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Need help choosing second video card.

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January 24, 2011 3:34:40 AM

Hello all! Long time fan of Tom's but first time poster.

With that out of the way, I need some assistance choosing an additional video card for my PC. I will be using this card to drive a third monitor which is a 32" 720p TV. The only thing it will be used for is watching HD video.

I imagine that the easiest route would be to just install one identical to my current card, and run in SLI configuration. The problem is that the thrifty side of me knows that I have no need for all that horsepower and it would just add to the over all noise and heat of the machine. I am wondering if I can install a card such as a ASUS EN210 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready and be problem free?

These are my current system spces:

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor


PNY XLR8 VCGGTX4601XPB-OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) OC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


Patriot G Series 'Sector 5' 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G2000ELK


OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD3-2AGT90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Steel / Plastic Gaming ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case VL98521W2U w/ 850W W0319RU Modular Power Supply


Thank you for any help in advance!



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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 4:05:00 AM

Why not just keep the GTX 460? The Geforce 210 is a suckish card. I could watch movies, but nothing more than that. Do not buy a SUPER NICE computer and put a piece of crap card in it either.
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January 24, 2011 4:14:45 AM

HostileDonut said:
Why not just keep the GTX 460? The Geforce 210 is a suckish card. I could watch movies, but nothing more than that. Do not buy a SUPER NICE computer and put a piece of crap card in it either.


I'm driving two 22" monitors with the 460 and it is not capable of riving a third. Hence the need for an additional card to drive the TV.
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a b U Graphics card
January 24, 2011 4:18:03 AM

Okay, yeah, a gt210 should work for one more monitor.
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