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Old 04-28-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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Default Dual Monitors

I currently have a Dell Inspiron 530s which made this a small case.
I bought a video card to fit inside there but it only has 1 dvi port.
There is a vga port connected to the motherboard.
Is there any way I can hook up 2 monitors without buying a splitter cable?
Or will i need to break down and buy one anyway?
Please help me out.
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:04 PM   #2
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you will need a splitter
but!
a splitter will not give you another useful monitor
you will double the image on the first screen
and there is no way that i know of to make it any different
as i see it
you only have 2 choices

1: get a 2nd vid card with another DVI port
2: get a better card with 2 DVI ports or 1 DVI and 1 VGA on it
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Default Re: Dual Monitors

I really don't think you can run a dual monitor setup using both the onboard graphics chip and the video card. The integrated graphics is disabled to allow the use of the video card.

You would need a splitter. But the problem with that is you'll have the same screen on each monitor. You wont be able to have different apps running on each screen nor be able to span an image across both screens.
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:18 PM   #4
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oh okay.
well thats a bummer.
Good news is that i was planning on buying a new video card that has 2 dvi slots.
Unfortunately its a small case so I've already moved it to a larger case where the power supply is insufficient to support a new graphics card.
So basically i need to buy a 500 Watt power supply AND the graphics card.
I already have my mind set on
"EVGA 01G-P3-N981-TR GeForce 9800 GT 1GB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card"
for my card.
But do any of you know a good power supply for such a card?
[This computer is used Purely for Gaming]
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:27 PM   #5
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You'll need at least a 400W power supply for the 9800GT.

This would be an excellent choice: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ400SXS 400W
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:07 PM   #6
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Great, thanks!
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:50 PM   #7
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You can just buy another very cheap card to run another monitor. It doesn't have to be the same chipset. I doubt your motherboard has SLI capabilities. Maybe you can buy a cheap PCI card.

Or, just switch the card you have in there with this. It's $29.99 and has dual outputs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161011
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:48 PM   #8
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I would do that but World of Warcraft isn't running as well as i would have liked it to so i plan on getting more of a high end video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...800%20GT%201GB.
And i'll need the power supply regardless because the one i have now is fit for a mini case and slides around in the larger case i moved it to.

But thanks for the money-saving tip.
appreciate it
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:54 PM   #9
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Go for this card instead. It blows that 9800GT out of the water and it doesn't cost much more with free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133270
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:00 PM   #10
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hmm...
okay, what power supply does it require?
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