I am looking for a new computer and am keen to use 2 monitors for my graphics work. I would want to use a single desktop spread across 2 screens. I have a 32Mb NVidia Geefoce 2 GTS in a PCI bus in my old computer.
The computer being offered by the Staff Home computing Initiative has 256Mb NVidia GF FX 5500 video card. It doesn't say if in PCI or AGP slot, but my guess is the former? They didn't seem to know what a dual head card was, but my impression was this card is not one.
Can anyone tell me: Is the nVidia GFFX5500 card dual head, or able to run 2 monitors? If not, can I put the older video card into the new computer and use it to run a 2nd monitor? If yes, can you run the same desktop across 2 screens when using 2 video cards?
Is the Quadro card good enough to "play the latest games" eg Halflife 2?
The spec on the computer I am being offered says only one AGP slot which presumably already has the graphics card in it. Therefore a second graphics card would need to go into a PCI slot? I have read that having one in an AGP slot and one in a PCI slot is a non-starter, but your link to Matrox seems to suggest this might still work?