Recommed A Basic Video Card for 2 Displays

I don't do any gaming but plan on buying a Gateway DX-4831-01E computer for $550 with specs below.

I want to be able to run 2 displays at the same time (primarily for web surfing and spreadsheets) so I just need a basic video card that will allow me to hookup my 2 displays and will not slow down my system.

Please recommend a video card and website where I can buy it at a good price. Thanks.

DX-4831-01E Specs:
Processor Intel® Core™ i3-530 Processor1 (2.93GHz, 4MB L2 Cache) with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology6
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)7
Memory 6144MB DDR3 Dual-Channel 1333MHz Memory
Hard Drive 1TB SATA hard drive (Green Product - variable RPM)3
Chassis Designed for power and productivity, sleek and stylish mini-tower PC
Video Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD8
Application Software Microsoft® Works and Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial period)2
Audio High Definition Audio with 7.1-channel Surround Support
Available Expansion Slots Available: 1 - PCI-E x16, 1 - PCI-E x4, 2 - PCI-E x1
Dimensions (Box) 11" (H) x 18" (W) x 23" (D) or 279.4mm (H) x 457.2mm (W) x 584.2mm (D)
Dimensions (System) 15.98" (H) x 7.09" (W) x 16.26" (D) or 406mm (H) x 180mm (W) x 413mm (D)
External Ports (10) USB 2.0 ports (4 Front, 6 Rear), IEEE 1394a, (2) eSATA, VGA, (2) PS/2 Ports, HDMI™, (5) Audio Ports, Optical S/PDIF9
Keyboard Premium Gateway Keyboard
Media Card Reader Multi-in-One Digital Media Card Reader with Photo Frame Button4
Memory Capacity Expandable to 8GB
Motherboard Systemboard with Intel® H57 Express Chipset
Mouse Optical Mouse
Network 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
Optical Drive 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive
Power Supply 300W Power Supply
Security Software Norton™ Internet Security 2009 (60-day trial)5
Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty with Toll-Free Tech Support10
Weight 25 lbs. (11.3 kg) system unit only / Approximately 30 lbs. (13.6 kg.) box
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  1. That thing says it has both a VGA and HDMI out so it may actually be able to handle 2 displays on its own. If not then any discrete video card will enable you to use 2 monitors.
  2. I decided that i want to run 3 displays. A guy at an electronics store told me that the video cards cannot run 3 displays even if they have 3 display ports unless one of the posts is a display port. I am not sure if this is true. I heard that some cards have ATI eyefinity technology that allows 3 displays to be used with the one video card. I only want the 3 displays for internet surfing and do not need a high end video card since I do not do any gaming. If anyone can find a video card that can run 3 displays and only requires a 300 watt power supply computer that would be great, but I am guessing that I will need to change out my power supply to a higher wattage rated power supply.

    Please provide a recommendation for a low cost video card and a low cost power supply that will meet my needs and include a link to a website where I can purchase it.

    I am also not sure if I will need one of the displays to have a display port output or if I can use my display with a HDMI output and get a connector that converts a display port output on the video card to an HDMI output.

    ATI 5770 will run 3 monitors no problem but needs a 450 watt power suppluy

    Now i know a 4670 runs 2 monitors quite nicely and is very low power card i had one in a case with a 300watt antec power supply and it worked fine. Wasn't the best at gaming but could holds its own in most games on medium to high settings.

    This xfx is the only one that has dual dvi ports on newegg i had the HIS version ran one DVI and the other standard VGA and it worked flawless with both monitors 1680x1050
  4. That 5450 sounds like a good option for me getting a card that can drive 3 displays for under $50. I do not see any power requirement listed for the 5450. Will I be Ok with my current 300 w power supply with a 5450?
  5. you could run a 5670 on a 300 watt PS. The 5450 would work but i must warn you it is a very very very very weak card onboard graphics would almost be faster.
  6. You do need to use a display port or a display port adaptor to use 3 displays. There are a good number of threads on the subject in here already so just do a search.
    You can also just use 2 cards to run up to 4 displays.
  7. He would need a $100 adaptor or a monitor with a display port.
  8. Nah, supposedly you can now use cheaper passive display port to adapters rather than the expensive active ones. ATI has a page listing ones that should work;
  9. So it seems the 5450 could not run 3 displays since it does not have a display port. Is that correct?

    I thought the 5670 lists a minimum 400 watt power supply but my system has 300 watt so I'm not sure if this would work unless I upgraded my power supply.

    The only video cards I found that have a display port and only list a 300 watt power supply requirement are the below.

    JATON VIDEO-PX210-LX GeForce 210 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail

    BFG Tech BFGEGT2201024D2BE GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

    Can these 2 cards run all 3 displays. I want each display to run it's own webpage not a stretched single image.
  10. Nvidia cards cannot use 3 monitor. You need one of the new ATI HD5xxx series cards, and yes, you need one with a display port. You can have the monitors operate independently rather than as one desktop.
    Like I said earlier your other option would be to use two video cards for up to 4 displays.
  11. The 5450 does not need an adapter, as there's 1 VGA (takes a RAMDAC), 1 DVI-Dual Link (2 TMDS signals), 1 HDMI (2 TMDS signals).
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