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#1 compunerd

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 11:03 PM

Hi,

I'm looking at installing a 2nd video card for running a 3rd monitor. I want to run 3 - 26" widescreen LCDs primarily for Microsoft Flight Simulator. My primary card is an EVGA GeForce 7300GT 512MB 128 bit DDR2 4x/8x AGP. What is a good Nvidia PCI card to use? My system is a P4 3.06Ghz w 2GB ram.
Thanx

Edited by compunerd, 04 January 2009 - 05:18 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2009 - 03:25 AM

I heard of something called the Matrox TripleHead2Go that would combine three monitors together to form one big screen without needing a second video card, but I don't know much about it. You could also try keeping one card with two outputs and using Matrox's DualHead2Go, have one output go to one monitor and the second go to the DualHead2Go, splitting it into two more outputs. If you use one of the 2Go products, you will be limited by the power of your graphics card. Which, should be upgraded to a newer model. If you want to use two separate cards, you should get the exact same card, since having two different cards with different drivers (even if it is within the same vendor, like two NVidia cards) would lead to many issues. BTW, your link to Newegg doesn't work.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 05:26 PM

Thanx for the advice. I looked into the TH2go and it will only work up to 1680x1050, which are 22" widescreen monitors. As I mentioned in my original post, I want to run 3 - 26" or 28"s which is 1920x1200. I have room for a 2nd card, anyway. I've seen bad reviews for this product, also.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 07:53 PM

The PCI 6200 and PCI 8400gs use the same drivers as the 7300GT. Which one you choose is up to you.

I'm not entirely sure if this will work, but I bet it would. I have used my integrated graphics before while using a graphics card. If you do go through with it, please let us know how it goes, I am really interested :thumbsup: .

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 08:50 PM

If the 2Go products are ruled out, your only option is to get a second GPU. You should get, as noted in my links and by Sterling, a card that uses the same drivers as your current card.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:06 PM

If the 2Go products are ruled out, your only option is to get a second GPU. You should get, as noted in my links and by Sterling, a card that uses the same drivers as your current card.


That is what I had in mind originally. I'm going to check out the 2 cards Sterling mentioned. With the 2nd GPU, I can get higher resolutions which is limited by the TH2go products.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:52 PM

The PCI 6200 and PCI 8400gs use the same drivers as the 7300GT. Which one you choose is up to you.

I'm not entirely sure if this will work, but I bet it would. I have used my integrated graphics before while using a graphics card. If you do go through with it, please let us know how it goes, I am really interested :thumbsup: .



Think this one will work? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814187042

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 12:00 AM

Here's the monitors I'm looking at, 2 of these; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824001276 And one of this;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16824001281

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 06:51 PM

That 8400gs would probably be the best bet. Running at those high resolutions though, these PCI cards may have some difficulty playing games smoothly. How well is your current 7300GT running the game?
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Posted 06 January 2009 - 11:21 PM

That 8400gs would probably be the best bet. Running at those high resolutions though, these PCI cards may have some difficulty playing games smoothly. How well is your current 7300GT running the game?


I'm not running FS right now. It used to be installed on this computer about 4 yrs ago prior to many upgrades to this system. At that time, I was running only one 21" CRT monitor/ATI Radeon 9700 Pro 128MB/1GB ram/120GB hd. I want to re-install it now to see how its going to do.




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