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perfectlyfrank

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I am considering getting an IBM ThinkCentre s50, but I want to install a Matrox G 400 video card and a better sound card. Can this be done?
 
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it has 2 pci slots, so i do believe it is possible with the right cards. I am not certain if some models may have come with 1 pci and 1 pci-e slot, which would be even better.
 

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Thanks for your reply. The reason I asked specifically about the Matrox G 400 card is because it has two
VGA out-puts. i am running CAD software that needs twin screens. I already have the card in my really old machine, so as a senior citizen on a budget, i would like to avoid the expense of getting a new twin output graphics card.

Thanks again
 

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Do the card and the computer meet the system requirements for the CAD software? Generally, that's pretty video-intensive software.
 

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The computer has a 3 gigahertz processor and my G400 Matrox is specifically designed for CAD applications. The IBM m50 Thinkcentre does have one AGP slot, but the case form factor is full-size desktop. The s50 Thinkcentre is a small form factor case with only PCI slots requiring a small form factor dual head PCI graphics card with 3D CAD capability. The s50 also has a 3 gig CPU and costs the same.
I am looking to build a small form factor CAD station that along with two small flat panels I can lug in a suitcase. I have a laptop that i now use with the CAD system, but the screen real estate is just too inadequate. I do topographic mapping with the CAD software, and my clients like to have me do the work at their office. The laptop just doesn't cut it.
Am I chasing moonbeams here?
Thanks for your interest
 
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