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BFG 7600GT+Geforce6150 mobo+Win7Pro 64 bits

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August 6, 2011 5:15:15 AM

Hello, I am trying to get 3 screens going on 2 gpu's on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit OS.

My primary video card is BFG 7600GT pci express and I want the OS to work with my integrated Geforce 6150 gpu for my 3rd monitor for just a dump screen. Is this possible ?

I have a Asus M2NPV-VM 5005 bios with integrated geforce 6150 and nforce 4 chipset 430 southbridge
AMD Phenom II X4 3.0 gigahertz Deneb
Corsair PSU 650
4gigs OCZ Reaper series DDR2 800
Cooler Master Hyper 212+

I tried the newest display driver for the 6150 and I got crashed. I have both enabled in the bios and I use my BFG7600GT as primary. Every time I play with installing the 6150 I get issues.

August 7, 2011 11:54:41 AM

I'm not sure if enabling the IGP and a video card at the same time is a good idea unless it specifically could handle it.
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August 10, 2011 3:10:42 AM

I do have that option in the bios and it is set to both. The problem is what driver setup do I use. I believe if I use the 7600 GT's drivers for my primary video card setup and just the windows default driver for my IGP 6150 then I might be in good shape. Problem is when I use the windows drivers they don't support the 64 bit OS Pro.
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August 10, 2011 12:15:55 PM

Try going to Asus's website and look for motherboard update packages. If there aren't any look on Nvidia's website and they should provide legacy drivers for your motherboard chipset.
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August 10, 2011 8:28:14 PM

mister g said:
Try going to Asus's website and look for motherboard update packages. If there aren't any look on Nvidia's website and they should provide legacy drivers for your motherboard chipset.


I already did that. When I use the most up to date legacy drivers they conflict. When I try the manual windows drivers they are not supported by my version of windows. I played around at one point all 3 were working with the 6150 nvidia driver but I would rather have my 7600 GT as my Primary video card. I just want windows to reconize the igp's with direct x 11 on a 3rd monitor and just use that for dump screen.
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August 10, 2011 11:52:31 PM

Your old card doesn't support DX10 let alone 11. For DX11 you're going to need an Nvidia 4 series card or an AMD 5000 and above (AMD cards support Eyefinity, one card supporting three displays with one of them actively converting from Displayport). Otherwise I'm not sure if it's possible to correctly boot up both cards and use all three outputs.
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August 11, 2011 12:16:13 AM

( he means 400 series, not the 4MX, fun fact)
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August 11, 2011 4:13:14 AM

mister g said:
Your old card doesn't support DX10 let alone 11. For DX11 you're going to need an Nvidia 4 series card or an AMD 5000 and above (AMD cards support Eyefinity, one card supporting three displays with one of them actively converting from Displayport). Otherwise I'm not sure if it's possible to correctly boot up both cards and use all three outputs.


So your saying to get a newer card that supports a triple monitor setup? My mobo does pci express x16 2.0 my price range is around $100 to $150 tops. I would be looking for a mid range performer that can do 3 monitors as I mostly only play Starcraft 2 not really into the high res gaming. I'd like to stick with Nvidia.

Whats Nvidia's Triple Monitor equivalent? I have been eyeballing this one at the egg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's ATI Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
thats 110 after rebate.

My third monitor does only DVI or D-Sub. Does a HDMI to DVI connector exist or the Display Port to DVI connector better?

Running Direct X 11 on my Win 7 Pro 64 Bit OS thats got Service Pack 1 on my Geforce 7600 GT Nvidia Card. Still leaves the IGP pretty much useless.
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August 11, 2011 1:14:04 PM

The DXDiag tool only tells you what version of DirectX you have, not the one supported by the card. Starcraft 2 could be pretty hardware intensive and I have to admit that a more powerful card is in order. All Radeon 5000 series and above cards support Eyefinity, but you'll need a powerful card to be able to game in all three displays. Nvidia does have an equivalent, but it requires that you SLI two of their cards (each card supports two outputs) or buy one of thier multi-GPU chips like the 295 or 590. Unfortunately for Eyefinity you would also need to buy an active Displayport to DVI which cost more than your average passive adapter.
Try this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The adapter list: http://support.amd.com/us/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity-don...
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August 13, 2011 10:07:50 PM

Just gonna get a good card and buy from the egg that fits my budget, and for the 3rd monitor just buy a HDMI to DVI connector. I don't intend in the future to use eyeifinity or have a 3 monitor setup simultaneously
I only play Starcraft 2 and don't need much graphics on a strategy game. Thanks for all your help,
much appreciated.


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August 14, 2011 1:31:59 AM

Starcraft 2 could be pretty video card intensive on one screen with the correct settings, that 6750 is just a rebadged 5750 with Blu-Ray decoding.
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August 22, 2011 4:38:38 AM

check this mobo out at the egg>http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I love this mobo: upgradeable ram to 32GiG, upgrade path with am3+ socket to amd's bulldozer series cpu's usb 3.0 sata 6
and Amd's Quad GPU Crossfire and UEFI.

My only question is what Radeon card should I get thats $100 to $150 tops. I don't plan on doing hi res just want the best card that I will eventually crossfire with and does it matter thats its only at X4 mode on the second slot? I don't need nothing fancy but I think I will rocking solid with a 3 monitor setup with this.
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August 22, 2011 11:39:47 AM

The x4 slot starts debilitating Crossfire almost immediately, try and find a board that supports x16 with a single card then splits into two x8 slots when in Crossfire. I don't really have a recommendation since I'm not sure what features you're looking for. If you don't feel like going over $150 than the card I mentioned earlier would do the trick (with mail in rebate), however if you feel like stretching that budget out a little than I would suggest this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 23, 2011 2:45:15 PM

I like something that gives me room to expand later on. For a Starcraft 2 gamer that expansion fits more my graphics concerns and who knows, I might join the crowd of what everyone's mainly gaming on. This Asus card is 15$ more and does Eye Infinity but is slightly slower and has one less display port. This card is more geared towards overclockers but I really don't overclock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I do enjoy the XFX card. Its more a better choice now but down the road there's a stop sign. Either way I don't know and unsure but I plan on getting the motherboard soon but the video card I have over a month or 2.
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August 23, 2011 5:39:43 PM

I thought you wanted a card that is less then $150 before rebates, otherwise I would have recommended the 6850 (I know a 6870 that's going for $155 plus shipping). Like I said before change the motherboard if you want to crossfire later that x4 PCI-E slot will slow you down a lot.
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August 23, 2011 10:34:57 PM

whatever is the most bang for the buck. With promo codes and rebates the max I can spend on a gpu is 150 The EVO version of the Asus board supports both SLI and Crossfire with X16 or both X8 duals and its only 50 to 60 bucks more at the egg. I think thats the better board I am gonna go with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 23, 2011 11:16:56 PM

Good choice, the UEFI and the PCI-e switch would help in graphics and in hard drive capacities. Go for the card the 6850 is pretty powerful and approaches the 5850 in performance.
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September 1, 2011 11:49:42 AM

This card is a little over budget but its not bad. Its a HIS and is a little factory overclocked out of the box. Its a Radeon 6870, when I looked at the feedback reviews a few people complained about issues.

here's the link. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am pissed off I missed out in this deal of it being sold out on a XFX Radeon 6870 that hit the budget mark right on and is better built card and I could care that is slighlty slower

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Got it auto-notify but this was so sexyyy.

Any Nvidia suggestions for around the budgeted price of $150??

I am leaning towards Z68 and Sandy Bridge for my main rig, gonna update my mobo for my quad core Deneb Phenom Amd to DDR3, usb 3.0, sata 6 and SLI, then use my current mobo for just Starcraft 2.


O, What would you think for Sandy Bridge CPU I should opt for? I would rather have a higher clocked Dual Core vs a slower Quad, but future upgrade cpu when prices goes get a quad. Alot of the apps don't take advantage of the extra cores and I don't see a much benefit of paying extra for nothing when I won't make use of it. I have a current quad core phenom so I am happy with that for gaming.
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September 1, 2011 10:23:37 PM

I went for a quad, soem newer games are starting to take advantage od quad cores, but older games and apps barely use more than two cores so the choice is yours. Nvidia cards don't have Eyefinity so your stuck with two outputs per card. A little over budget? I wouldn't go for the card unless the warrenty covers the extra overcolock. As for SandyBridge go for a decent i5, maybe even the newer 2500k. I heard that it was pretty powerful from the reviews and was unbeatable at ~$200.
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September 3, 2011 4:50:00 PM

mister g said:
I went for a quad, soem newer games are starting to take advantage od quad cores, but older games and apps barely use more than two cores so the choice is yours. Nvidia cards don't have Eyefinity so your stuck with two outputs per card. A little over budget? I wouldn't go for the card unless the warrenty covers the extra overcolock. As for SandyBridge go for a decent i5, maybe even the newer 2500k. I heard that it was pretty powerful from the reviews and was unbeatable at ~$200.


The most I'll go on a cpu is $200. I like Sandy bridge's X86 performance and its price. This Core I3 2120 dual core is clocked at 3.3Gighertz and is only 65W at $139 Will use it more for media encoding and main workhorse rig rather than my main gaming rig and this cpu has alot of gaming potential. Cheapest I5 at the egg is the 2300 at $175 and is clocked at 2.8 with turbo boost is at 3.1 and weighs in 95 watts and is a quad core with 6mb cache vs 3mb on a I3. For the extra 35 bones its worth more the investment.

The 2500's are out of my price range. This setup will replace my the rig I am upgrading now on my Phenom that I wanna sli with.


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September 4, 2011 12:34:53 AM

Just remember that if you SLI you could also use the display ports on the second card.
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September 4, 2011 6:53:14 PM

was there a 2500k I5 cpu for 200 that I missed?? Ewiz, Newegg, Amazon??
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