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Graphics SLI or Not for Multiple Monitors

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by toro1966, 9 Aug 2006.

  1. toro1966

    toro1966 What's a Dremel?

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    I am currently running a triple monitor display (using 3 19" widescreen monitors). I have two nVidia cards (5200/5500). Everything works great. I am getting ready to build a new computer because my son needs one. I plan on giving him my current one and keeping the new one :D

    I plan on running an Intel Core 2 Duo 6600. I have to be honest, I am not a big time gamer, but I do several graphics intensive applications. I know that the new motherboard will have two PCIe 16x slots. I intend to get 2 nVidia 7900 256MB video cards. So now on to my question:

    Since I don't plan on using the video cards in a combined fashion (bridged), do I need to worry about having an SLI capable motherboard? Additionally, are the cards I mentioned above good choices for what I am looking for? And lastly, is there any reason that I wouldn't be able to use those 2 7900 cards in a non-SLI motherboard and run a triple montior setup on it? Thanks in advance for any help.
    Cheers,
    Ray
     
  2. Exitios

    Exitios What's a Dremel?

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    While I can't answer your questions in regards to the motherboard, I can say that for what programs you say you run, the 7900 GT/GTX may be a bit much. Try stepping down to the 7800 GTX, since it's slightly cheaper, and is a single-slot card. I've got two XFX 7800 GTX's that're factory overclocked to 490/1300 in SLI, and they work wonderfully. Also, I'm fairly sure the 7800/7900 (maybe even the 7600) lineup has dual-DVI out, so a 3-monitor setup shouldn't be problem at all.
     
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  3. hydro_electric_655

    hydro_electric_655 Dremelly Dude

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    As long as the board supports 2-3 PCI-E 16X it will support 2 non SLI setup cards.
     
  4. oasked

    oasked Stuck in (better) mud

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    And I wouldn't go higher than a 7600 for what you plan to do, beyond that seems like a waste of money. :)
     
  5. toro1966

    toro1966 What's a Dremel?

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    Fantastic! Thank you all very much for the quick and informative responses!
    Cheers,
    Ray
     
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