I currently have a Geforce 9800 gt and a single PCIe slot mobo. The 9800 gt has been an excellent card and has run the games I've wanted to to very well.
Now I want to get a card that is fully Direct X 10 compatible to replace it but I would like to run a third or forth monitor on my system at the same time. If I get another motherboard that has a second PCIe slot, can I put both the 9800 gt card and a newer 400 series GeForce card in at the same time? I know I can't use SLI, but I don't need to. I only intend to run the games I play on my main display. I only need to use the other displays when in windows or when running games in windows mode (which I do frequently).
So it may be possible to use the 9800 gt as a PhysX card? Sounds like a good idea to go ahead wit the plan then.
I'll need a new mobo, video card, and PSU.
Any good recommendations on a new GPU and mobo? I want something that is at least comparable to the 9800 gt since it's able to do mostly everything I need to do right now anyway. I can run most games with everything but AA in the highest settings at 1920x1080.
I currently have a Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H AM2+ mobo with a Phenom II 955 black box processor and 4 GB of 1066 DDR ram and a Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT.
The problem is I want to put in a second video card so I can run 4 monitors instead of two and I also want to get a direct X 11 card at the same time.
The system I have currently meets my needs well except I want to replace my 9800 GT with a direct X 11 compatible card AND get a 4 monitor setup going. I'm looking for the cheapest way to do this. I'd love to be able to get 4 monitors and a DX11 card for $200 US or less.
Option 1: Replace my 9800 GT with an affordable direct X 11 card that was at least as good as the 9800 GT with 4 monitor outputs, but I have yet to find one.
Option 2: Get one or two standard PCI (not PCIe) card to work with a new direct X 11 card for the third and forth monitor
Option 3: Replace my mobo for an AM2+ board that works with DDR 2 and has 2 PCIe slots.
Option 4: Replace my mobo and ram with an AM3 board and get new DDR 3 ram.
I would prefer to do option 1 or 2 as I don't need to upgrade the mobo or RAM for speed reasons. Option 3 seems like a bit of a waste because I'll be spending a lot of money while staying with DDR 2 and option 4 is more money than I want to spend right now.
The Eyefinity 6 is out of my budget and is overkill. I would prefer to stay with Nvidia, but if I did go with an ATI do you mean I would be able to use the integrated ATI HD 4200? Or do you mean an ATI card would give me three outputs by using the HDMI port as a third output?
If all I needed to get was an ATI card to make this work, I'd like to spend between $150 - $200 USD. The video card is my largest bottleneck right now.