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I need a graphics card that will support 3 monitors

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November 28, 2009 10:45:07 PM

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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November 28, 2009 11:26:51 PM

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
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November 28, 2009 11:29:38 PM

Thanks - any vendors you recommend for good cheap GPUs?
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November 29, 2009 3:23:21 AM

So far so good. According to the docs, I should have 2 PCI Express x1 sltos available. Would appreciate recommendations on cheap GPUs.

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November 29, 2009 3:36:26 AM

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.
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November 29, 2009 4:12:45 AM

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)?
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November 29, 2009 4:39:10 AM

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.
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November 29, 2009 5:36:16 AM

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
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November 29, 2009 5:31:02 PM

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.
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November 29, 2009 7:45:57 PM

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.
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November 30, 2009 3:14:09 PM

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.


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December 1, 2009 12:43:42 AM

meaning I have to replace the power supply. How much Wattage do I need to support a GPU card?
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