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What card can do dual vga monitors with 300wat, pcie

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May 6, 2007 4:23:58 AM

I have a t3418 emachine and i want it to do dual monitors but i am limited to the power supply of only 300 watts. I have a 1 pci express slot.

it has a built in nvdia gforce 6100.

I trying not to have to upgrade the power supply.

Any recomendations i should look at?
May 6, 2007 6:33:53 AM

May 6, 2007 6:56:53 AM

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May 6, 2007 8:04:31 AM

I second the 7300GT notion.
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May 6, 2007 8:26:16 AM

I have a Dell E521 and Dell rates it at 305 which they under-rate. I just got the 8500GT which I'm returning for the 8600GT. They are both rated at 300 minimum.

300W min would be bad, you would want 300W MAX in this case. And like MP said, you want to make sure of the Amperage on 12V which should be stated on the PSU, even DELLs have them listed.

I had a X1300 Pro previously that I believe is rated at 350 (not positive about that).

First you're screwing something up if you think the X1300P is rated that high.
The X1300P consumes less power then the GF7600GT which consumes less than the GF8600GT/GTS.

No problems with either and they just swapped out, no additional connection to the power supply needed. A 8600GTS would require that but will still run the stock PSU.

The GF8600GT and GTS are both closer to a GF7900GS in power consumption, and for someone with a 300W max requirement the GF7600GT is a safer bet.
May 6, 2007 10:18:14 AM

I also have a weak (300w, 18a), aging power supply that came in my Compaq that I purchased in late 2004. It originally had a P4 w/onboard VGA (Intel GMA 900). I gutted it and replaced the P4/mobo with an OC'd Opteron 165/Biostar 6100. I'm also using 4 sticks of ram vs. the two it came with. I then added a 7600gt. I only have one SATA HD and one DVD/RW connected.

So far, it hasn't had a hiccup, even after 3 hours of gaming.

I too purchased the card for it's dual head to use for video editing. I hooked it up to both monitors and it worked fine. But I need a new case for cooling (I currently have the door off) and a new PSU before I install the other SATA for video editing.

To the PSU guru's, what will happen when/if my PSU gives up? Will there be any warning signs? Will the PC just turn off / not turn on? Can it kill a component or two?

What's the best value PSU for my current set-up + another DVD/RW and SATA HDD? How about with an 8800gts 320mb as I'll probably upgrade later this year.

Would these do fine?
May 6, 2007 11:27:35 AM

Can't the 6100 onboard do dual monitors? I have the 6150 onboard and it doesn't seem weak. Sure it's no good for modern gaming but I think it has enough power to do dual monitors...
May 6, 2007 11:33:36 AM

The fact that your system is an EMachines system means that your PSU is probably not that high quality and I wouldn't recommend stressing it with a video card. They likely stuck a PSU in there that is near it's limits already. It could PROBABLY handle a 7300GT fine but might give out under stress in a few months anyway. If you can find out exactly what brand/model/year of PSU it is we may be able to advise you better as to how well it's likely to hold up.

If your PSU is going out sometimes there are signs, sometimes there aren't. A lot of people experience errors in Windows, or random shut downs, but these symptoms are not always PSU related. They are however, most often PSU related.
May 6, 2007 2:05:04 PM

Ahh, true. I wonder if they put dual DVI out on any onboard 6100 or 6150 motherboards. Did any of the 6150 cards come with two? I honestly think there's enough power to run dual monitor resolution on those GPU's, they're pretty powerful.
May 6, 2007 7:09:17 PM

To set the record straight, here are some facts I thought were correct. If incorrect, I'm sure you will jump at the chance.

1. X1300 Pro is stated as needing 350w

2.Dell E521 is 6150 setup

3.X1300 Pro is a factory installed option when choosing configuration.

4.Geforce 8600GT has 2-DVI outputs and is supported. Comes with 1 adapter for VGA.

5.Some people are running 8600GTS with the stock power supply. Additional connection needed to PSU though.
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May 6, 2007 7:20:36 PM

I really don't care what Crucial has listed, actual test show the X1300Pro less than the rest.

The GF8600GTS may work depending on the quality of the 300W PSU, however it will draw more power than the GF7600GT let alone the X1300.

And btw, you can get the GF7600GT and X1300Pro with either Dual DVI or DVI+VGA, and int eh case of dual DVI they usually come with the adapter of which I already have 6 from previous purchases.
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May 7, 2007 1:12:58 PM

This is the only mobo I've seen with dual video outputs. Then again, this one doesn't apply since it's not a normal ATX mobo.
May 7, 2007 8:33:15 PM

Come to think of it I did see a mobo a day or two ago that had both an analog and DVI output, but I don't know if they could be used simultaneously. I imagine they could.

Edit: Just looked at that link. That might be the one I saw.