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Old 07-08-2011, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I'm looking to buy this computer:

PACKARD BELL iMedia D3525UK Refurbished Desktop PC at cheap prices | PC World

But I also want two monitors running with it.

I understand I need a decent graphics card in order to do this.
Please could you recommend two monitors, preferably identical and under 140 each, and a graphics card which would be compatible with this computer in order to allow me to use both monitors at the same time.

Thanks so much.
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As long as you have 2 outputs, AVG, HDMI, S-Video or DVI, you can run dual monitors.
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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So I don't need a better graphics card?

Can you recommend good HD monitors please?

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What screen size/resolution are you looking at?
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the computer you linked to has only one vga port. you will need a buy a pci-e video card with dual monitor support. it would be harder to find one that didn't offer dual monitor support than one that did by orders of magnitude.

as far as monitors are concerned, i saw this advertised on the page you linked to HP S2231a 21.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor at cheap prices | PC World

a bit of a slow response time, but will do.
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Alright thanks guys, I'll look into other computers then
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Unless a computer comes with a discreet graphics card you will run into the same problem. And, honestly, you don't need an expensive graphics card to run two monitors. I have a Nvidia 220 in my HTPC in the living room that could run two monitors without a problem. As long as the card has two outputs (DVI, VGA, HDMI, S-video) it can do it.
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