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Windows 7: 2 Monitors 2 Cards?

16 Jul 2010   #1
bobland

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Retail
 
 
2 Monitors 2 Cards?

My wife needs to run 2 identical monitors using dvi as the vga is not sharp enough for her. She has an nvidia 8400 gs. If we add another 8400 gs will the computer recognize the second card? It's all pci, not pcie.

Thanks,
Burt


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16 Jul 2010   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

how many outputs do you have on your card?

you can easily find vga-dvi adapters cheaply if you have a spare output.

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16 Jul 2010   #3
bobland

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Retail
 
 

There are 2 outputs. DVI and VGA. The VGA output is not sharp enough.
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16 Jul 2010   #4
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I've never done that particular set up myself but I know a couple guys that did it with ATI cards before. The usual recommendation is to buy a card with two vga (or hdmi since you say vga isn't good enough) ports. They produce less heat and use less power than two separate cards. I don't know of any cards off the top of my head with two dvi ports, but there are hdmi to dvi cables. Beyond that, you should be fine. If you do it and there is an issue, we will be glad to help you sort it out.
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16 Jul 2010   #5
bobland

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Retail
 
 

I couldn't find any 2 DVI Port cards that were for PCI. They're all made for PCIe.
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16 Jul 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Didn't think about that. The main thing to keep in mind is the extra power usage. One of the people I mentioned before started having their computer randomly cut off after upgrading to two cards. Turns out his PSU was only 500watt, the minimum for that card. It seems like the minimum will not be good enough for both at the same time. After an upgrade he was fine. So just keep the minimum power requirements for the card you get in mind. If your computer doesn't get hot already, then the extra heat probably wouldn't be too much to worry about.

EDIT: I see you already have a 750 watt PSU and a cooling system. You should be fine. Go for the extra card and let us know how it turns out.
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16 Jul 2010   #7
bobland

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Retail
 
 

We decided to get a splitter booster. This also allows the DVI cable length to be longer then the recommended 5 meters.
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