I am thinking of buying the Dell Vostro 420 with the following specs:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E7500 (2.93GHz, 3M, L2Cache, 1066FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Professional Bonus- Windows XP Professional downgrade
HARD DRIVE 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
MEMORY 3GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHZ - 1x2GB 1x1GB
VIDEO CARD 512MB ATI Radeon™ HD 4350
POWER Supply: 350 Watts
The ATI HD 4350 video card that it comes with sits in the PCIe x16 slot. I understand it supports two discrete monitors. However, I want to add 3 or 4 discreet displays. Since I don't have any free PCIe x16 slots, can I add another video card to one of the two free PCIe x1 slots to add three or four discreet displays to this machine?
I was thinking of this card:
HIS H435F512EP Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express x1 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
I am a newbie when it comes to this sort of stuff. Would this be a fairly simple process? Are there any power supply concerns or compatibility issues I should be aware of? Is it just a simple matter of installing the second video card in the PCIe x1 slot or are there settings I would have to tinker with.
I am not going to be using gaming apps. My primary goal is to have 3 or 4 discreet displays.
I am assuming that I would just install the second HD 4350 PCIe x1 card and that would be it! Since both the cards are the ATI HD 4350 chipset, the drivers already installed for the PCIe x16 slot should recognize the second card, right?