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June 12, 2010 1:05:26 AM

A little background:

Building a new system this summer, and have built systems in the past, but need some advice about my graphics setup I'm hoping to do.

Build as of right now (not including stuff like hard drives and such):
ASUS P6X58D Premium mobo
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield cpu
G.Skill 6GB RAM
PNY Quadro FX 1800 Workstation Video Card
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Currently I'm getting into the rather mind-boggling, but fun, field of 3D editing and creation, which is why I chose the NVidia workstation card as my (first) graphics card.... but being a fan of video games as well I'm looking into getting an additional graphics card for the system, hooked up to a separate monitor.

So, my question is, could I put the Nvidia workstation card attached to one monitor, and then put an ATI 5XXX (not sure which one I want yet) gaming card into another PCI-e slot attached to a separate monitor into the same system?

Thanks in advance for any replies :D 

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a c 1362 U Graphics card
June 12, 2010 2:16:23 AM

Windows 7 allows you to have two different drivers installed so it should work.
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June 12, 2010 3:01:28 AM

Okay so I need to put at least one NVidia graphics card onto an AMD motherboard... this I know you can do, so my question is...

Could I put TWO NVidia Graphics cards onto any AMD motherboard, non-SLI, with each connected to a separate monitor?

OR... is it possible to put one NVidia card and then one ATI card onto an AMD motherboard? No connection between the cards, just each connected to its own monitor.
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June 12, 2010 3:11:39 AM

Yeah, it'll work fine as long as you're running Windows 7.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
June 12, 2010 4:23:15 AM

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June 12, 2010 4:43:27 AM

You can do this with any version of windows, not just 7
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a c 216 U Graphics card
June 12, 2010 5:33:17 AM

GeneticWeapon said:
You can do this with any version of windows, not just 7


It doesn't work with Vista, but it does work with XP and 7.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 12, 2010 9:05:21 AM

What you are proposing is entirely feasible, although if you wish to use an Nvidia card and an ATi card together you won't be able to use Vista as only XP and W7 allow you to run two different VGA drivers.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 12, 2010 10:00:44 AM

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  • Two NVidia Cards on an AMD motherboard? non-SLI
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    June 12, 2010 4:48:29 PM

    Best answer selected by bobob42.
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    June 12, 2010 5:29:33 PM

    do you meant that Nvidia drivers and ATI drivers in the OS with their own cards won't mess up, OH WOW, I never would have thought that
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    a c 271 U Graphics card
    June 12, 2010 5:31:07 PM

    number13 said:
    do you meant that Nvidia drivers and ATI drivers in the OS with their own cards won't mess up, OH WOW, I never would have thought that

    It is a bit useful if you ever want to try the PhysX thing out.
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    June 12, 2010 6:50:35 PM

    Since I have Nvidia gear, I believe I have already, i know it was fun playing with StereoVision
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    a c 271 U Graphics card
    June 12, 2010 7:12:23 PM

    number13 said:
    Since I have Nvidia gear, I believe I have already, i know it was fun playing with StereoVision

    But should you wish to go with the ATi 4 or 5 series and use your Nvidia card for PhysX you now have a bit of insight into how you might get things to work
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