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Building New Computer - Dual Monitor (SLi)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by imperial, 26 Mar 2006.

  1. imperial


    Joined: 24 Mar 2006

    Posts: 2

    Hey guys,

    I have a new project on, building one that is so i've come for some help and advice

    Idealy I want to run a Dual Core 64bit AMD CPU, I want two TFT 17" Monitors on board via this new SLi thing, now can i run two monitors with SLi graphics cards ? or will it just auto be put to one monitor ?

    Im heavly into web design and server stuff, which is why i want two monitors to be used at the same time !

    Does windows 64bit support dual montors?
    Does SLi let you use both the monitors at the same time?
    Whats the best motherboard to go for now?
    Whats a good Dual Core CPU?
    Whats a good graphics card (SLi) to go for, ideally id want to spend no more than £150 on each card !
    or whats a good PCIe card that has dual VGA output!

    And wheres the best place to buy, thats a good price.. (online)

  2. imperial


    Joined: 24 Mar 2006

    Posts: 2

    This is the spec i was looking at !

    Club 3d Geforce 6800GS 256Mb DDR3 - PCI-E DVI TVO SLI

    Antec P180 EU Aluminium Super Miditower

    Antec NEO HE500GB 500W Modular PSU With 80mm Low Speed/noise Fan


    Seagate ST3802110A Barracuda 80GB 7200RPM ATA/100 2MB Cache

    OCZ Premier Dual Channel Kit 2x512MB DDR400 PC3200 CL 2.5-3-3-7

    AMD (Venice) Athlon 64 3500+ 939pin 512Kb L2 Cache 90nm

    Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS Platinum 7.1 Surroundsound 24-bit Sound Card
  3. FreeStream


    Joined: 10 Apr 2004

    Posts: 13,375

    :confused: You dont need SLi for dual monitors, a X1900Xt-X or 7900GTX will do fine :)

    Edit: X1800XT is a steal :)_
    Last edited: 26 Mar 2006
  4. JCBeastie

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Sep 2004

    Posts: 1,795

    Location: Deepest Cornwall

    I'm guessing you want SLi for gaming? There's no reason other than 3d rendering to go for it as graphics cards have been capable of multi-monitor support for years now...

    If you don't play games and your just doing 2d graphics a Matrox card would suit your needs better:


    Check out the Millenium, great card for the money and you can use three monitors at once, if you dabble with gaming a Parhelia is quite competant...

    Matrox also make the Dual/TripleHead2Go, which is an external module that connects to your monitor output, and can split the signal to two or three monitors, it also allows spanning/cloning etc:

    Click for more info

    This is a good choice as it works independently, so your free to pick any graphics card you like, so if you feel you need to dabble with SLi then you could simply use one of these.

  5. nightwish


    Joined: 28 Jun 2004

    Posts: 760

    Location: Sheffield

    64bit windows (along with all other xp-type os's and maybe others) will support dual (and more) monitors. Suggest you use ultramon to control them tho.

    SLI-connected cards can only output to a single screen.

    One card will have two outputs, so you only need one card to run two screens.

    Two cards can be stuck in an sli mobo, but not sli connected. This gives you two independant cards and up to four monitors. If you want more (!) you can also stick in a pci graphics card.