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should I use my second video card?

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October 6, 2007 3:00:39 AM

I just built a new system

Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
Motherboard: EVGA 122-CK-NF68-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Videocard: Quadro FX1500 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
Powersupply: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply 100 - 240 V
Ram: OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
Monitor: HP LP2465 Carbonite-Black 24" 6 ms (typical gray to gray) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor





but I have another video card lying around
(ASUS EN7300GT SILENT/HTD/256M GeForce 7300GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 )

questions
1. can I put this in my second PCI Express slot to run my second monitor and possible third?(are they compatable?)
2. will I see some improvements in any way? (right now I have my Quadro FX1500 running both monitor)
3. will I have to install driver for this video card?(how?)
4. if it can be done, is it relatively trouble free?

Any kind of input would be grealy appreciated

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October 6, 2007 8:09:39 PM

1) You can use your current card to run both monitors. No need to install a 2nd card to run a second one. And a 3rd? Why do you need 3 Screens up? Just curious. I'm not sure you can do a tri-screen set up with that hardware.

2) Unless your talking graphics wise, no. Nor will it improve your resolutions. Installing two different cards in both PCI x 16 bays will not boost your performance in anyway.
3) If the two cards are both Nvidia then they can share the same drivers. But again I don't see why you'd want to install two different cards in the same machine when the job your looking to perform can be done with one.
4) I can see you getting into issues. Your basically running your machine with two different cards that have two different settings and capabilities. I'd save you the headache and just use your new card and keep the 7300 tucked away as a back up card in case of some emergency.
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