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    Which GFX card for dual monitors

    Hi Guys,

    Just wondering which gfx card you are all using to run dual displays. my desktop just isn't big enough anymore!

    It will be running in a Dell Optiplex 745 so needs to be pci-e x16 and pref VGA outs to dvi as I don't have any dvi cables / adapters lying around.

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    Depends, do you want to be playing games etc, or have an interest in CAD?

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    Its purely for extending my desktop. No need for games or CAD.

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    Ideally needs to be < 35

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    Any dual head card with two dvi outputs should work, I did have issues with a radeon card though.

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    i presume dual head cards with 2 x vga is also fine. Although, you are hard pushed to find them these days. Gotta have a dig around for some dvi > vga adapters

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    hmm, a lot of the nvidia cards are 1 x dvi and 1 x vga. I presume this isn't important. A lot of them seem to be pci-e 2.0. Can they still be used in a 1.0 slot but just with less bandwidth?

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    Can they still be used in a 1.0 slot but just with less bandwidth?
    Mostly a couple of VIA chipsets seem to have problems but on the whole its fully backwards compatible.

    hmm, a lot of the nvidia cards are 1 x dvi and 1 x vga
    As long as the DVI is a DVI-I you can use it with an adaptor, alot of cards will come with an adaptor.

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    For what you want anything with 2 outputs will work, on my very old work desktop I am using a Radeon 7500 with two TFTs at 1280x1024 each without any problems at all.

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    I don't suppose that machine has an agp slot does it?

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    I think I need to get a half height card as anything else isn't going to fit in the Optixplex 745 case. :/

    Any suggestions?

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    Does it have an ago slot as well?

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    Doesn't look like it, no

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    The G550 comes in a low profile version.

    Matrox Millennium G550 LP PCIe - graphics adapter - MGA G550 - 32 MB

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    Hi m1ddy

    We can get you a Sapphire HD2400 Pro card. Its PCI-Express x16, 256Mb, has VGA & DVI-I and a low profile bracket. I can get this for you for 22.00+VAT and then you need a DVI to VGA convertor which we have in stock for 4.00+VAT

    Is this is any use to you then let me know

    Regards

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