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Need a second graphics card

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January 6, 2009 4:38:04 PM

Hey, I currently have an NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT, and need another 2 monitors so I'm going to grab another graphics card.. Problem is i'm not sure what to get. I'm running Windows XP and have some standard HP motherboard (its a pre-built computer), giving me one PCI Express x16 (used with my 9500), two PCI-E x1 slots, and 3 regular PCI slots.

So without breaking the bank, can anybody tell me what compatible graphics card add for an additional two monitors?

Bonus points if I can get it from newegg.com!

Thanks a ton.

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January 6, 2009 5:05:11 PM

It has to be an Nvidia card because you already have nVidia drivers installed for your other card. It has to be PCI because you don't have a PCI-E slot of the right size for it. It has to be from newegg.

That reduces the choices quite a bit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000048%201069609642&Description=nVidia%20PCI%20card&name=PCI

Now, I'm assuming you already have 2 monitors and want a total of 4. This means the new card has to have two outputs, not just one.

Something like this should do, I think:

PNY VCGFX522PEB GeForce FX 5200 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI $41
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133233

Two problems:
1. It's a lousy card, limited by the PCI interface too
2. I'm not sure it's supported by the same drivers as the 9500GT. It might work only with some older drivers, but then the 9500GT might not work with those.
You should try calling nVidia support and asking about this.

Frankly, I'd like to know the answer too. I have an 8800GTX and a free PCI slot and two monitors and I'd like to add a 3rd monitor.




January 6, 2009 5:58:38 PM

Well nvidia support would take me all day, so I ordered it anyways. I'll just return it if it does't work! I'll let you know when I get it though!
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January 6, 2009 6:11:01 PM

I'd appreciate that. Good luck!
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January 13, 2009 4:06:33 PM

Just in case somebody reads this thread later: don't get the FX 5200. The OP tried it and it didn't work. He got a GeForce 6200 PCI and that worked.

@Travisism: which model did you get, the $45 eVGA?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130289
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