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Duel monitors? duel video cards?

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February 1, 2011 8:53:29 PM

Hello,
i would like to run two monitors one for gaming and the other for music player and ventrillo and web.

i'm building a new system and it's been a long time since i built one.

do i need two video cards one dedicated to gaming and does the other have to match even though it's for less intensive means.

If i Crossfire can i use two monitors? thanks for the help.
I tried to search this but didn't find a match i guess.

the cards i'm thinking of getting if they need to be the same ATI HD 6850's, are they good? :p  ty
a c 263 4 Gaming
a c 1319 U Graphics card
a c 95 C Monitor
February 1, 2011 9:27:40 PM

You can run two monitors on one card no problem. You can run two monitors on a crossfire setup as well. If you are planning crossfire with two HD6850 cards they do not have to be the same model or manufacturer they will run at the speed of the lower card. HD6850 is a solid mid range offering with good performance at 1920 x 1080.
February 1, 2011 9:35:36 PM

Thank you Rolli59

this is what i am figuring on having built,


•*BASE_PRICE: [+799]
•BLUETOOTH: None
•CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
•CARE2: CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]
•CARE3: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
•CAS: Apevia X-Plorer 2 Mid-Tower Case w/ Side-Panel Window and MultiMeter Display (Red Color with 200mm UV Red LED Fan)
•CASUPGRADE: 12in Liquid Neon Thunder Pattern Light [+15] (Red Color)
•CD: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+3] (BLACK COLOR)
•CD2: None
•CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-760 2.80 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1156
•CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+15] (Red Color)
•FA_HDD: None
•FAN: Thermaltake SpinQ Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (CLP0466) [+19]
•FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
•FLOPPY: None
•GLASSES: None
•HDD: 64 GB A-DATA S596 Turbo Series Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+64] (Single Hard Drive)
•HDD2: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+93] (Single Hard Drive)
•IEEE_CARD: None
•KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
•MB_ADDON: None
•MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair Dominator [+38])
•MONITOR: None
•MONITOR2: None
•MONITOR3: None
•MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-P55A-UD3 Intel P55 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1, & 3 PCI [+92]
•MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
•MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
•NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
•OS: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY [-83]
•OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
•POWERSUPPLY: * 850 Watts - CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gaming 80 Plus Power Supply [+116]
•RUSH: 5% Instant Rebate for Non-Rush Delivery Order over $999 - Ships within 3 Weeks - Must Enter Coupon Code "NORUSH" during checkout
•SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
•SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
•SPEAKERS: None
•TEMP: None
•TVRC: None
•USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
•USBFLASH: None
•USBHD: None
•USBX: None
•VC_PHYSX: None
•VIDEO: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+127] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
•VIDEO2: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [+202] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
•VIDEO3: None
•WNC: None
•_PRICE: (+1558)

thank you again :) 
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a c 263 4 Gaming
a c 1319 U Graphics card
a c 95 C Monitor
February 1, 2011 9:44:49 PM
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All looks good apart from the motherboard. That board has the second PCIe x16 slot running at X4 which is not as good for crossfire as this one http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3... that will run crossfire at X8 X8.
Your board would be good for a single card setup so maybe HD6950?
February 1, 2011 10:08:45 PM

thanks again Rolli59!! good find, i'll make sure to change that out now
February 12, 2011 9:00:53 AM

Best answer selected by bowentwo.
a b 4 Gaming
a c 271 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
February 12, 2011 9:07:11 AM

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