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Old June 21, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Hi all, I have a Sapphire 5970 4GB runnin' my 3X28" Monitors which works great, however I want a 2nd (4th) monitor to run things like iSpeed for iRacing, MSN, PCProbe etc ... while I'm gaming.
I have the Monitor, a 30" LG (2560X1600) and I won't be running any 3D apps on it, so the 2nd card need not be an all powerful unit. Just basically need a DVI out card.

I have 2 GTX 280's sitting here that I was gonna sell but figured I'd keep them around for a second PC for my son, that I'll build when I upgrade my Mobo and CPU in the near future. Should I use one of those and install nVidia drivers alongside my Catalysts ?

Or should I just pick up a cheaper Radeon card to run as a second ? If so, which card is the best value ?
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Old June 21, 2010, 04:22 PM
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I would sell the cards if I were you, since GTX 280s are pretty power-hungry and there's no point in having one in your system when you can just get a cheap low-power card instead. Really anything will do if you won't be running 3D apps on it; a 5450 would do the job, or you could even look at something from last generation like a 4350.
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Old June 21, 2010, 04:26 PM
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Yeah, I was going to sell the GTX's but I paid over $450.00 each for them just over a year ago and I hate to give them away. I advertised them locally for $225 each or $400 for the pair and all I got was idiots tellin me that "those are outdated" "I'll give you $100 each" etc .....
I checked EBay and NCIX etc ... before I advertised them and the cheapest GTX280 I could find used was $280, so I thought $225 was a decent price to ask.
Anyway, I'm now so close to a complete 2nd PC that I'll just keep them and build an SLI rig for my 12 year old :)
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try to go for evergreen, low end of course. itll run your extra monitor very nice.
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$200 is a reasonable price for GTX280s nowadays. 285s are the refresh and I see them going for ~$220-225USD on average. I suggest you don't sell them for under $200, and if you don't get any bites then list them in some more places and on larger hardware forums. That will get them sold.
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Old June 24, 2010, 02:47 PM
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Sorry to rehash this thread but I have got a 2nd card (4650) and Im in the final steps of re-assembly now. My Asus board is the M3N72-D, it has 2 PCI-E16 slots. I have always run my main card in the top one and the secondary card in the lower. Does it really matter which slot I run either card in ? I'm thinking I will use the lower one for my 5970 and the upper for the smaller 4650. Any problems with doing this at all ?
Thank in advance for any opinions.
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It shouldn't matter.
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Sorry to rehash this thread but I have got a 2nd card (4650) and Im in the final steps of re-assembly now. My Asus board is the M3N72-D, it has 2 PCI-E16 slots. I have always run my main card in the top one and the secondary card in the lower. Does it really matter which slot I run either card in ? I'm thinking I will use the lower one for my 5970 and the upper for the smaller 4650. Any problems with doing this at all ?
Thank in advance for any opinions.
If the board operates with 16x/4x configuration then it wouldn't be a good idea to put the higher end card on the 4x slot as it would suffer in performance.

My thought at least.

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That's what I was thinkin' but I can't find that info in the Mobo manual anywhere.
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If the board operates with 16x/4x configuration then it wouldn't be a good idea to put the higher end card on the 4x slot as it would suffer in performance.

My thought at least.

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That motherboard has an 8x/8x configuration when both slots are populated.
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