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I need a graphics card that will support 3 monitors

All, apologies for the newbie question. I have a HP6210F and need to be able to use upto 3 monitors. The HP6210F has a "NVIDIA GeForce 9100 Graphics with 256MB integrated shared graphics memory". Can someone tell me if this is possible and if so - what card would you recommend?

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  1. No. Your integrated graphics card (you don't have a real graphics card) can most likely only support 1 monitor.

    Get a graphics card (which can usually support at least 2 monitors). You can get 2 cheap GPUs and be able to support 4 monitors...just make sure you have the necessary slots.

    Either 2 PCIe cards, 1 PCIe + 1 PCI card, or 1 PCIe card + trying using your integrated port, etc
  2. Thanks - any vendors you recommend for good cheap GPUs?
  3. So far so good. According to the docs, I should have 2 PCI Express x1 sltos available. Would appreciate recommendations on cheap GPUs.

    thanks
  4. The x1 slots aren't meant for graphics cards. They use the x16 slot and you likely only have one.
    The new ATI HD5xxx series cards support three monitors at once("eyefinity") so look at an HD5750 or HD5770. These are gaming cards and cost around $150 however.
  5. thanks you are correct, i do have one PCI Express x16 available. Ouch $150? Any thoughts on a USB monitor add-on? Do you know of any that work (my experience with them has been poor and also with limited resolution)?
  6. I dunno about USB monitors...
    The other option blue mentioned is possible. You should have a regular pci slot or two and there are graphics cards that work with that.
  7. Well hes bound to have PCI slots and they still do make cards for that I'm sure. Matrox might make a cheaper 3monitor gpu but I'm unfamiliar with matrox products
  8. Best answer
    I have the HP 6210f. The integrated 9100 is able to handle a dual-monitor setup (1 VGA, 1 DVI), but if you plug in a graphics card then the 9100 graphics will be disabled. It's either-or. Also, check the power supply to make sure there's enough power to spare for a graphics card.
  9. Thanks. That is good to know. How would I check the power supply to ensure there is enough power for a graphics card? Sorry, I dont know what questions to ask of HP.
  10. LS99 said:
    Thanks. That is good to know. How would I check the power supply to ensure there is enough power for a graphics card? Sorry, I dont know what questions to ask of HP.


    From the product specs it's only 300W, which probably isn't enough for most graphics cards.
  11. meaning I have to replace the power supply. How much Wattage do I need to support a GPU card?
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