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im looking at getting a third 19" for a total of 3..... i currently use 2- 19" KDS lcd panels running on a single 320mb evga 8800gts, i have no need for SLI, and initially i saw, and was interested in getting the matrox tripple head 2 go, but the 350$ price tag here locally has me shuddering.

someone here suggested i go with a single 1X pci-x video card, it would be much cheaper than the matrox Th2G box. about 1/2 price, or a little less.

how much trouble is it to set up such a system? and would i get an extended desktop on my third monitor? would it be as simple as using the nvidia N-view app and setting up the third desktop?

i use one lcd primarilly for watching sat tv through a twinhan dvb-s card, my primary for surfing the web and would like the third for e-mail/monitoring downloads/and using it as an extended web surfing tool. i rarely game, and if i do, i use just my main lcd.

so if i run a game through the setup im thinking of getting, i assume the game will automatically run through the evga 8800 gts, and the 1x pci-e card wont interfere with the 8800 gts at all? as its just a 2d card?

TIA, ginnz.
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Why not get a cheap PCI video card in stead?

If the 2nd card is an nVidia, you may need to do .ini modification to the driver. If it is not nVidia, you should be fine.

Just make sure your motherboard supports two video cards (not SLI but for display out) as some do not.
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i have no pic slots open.... one is covered by my 8800 gts, and one is used by my dvb-s card, and the other is used for my criticool powerplant card(relay card for my eheim pump)

i have 2 1X pci-x slots open, thats it.....

and i do beleive my MB will support 2 graphics cards? it a ASUS P5B-Plus, as in my system profile....:-)
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http://www.usbgear.com/USB-Video-Card.html
http://www.everythingusb.com/tritton...a_adapter.html
http://www.thinkgeek.com/clearance/805c/
would that work for your needs not sure how well they work. And heres the link to all the 1x video cards newegg has.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...PCI+Express+x1

Sorry i see your in canada i checked ncix but all they got is 2 500$ cards and that matrix thing.
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thanks for the info! rep 4 you!

i never seen those usb powered units, but im using vista, and i dont see vista support.

i can get one of these locally, it a matrox 1x pci-x card, 32 meg ddr mem, and supports dual display! its around 150.00 canadian.

so, i think, theoretically, i may be able to run up to 4 displays if i get this unit, 2 on my 8800 gts, and 2 on the matrox card.

i think ill order it and give it a try. 150$ bucks for it, its less than half the cost of the triple head 2 go (350.00 here) and it will run dual displays....

now i just need to find a matching 19" lcd, it doesnt HAVE to match 100%, but id like it to, the two i have have a silver bezel, and since all three will be side to side to side, it would look the best if they matched. ill check wally-mart, where i bought my last two!
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