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Posted: 4/2/2006 9:27:55 PM EDT
What do you all recommend?

TIA!
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 9:55:53 PM EDT

What is your objective? Do you want two matching displays side by side (an extended desktop) or do you want to have a main display and a secondary display, where the absolute performance stats for the secondary display are less important?

In the first case, perhaps you want to have a widescreen view for a FPS game. In the second case, perhaps you're going to have a manual open in the second monitor, and do your programming and testing on the main monitor. Or perhaps you'd have stock tickers and a clock in the secondary monitor.

What computer and/or motherboard model do you have? What video card is currently installed?
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 10:21:50 PM EDT
$200???

I just got an extra PCI card for ~40 bucks, if I remember right. Works great!

19" for main monitor - 17" for pallettes - and DVDs.
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 10:30:24 PM EDT
Almost any recent agp or pci-e card supports dual monitor setups. You might want to check what you currently have in your box. if you have a dvi output and an analog out put you can always get a dvi to analog adapter and run a dual monitor setup off of that.
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 10:31:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:
What is your objective? Do you want two matching displays side by side (an extended desktop) or do you want to have a main display and a secondary display, where the absolute performance stats for the secondary display are less important?

In the first case, perhaps you want to have a widescreen view for a FPS game. In the second case, perhaps you're going to have a manual open in the second monitor, and do your programming and testing on the main monitor. Or perhaps you'd have stock tickers and a clock in the secondary monitor.

What computer and/or motherboard model do you have? What video card is currently installed?


wow, you missed the mark.

Unless he has 2 DVI monitors he won't lose any quality on the second screen getting a bargain vcard.

It doesn't matter what computer/motherboard he has, just get a card with dvi + dsub that comes with a dvi -> dsub adapter or whatever card supports your monitor inputs.

It doesn't matter which dual screen mode you want to use because all modern drivers support all modes.

Link Posted: 4/2/2006 10:38:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:
What is your objective? Do you want two matching displays side by side (an extended desktop) or do you want to have a main display and a secondary display, where the absolute performance stats for the secondary display are less important?

In the first case, perhaps you want to have a widescreen view for a FPS game. In the second case, perhaps you're going to have a manual open in the second monitor, and do your programming and testing on the main monitor. Or perhaps you'd have stock tickers and a clock in the secondary monitor.

What computer and/or motherboard model do you have? What video card is currently installed?




I aquired a second LCD monitor today. Just want to hook it up so our desktop is twice as big.

No idea on the mother board, or Video card. Just know the card is part of the mother board.
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 11:00:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mjrowley:

Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:
What is your objective? Do you want two matching displays side by side (an extended desktop) or do you want to have a main display and a secondary display, where the absolute performance stats for the secondary display are less important?

In the first case, perhaps you want to have a widescreen view for a FPS game. In the second case, perhaps you're going to have a manual open in the second monitor, and do your programming and testing on the main monitor. Or perhaps you'd have stock tickers and a clock in the secondary monitor.

What computer and/or motherboard model do you have? What video card is currently installed?



im am very interested in why you are doing this, what are the benefits? what would it look like?
I aquired a second LCD monitor today. Just want to hook it up so our desktop is twice as big.

No idea on the mother board, or Video card. Just know the card is part of the mother board.

Link Posted: 4/2/2006 11:06:47 PM EDT
Find an ATI Radeon card that meets your price requirements. Most AGP cards will be one DVI and one
VGA. Some of the newer PCI-E cards will have dual DVI's. Matrox has some dual head cards, but they're
getting pretty long in the tooth.

I picked up a refurb X800 Pro for $200 a while back.

Sam
Link Posted: 4/2/2006 11:31:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By StarAtari:

Originally Posted By KS_Physicist:
What is your objective? Do you want two matching displays side by side (an extended desktop) or do you want to have a main display and a secondary display, where the absolute performance stats for the secondary display are less important?

In the first case, perhaps you want to have a widescreen view for a FPS game. In the second case, perhaps you're going to have a manual open in the second monitor, and do your programming and testing on the main monitor. Or perhaps you'd have stock tickers and a clock in the secondary monitor.

What computer and/or motherboard model do you have? What video card is currently installed?


wow, you missed the mark.

Unless he has 2 DVI monitors he won't lose any quality on the second screen getting a bargain vcard.

It doesn't matter what computer/motherboard he has, just get a card with dvi + dsub that comes with a dvi -> dsub adapter or whatever card supports your monitor inputs.

It doesn't matter which dual screen mode you want to use because all modern drivers support all modes.




It's hard to imagine how two widely mismatched video cards would be able to perform to full potential while driving two individual monitors as a single desktop for a graphics intensive game.

Jim
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 6:24:28 AM EDT
are DVI monitors the new ones?

Ours have the standard plug in on the back, VGA?
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:13:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 7:24:28 AM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]
Are you wanting to use both monitors for high-end gaming? If not, get an old PCI video card and stick it into your system. PCs can support multiple video cards. If you have a friend who is into PCs, they probably have an old card they'd give you. Or you can buy one online for about $10-15.

You say your current video adapter is built into your motherboard? Does your PC have a free AGP slot? If so, can it use the on-board video and the AGP slot at the same time? If you can, get an AGP card of whatever power you prefer, and use it as your main card while using the on-board video as your secondary, assuming your on-board video isn't super-high-end.

ETA: VGA on top. DVI on bottom.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:23:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mjrowley:
are DVI monitors the new ones?

Ours have the standard plug in on the back, VGA?



DVI is a digital interface. It's used by the better LCD monitors to keep the signal pure digital all the way to the display.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:39:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:

Originally Posted By mjrowley:
are DVI monitors the new ones?

Ours have the standard plug in on the back, VGA?



DVI is a digital interface. It's used by the better LCD monitors to keep the signal pure digital all the way to the display.



looks like one of the monitors has the DVI and VGA.
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Link Posted: 4/3/2006 1:15:10 PM EDT
I found this one at Best Buy, ATI Radeon X1300 PRO for $149.00. What do you think?
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 1:52:04 PM EDT
Any add in Video card will work in your case todo 2 monitors(I am running 6). Find out what type of slots you have left to use in the machines(White are PCI slots which is mostlikely the best option)

But to make this smooth, make sure your add on card is the same brand chip or close to your original card.(As in Nividia, use GeForce type cars) ATI, use an Radeon add on card. I would just buy a Dual head card to save your self the problems and disable your original.

Makers of Dual heads are plenty these days for under $100 easily:

Nividia And Matrox Comes to mind as the most easily accessible.


Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:01:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Timanator:
Any add in Video card will work in your case todo 2 monitors(I am running 6). Find out what type of slots you have left to use in the machines(White are PCI slots which is mostlikely the best option)

But to make this smooth, make sure your add on card is the same brand chip or close to your original card.(As in Nividia, use GeForce type cars) ATI, use an Radeon add on card. I would just buy a Dual head card to save your self the problems and disable your original.

Makers of Dual heads are plenty these days for under $100 easily:

Nividia And Matrox Comes to mind as the most easily accessible.





i am out of PCI slots, have to use the APG Slot.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 7:24:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/3/2006 7:24:47 PM EDT by 3rdpig]
A good dual head card right now that's got some real power and is a good "bang for your buck" is the nVidia 6600GT board. They can be found for $150 and under. Someone, possibly Tigerdirect had them forj $99 after a rebate. Don't get the non GT board, they're a dog.
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