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Old 10-03-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Three monitors; opinions needed

I'm currently rocking a dual-display set up, and I'm seriously contemplating adding a third. The only problem is I have a Dell Studio system, so I'm stuck with their 350w psu and an Nvidia gt220, which has three display outputs but only supports dual display. Plus I only have one PCI Express slot.

My question is: If I purchased a very low-end PCI graphics card -- such as a Geforce 5200, etcetera -- would it fry my psu? I've read that the 5200 only consumes around 15w, so I may be able to run both cards together, though I admit it'll be a squeeze.

If another card would burden my psu, the only other option would be one of those USB to DVI adapters, and I don't know if I want to risk one.

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Q8300 (stock speeds)
8GB DDR2 800mhz (again, stock)
Nvidia GT220
Onboard sound card

Any response would be much appreciated.

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Old 10-03-2009, 05:20 PM   #2
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Correct me if im wrong but i think that 350W could do it. idk, if its in your budget you may want to get a better PSU.
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:45 AM   #3
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Adding a PCI video card should have very little effect on your current PSU, even though it is only low wattage. A USB to DVI adapter is going to draw power as well, probably not quite as much but not sure how reliable they are (never used one). USB ports draw 5V.
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just had a thought. would a DVI splitter work?
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just had a thought. would a DVI splitter work?
No, typically, those will just output the same thing to both monitors connectect to it.
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i would go with the PCI option
why dont you measure your PSU and see if you couldnt find a bigger one somewhere
then you wont have that concern
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:50 PM   #7
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Default Re: Three monitors; opinions needed

http://www.amazon.com/PNY-VCG84512SP...4768189&sr=8-1
Here's a video card I just bought for the exact same reason (third monitor)

http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfil...ct1509cd12.pdf
here's the rebate

I know PCI cards take less power than Express..
I know being a secondary card makes video cards take less power
I know that Gs is the weakest class of video cards (less power)

But I don't have the actual numbers.
Personally I'm just going to throw mine in and not worry about it.
Because I think I have a 250 Watt PSU And don't want to think too hard about it.
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balls to the wall can hurt when the dodge ball nails them
just be sure you have everything covered
like an extra PSU just incase
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wrong rebate... this one
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/image...230196909_.pdf
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