I am new to posting on the forum, but have been browsing for a while and have always found a solution to any problems I have come across. This time, I am unsure of what I need.
I am currently in the process of building a 3 screen desktop to create an exhibition for a project at University. Basically we want to run 3 projectors as one large desktop.
I have tried searching the forums but am unable to find an answer, and wanted to make sure before i start spending money.
What I want to know is, will I be able to get another graphics card and run both? If so, does it matter what type? If someone can recommend a graphics card to me, I am hoping to go for the cheapest option, being a student!!
I appreciate any help you can give me.
Windows 7 64bit
Intel® Core™2 Quad Q9550 (4 X 2.83GHz) 1333MHz FSB/12MB Cache
1024MB GEFORCE 9500GT DDR2 PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
ASUS P5Q PRO TURBO INTEL P45 (SOCKET 775) PCI-EXPRESS DDR2 MOTHERBOARD ( so there are 2 PCI E slots)
4 x 2GB 1066Mhz DDR2 RAM
OK. Would that work with my current graphics card so I can plug two moniters into the ati card and 1 in the Nvidia?
As a general rule of thumb, don't mix ATI and nVidia in a single system unless you really know what you're doing, or expect to sit and troubleshoot with custom drivers for a while.
A single eyefinity card from ATI will drive 3 displays from a single card (I think one needs to either accept a DisplayPort input or you'll need a DisplayPort adapter), while any nVidia card will drive 2 monitors. If you already have an nVidia card, you should be able to buy a cheap second which you can add in to drive the 3rd display.
I'd recommend something from the lower end GeForce 200 series (GT 220?), but any nVidia card should do - your local computer parts outlet should have one for $25ish if budget is really a limiting factor.