dual monitors, dual gpu setup

February 24, 2009 at 23:59:09
Specs: Windows XP
Alright, I am building a new rig, and I plan on using it for media production work like photoshop and 3d max AND gaming.

I was thinking of using two monitors, one for gaming, and the other for the work I do, (but mostly for 3d max) I was thinking maybe I could buy a quadro and a geforce gpu, and assign each to a single monitor.

Should I do this or should I buy a single, powerful GPU to handle both monitors? The computer I have now has a nvidia geforce fx 5200, but it is able to handle light work on 3d max and games with only some lag. (not graphic intensive ) So it should make sense that a very strong, single GPU should be fine, at least for my purposes at the moment. Or am I wrong and it would still lack in performance?

If so, is it recommended that I pursue the former? In that case, what should I look for in the specs of my gpu's and motherboards for a dual monitor setup(that assigns a gpu to each), and what kind of work should i expect to do to make this work?

Thank you.

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February 25, 2009 at 04:31:01

If you get an NVidia graphics card that supports dual monitors (has a DVI output as well as VGA) you can configure the card to run either with a single or with dual monitors so you can switch between the modes in control panel depending on whether you're working or gaming. You need to get a DVI to VGA adapter. My son is very happy with his NVidia 9800GTX+


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February 25, 2009 at 09:25:04
What are these modes? Are they different specificaions at which nvidia runs? If so, I wonder if it is sufficiant for media production work.

However, if I were to assign a video card to each monitor, how would i go about doing that? And is it neccessary? I think I would feel more confortable using a workstation gpu(quadro) for my 3D programs, because they can become very demanding depending on what you have up in the program.

It is important to say that I am not a professional and I am not going to be making high end work in 3D,(at least not yet ;D) however, I would like it if I could have high numbered hair modifierers or high poly models without lagging.

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February 25, 2009 at 10:12:27
I would guess that if you put your whole budget into buying 1 card rather than 2 you would be able to put together a system well able to run all this. I'm not an expert on media production work, so maybe best someone else helps you

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