Anyone know about computers?

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Well, I've decided I want to upgrade my computer, and I heard one of my friends had 2 nvidia 6600s in his computer. Does anyone know how I would go about running two videocards on one computer.

Also, does anyone run dual monitors? I've wanted to get a second monitor for a while, wondering if anyone has 2 monitors and what the pros/cons are.
 

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Well, Nvidia has SLI. ATI has CrossFire.

Running 2 video cards is only good if you want to run at super high resolution(1600 X 1200) and want AA, and AF on high. If you want I can go into depth more.

Also 2 6600s in sli is worthless. Tell him he wasted his money.

To run 2 monitors, you have to make sure your video card can support it. You should have 3 ports. One should be black, one blue, and one white. To run dual moitors you can pick up a DVI(white port) to a VGA(blue port) converter at CompUsa for like 5$. Unless you want to run dual LCDs(flat panel).
 
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SlOtH said:
Well, Nvidia has SLI. ATI has CrossFire.

Running 2 video cards is only good if you want to run at super high resolution(1600 X 1200) and want AA, and AF on high. If you want I can go into depth more.

Also 2 6600s in sli is worthless. Tell him he wasted his money.

To run 2 monitors, you have to make sure your video card can support it. You should have 3 ports. One should be black, one blue, and one white. To run dual moitors you can pick up a DVI(white port) to a VGA(blue port) converter at CompUsa for like 5$. Unless you want to run dual LCDs(flat panel).
Alright, 2 video cards wouldn't be worth it. However what about dual LCDs? Is it possible? If so how do I go about doing that?
 

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Yes it is possible. Do both of your monitors have a VGA plug?

Picture of VGA.

If one has a DVI plug, then all you have to do is plug the DVI in.

Picture of DVI.

If both have VGA, you only have to get an adapter. Then enable the monitor in your videocards software.
 
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I will give you the lowdown about computers.

You can spend hours, even days reading up on the latest computer information, but the moment you stray away on tech news, even for a week, you are out of the jist and have no fucking clue what is going on.
 

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There really is no need for two video cards, unless you have money to burn. Simply find a card in an acceptable price range with the requirements you need. If you want a duel channel for two monitors, it's going to cost you a little bit more, but I doubt it's really nesasary.
 
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PrintNameHere said:
I will give you the lowdown about computers.

You can spend hours, even days reading up on the latest computer information, but the moment you stray away on tech news, even for a week, you are out of the jist and have no fucking clue what is going on.

I hear ya.

I spent 2 years, and $21,000 on IT in college
And im way behind now cause its been almost 5 months since i graduated.
I learned network administration, PC Tech, alot about domains and such.
Active directory, xp ,server ,novell ,cicso ,linux netowkring infrastructure administration..
 
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2 6600s is the best budget friendly thing you can do nowadays, that guy up top has no idea what he says, so just disregard him, he is right about the SLI, you'll need an SLI mobo and with the two video cards you will be able to plug a monitor into each and vola. The 2 6600's is only if you want the money for the %30 percent performance boost, if your not a hardcore gamer (20+ hours a week at least) or video editor or something like that then you can settle for 1 easy
 
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Well, I play video games on my computer very often, and I also do some video editing for fun, so I thought two monitors might be helpful. However, after thinking for a little bit, I'm going to save the money I have at hand right now for a while and eventually try to buy a new computer all together. Thanks for the help everyone.
 

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nickbuddy111 said:
2 6600s is the best budget friendly thing you can do nowadays, that guy up top has no idea what he says, so just disregard him, he is right about the SLI, you'll need an SLI mobo and with the two video cards you will be able to plug a monitor into each and vola. The 2 6600's is only if you want the money for the %30 percent performance boost, if your not a hardcore gamer (20+ hours a week at least) or video editor or something like that then you can settle for 1 easy
LOL YOU KNOW SHIT.

Ask anyone who knows anything about SLI. 2 6600s is a waste, and 2 6800s is a waste. Your best bet right now would be to get 2 7800GTXs for SLI.

Dude, 1 6800gt is like 2 times better than 2 6600s. 2 6600s would cost more.

Shut the fuck up, you know nothing.

Secondly, 6600s aren't even SLI capable. 2 6600GT'S costs around 270$. A leadtek 6800GT costs 288*, and the 6800 has 16 Pipelines. The 6600GT has 8.

So fuck you n00b, I know more about computers than most of you simple minded goons.
 
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LOL YOU KNOW SHIT.

Ask anyone who knows anything about SLI. 2 6600s is a waste, and 2 6800s is a waste. Your best bet right now would be to get 2 7800GTXs for SLI.

Dude, 1 6800gt is like 2 times better than 2 6600s. 2 6600s would cost more.

Shut the fuck up, you know nothing.

Secondly, 6600s aren't even SLI capable. 2 6600GT'S costs around 270$. A leadtek 6800GT costs 288*, and the 6800 has 16 Pipelines. The 6600GT has 8.

So fuck you n00b, I know more about computers than most of you simple minded goons.
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6600s are SLI capable, ever since the 77.76 ForceWare drivers were released, like a month ago. 6600gts cost between $150 and $170, two would cost around $300, and I'm sure if you search hard enough, you can find a 6800gt for $250 or less. The 6800 has 12 pixel pipelines, and the 6800gt and ultra have 16 pixel pipelines. The 6600 and 6600gt both have 8 pixel pipelines.

Also, I agree with you, that having 2 6600 series cards is kind of a waste, but having anything in SLI does have some benefits that a single card doesn't. Mostly with SLI AA. SLI AA is noticably better than normal AA you'd get with a single card. SLI also provides the best upgrade option, since instead of spending damn near $500 on a new 7800gtx, you can SLI your all ready purchased 6800gt for another $250, and have almost the same power. Two cards in SLI has much more pixel and vertex processing power than a single card can offer for the same price, and at lower resolutions, you'll see more of a performance increase from having 2 6600gts in SLI than you would from a 6800ultra, or having 2 6800gts in SLI compared to a 7800gtx. You can look at the benchmarks, especially for 1024x768 resolution, 2 6600gts always beat a 6800gt, and sometimes beat 2 6800s. I play at 1024x768 because I have an old monitor, and if DOC were still here, he'd agree with me that 2 6600gts is a better deal than a 6800gt at 1280x1024 or less.

CrossFire is where the waste of money is. 1 X1800xt can support two monitors with 2500x1600 resolution, but put two of them together, and you can only support one monitor at 1600x1200 resolution. Their Super AA is crap, since even the highest 14x SAA is arguably lower quality than 8x SLI AA, and still doesn't even have the same performance on the same AA level. SLI works with every DX and OGL program ever created, while CrossFire only really works with certain programs that profiles have been made for. CrossFire motherboards are being released at $200, while the newest and most expensive SLI motherboard is $140. When you CrossFire a cheap card with an expensive card, they both downclock to the speed of the slower card, making the more expensive card a waste of money.