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Running two different graphic card for three monitor?

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January 16, 2014 4:34:47 PM

Hey guys! hope everyone had a great christmas and new years.

I recently receive some free graphics card. The first one I got is a quadro fx 370 lp and the second is a quadro 400 nvidia.

I currently have no graphics card in my rig that I just built. Eventually i well want to run three monitors. So may I run two monitors off of the quadro 400? and then run another monitor off the quadro fx?

What does everyone think? I am open for any suggestion. I do not know much about any of these cards, and I also use Solidworks quiet often.

Also if you guys think I should sell both and get just one good graphics card, which one do you suggest? and where can I sell these bad boys?

Looking forward to your answers!

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January 16, 2014 5:05:34 PM

If you aren't looking to game, that would be perfectly fine. Just install the two cards, plug two into one card, and the third into the other. Voila, 3 screens :) 
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January 16, 2014 5:10:39 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
If you aren't looking to game, that would be perfectly fine. Just install the two cards, plug two into one card, and the third into the other. Voila, 3 screens :) 


Awesome thank you so much! I don't play much games, but I do have two free cards, so I rather use both:)  Since I only have DVI and a DP, which one should I use? should I get a converter and get that all to VGA, or what do you suggest?

Thanks:) 
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January 16, 2014 5:20:57 PM

They should have DVI ports right? I would run DVI to all 3 monitors unless your monitors only have VGA. But if you're buying new, they should definitely have DVI ports lol but if you're not gaming, the only noticeable difference would be color reproduction is slightly different, so you would have to mess with it a little more with VGA.
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January 16, 2014 5:23:58 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
They should have DVI ports right? I would run DVI to all 3 monitors unless your monitors only have VGA. But if you're buying new, they should definitely have DVI ports lol but if you're not gaming, the only noticeable difference would be color reproduction is slightly different, so you would have to mess with it a little more with VGA.


Awesome thanks for your quick reply, I think two of the monitors have DVI, but the third one only has VGA, so I can convert that one t DVI.
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January 16, 2014 7:32:59 PM

Yup, that'll work just fine! Just make sure you plug the VGA adapter into the DVI-D port, as DVI-I cannot output to VGA at all. Other than that, you should be golden!
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January 16, 2014 7:44:28 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
Yup, that'll work just fine! Just make sure you plug the VGA adapter into the DVI-D port, as DVI-I cannot output to VGA at all. Other than that, you should be golden!


Okay got it! Weird, I thought it would work both ways. So in other words from the desktop (female plug) I get a converter from DVI to VGA and then plug the male end of the cable to the converter to the monitor? Thanks again for your help!
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January 16, 2014 7:53:52 PM

No, there may be two separate DVI plugs on one card. Usually one is a DVI-I and one is a DVI-D. You would plug the adapter into the back of the computer, but it would have to be in the DVI-D port. DVI-I output is just not physically able to convert to VGA without extra equipment.

Won't be a concern, because you'll have enough ports, just wanted to make you aware in case you plug it into the wrong one once and are confused why you got no picture lol
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January 16, 2014 7:57:04 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
No, there may be two separate DVI plugs on one card. Usually one is a DVI-I and one is a DVI-D. You would plug the adapter into the back of the computer, but it would have to be in the DVI-D port. DVI-I output is just not physically able to convert to VGA without extra equipment.

Won't be a concern, because you'll have enough ports, just wanted to make you aware in case you plug it into the wrong one once and are confused why you got no picture lol


Oh ok that makes alot of sense. Got it! oh haha havent got to that yet, and don't really have any good pictures.
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January 16, 2014 8:05:17 PM

Do your cards have the 4 little holes around the line on the one side of the port, or is there just the line next to the big mass of holes?
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January 16, 2014 8:14:03 PM

Are you sure those are the exact ones you have? Those descriptions don't match the pictures lol and that's fine, just be sure when you buy your monitors they have DVI connections (which almost all of them do now)
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January 16, 2014 8:16:58 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
Are you sure those are the exact ones you have? Those descriptions don't match the pictures lol and that's fine, just be sure when you buy your monitors they have DVI connections (which almost all of them do now)


Yes I am sure, it should match lol. Maybe I wrote it wrong, but the pictures on amazon, match exactly to what I am holding in my hands. Okay sounds good! I have two monitors already, and both run DVI, the third one only runs VGA sadly, so I don't think I will be using that monitor. Unless I get a splitter of some sort.
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January 16, 2014 8:20:25 PM

Well the one card has HDMI, you can get an HDMI to VGA adapter, that would work :) 
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January 16, 2014 8:21:26 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
Well the one card has HDMI, you can get an HDMI to VGA adapter, that would work :) 


Its a display port :(  unless those are the samething?
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January 16, 2014 8:24:15 PM

Not the same thing, but you can get a displayport to VGA adapter that'll work just fine :) 
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January 16, 2014 8:25:00 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
Not the same thing, but you can get a displayport to VGA adapter that'll work just fine :) 


Oh perfect:)  works for me. Thanks so much for your quick replies and help. Hope you have a good one!
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January 16, 2014 8:27:03 PM

No problem man, you too!
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