109&cp_id=10113

That would be the cheapest route.
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