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bogaertb
Dual monitor, 1 or 2 graphic cards
on Sep 5, 2009 at 10:17:56 am

Hi,

I am new to the forum and have a question about graphic cards in the PC. What is best when working with a dual monitor setup? One single graphic card supporting 2 screens or 2 graphic cards supporting a single monitor (if that still exists)? What about resources in the PC (IRQ and the like)?

Thanks in advance for the feedback.

Regards, Bart


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Evan Newsome
Re: Dual monitor, 1 or 2 graphic cards
on Sep 6, 2009 at 12:38:24 pm

ahh the good old days of disabling printer ports and serial ports in BIOS.
IRQs are less than an issue verses 10-15 years ago. I.E. so you shouldn't have an IRQ conflict. Research APIC and you'll see why.

I think most video editors (using PC) use a dual head video card with at least 512k, but I suggest 1gb since they are cheap enough.
The videos editors put very little stress on a video card verses gamers so you really don't need a two card setup, but it is up to you.
*important note: if your program significantly utilizes your video card to render out animations or anything else you will want to use a recommended video card. also check out videoguys suggestions of video cards based on NLE programs.


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bogaertb
Re: Dual monitor, 1 or 2 graphic cards
on Sep 6, 2009 at 4:18:18 pm

Thanks for the feedback (I tend to think about matter that you had to consider in the 'older days - man, what is time going fast, it's not even 20 eyars ago...). In that case I tend to stick to a single (decent) graphic card. I've seen recommendations already in this forum that are helpfull in that area.


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