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Dual Monitors. A little help please!

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Hi Guys,

Need a little help. I've been wanting to set up dual monitors on my PC for god knows how long but today I finally took the step of buying a 2nd flatscreen monitor (thanks to the OP of the LG monitor from tescos) However, I know that my Dell PC does not have two ports on its graphics card.
Now I know that Dell PCs are a bit of a B*tch to upgrade ( I think), so I was wondering if anyone could recommend a graphics card that is reasonably cheap and effective.

My Dell is a normal desktop pc - Dimension something something (I'm at work so I don't know the model number).

And I'm trying to connect one monitor via DVI and one via VGA.

Thank you my fellow HUKDealers.
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
You need to tell us the Dell model no so we can tell what ports you have free. I presume you'll have a PCI-E slot available, but the Dell manual will confirm this. We can take it from there...
#2
Hi just back from work. Its a Dimension 3100. Hope that helps.
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First of all, here is the link to the documentation of your pc: http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/index.htm

and here is 'removing and installing parts': http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/parts0.htm#wp1043338

and this bit specifically for installing a card: http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/parts0.htm#wp1079933

As long as you haven't added anything, it looks as though your computer may have two PCI card slots free and one PCI Express x1 card slot. You are probably going to want a PCI Express graphics card (these days wider choice, cheaper, etc) but just double check that you have the correct free slot (the links above have diagrams and they are easy to follow) and as long as your pc case isn't one of the slim types then it's a regular graphics card you want (again, more common, wider choice and cheaper). If it's a slim tower (which I don't think it is), you need what's called a low-profile card as the regular ones won't fit.

Now the next question is what card to buy. I'm going to leave that question to someone else to answer. My cards are for PCI-E x 16 slots on a newer machine. If someone here doesn't answer, give the guys at Scan ([url]www.scan.co.uk[/url]) on the landline number - 01204 474747 - and press the button for sales enquiries. They answer quickly and give good info, even if they don't always steer you to the cheapest product they have (ask specifically for that!). Hope this helps :thumbsup:
#4
Anyone got advice for me on a cheap graphics card that will do the trick?
#5
Problem solved. Bought an ICP- Express graphics card only to realise I didn't have any slots so I don't know what that dell thing was saying. However, I brought my computer to the shop and found that I actually had a PCI-BUS slot..which apparently is really old so ended up payin a bit more :s Oh well. My dual monitors are great!!
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Issue One
Problem solved. Bought an ICP- Express graphics card only to realise I didn't have any slots so I don't know what that dell thing was saying. However, I brought my computer to the shop and found that I actually had a PCI-BUS slot..which apparently is really old so ended up payin a bit more :s Oh well. My dual monitors are great!!


Post a pic of your set up then!

I've been thinking about getting dual monitors myself :thumbsup:
#7
Liddle ol' me;2653032
First of all, here is the link to the documentation of your pc: http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/index.htm

and here is 'removing and installing parts': http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/parts0.htm#wp1043338

and this bit specifically for installing a card: http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/parts0.htm#wp1079933

As long as you haven't added anything, it looks as though your computer may have two PCI card slots free and one PCI Express x1 card slot. You are probably going to want a PCI Express graphics card (these days wider choice, cheaper, etc) but just double check that you have the correct free slot (the links above have diagrams and they are easy to follow) and as long as your pc case isn't one of the slim types then it's a regular graphics card you want (again, more common, wider choice and cheaper). If it's a slim tower (which I don't think it is), you need what's called a low-profile card as the regular ones won't fit.

Now the next question is what card to buy. I'm going to leave that question to someone else to answer. My cards are for PCI-E x 16 slots on a newer machine. If someone here doesn't answer, give the guys at Scan (www.scan.co.uk) on the landline number - 01204 474747 - and press the button for sales enquiries. They answer quickly and give good info, even if they don't always steer you to the cheapest product they have (ask specifically for that!). Hope this helps :thumbsup:

PCI express x1 slots don't have much bandwidth. You will struggle to get any performance out of a card in an x1 slot.

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