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    Quote Originally Posted by F_A_L_C_O_N
    Thats may be so but I know exactly what his problem is and the IGP I suggested is a very good way to know exactly what performance (VC wise) will your clients have, since most of the office PCs come with IGP

    And he is not looking for something good that will carry him through 2 years, but something that will help him work out what kind of end product will the clients see.

    Anyway he can install AGP card as well and then switch between the two.
    Sorry mate, took so long typing my reply I missed yours! Yeah a mate at Uni had a Dell with a similar IGP but was left with a spare AGP port and was very happy with it as long as he wasn't playing the newest games.

    It is very unlikely that the IGP would fail, but as long as you get a board with an AGP slot you'll be able to replace it. Thinking realistically, with IGP and an AGP slot you'll be able to use dual monitors. However if dual monitors will be something that you'll need on a day-to-day basis, you might have less hassle if you get a dual monitor AGP card such as the Radeon 7000.
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    ^^ yeah, but how would I get the dual monitor card to simulate the 32MB VC?

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    That Radeon 7000 is a good suggestion, you can even get the LE version which is probably about as fast as typical Intel IGP anyway and as Centurion said, it can come with dual monitor capability

    Anyway if you get IGP board you can always switch between the two cards just so to test your work, then go back to whatever AGP card you are using and work on dual monitor display.

    There is no IGP solution with dual monitor capability for Intel as far as I am aware of.

    BTW Cent I should be sorry, I was too harsh in pushing my point anyway, so definitely np
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    I've been thinking it over... I'll just use an older PC for the compatibility testing. I've done that in the past with my own PCs, but when I move, I'll just have to use my daughter's.

    So now I just want to find a good card for dual monitor set ups. The SAPPHIRE 100582L Radeon 9250 that jankerson recommended doesn't seem to be capable, but I'm not sure how to tell which is best for this sort of thing.

    CenturionStrategy, which Radeon 7000 are you referring to? Newegg has over 20 listed.

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    I'm looking for a card with 2 D-Sub ports, right? DVI is irrelevant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Top

    So now I just want to find a good card for dual monitor set ups. The SAPPHIRE 100582L Radeon 9250 that jankerson recommended doesn't seem to be capable,

    What sort of dual/monitors are you wanting ,the 9250 seems capable.(see attachment)


    http://www.sapphiretech.com/vga/9250.asp {click on "Brochure" )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Top
    I'm looking for a card with 2 D-Sub ports, right? DVI is irrelevant?
    depends if you have analogue or DVi monitors.
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    So now I just want to find a good card for dual monitor set ups. The SAPPHIRE 100582L Radeon 9250 that jankerson recommended doesn't seem to be capable, but I'm not sure how to tell which is best for this sort of thing.

    It will work fine for dual monitors, and it does come with an adapter so you can use 2 analogue monitors.

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    Flash is not as dependant on the videocard as Director (which can use either OpenGL or D3D), so the decision of making a test system is the best one you could do IMO. I myself have a testing system for Flash and webpages on dialup (PIII 500 with a Voodoo3), and it still reflects a typical client's system in some ways .

    With that said, I'd definately recommend the Sapphire 9250, should suit your needs perfectly

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    All of the monitors I'm getting use a D-Sub for a connector.

    Okay, so I get a Sapphire 9250 and plug my primary monitor into the D-Sub, and the second monitor into a D-Sub adapter --> DVI port?

    Does the D-Sub adapter come with the video card or the monitor?

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    It comes with the video card. If not then you can get one for cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Top
    All of the monitors I'm getting use a D-Sub for a connector.

    Okay, so I get a Sapphire 9250 and plug my primary monitor into the D-Sub, and the second monitor into a D-Sub adapter --> DVI port?

    Does the D-Sub adapter come with the video card or the monitor?
    Yeah, that's correct, you can plug both monitors in that way - you can also choose which port is assigned to the primary monitor (in case you get a DVI monitor in the future).

    The adapter should come with the video card, but if it doesn't you can pick them up for a few dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F_A_L_C_O_N

    BTW Cent I should be sorry, I was too harsh in pushing my point anyway, so definitely np
    No worries mate, I was a little sleep-deprived that evening and was a tad slow on the uptake
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