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Upgrading to 3rd monitor, graphics card question


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#1 bmorehokie

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:59 PM

I currently have a 2 monitor setup running off of: nvidia GeForce 8600 GT.

I just bought this card to run a 3rd monitor: GeForce 9500 GT and I installed it and it was crap. Tons of lag time in simple tasks such as switching tabs in a browser. So I am returning that card, though to me it seemed like the best card I could find to fit into a standard PCI slot.

Is there a better card that will run in a standard PCI slot? Or is there a card I can replace my main (GeForce 8600 GT) graphics card with that will output to 3 monitors simultaneously? I would like to be able to have 3 DVI outputs.

Here is my current card: (I do not know how to tell if this is PCIe 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, etc.)

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windows 7 - 32bit
4 gb RAM
200+ gb hdd free
Intel Core2 Duo 2.33 ghz


Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:43 PM

You can determine it by checking your motherboard manual which tell what speed the PCI-E slot is.

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#3 bmorehokie

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:55 PM

You can determine it by checking your motherboard manual which tell what speed the PCI-E slot is.


I just ran a scan from belarc and got this for my motherboard:

Board: Dell Inc. 0GN723

Though I can't find any specs online.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:01 PM

It appears to be a PCI Express x16 slot, I also have a PCI Express x1 slot.

Can I use a PCI Express 2.0 x16 card in a PCI Express x16 slot?

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:08 PM

Yes, all PCI-E X16 formats are backwards compatible. I doubt there are many cards that can saturate a PCI-E X16 2.0 slot. BTW, you can use a PCI-E X1, X4, X8, X16 card in either a like slot, such as PCI-E X16 in a PCI-E X16 slot, or in a larger slot, such as a PCI-E X1 in an X16 slot.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:09 PM

Yes you can. PCI-Express is forwards and backwards compatible, so far at least. The newer cards will throttle themselves down to the older socket configuration, and a newer socket will run at the older cards' speeds.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:10 PM

As far as replacing the card with one supporting 3 outputs, you'll want one that supports two DVI ports and a display port, as this is the only real option at this time. You may be able to find a Display Port -> DVI converter, thus providing your third DVI port.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 06:01 PM

My PSU is limited to 350 watts. What card would be my best option? I would like to avoid using the standard PCI bus if possible. I have room for a dual slot card. Thanks.

Edited by bmorehokie, 25 October 2011 - 06:05 PM.


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Posted 25 October 2011 - 06:39 PM

There are very few cards that will work within 350W. Even the low-end Radeon 6450 and 5450 requires at least 400W. Same with the GeForce 9500 GT. You will need to get a better PSU if you want a better GPU. It is rare to find lower end that have three digital display outputs such as DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

Assuming you have a standard ATX case, you can get the ENERMAX Tomahawk ETK500AWT 500W along with the SAPPHIRE 100323L Radeon HD 6570 1GB. This card has DVI, DisplayPort, and D-Sub connections. However, not all three are digital connections. The DIAMOND 6670PE51GV2 Radeon HD 6670 1GB, which is a step performance wise, will work. That 6670 has one DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one DVI port. All of those are digital, you will need a DisplayPort to DVI dongle, as well as an HDMI to DVI dongle to get three DVI ports.

Edited by DJBPace07, 25 October 2011 - 06:40 PM.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 06:47 PM

Doing some more research it does seem I need to upgrade my PSU. I have a Dell Vostro 400...will that PSU work for me? Should I be looking for ATX12V? Is it a simple plug & play install?

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 02:14 AM

Those psu should be compatible with your desktop. I generally don't worry to much about the ATX12V. You should look for the right form factor for which in your case it is ATX and the wattage. Well it's not really plug and play but you will have to plug all the cables back in with the new power supply.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:01 AM

This is what I am considering buying, does it look good?

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply

SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:51 AM

Those parts look fine to me.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 09:32 AM

Those parts look fine to me.



Thanks for all the help.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 03:05 PM

No problems!

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