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#1 billiards2468

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:29 AM

I grabbed an HP desktop with HP 2159m HD monitor.
I am currently using white screw cable (dvi d to dvi d ????)
I'm also running an old dell monitor with blue VGA cable.

how can I connect another HD monitor or possibly VGA???

or should I just replace the dell vga with an awesome monitor and plug vga for now??? Prefer hd tho.
no more ports for monitors.....

hp 2159m currently has available vga and and hdmi slot, can I link it that way?

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 01:44 PM

To connect 3 monitors, you'll need 2 video cards (PCIEx preferred).
At least one card has to have 2 video outputs.
As for cables, in theory, DVI (as digital) should give you better picture quality, but I have two identical monitors connected to one PC, one using DVI (expensive cable, ~$50), one using VGA and I can't see any difference in quality.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:55 PM

ok thanks that's helpful

how much approximately for the video card
and installation?

Is 15 pin d-sub same as VGA by chance?
What if specs just say 'd-sub'?

and dvi d is 'better'????

no such thing as a 'splitter' for this stuff??? Bah.
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 03:06 PM

You can get decent video card for about 50 bucks.
You can easily install video card by yourself.
As for two video cards, it depends how many and what type of slots you have available on your motherboard.

15 pin d-sub is another name for VGA.

Splitter won't work, because you'll get very same picture on both monitors. The point of having dual monitor is to have different windows open on each monitor.

I already commented on DVI vs. VGA quality.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 09:20 AM

I thank you, your assistance is much appreciated.

Sorry for horrid format and grammar, I'm on phone net.

Take care for now and always.

Edited by billiards2468, 21 January 2010 - 09:22 AM.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:53 AM

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:55 AM

update: (and the reasoning behind my last posts)

I got the new monitor (lg 2343t) and hooked it up.

wouldn't mind getting more in the future, as I believe I have more slots.

hp a6702f with no enhancements

recommend awesome video card for supporting 2 more monitors?
in mean time I will connect 1 to each when I get new card.

my main issue is gpu temp hovering around 94c even when not doing anything.
(monitored by speedfan)
fan itself was around 4600 rpm before cleaning, now around 2000.
p.s. I do not want to upgrade my power supply simply to accommodate a new video card.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:10 AM

my main issue is gpu temp hovering around 94c even when not doing anything.

When was the last time, you cleaned inside the case?

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:28 PM

yesterday...

hasn't spun up since but I still don't like the high temp.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 07:05 PM

You sure, all fans are running?
What is CPU temperature?
What's your power supply wattage?

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 01:01 AM

power supply should be 300w

cpu temp around 58c.

other temps 49c and 59c.
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 01:05 AM

cpu temp around 58c.

This is hot. Something wrong there.
I'm not sure what though.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 01:54 AM

What kind of processor do you have? Mine usually hovers at around 55c while doing nothing and it goes up to 65c while gaming. Intel Quad Core Q6600.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:56 AM

AMD Phenom 8550 x3


will post more temps in 6hrs monitored by speedfan...
sorry not @ home a lot...
will grab new video card... Looking @ this one:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?d...cid=VDC.243.390

any thoughts?
stock on others are dwindling.......
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:58 AM

If you have a digital camera can you take pictures of your computer insides with the side panel off so we can see your wiring and setup?




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