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As far as I know I can't run three monitors on an 8800 Ultra. Just two, which I'm doing now - the one in my signature + a 17" on the side.

However, I multitask a LOT... watch a movie, play a game, do some work, surf forums, all at once. So I wanna get a third screen.

I wanna set it up with the 22 in the middle, and two identical 17s on each side, angled towards the chair a bit.

My board doesn't have a second PCI-E slot, so if I were to get a second video card it'd have to be a regular PCI. However, I'd keep my high-graphics applications limited to the main screen (on the 8800), with just desktop/web based type things on the other two monitors.


So, two choices on how to run it. I could run two monitors with DVI on my 8800 Ultra, and run the third with a cheap PCI card that has DVI (there's a few out there) or try to find a reasonably priced PCI card with 2x DVI outputs - this might help with the resources for my 8800 Ultra which will be running the more powerful application. However, the card would have to be able to do at the very least high res video playback and 1280x1024 on one or two displays without bogging down. (Doesn't need DX9 support)

Also, if you see my setup below, and my PS, would another video card (NOT a real new one - 128mb probably at the most) eat up too much of my power and make my system unstable?

Any suggestions?

Edit: Was looking at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130188 for a second card. Wouldn't need to do much besides web/video playback maybe, and occasionally open a WoW window on low settings if I'm dual boxing. However, this would require me to run one of my secondary monitors on the 8800.
    
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Nobody runs three monitors? =/

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I would recommend getting the best PCI card you can, which wont be that much of a cost, as well as the program Ultramon. This is a GREAT utility for running more than one monitor and can allow you to switch what location each monitor is, and where the source is (eg. which card powers what section of monitor) I would use a dual PCI card for the basic stuff, then just set games and other graphics intensive programs to run on the center monitor.
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Definitely get a PCI card, and use the monitor plugged into the PCI card for email, video watching, etc. Nothing too graphics card heavy obv.
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I run three monitors, its amazing let me tell you. You do not "need" ultramon, or tripple head to go as some might say. Most of ultramons features are built into the winxp Nvidia control panel. However, vistas is serriously lacking. Window's and Nvidia's built in support still works GREAT.

I have one suggestion make sure you get a Nvidia card. Mixing Nvidia and ATI in my experience is NOT a good idea. It might work better seeing as you'll have 1 PCI-E and one PCI, but the Nvidia control panel is quite painless when dealing with multiple video cards.

As for which display for which card I'd use the second and third monitors on the PCI card. Leaving the main monitor with the main card. It just seems to work better when playing games.
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Thanks a lot guys!

Alright, so I want to try for a regular PCI GeForce with dual DVI. The 5200 I was looking at won't do it, being a single DVI out.


Does anybody know of any affordable cards?

Also, is there a HUGE difference between DVI and regular on a 17" running at 1280x1024 that's only doing web/email maybe video? (If I can only get a reasonably priced card with one DVI and one regular output, I'll keep the video on the DVI display)

Edit:

Found this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130289
EVGA (Same brand as my 8800, I love EVGA) Geforce 6200 256MB
1x D-SUB
1x DVI
$49.99 (and a $10 MIR, but I never rely on those)

Any opinions? I have a feeling that unless I want to spend a decent bit on my video card, I'm not going to get dual DVI. I really don't want to spend more than $50 or so on it.

Edit #2:

Looking at getting a pair of these to go along with the card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824254005
Hanns·G Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD
max of 1440x900

Any opinions on these screens as well? Good reviews on them, but I don't always trust the reviews. Also, you think the 6200 could handle 2x 1400x900's well?
    
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