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Upgrading to a Multiple Monitor Computer

I'm one of those guys with just a single monitor computer.

I'd like to add one or two more.

Do I buy a new video card?

Has anyone tried one of those USB adaptors to add a monitor?

Will video speed be a problem with the USB Adaptor?

I have a Dell XPS400 computer. NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE 256MB video card.

Any thoughts will be appreciated,

RJay


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hi Rjay,
i like those Matrox cards if you dont need a high-performance 3D-videocard for gaming.
you can have them for PCI-e or PCI - slots and you can add multiple of them.
and they are professional industrie-standard.

Matrox Graphics - Products - Graphics Cards - P-Series - P690 PCI
Matrox Graphics - Products - Graphics Cards - P-Series - P690 Plus LP PCI

they have NO fans/no noice + Ultra low power consumption: 10.7 watts - ideal for 24/7 systems.
i have not tried something with USB yet - but this should be also OK.
USB-conectors are also used for high-quality external audio+midi-interfaces - so the speed shoudlnt be a problem for charting.

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Nearly every PCI Express video card made has dual DVI connections and will support two monitors. If you want three or four monitors, buy two of the same cards. Five or six monitors, buy three cards. Disable any on-board video if you have it, and make sure you have an available PCI Express x8 or x16 slot in your computer.

You can get two cheap 9500GT's (is what I have) for like $50-60 each. Or if you just need two monitors just buy one.

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Don't you have two connectors on an XPS 400, 1 DVI and 1 VGA ?
If yes, you just need another monitor, that's all...
I didn't try usb video card, I have something like Mike's configuration, 2 old & cheap dual DVI card, 7800GT.
But on a Dell XPS, you can't do that, just 1 pcie x 16 I think.

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My current monitor is a Dell 2007FP 20" ultra sharp digital flat screen.

My first step to a multiple monitor system is to buy two more identical monitors off of ebay. They are new, unopened, originally purchased from Dell.

These monitors were 40% discount off of Dell's list price.

They should arrive next week.

Stay tuned,

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My two new Dell 2007FP screens arrived this week.

Big Mike, you were right, my video card supports two monitors.

I now have two screens up and running.

My computer only has 1 PCIe16 slot. My original video card is in this slot. This limits my options.

I now need either a USB to monitor interface, or a compatable video card for a standard PCI interface to crank up the third screen.

Since all NVIDIA video cards use the same software, I ordered the NVIDIA PCI GeForce 4000 DVI video card off Ebay for $27.00 US. shipping included.

So far, so good!!!

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30 inch monitor will require 2 dvi ports.
Before you buy research the panel type of the monitor its either IPS, PVA, MVA or TN.
I recommend getting a matted screen with either IPS, PVA, MVA panel.

I also don't like integrated graphic cards. It doesn't seem to display the text clear and crisp for some reason.

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30 inch monitor will require 2 dvi ports.

why do you think this?

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i'm running two 30 in monitors each on their own single DVI ports

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I just realized this was in General. Moved to off-topic.

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