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2nd video card to run 4 monitors

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 3, 2008 3:54:01 PM

I currently have a BFG GeForce 7900 GSOC 256 mb video card running on a Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 775 motherboard (one pcie x16 slot, one pcie x4 slot). I would like to add a 2nd dual dvi video card so I can run 4 monitors. Do I need an identical video card, one that has the same chipset, or can I totally mix and match? I am not a gamer so I don't need the absolute best performance but I would like one with OK performance.
a b U Graphics card
October 3, 2008 4:05:10 PM

You can use any video card that has dual dvi outs. It doesn't matter as long as you are not planning on using the cards to work together.
October 3, 2008 5:33:42 PM

Huron, when you say that I'm not planning on using them to work together, you mean from a performance standpoint, not a desktop size standpoint, right?
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October 3, 2008 5:54:07 PM

How about you just give me the other two monitors and be happy! :D 


You would need SLI if these cards were to work together which would require two PCI slots. And i dont think the 7900gsoc has SLI ability (not sure). Oh and you would need a like 450w or higher psu i bet..

really you need a forum vet to answer this question because i only specialize in the ge force 8 series and above..
a b U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
October 3, 2008 5:54:27 PM

meaning no sli unless you get same exact game graphic card but you just want to use 4 monitors so get a cheap second card to run them
October 3, 2008 6:21:08 PM

Make sure the second card is also an NVidia card.
a b Î Nvidia
a c 143 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
October 8, 2008 3:09:08 PM

Get an 8500GT for about $45. It has one DVI and one VGA output. If you absolutely want two DVI outputs get an 8600GT or 9400GT, but it costs more.