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Converting from single to dual monitors

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April 15, 2010 12:56:25 AM

Hi,

I have a desktop computer with a single monitor attached. I am planning to buy another monitor and would like to use them both in extended desktop configuration.

Here is what I have right now:

- Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 204B (24" with 1920x1200 resolution).
- Motherboard: Tyan S2895A2NRF K8WE Dual Opteron
- CPUs: 2 Opterons 246
- Memory: 10GB RAM
- Display Card: Whatever came with the motherboard (supports 1 monitor only)
- OS: Win7 x64 Pro.

I would like to buy a 28"+ monitor with 1920x1200 or more resolution and will use it side by side with my current one. I would also like the new monitor to have an HDMI input, so that I can watch TV online (with sound).

I know that I need to buy a new video card to support 2 monitor configuration and I have narrowed down a EVGA 01G-P3-N959TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB DDR2 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card so far.

I'm looking at a budget solution and do not play games on PC that much, just internet, videos, multimedia, picture editing, video editing etc.

Here are my questions:

- Have I selected a good enough video card for my needs? I need to know if it will support 2 monitors and HDTV output. If not, please explain why and provide an alternate choice.

- The video card does not provide an HDMI output for watching online TV (Hulu, YouTube etc.). Should I be looking for a video card with an HDMI output and 2 DVI outputs? If yes, what are my choices?

Thanks
ZeeKay
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April 15, 2010 1:40:09 AM

Yes, the 9500GT is more than enough for what you plan to do.

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The video card does not provide an HDMI output for watching online TV (Hulu, YouTube etc.).

Wait, what?!?!?! AFAIK, you don't need a HDMI output to watch online TV. Are you trying to play sound via HDMI?

Also, WHY are you still running XP x64? I personally would expect a build like this to run Server 2xxx
a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2010 1:43:29 AM

I think that you will be ok. Simply make sure that the dvi to hdmi converter you use will carry the sound as well as video.
April 15, 2010 3:35:50 AM

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Wait, what?!?!?! AFAIK, you don't need a HDMI output to watch online TV. Are you trying to play sound via HDMI?

Yes. What else?


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Also, WHY are you still running XP x64? I personally would expect a build like this to run Server 2xxx

Where did you get XP x64? I'm running Win7 x64.
And I just like it this way.

Thanks for the reply to my question.
ZeeKay
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