1. The integrated video has two external monitor plugs. If I connect two monitors, will the computer be able to utilize the extended desktop feature? I don't want to simply duplicate the same display on both monitors.
2. Can someone recommend a good new graphics card to install that supports two monitors for extended desktop?
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Yes, you'll be fine if you just plug it in.
I'm going to presume you're not gaming - you *should* be fine without a graphics card.
However, if you do get one, you have to check your case to see if you need a low-profile card (back port half length.)
Awesome. And yes, you presumed correctly that I am not gaming.