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September 26, 2010 4:53:12 PM


Before I go ahead I'd just like someone to tell me I am either right or wrong on this if you would be so kind.

I have a 9800GT I use a dual monitor setup on, I'd like to add a third monitor to my system. The third display being used mainly for video.

To do this I can add a cheap video card such as an 8400GS and run my third display from that?

This is not an attempt to setup SLI and as far as I understand even a dual monitor setup cannot be done with SLI?

Sometimes I do play multiple instances of a very low video requirement game *not sure if I am allowed mention names* but an 8400GS would handle the game easily. If I where to drag that game from a screen running on the 9800GT to the screen running on the 8400GS would I run into problems? And the same question applies to moving active video playback.

Thank you to all who read my post and my appreciations also to all who reply.

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September 27, 2010 12:50:03 AM

I have to say no. The 8400 GS is not acceptable as a video card for gaming, and it will not support more than 2 monitors. You may have to do an SLI configuration to do so.
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a b C Monitor
September 27, 2010 1:00:02 AM

An 8400GS could be added to drive a third monitor, SLi is not a requirement. Only if you wish to do Surround Vision is SLi required and then you will need GTX260 cards or higher to do so.
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September 27, 2010 1:03:16 AM

I think you will be fine. Both cards will use the same nvidia driver, which is required if your OS is XT, but not windows-7. On vista, I can't recall.

I use a 5780 for my main gaming monitor, and a 3450( a very weak card) for my second monitor. I can easily drag civilization 5 back and forth with no real problem.
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September 27, 2010 1:05:44 AM

geofelt said:
I think you will be fine. Both cards will use the same nvidia driver, which is required if your OS is XT, but not windows-7. On vista, I can't recall.

I use a 5780 for my main gaming monitor, and a 3450( a very weak card) for my second monitor. I can easily drag civilization 5 back and forth with no real problem.

It should work on all three OS's as Nvidia use a unified "one size fits all" driver.
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