Dual monitor video card recommendation please.

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by clangers_snout, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. I need a new dual head card and it must be PCI-express compatible and
    be as cheap as possible. Ideally I need 2 vga outputs, but I don't
    think the current cards do this, so one vga and one DVI-i would do. Can
    anyone recommend one please?
     
    clangers_snout, Jun 8, 2006
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    Kill Bill Guest

    Adapters from DVI to VGA are really cheap. However, you'll get better
    quality by remaining DVI to a DVI monitor. And, all the new monitors
    are DVI also.

    -bill
     
    Kill Bill, Jun 8, 2006
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    Mark Burns Guest

    I've used Matrox cards in the past with great success.

    http://www.matrox.com/mga/workstation/3dws/products/home.cfm

    Cheers...
     
    Mark Burns, Jun 9, 2006
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    G-Man Guest

    Hi, Clangers --
    You never offered just what it is you want to do with the video card.
    What will it be used for: gaming? video editing? What type monitors
    will you be using in the near future?

    If you're likely to go to flat panel display monitors, why not go ahead
    and get the card with at least one DVI output: the digital method of
    connecting to a compatible display would certainly yield a more precise
    image.

    If you're using old displays or CRTs, consider the likelihood of your
    upgrading during the life-cycle of your keeping that particular card.

    PCI-express is so *cutting edge* -- why would you insist on the low-end
    VGA for both outputs of the card -- especially when you can get a DVI
    to VGA adaptor quite inexpensively (under $20 -- especially if
    purchased online).

    I've got ATI and Nvidia, and am totally satisfied with both. Go to Best
    Buy and take a look at their offerings: they've got a bunch of cards in
    the PCI express class; perhaps you'll find one of your liking, and at a
    price point that's acceptable to you.

    G-Man
     
    G-Man, Jun 9, 2006
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    ushere Guest

    i video edit with two monitor on a chaep nvidia card fx5200 or something
    (cheapest in it's range). no problems at all. great for ps / cs, and
    most everything else - but i don't game, so i don't know

    leslie
     
    ushere, Jun 9, 2006
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  6. Thanks for the replies. I eventually went for a PNY/Nvidia Quadro
    NVS285. It comes with a single DVI-i output and a cable that splits to
    two VGA outputs just like I wanted. In the future I just need to buy a
    cable to get two DVI outputs when I upgrade my monitors. Using it with
    Prem Pro 1.5 now and I like it a lot.
     
    clangers_snout, Jun 17, 2006
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