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April 14, 2011 12:20:54 PM

can you have 2 graphics cards even when your computer is not sli (e.g can i buy an old graphics card that will plug into my PCI) if so is it worth doing?

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a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2011 12:33:46 PM

you can have 2 graphics cards, but if your mobo doesn't support SLI/CF you will not be able to use it and in most cases it's not worth it
April 14, 2011 12:35:45 PM

thanks
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April 14, 2011 12:37:00 PM

if i buy an sli motherboard will the two graphics cards have to be the same?
a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2011 1:12:24 PM

yes, but tell me your full specs, in many cases CPU bottlenecks GPUs, so if you're about to go for SLI then you'll need a strong CPU and why not to get a single GPU? it's always better to have single over double, unless you get double cheaper or the performance difference is very high
a c 159 U Graphics card
April 14, 2011 1:52:47 PM

What are you trying to use the 2 cards for, just to run more monitors or to speed up graphics?
a b U Graphics card
April 14, 2011 5:50:38 PM

You could use the second for Physx (9600GT or higher-Anything lower is acually detrimental to the framerates) if its a nVidia, will not have to be the same (Just need a PCI-e slot).
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