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    Comparison of PC's etc

    Looking for a bit of supporting argument/info, been asked to price some replacement PC's and usually gone to out nice Mr Dave at ICT Direct (got the quote thanks guys) but now been asked to get comparable quote for a similar HP PC but new. Any benefit of a new i5 cpu over the previous i5 apart from more threads which we would not use. We are a primary school and most hungry software is CrazyTalk or StopMotionPro animation!
    I also need it to have HDMI out option and been told by a supplier that better to have a plugin adaptor off the rear port for HDMI than an internal card?
    With an internal card giving HDMI I presume that would disable the onboard vga, reason is we usually run a splitter for monitor and projector but now we had HDMI display screen, wondered how I get montor to display image as well.
    Never had problems with my friends at ICT Direct with my other school but this is one of my other schools (but only till summer then I'm off)and she (office manager and ICT governor) usually likes new PC's but I cant see the point if theres not much difference in spec / performance and the price saving is about half as much as new!

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    Can't you just buy a hdmi splitter?

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    The only real benefit is power efficiency if you aren't taxing the hardware. This can be worked out via running costs vs how much you save vs a new machine. Depending on your usage pattern and pricing of the second hand gear it usually goes to the second hand gear unless you are talking about an old school p4 space heater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatelion View Post
    Can't you just buy a hdmi splitter?
    But no hdmi on existing monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechSupp View Post
    With an internal card giving HDMI I presume that would disable the onboard vga
    Some motherboards allow you keep the integrated graphics enabled with a discrete graphics card. For example...



    Quote Originally Posted by TechSupp View Post
    we usually run a splitter for monitor and projector but now we had HDMI display screen, wondered how I get monitor to display image as well.
    Get a graphics card with two (or more) outputs and then put it into clone mode?
    Last edited by Arthur; 11th June 2014 at 08:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Some motherboards allow you keep the integrated graphics enabled with a discrete graphics card. For example...




    Get a graphics card with two (or more) outputs and then put it into clone mode?

    Should work well, we have stations that run 9 monitors off integrated plus discrete GPUs, needed a z series chipset to pull it off though.

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