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November 23, 2008 2:41:47 PM

I want to connect two 24" LCD monitors to my desktop PC using two HDMI or DVI cables.

My mini tower PC (BTX cabinet?) is about 6-months old. It has a 2.2 GHz Intel duo core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and runs XP Pro. Its Intel mini ATX MoBo has an on-board GPU which will be disabled when I plug a new graphics card into its PCI Express X16 slot.

After looking at ATI, Nvidia, and Matrox graphics cards, other than realizing that my 300W power supply will probably be inadequate, I'm confused. There are a LOT of graphics cards out there, not to mention the third-party companies that use parts from the aforementioned three. Every one of them has like fifty cards!

The new 24" monitors will go side-by-side on my desk. I'd like for both to serve as either PC monitors or TVs, so they will have internal ATSC tuners. Two monitors, two TVs, or one of each. Right now I'm leaning towards Samsung.

Using the PC as a TV video recorder would be nice, but not mandatory. I'm not a gamer. Office applications, web surfing, and occasional graphics editing are my main apps. I don't have cable or satellite service so the TV's will display overair broadcasts and movie DVD's, hopefully in 1080p HDTV.

So I began seeking a graphics card with two HDMI outputs, and maybe a TV tuner. No such luck. I can't even find a card with two HDMI outputs. There are cards with outputs that seem to convert to double DVI or HDMI, with an adapter. And of course I want it to be whisper quiet.


If I can't get a graphics card with an ATSC TV tuner and dual HDMI outputs, then maybe I'll add a TV tuner card later, or not.


Can anyone recommend a graphics card with DVI or HDMI outputs to drive two 24" monitors? And how important is memory on the card? Thank you for your help.

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November 23, 2008 2:59:21 PM

if you're not a gamer, then you won't have to spend much money, and probably won't have to change your psu. and if you wanna be able to record tv, ATI makes the perfect card for you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
it's a little expensive, but it's a quite capable card. it has an ATSC tuner, and it's actually capable of light gaming. the card has one HDMI out and one DVI out, but that shouldn't be a problem.
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November 23, 2008 4:14:04 PM

Actully since you need dual out, then the AIW won't work, although it's a nice enough card for the job otherwise.

IMO it's best to separate the tuner and graphics card anyways so you can upgrade one or the other without having to upgrade both.

I would say get the HD4650 and then a TV wonder 650 (although if all you want is ATSC even the 600 or Theatre 550Pro will work [although the 550 has trouble with VIsta like all older tuners]). Hauppauge and others are good (I've owned both currently use Hauppauge 1500 for portability), but it's good to keep things one driver group.

I would recommend a passive cooler for your noise issues, as such I would recommend these two if you have access to NewEgg or else something similar from other suppliers;

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

I prefer the HIS' design since it let's the heat go to the other side of the card making it easier to remove. I also prefer HIS quality over Powercolor/Colourpower.

And then I would recommend this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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