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Dual Monitor Question

 
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Sep 14, 2011 03:28 |  #1

So I've been running dual monitors off of my laptop for the past couple years. I love having two monitors, it's awesome. I plan on doing a desktop build next summer, and I had a question relating to that.

How do I run dual monitors off of a desktop? My old desktop's graphics card only had one port for a monitor. If I want to run two monitors on a new setup, do I need two graphics cards?

I feel stupid, so please be gentle


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Sep 14, 2011 03:29 |  #2

You can run two graphics cards but most recent medium quality or better video cards have two outputs these days so it isn't necessary.


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Sep 14, 2011 03:38 |  #3

I see that a lot of them have D-SUB, DVI, and HDMI. Is the idea that you run a monitor off 2 of the 3 ports?


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Sep 14, 2011 03:41 |  #4

Yes, most have two outputs that are directed through the 3 or 4 ports on the card. It might have DisplayPort (external link) rather than HDMI too. Often you can use a DisplayPort to DVI converter or one is included in the box.


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Sep 14, 2011 03:43 |  #5

Thanks for the quick help


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Sep 17, 2011 20:58 |  #6

If your monitor doesn't have Display port input you don't need the output in the video card...I'm running my Viewsonic VP2365wb with the DVI output, and Samsung HDTV off the HDMI output, out of my very low end ATI 5450 with no problems...the tiny fan only kicks on when I open photoshop.


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