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Windows 7: Cheap second graphics card advice please

24 Jul 2010   #11

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Thanks... I don't really need anything decent as I will be running my two monitors off my 4870.... I just need another video out to combine with my sound card... that will only be connected to my Amp... no monitor.

If I went with something like a Radeon 7000 or 9250 would that work on a Windows 7 machine?
I have the latest ATI drivers, but not sure if they would work with a card like that. I looked at a low range ATI HD card (which would definitely be compatible with my drivers) but I dont have a second AGP port so thats why it needs to be PCI.


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24 Jul 2010   #12

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

How much do you want to spend?
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24 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7

As little as possible mate... something off ebay! I just need a video signal that wont be displayed!
Need to be DVI though.
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24 Jul 2010   #14

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

I recently stuck the AGP version of one of these in one of my spare computers: - SAPPHIRE 100262PCIL Radeon HD 2400PRO 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI HDCP Ready Video Card

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As little as possible mate...
Then eBay might be your best bet.

If you have a decent computer repair shop nearby it might not hurt to go down and ask them what they have laying around cheap and/or used. When I worked in that field we would sometimes just give people stuff that was well off the cutting edge. There was usually a pile of parts from obsolete or abandoned rigs we couldn't use and it saved us the trouble of dusting them off in the $5 bin.
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25 Jul 2010   #15

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit

Guys there is mass confusion going on here!

OP said "My AGP slot is taken by the 4870"
(Don't you mean 4670?? They never went any higher for AGP slots )

So OP has an AGP card! 99% do NOT support sound thru hdmi for starters!
Only one I know of is Artic something or other uber expensive AGP card.

I have an AGP 4670 (DVi-Hdmi converter) HDMi cable running thru to a 7.1 Yamaha amp with pass-thru to a Samsung T260 Computer Monitor. Vision ONLY 1080P 60hz!

Sound goes thru a digi/optical cable from motherboard to input on surround Amp. (You could also use SPdif digi connection Motherboard > AMP for sound)

The EDID is NOT seen by Win 7 either!
You have to permanently set the monitor model/hz in >Screen Resolution>Display>Advanced settings>monitor> (look for your digital display driver.load)!
It will give you an option to fix @ 60hz 1080P if supported by your monitor.
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