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Looking to use Dual Screens, Need a new graphics Card?


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#1 qwert7

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:32 PM

Here is the lowdown, I am using this computer, my only upgrade so far is I have 3 GB of ram put in it. I have decided that I want to run dual monitors as I have an extra monitor sitting around and I think it would be cool. Unfortunately my computer only has one VGA port and no DVI ports. By doing some research it appears I would need to buy a new graphics card in order to add additional ports so that I can run dual screens. Does anyone have a suggestion as to a graphics card that would be good / an improvement over the stock one? I pretty much just ask that it has dual VGA ports and is on the cheaper side.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:53 PM

is either of the monitors your using have DVI capable? it is very difficult to find a video card with dual VGA hookups anymore. This beast here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102838 or this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102844 however, have one VGA native, and one DVI. You can purchase a DVI to VGA adaptor for 5-6 dollars extra. their both solid cards that will more then exceed your needs unless you plan on doing a lot of excess gaming, and both should be compatible with your computer. If you plan on doing any gaming, I would recomend a better card and a new power supply. A better power supply might be a good idea anyway, 300 watts is pretty weak by todays standards, especially as far as video cards are concerned. It is extremely hard to find a video card that won't task that PSU, these included, their minimum power requirement is a 300 watt PSU, and thats hoping its not under full load.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 12:09 AM

is either of the monitors your using have DVI capable? it is very difficult to find a video card with dual VGA hookups anymore. This beast here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102838 or this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102844 however, have one VGA native, and one DVI. You can purchase a DVI to VGA adaptor for 5-6 dollars extra. their both solid cards that will more then exceed your needs unless you plan on doing a lot of excess gaming, and both should be compatible with your computer. If you plan on doing any gaming, I would recomend a better card and a new power supply. A better power supply might be a good idea anyway, 300 watts is pretty weak by todays standards, especially as far as video cards are concerned. It is extremely hard to find a video card that won't task that PSU, these included, their minimum power requirement is a 300 watt PSU, and thats hoping its not under full load.


Thank you for the advice :thumbsup: I will look into these cards. I already have a converter from somewhere so that won't be too much of an issue. I will look into getting a new power supply as well.




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