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August 28, 2013 10:15:28 AM

I have an hp desktop at my work and two monitors. The motherboard just has one vga slot and no video card but there is an empty pci 16x slot. Also the power supply says max power: 320 watts. Processor is a core 2 duo.

I saw an evga geforce gt 610 for $40 on amazon but it says min power of 300watts so I don't know if that's safe for my setup.

This doesn't need to do any heavy graphics work I just want two independent screens. Price range of $50 or preferably lower. Thanks!
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August 28, 2013 10:27:31 AM

a decent gpu will be a better idea than those external adapters
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August 28, 2013 10:31:30 AM

06yfz450ridr said:
a decent gpu will be a better idea than those external adapters


These are a safer bet as you don't have to worry about an old/tired PSU. Also, I do triple monitors with my laptop using one of these. It works great at 1920x1080. Never had an issue..
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August 28, 2013 11:03:57 AM

I would just go for a cheap graphics card. I've got a Radeon HD4350 that runs only dual monitors. Something cheap like so is fine for productivity.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You'd be fine with that. It uses hardly any power, especially if you are just doing productivity stuff.
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