Building i7 pc with 2 monitors off 1 card - card up to snuff?

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cappaj1 Posted: Sat, Apr 18 2009 12:03 AM

I'm building an Intel i7 PC for Hi Def video editing across two 24" Asus lcd monitors and want to use an Asus HD 4870 512kb video card which has two dvi outs.

Games are NOT  important!  If the 4870 isn't good enough, what's a good video card with dual dvi outputs that will drive two 24" monitors side by side configured as one large desktop?  I want to keep the cost of the video card around $160 or less.

The system has 12 gigs ddr3 memory, Vista Home premium 64 bit, 750gb Seagate 7200 rpm 3ms Barracuda hard drive, Asus P6T motherboard, 750 watt Corsair power supply, Antec mid tower atx case, LG blue ray burner drive, intel i7 920 2.66 GHz processor, Zellman cpu cooler, and internal card reader with front panel firewire, us 2.0, and eSata ports on it.

The video card I want is an Asus HD 4870 512k card with two DVI outputs for ~$150 after rebates.  Will this drive the two 24" lcd monitors at their highest resolution of 1920 x 1200 each so that I can pan across both as one large desktop? 

For software I'm on a limited budget so Ill probably use Adobe Premier Elements..  Video footage will be from a HD mini DV tapes in the HDV format at 1080i resolution.

Thanks in advance for any help and/or suggestions.

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The 4870 will be plenty for driving the two monitors. If you are not a gamer at all you really don't need a 4870. The cheapest Asus GPU that will drive both those monitors is a 4830, but if you are not sold to the Asus brand then there are even cheaper ones. Take a look at newegg.com for 4000 or 3000 cards that have 2 DVI ports. Any of those should be fine. Same with the Nvidia side. Look for 200, 9000, or 8000 cards.

 

Here is the link to the Asus 4830.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121289

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nelsoncp21 replied on Sat, Apr 18 2009 10:01 AM

I am not a video editor but I think 2x 1920x1200 monitors for high def video editing couldn't hurt haveing the 1GB version of the 4870. Bob aren't you the 1 who suggested that to me back when I got my cards?

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cappaj1 replied on Sat, Apr 18 2009 8:49 PM

What do you think of a 1GB version of the 4830 like this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127424

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Riks replied on Sat, Apr 18 2009 11:21 PM

yeah that card will do fine, i was running dual 19" with a geforce 6200

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