The way to (cheap) multiple displays

Trying to build a 4-VGA system with flexibility/future expandability.

Cheap PCI-E cards that do the job are $20-30. They usually come with HDMI+DVI+VGA and can do hardware accel x264.

Just popped by Fry’s and saw that PCI 8400GS is $60. The PCI-E version was like $40. Don’t think I should be obligated to get the same GPU (just same drivers) but it would be nice. That makes a $100 2 VGA 2 DVI-I 2 HDMI system.

If I wanted to step down the PCI card I could get a MX4000 for $30. It would probably do its job but stepping down that much for 30 bucks .. I’m torn between the choices.

PCIE+PCI or PCI+PCI seems like a better/more flexible solution than 2xPCIE or anything that depends on motherboard output.

That being said, the motherboard shouldn’t have integrated video (it’d be a waste.) It can be full ATX or mATX because I plan to have an ATX case for it anyways. Guess that’s making me lean towards the nForce4M-A with AMD X2 4200.

I have a PCI-E 7600gt already but it’s kinda borked. The device works but the image comes out really strange. I guess I should try the bake trick to “restore” it. It’d be uncomfortable having an unstable device at work though…. if it ever doesn’t work I’d be screwed for the day. Hrm.

AMD X2 4200+
ECS nForce4M-A
Ultra Wizard?
Maxtor 500gb
4x2gb ddr2-800
pci-e nvidia with 2 analog 1 digital (7600gt or 8400gs or gf210?)
pci nvidia with 2 analog 1 digital (8400gs $60? mx4000 $30 but -1 output?)
Ubuntu 10.04, nvidia restricted drivers, xorg.conf for multihead

which means i need another mobo/cpu to replace these 2 that are in use already..? put asus motherboard back to phenom ii system and put gigabyte+le1640?

refresh the list now:

Original:
ECS NForce4M-A + AMD X2 4200+
Gigabyte MA74GM-S2 + AMD 4850e
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 + AMD LE-1640
Asus M3N78-VM + AMD Phenom II X2 550
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 + AMD Sempron 140
Asus Crosshair II Formula + AMD X2 6000+

Now:
ECS NForce4M-A + AMD X2 6000+ (work multi-display multi-head)
Asus M3N78-VM + AMD Phenom II X2 550 + tuner (me)
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 + AMD X2 4200+ (dad)
Gigabyte MA74GM-S2 + AMD Sempron 140 + ATI HD4350 + tuner (HTPC)
MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 + AMD X2 4850e (sister)
Asus Crosshair II Formula (Sell)
AMD LE-1640 (extra)

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