Two video cards for two functions

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December 23, 2009 at 08:50:30
Specs: Windows 7
There is a lot of confusing talk out there about running multiple video cards in the same machine.

What i am trying to do is build a system made for 3d modeling in maya. And yet also have the ability to play games at high performance levels.

I have done some research and have decided to get a Quadro FX 1800 by PNY, or something very similar, for use in maya. What i would like to know is if it is possible to ALSO get a 2nd video card more suited for gaming. I don't particularly need them to work together, just would like one for gaming and one for 3d work. What are some of my options?

I am also looking for advice on what motherboard to get that can run the Quadro FX card and a Intel core 2 quad Q9550 processor. and as i have said, a 2nd gaming video card. (the gaming card is of lesser importance and the exact make/model doesn't matter too much)

thanks in advance for any suggestions/help

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December 23, 2009 at 10:40:20
Why buying 2 different video card? Look for good review board with intel chipset p45 or p43 as 4 card look for radeon hd 4670 with gddr3. C2q q9550 plus hd 4670 system will run both games and maya.

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December 23, 2009 at 12:00:40
I agree, get a matched pair if you want 2 cards and save problems or one very good one.
What works for modern games will work for everything else, as it's the games that are most graphics intensive.

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December 24, 2009 at 00:09:58
I have done quite a bit of research on the autodesk website regarding qualified hardware for the maya program, and alot of reading of boards/forums, i have read over and over again that gaming cards and 3d modeling cards are like apples and oranges. All i really want to know is if installing both boards is going to screw something up. I have only put together a handful of systems and have never had problems, but i haven't done anything like this. Can i have both installed and just tell which programs to use which video card? Or would i have to go into the bios on boot-up each time i would like to switch?

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