- 2 GB Ram DIMM (will get 2 more gigs soon)
- 4 17" DVI Monitors
- Will get 2 DVD OR Blu-Ray combo burner(s)
- Need to get a Power Supply (any advice on this?)
- Need to get Case
I would like to buy 2 SLI graphic cards, but the problem is... I do not know which one to get!
I seldom play games (other than online, java-based games... Yahoo! Chess, Pac-Man, etc.), but I do lots of programming/developing in .NET, SQL, and SOME video editing. I currently have a Pentium 4 Dell GX270 (old) with 4 Gigs of RAM and 4 monitors, which use CHEAP video cards. I am unable to play, for instance, a WMP video and a YouTube video on another window. Not to mention having a Word app open on another window and burning a CD/DVD at the same time.
Well, I plan on doing some video editing and perhaps get into Flash-related apps down the road.
Also, I have a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate, but I hate it. I have Windows XP Pro as well. Would it be ok to use XP instead of Vista?
NOTE: Based on Einstein's reply, I now understand I may not need SLI. But just in case, is it possible to have 2 SLI cards connected together and DISABLE SLI in order to use all of my 4 monitors independently? I am an engineering student and tend to use MATLAB and Mathematica as well, not to mention I'm an avid user of Google's SketchUp. So, based on this info, does anyone think I may not need the PNY card mentioned above? If not, that'd be great, as I'd save some $$ :-D
I also wanted to mention that my current GX270 system has NO PCIe slots, only PCI and AGP. I have cheap OLD PCI and AGP cards. My current GX270 system SOMETIMES gets really slow, especially when I have many Firefox/IE windows open and I'm running WMP and/or YouTube app, on top of the various open windows. I wonder if the system would speed up if I purchase a 512MB AGP card!
Also, I have a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate, but I hate it. I have Windows XP Pro as well. Would it be ok to use XP instead of Vista? Yes.
You do not need a high-end video card unless you are planning on playing games or running calculations on them.
You do not need a motherboard capable of SLI to use 2 video cards. If all you want to do is drive 4 monitors, you can get a P45 motherboard and put two graphics cards in (same chip manufacturer ATi/NV) and run all the monitors. Also, there are manufacturers that produce single video cards that have 4 DVI outputs.
Only if you ever want to harness the power of multiple video cards on a single display do you need to run SLI (NVidia mobo and NVidia video card) or CrossFire (Intel/AMD mobo and AMD video card).
Is the 9800GT more than you need? Yes. Try something like a HD 3450 or 9400G*.