AGP and PCI Video together?

I am currently running two screens on a Dell Dimension;{Pentium 4; 3.4GHz; 1Gb Memory} off of one AGP card with a digital and analog output. I need to add one or two more screens. There is a built in Video driver on the mother board (but I don’t think you can run a card and built in together?). As usual, there is only one AGP slot which my current dual output Video card sits.  I do have one or two open PCI slots.

Q: Am I better off using two new PCI cards or can I use both an AGP and PCI together?  I don’t think that I am using the 3D aspects of the cards. I am using the unit for stock trading. Lots of live 2D graphs and data changes, but no pictures, high end graphics etc.

Q2: Am I correct in thinking that I can not use the built in Video along with the AGP card?

Thanks !!
Wes
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Hi wesleys123,

> Q: Am I better off using two new PCI cards or can I use both an AGP
> and PCI together?  I don’t think that I am using the 3D aspects of the
> cards. I am using the unit for stock trading. Lots of live 2D graphs
> and data changes, but no pictures, high end graphics etc.

You should be able to use a PCI and an AGP card at the same time - that's how I used to do it (only two monitors, but both cards at the time only had one output).  


> Q2: Am I correct in thinking that I can not use the built in Video
> along with the AGP card?

Probably - most system boards I've seen disable the onboard graphics when you use an AGP graphics card.  BUT... check your BIOS - it may be possible.

Cheers!

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CallandorCommented:
There is a Matrox Parhelia card which provides 3 video ouputs.  For cost consideration, a dual head AGP and a dual head PCI video card will be more than enough.

Most onboard video does not work with AGP or PCI cards.
meuchelCommented:
yes an agp and a pci would probably work the best
make sure the chips are compatible with the multi-monitor software you are using
example: if you are using nview from nvidia use 2 compatible nvidia video cards
              if you are using Ati's multi monitor feature use 2 compatible ati cards
              if your software is 3rd party make sure is supports both cards

should be nothing to it

good luck!
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davidis99Commented:
This can be done.  I'm currently using a three monitor setup at work, with an ATI Radeon 8500 driving one monitor, and the other two connected to a GeForce FX5200 dual head card.   XP loads both sets of drivers, and XP provides the multimonitor option itself.
davidis99Commented:
BTW - the Radeon card is AGP, the GeForce card PCI.
wesleys123Author Commented:
Thanks All !!
THis was very helpful.
Callandor answered the question first, and Meuchel added to be sure the two cards multi-monitor software is compatable. I would not have thought of that until after the fact. Thanks!
I will add more points and then split between .

What a great site !
Wes
meuchelCommented:
Enjoy the new realestate!
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Strange... I thought I answered first...
wesleys123Author Commented:
Leew,
You are so right, I blew it. :<
I saw callandor's information right after your comments and  thought the comment was his.  Now that I look at it though, I can see that the author is above the comment, not below it.  For some reason, I did get the author and comment correct for Meuchel?
  I sincerely appologize and appreciate you saying something so I don't do this next time.
 is there anything I can do about this now that the question is closed?

Wes
meuchelCommented:
a guy can unaccept the answer?
don't mean to post this in this thread but this has happened to me before and someone was very upset that I got the points they should have got but I didn't know what to do about it.
how does one unaccept?
wesleys123Author Commented:
Thanks for opening up the question again.
I have made the corrections.
Leew: thanks for your quick initial response as well as letting me know of my error.
Callandor; Thanks for the extra effort so that I could make the changes. ]


Wes
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