Upgrade to run two monitors!!
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    Upgrade to run two monitors!!

    by kiwiklicks » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:26 pm

    Hi guys,
    Currently in the process of upgrading my old piece of C*** HP to a better system.
    No I am not buying a Mac!
    Custom Build I5 through a friend.

    I would like to run two screens and would like some advice.
    Currently I have an Acer 19" wide AL1916W that has done a good job.

    If I add another screen is it better to stay with the same size? two 19"?

    What about resolution - I find the computer adjusts to the smallest resolution and applies to both?

    Can I calibrate both screens, I have a spyder 2 express that has done an ok job of the acer.

    If I am upgrading is it worth looking at x1 HD? once again will it work having a mediocre 19" TFT and then a HD, high res ,say 23' screen beside it??

    I am sure you can all point me in the right direction.
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    by Bungy » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:00 pm

    Personally I would have both monitors the same size and model, just to keep it all simple.
    But, this then depends on your budget. It may not allow for 2 x quality monitors.

    I would also consider 2 x HDD (1st for OS & programs, 2nd for data/images)
    If you do go dual montor setup, make sure your graphics card is upto the job.
    Get one large card (2GB+) instead of 2 x smaller ones(1GB+), there are still some issues with crossfire/sli.

    This might be useful if you end up with different size monitors.
    http://windows7support247.blogspot.com. ... ows-7.html

    Good luck with the project.
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    by Chris Sitnik » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:04 pm

    I think as long as you have a decent graphics card that supports multiple display... so pretty well anything from the last 10 years... you should be fine. The brother in law has a dual monitor set-up, different monitors as well.
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    by CraigVTR » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:14 am

    I have two 19" displays running off the same card and my Colour Munki does a good job of profiling both. I have also put the o/s on a separate ssd hard drive which really sped up the system, i put all my programs, documents and photos on individual separate hdds and back up to an external drive.
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