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Cheapest 3 Monitor Setup?

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August 18, 2011 6:51:33 PM

Hello,

I am trying to setup 3 monitor for my desktop computer. One of my monitors is connected with DVI and I am purchasing two that both use VGA. My motherboard has a HDMI, DVI, and VGA on board but what is the cheapest way to add the three monitors I need 1 DVI and 2 VGA ports.

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August 18, 2011 7:02:42 PM

First question is what is your graphics card? Many cards that have 3 or more ports can't actually display on more than 2 screens at a time. If your card can actually use all 3 displays (doubtful) I would say use a DVI/VGA adapter on the DVI port for the 2nd VGA screen, and use an HDMI/DVI adapter for current screen running off DVI.

August 18, 2011 10:14:15 PM

The graphics card is integrated on the motherboard but it is and AMD Radeon HD 4200. It is part of the 785 chipset.
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August 18, 2011 10:16:49 PM

Also can I use the integrated card for 2 monitors and buy a separate card to drive one monitor and use them together?
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August 18, 2011 10:31:20 PM

You can indeed run 2 monitors off the HD4200 and you should be able to use it with a discrete card for another 2 monitors.
August 18, 2011 10:47:25 PM

How do I know which ones are "discrete". Sorry I have never been into gaming and don't mess with graphics cards much. Is discrete any card that I can plug into my motherboard?
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August 18, 2011 10:54:55 PM

Yes, discrete just means a not built in dedicated graphics card.
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August 18, 2011 11:07:54 PM

Yup, should work fine if you have a free PCI-E x16 slot (I would assume you do, I don't think they made any motherboards with HD4200 graphics that didn't have x16 slots.)
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