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Windows 7: I need two extra monitors.. Board fix

30 Jan 2010   #1
BAMADOOD

WINDOWS 7
 
 
I need two extra monitors.. Board fix

I got a Dell Inspiron 537 ...One day old !! What do I gotta do as far as video boards go ? Thanks Ya'll in advance..


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31 Jan 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Sounds like you need another video card that will support dual-monitors.

What is your budget? Why do you need the monitors? Will you be gaming, or surfing the web?
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31 Jan 2010   #3
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Are you needing 3 screens, since you say 2 extra monitors?
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31 Jan 2010   #4
BAMADOOD

WINDOWS 7
 
 
Need 3 monitors total

Stock daytrading..running charts, data windows etc...funds up to $400.00
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31 Jan 2010   #5
ccatlett1984

 

Well adding an extra video card will disable your onboard video, I suggest one of the new ATI video cards that can control 3 monitors.

Something like this:
XFX Radeon HD 5770 Graphics adapter - 1 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM


One of your monitors needs to use mini-hdmi or you will have to get an adapter.
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31 Jan 2010   #6
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ccatlett1984 View Post
Well adding an extra video card will disable your onboard video, I suggest one of the new ATI video cards that can control 3 monitors.

Something like this:
XFX Radeon HD 5770 Graphics adapter - 1 GB - GDDR5 SDRAM


One of your monitors needs to use mini-hdmi or you will have to get an adapter.
That is not necessarily correct. I have used both discreet and onboard graphics simultaneously, in a dual-monitor setup.

It did not work as well as I would have liked, but I attribute that to the fact that I had ATI onboard and nVidia discreet; totally incompatible.
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31 Jan 2010   #7
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BAMADOOD View Post
I got a Dell Inspiron 537 ...One day old !! What do I gotta do as far as video boards go ? Thanks Ya'll in advance..
Your Inspiron 537s has a single PCI-E X16 slot. The bad news is that it only supports half-height cards. I think that none of the Radeon 5xxx series, which support more than 2 monitors from a single card, are available in half-height yet.

(Actually, the multiple-monitor feature of the 5000 series may require use of the DisplayPort output. DisplayPort monitors exist, but they're not the norm.)

I expect that the other posters are correct about not being able to run the onboard graphics and an add-on card at the same time, but I'm not certain.

I think you'll need two cards: a PCI-E X16 one, and a PCI one, both low-profile. Win7 is supposed to permit multiple drivers to be installed at once, but I'd probably prefer to stay with a single manufacturer.

Example: the ATI Radeon 4350 is available as a low-profile card in both PCI-E and PCI variants. (www.newegg.com). You'll be shocked at how expensive the PCI version is, compared to the PCI-E one. I haven't used it, but I suggest it as a low-end card from the latest generation that is available in half-height.

Hanging a bunch of stuff on a small form factor PC like this may not be the best idea, but you may be able to do it if necessary.
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31 Jan 2010   #8
BAMADOOD

WINDOWS 7
 
 

Many thanks Ya'll..I should have done my homework first.. Anyone wanna buy a three day old box never used ??
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31 Jan 2010   #9
ccatlett1984

 

Three days old, you should be able to exchange it. Just call dell up and tell them what you want, or try selling on the local craigslist.
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31 Jan 2010   #10
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I wonder where "BAMADOOD" acquired the 537s? it's no longer for sale at www.dell.com. It may have been a Dell Outlet item, although they have no others for sale there at the moment.

It looks like a pretty nice system, within its SFF limitations.
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