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December 12, 2012 3:25:56 PM

I am running Win 7 Ultimate 64 on Asus P5E3 Deluxe with 8 Gig Ram, 80 Gig SSD, and one Nvidia GeForce 6600 and one GeForce 8600 GT. Using only 3 monitors.

The Windows Experience Index says that my Graphics Subscore is 4.0. which is a little more that half of all of the other Subscores. Although I do not run intense graphics or games or CAD etc, I am sort of anal about this and would like to bring my Graphics Subscore up on par with the rest of the system. I am not much of a tech, so I have no idea of what options to consider. I don't even know if the Experience Index really means anything.

My objective is to speed up the Graphics for my first 2 monitors only. I only rarely use the third monitor, so I am thinking that I need to upgrade only one Graphics card.

Any help / suggestions will be appreciated.

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December 12, 2012 3:46:33 PM

What are you trying to speed up? Is your goal just to get the windows index number up? If your computer is running the programs you want to run just fine, I would not worry about it. The windows index really doesn't mean all that much from what I have read on here. The highest that number will go is 7.9. Something like a GTX 660 or AMD 7870 will get it close to max if that is what you want to do.
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December 12, 2012 3:49:54 PM

+1 to larrym - don't worry about what Windows thinks of your setup :-) If you do upgrade, the GTX660 is indeed an excellent choice. You might want to play a few games on it though to justify the expense!
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December 12, 2012 4:53:44 PM

Well as you dont run itense games you dont need to upgrade. AND for 3 monitors Nvidia cant use 3 monitors on 1 card(Gaming). You need SLI to do that. So get an AMD card .

But as your cards are doing well you dont need to upgrade !
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December 12, 2012 5:08:21 PM

prototype18 said:
Well as you dont run itense games you dont need to upgrade. AND for 3 monitors Nvidia cant use 3 monitors on 1 card(Gaming). You need SLI to do that. So get an AMD card .

But as your cards are doing well you dont need to upgrade !



I think some models of the Nivida GTX 660 cards will support up to 4 concurrent monitors..

http://www.evga.com/articles/00700/#2662

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December 12, 2012 5:12:01 PM

Well i just writed GAMING !
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December 12, 2012 5:18:12 PM

You're wrong the 600 supports triple monitor gaming(nvidia surrounding) with one card, not all of the 600s though(only the 650 and above), now for decent performance of course it has to be at least a 660 ti or 670 gtx/680 gtx.
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December 12, 2012 5:25:46 PM

djangoringo said:
You're wrong the 600 supports triple monitor gaming(nvidia surrounding) with one card, not all of the 600s though(only the 650 and above), now for decent performance of course it has to be at least a 660 ti or 670 gtx/680 gtx.


Thank you for the info ! Didnt know it was just for 650 and up !

Edit : Anw he said not hardcore gaming. So i dont think he needs that !
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December 12, 2012 5:27:32 PM

Thanks folks...you have given me some good points to ponder. I really appreciate your help.
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December 12, 2012 6:24:11 PM

Have fun with your purchase :-)
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December 19, 2012 2:38:14 AM

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