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What do I need for a Three monitor setup on a small form factor (low profile PC)? Please help!

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February 25, 2014 3:40:02 PM

Hi, I'm sorry I'm so clueless on this. I have looked online for hours to get an idea of what I need, but just can't figure it out.

I have an older HP slim profile desktop tower running Windows 7 64-bit. Intel Core Duo (2) 3.00 ghz, 4GB of ram. (pretty good for an old small form factor) That means I need to get a low profile graphics card the will fit the small form factor opening on the back. I have three slots available.

I have a 2010 LG E2250V 22" LED monitor with VGA and DVI.

I just bought a newer LG 27EA33V 27" IPS Panel with HDMI

I bought a triple desk mount. I was going to have the 27" in the middle and then two 22" monitors on the side, possible in portrait mode.

I was about to buy another older LG 22" like mine, just so it would match. I wanted to get some opinions first on the setup, in case I have to buy a monitor instead that actually has HDMI ports.

So my question is, along with what I should do for the third monitor, is what graphics/video card do I need?

I found myself looking at a $300 GeForce (670 I believe)... and came to my senses and realize I probably don't need a GAMING card. I do not game. I do market research on multiple web browsers at a time. I will also probably have my security feed from my home security camera on part of one. That doesn't require a ton of video power I imagine.

I believe I actually have a couple of geforce 8400 and 9500, I have to look again to see if they are small form factor. I know these are your cheapest cards, but is that all I really need? Would I be fine with two simple cards instead of a premium one like the expensive geforce?

PLEASE let me know what you would do, and what cards I should get. Please let me know which cards you would get. Is running three monitors on one card too much? Which two low profile cards should I get instead?

I appreciate the help greatly.


February 25, 2014 3:43:18 PM

My current monitor is plugged into a VGA source in some cheap graphics card that is in my computer. I'm not sure if I could leave it like that and if it would work at the same time as another card that could have an HDMI and another vga or dvi slot. That would only mean I need one other card. Will these work together?
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February 28, 2014 4:53:42 AM

Well, first off, dvi isn't worse than hdmi, many actually prefer it.

I recommend you get a nvidia gtx 750 ti.

I think you could also live with a 2gb gt 640 if you only like run word documents.

The most important things are to make sure it has 3 connectors you can use (don't mistake display port for hdmi) and it fits in the type of PCI slot you have.

The 640 2gb runs about 90 dollars and the 750ti is about 150.
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February 28, 2014 8:22:10 AM

Those ^ cards are overkill for just displaying stuff on multiple monitors, just about any card made in the last 10 years can run three monitors for non-gaming purposes. I'm also guessing your power supply is in the low to mid 200 watt range so you'll need a low power card.

What is your exact computer model? If your computer will fit the cards you have, you can use them just fine.

This will work for you http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

If you want an option to do a little bit of light low gaming of non-demanding games http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 5, 2014 9:11:35 AM

Hey, be sure your power supply is rated for the correct wattage. Most high end cards require a power supply of at least 500 watts and 30 amps. If not if you plug into it your system will tell you to plug in you video card.
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