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Need a budget card for additional monitors that plays nice

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October 26, 2006 6:26:08 PM

I'm looking for an additional video card to run my two anciliary monitors off of. I've been using just two for the time being because I couldn't get my old 6800GT to play nice with an FX card. Anyone have similar setups? I'd like to run my main CRT off of my new 7900GT, I've got a DFI Lanparty mobo, so it has SLI but I don't want to run it just yet. I was hoping to find another budget card two run my other two monitors off of. Any suggestions? Price range: ~$100. Thanks!
November 1, 2006 1:45:31 AM

so you would want a PCI card? if you just want one for extra monitors almost any of them would be just fine. you say your FX doesn't play nice, this is a 6200 from newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
altho i think you should look around $95 is alot for a 6200, otherwise there are some MX era ones for alot less, and they would likely suffice. trying to find one with dual ports is kinda hard in the PCI flavor. most any card with 64MB or more should be sufficient just to drive monitors.

otherwise ithere is one PCIe 1X card that i found http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... again tho $100 is alot for just extra monitors. that and ive done 3 moniters with 1 geforce and 1 radeon, and drivers dont conflict. but gettng the moniters to all play nice is a bit hard sometimes. i had better success with a PCI MX420, and a AGP FX5200, then the AGP 9200SE i tried (at the time) if you look around you could likely find an old MX series geforce that has dual outputs and is in PCI

i would also see if maybe its just the FX card you have that doesn't play nice, a different model might play ok. new egg has some dual output ones starting around $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Category=...
they are FX tho.

altho be aware if you want dual DVI outputs that will be hard to find in any PCI card. but if you look around you should find something good.
November 5, 2006 4:54:49 PM

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otherwise ithere is one PCIe 1X card that i found http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... again tho $100 is alot for just extra monitors. that and ive done 3 moniters with 1 geforce and 1 radeon, and drivers dont conflict. but gettng the moniters to all play nice is a bit hard sometimes. i had better success with a PCI MX420, and a AGP FX5200, then the AGP 9200SE i tried (at the time) if you look around you could likely find an old MX series geforce that has dual outputs and is in PCI


Excellent. Thanks, I've been looking for another PCIe 16X card. Since I have a SLI capable board, I might as well use that other slot, and like you said, the PCIe 1X boards are about as expensive as the low-end 16X cards. My last attempt was with an AGP and a PCI. They just could not function together no matter what I tried. I'm looking into this card here . I asume it should be easier to get going now that SLI type technologies are around. Thanks!
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November 5, 2006 6:34:00 PM

ok looks good, 7600GS is a good deal. tho be aware, if you want to SLI, your video cards must be the same, IE 2 - 7600GS's, otherwise both cards will run at the speed of the slower card, if it works at all. and when your in SLI mode you can only use one monitor, so you will need to disable it (through your BIOS, a jumper, or paddle switch), and they will work independently (the video cards), if you want to use all the ports on the cards.

if you want to use SLI to power multiple monitors you will need something like a matrox triple head to go.

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/home.php

also be aware it uses a VGA cable, so your refresh rate and resolution will be rather low. read the specs. ive been trying to find a DVI equivalent tho.
November 12, 2006 3:36:36 AM

I don't really want to run SLI (too much money for not that great a performance bump, that's a whole 'nother can of worms though) I'm just going to use that second PCIe slot for another video card. Run them in non-SLI mode so I can have my main card running my CRT, and the secondary one running the 2 additional LCDs.
November 18, 2006 2:29:16 AM

old NVIDIA 6600 cards might be going for real cheap now... I used 2 of them, one each in 16x PCI-E slots to drive the 3 monitor setup (pictured) for a total screen of about 41 inches at 3,150 x 1,680




instructions with product links are on my instructable
http://www.instructables.com/id/EXLOGYUZR9EUMVDT56/
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