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Replacement for nvidia geforce 8500GT for dual monitors

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November 19, 2009 12:15:03 PM

I have an hp pavillion D4990Y pc that is about 2 years old. It has a 512MB nvidia geforce 8500 GT video card. I would like to replace it with one that supports dual monitors, as I have 2 hp w2207 monitors that I would like to use together for an extended desktop. I am not a gamer, but would like better than average quality at a decent price.What video card would you recommend? It would be nice to have one that would also additionaly support output to a tv, but I don't know if this is doable.
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a c 147 U Graphics card
November 19, 2009 12:30:14 PM

I thought most 8500GT cards were dual output? I mean some were dual DVI and others DVI and VGA. So you are saying your card only has one output on it?

If you are just looking for dual outputs a 9500GT or HD4350 will probably work just fine for you. Just make sure it has the proper outputs for your needs.

As far as a TV, do you mean an LCD tv or standard CRT TV?
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November 19, 2009 12:58:35 PM

jay2tall said:
I thought most 8500GT cards were dual output? I mean some were dual DVI and others DVI and VGA. So you are saying your card only has one output on it?

If you are just looking for dual outputs a 9500GT or HD4350 will probably work just fine for you. Just make sure it has the proper outputs for your needs.

As far as a TV, do you mean an LCD tv or standard CRT TV?

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I think so, I'll open it up when I get home & check again, I think I may have the DVI &VGA one, and initially remember setting up the monitor using the dvi & a usb cable(? for the sound). Do you think I could connect the 2nd monitor through VGA and leave the first on DVI?

I have an extra lcd tv that I believe can act as a monitor or tv, I'll check on it's connections as well (this one is still in the box).

I believe I only have 1 free slot in the pc, that is why I was looking for a replacement card instead of an additional one.
Thanks for all of your help!
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November 19, 2009 1:38:41 PM

You can use one with the DVI and a second on the VGA. Some people don't like using VGA to LCD's because the image isn't as crisp. If that is an issue I would make sure you get a replacement that has dual DVI.
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November 19, 2009 1:42:02 PM

OK thanks, I guess I'll look for a replacement because image quality is an issue for the digitizing I do.
Thanks -and if Mike Rowe agrees and said so - well that's enough for me.
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November 19, 2009 2:05:48 PM

Haha. Now go buy a FORD!. haha

If you wanted a card with a little more juice you could go for a 4670. Thinking about this again I'd go with a 9500GT or 4650/4670 card.
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November 19, 2009 2:07:51 PM

ok I'll look on tigerdirect now & see what they have. I already drive a FORD (well close as you can get - a mercury!!) ha!
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November 19, 2009 2:14:04 PM

Just make sure you get the DDR3 not the DDR2 version. They make a cheaper version of both the 9500Gt and 4650/4670 cards that use slower DDR2 instead of the DDR3.
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November 19, 2009 2:22:05 PM

Ok - Thanks,I'm just not uptodate on video cards. What sites would you suggest buying from? I'v used tigerdirect & ecost for most of my stuff.
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November 19, 2009 2:38:44 PM

If you are in the US I'd go to Newegg.com. I get all my stuff there. Canada also have Newegg.ca if you are there.
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