What is a decent, low cost graphics card for dual monitor application? [ Resolved ]


The graphics card I am using now is an NVIDIA Corporation GK208 [GeForce GT 710B] (rev a1). I constantly have freeze up issues and run slow. I have tried everything to get this to work properly but nothing has worked. I’d rather just buy a new graphics card.
System and hardware info:
Linux Mint Tara 19 64 bit (cinnamon)
Kernel: Linux 4.15.0-43-generic (x86_64)
Motherboard: MSI H110M PRO-VD


Do you use proprietary divers for the card, or nouveau?


You should explain what you would use that card for (other than a dual monitor setup), what price you would be willing to pay and you should post all your specs.


My video card also is it ( GT 710 Galax ) and in past
also some issues with freezes ( included Ubuntu ).
Well this is a complex problem, because after some months
this issues desappear.Your kernel is recent, and this stay more complex yet.
What manufacturer of your video card ? ( no very relevant this ask ).
My suggestion for you is a card GT 420, however no more strong with games. :new_moon_with_face:


I do not do any gaming at all. I just use the PC for emails, editing photos etc. I always keep the system up to date, including the kernel. I started out using the proprietary drivers but then installed drivers from the Nvidia site. When that didn’t work I tried turning off ACPI while booting. Needless to say, it didn’t work.
The reason I didn’t post all my specs is that I tried everything, and have been through this 100 times in the last year. I don’t want to try to fix it anymore, I just want a basic card that is going to work right out of the box.

Thanks for all the replies.


The ones from the website are the properietary ones, except you used the older versions from the respository, which nobody should use.

I tried to suggest a fitting card, but first I need to know your budget.


I want to stay below $250.00 US.


Used or new? What is acceptable to you?

Also once you are at it, you might as well tell me if you want to get the best for about $240 or if you rather stay way below that, if possible.


Hi Martok

Usually with Linuxment you open the DRIVER MANAGER and install their recommended version i.e 390.

Links show how to do so either from GUI or CLI.

I use a Radeon/ATI DDR3 tech 2GB graphic card in a Dell 7040 with Intel 6th gen & DDR4 tech, to enhance my visual experience. In a Debian stretch installed system, to get full function I had to edit the /etc/initramfs-tools/modules from Intel to Radeon.

  • KMS

  • intel_agp
  • drm
  • i915 modeset=1 for Intel
  • nouveau modeset=1 for Nouveau & nVidia
  • radeon modeset=1 for Radeon



The graphics card is very clearly your computer’s bottleneck.


It works and has improved my Dell visual experience and plus it is better than the recommended card by a Dell rep whom said would do the job, when I phoned the horse’s mouth about this subject.

The newer 8th gen desktop has GTX1080 6GB Nvidia for gaming, but got fed up with Windoze and deleted it, M$, mehhh, tis merde.



Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate all your help


I believe that to be true, I’m just saying that your computer is a little restricted by your GPU. Does not mean you need more. Just informing you, if you ever would want to buy a new PC part, the graphics card should come first. It’s even so old, it still uses DDR3, even your actual RAM is of a newer generation…

My friend is currently setting up his 100% compatability gaming mode on Linux. He will run Windows in a VM on his main Linux OS, but the point is that the VM will use a dedicated graphics card. If you anyone is interested, I might post the results of his setup.


I don’t mind a used on, but I’d rather new if possible.


Okay, I will check some stuff out.


Thank you! Let me know what specs you need for my hardware, if any.


Ah, yes, thanks for reminding. I need all the specs.


Actually my friend, it is due to lack of space between the PSU and Heatsink fan. Otherwise it is a sterling daily driver for every day computing tasks, except gaming.

My friend is currently setting up his 100% compatability gaming mode on Linux. He will run Windows in a VM on his main Linux OS, but the point is that the VM will use a dedicated graphics card. If you anyone is interested, I might post the results of his setup.

I’m not a dedicated gamer, casual at best.

Have tried Steam, once you jump through their Windoze style hoops and install at £xx or $xx per game, buy their Steam controller and all the other rigamarole of Corporate America relieving of as much money as possible to play games on this site.

As much as I like to while away the odd hour for entertainment these days at a screen (age related and poor mobility), I’m from the generation where entertainment and fun, mucking around with your mates outside was non chargeable. Two jumpers for goal posts, game on.

I would semi interested with your mates idea.



Open terminal and run this command

inxi -Fxz


System: Host: Al-PC Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0
Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9 (Gtk 3.22.30-1ubuntu1)
Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara
Machine: Device: desktop System: MSI product: MS-7996 v: 1.0 serial: N/A
Mobo: MSI model: H110M PRO-VD (MS-7996) v: 1.0 serial: N/A
UEFI: American Megatrends v: 2.H0 date: 06/16/2018
Battery hidpp__0: charge: N/A condition: NA/NA Wh
model: Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 status: Discharging

CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7-6700 (-MT-MCP-)
arch: Skylake-S rev.3 cache: 8192 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 27264
clock speeds: max: 4000 MHz 1: 1413 MHz 2: 3498 MHz 3: 3613 MHz
4: 3476 MHz 5: 3571 MHz 6: 3453 MHz 7: 3120 MHz 8: 3180 MHz
Graphics: Card-1: Intel HD Graphics 530 bus-ID: 00:02.0
Card-2: NVIDIA GK208 [GeForce GT 710B] bus-ID: 01:00.0
Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
drivers: modesetting,nvidia,nouveau (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz, 1920x1080@60.00hz
OpenGL: renderer: NV106 version: 4.3 Mesa 18.0.5 Direct Render: Yes
Audio: Card-1 NVIDIA GK208 HDMI/DP Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
Card-2 Intel Sunrise Point-H HD Audio
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-43-generic
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac:
Drives: HDD Total Size: 2508.3GB (3.6% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD20EZRX size: 2000.4GB
ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD5000AAKS size: 500.1GB
ID-3: USB /dev/sdd model: STORE_N_GO size: 7.7GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 1.8T used: 76G (5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-1
ID-2: /boot size: 705M used: 364M (56%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
ID-3: swap-1 size: 8.48GB used: 0.46GB (5%)
fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-2
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 309 Uptime: 1 day Memory: 5416.8/7680.7MB
Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.3.0
Client: Shell (bash 4.4.191) inxi: 2.3.56