PCI & AGP Quandry

September 29, 2009 at 03:00:02
Specs: Windows XP SP3, PIII 1GHZ / 1536MB
I am setting up a computer with two video cards for dual monitors.

The PCI Card is an Nvidia GeForce MX/MX 400 with 64 meg ram and does DirectDraw and DirectX3D with no problems.

The question is which AGP card to use with it.

One option is an Nvidia Riva TNT2 with 32 meg ram. This is one of the cards that suffers from the NV4_Disp infinite loop BSOD, however, setting hardware acceleration to none makes it useable.

The other option for the AGP is an antique STB Riva 128 with 4 meg of ram and it will do DirectDraw without crashing the system. (DirectX3D is not supported.)

So, would I be better off with having DirectDraw available on the tiny 4 meg card or having 32 meg without any hardware acceleration?

It seems to me that the 32 meg card would be better, but I'm not sure if having DirectDraw on the second monitor would have any benefits over the extra ram.

Basic use for the computer is word processing, digital images, internet browsing including news videos, and email. I would be using the AGP monitor for the internet.

Thank you for your time.

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September 29, 2009 at 14:40:14
Why don't you just get one decent card with dual outputs?

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September 29, 2009 at 14:52:23
Because money is so tight that I have already squeezed Jefferson's nose through his home on the other side of my last discretionary nickel.

I have to work with parts I have on hand.

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