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I’ve been working on my first build for a few months. Just the case for now but I'll be getting the guts for it soon. Hopefully Intel’s Kingfield will be out when I'm ready!!!! Any who the main use of the rig will before Maya and animation so I'm going to get a fire gl card. Since there not great for gaming I was wondering if I could get a mid range video card for games and switch between them for different uses? and I mean switch it via cables or in the control panel not physically changing the cards in and out. Thanks for your help.
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I do know you can run separate video cards with dual or more monitors. However, your situation is a little different, since you're talkign about non-identical cards. Theoretically, I don't see a problem, although I think you might have to swap cables each time. There are switches though that you can use to connect multiple systems to one monitor. I'd assume you can use one of those.

However, I do anticipate major driver conflicts.... since when you install one driver, it'll recognize both cards. Unless it's the same driver, and it is able to deal with both cards, even though they're different.

Those are just my thoughts...
    
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what exact cards were you interested in getting? an x800 can easily be modded to a firegl x3 if you're willing to put the effort in it.
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I was planning on getting a v7200 or maybe (and it's a big maybe) a v7300 gl. I'm not sure what a want for a gameing card. A good card for $200 or less that could handle games for the next few years would be nice.
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Next few years.. Gotta wait till DX10 comes out.. Nev standard- non compatable..
srry.
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You might indeed thing about getting the firegl card now to get your rig up and running, and then add the gaming card later on when DX10 is out.

Not sure how drivers will like this.
    
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fireGL will be fine for games actually..

Oh, and yes you can have 2...just pop them both in a separate pci-e slot...I had my 6600GTs like that before I got my SLI figured out. You can also use up to 4 monitors that way....
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Yeah, but you had identical cards... any idea how drivers will react with two distinctly different cards?
    
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I am not sure that the Fire cards even use the same drivers as your Radeon cards do so I dont think it will be that big of a problem. I dont think the FireGL cards use catalyst... Since you DL the dirvers from two different areas on ATI's website. If you can get a hold of a Radeon card (from a friend or someone else) while your FireGL is in just pop it in and see how it goes.

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Yeah, but you had identical cards... any idea how drivers will react with two distinctly different cards?
In my other rig i constantly switch between integrated and AGP graphics. In this case I use my onboard SIS 661FX for watching videos (since my Radeon 9700PRo for some reason artifacts when ever I play any videos) and for gaming I
use the Radeon 9700PRO card. The catalyst Control panel automatically launches when ever I have the Radeon card enabled in the BIOS and when I have the integrated graphics card enabled it will load the driver for that. I don't know how this would work for two seperate cards in two independant slots though, since I'm led to believe that for SLI and Crossfire motherboards when you run with only one graphics card you must put it in the 'primary slot.
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