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Old 12-25-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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Hey so i was wondering as i can't run duel monitors with my current graphics card (ATI Raedon 3000 Integrated) I was wondering if it is possible to install another graphics card with the integrated graphics card so i can use duel screen monitors, it doesn't need to be of good quality just need to run 2 seperate screens, is this possible? if not whats the cheapest way to run duel screen monitors with my situation.

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Old 12-26-2013, 05:15 AM   #2
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You cannot run a monitor off integrated and dedicated graphics cards. You have to run them both off the dedicated graphics card or get a cable and run two off the integrated graphics.
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If i get a cable to run both of my integrated graphics card can i still display two different things on both monitors?
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Depending on the type of cable you get but I'd go with a dedicated card. What's the specs of your machine?
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Time of this report: 12/26/2013, 12:52:35
Machine name: DAN-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532)
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These days the main two makers nVidia and AMD have almost all of their cards supporting multimonitor setups.

All you have to do is check the back of the card and see more than one monitor output. No need to have them both of the same type.

Just get the cheapest card you find. Like for example Geforce GT 610. You can find it for like 45$ USD.

This is what I know. There could be another way the experts could suggest.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:06 AM   #7
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These days the main two makers nVidia and AMD have almost all of their cards supporting multimonitor setups.

All you have to do is check the back of the card and see more than one monitor output. No need to have them both of the same type.

Just get the cheapest card you find. Like for example Geforce GT 610. You can find it for like 45$ USD.

This is what I know. There could be another way the experts could suggest.
tyvm for helping, so can i get this graphics card and install it without needing anything else with it then just plug my monitors in and play?
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You're welcome.

You will need a free PCI-E slot to install the card (I'm not familiar with AMD motherboards so you'll have to check the manual) and an extra monitor cable of course for the second monitor.

In worst cases you can find conversion cables or adapters easily so practically you can use any kinda cable and I recommend staying away from the old standard VGA cable. If you already have cables, find a video card that supports them natively or if you don't, check the available ports on the chosen video card and buy the cables accordingly.
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Thank you a lot for the help Smart_Guy and BK_123 i got the GeForce GT 610 as you recommended and a DVI cable now i just need to receive and install my graphics card, that thankfully my motherboard has an extra PCI-E slot for.
All i need to do now is watch some videos because ive never modified a computer before and i don't want to mess it up :P Thank you both so much!

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Cool. You're welcome Dan.

8X PCI-E slots will work okay for this card since is has a very low bandwidth. I believe even 4X will do just fine.

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