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Onboard Video Chipset/North Bridge = Onboard Videocard?

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Which is the Onboard video card? Is the the Onboard Video Chipset or the North Bridge? Because I'm trying to purchase a motherboard (amd athlon 64 compatible with a pci-x16 geforce 6600gt and 4 ram slots), and I don't care about the onboard videocard and I don't want to pay for it, but if the chipset/north bridge is not a videocard and works to enhance it or something, I would like to know so I spend money on that. (I'm at newegg)
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Onboard video is generally embedded in the chipset. It's also generally very inexpensive, so if you get a mobo that has it, you're not throwing away a bunch of money by using a video card (and you'll have a backup if something happens to your video card).
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Backup meaning it can sit in their even if I have another one? And could I use both? Oo
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If you were going to use ATI's crossfire technology, you'd essentially be using 3 different graphics adapters. I believe you will only be able to use one at a time. The integrated graphics is not anything on the MOBO you can actually remove. It's embedded into your MOBO's chipset and the best way to disable it is to do so in the BIOS.
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On some motherboards it is possible to use both outputs at the same time (the 2 outputs on your Nvidia plus the built in motherboard one) for standard Windows use, i.e. spanning you desktop across three monitors. I believe windows supports up to 4 monitors, but I'm not sure on that. Either way, it will inhibit performance to keep the built in video enabled as it uses your system RAM for its own purposes. Like previously stated, it is not more expensive in most cases so that really shouldn't be a problem.
    
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