Fitting second monitor

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  1. djg05

    djg05 Registered Member

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    I have had a brief search but cannot find anything to match my query.

    Due to my eyesight becoming poorer I find I need a larger screen. At present I have an Iiyama 2475. Seems it might be sensible to add a larger screen alongside the current. I am not sure what I need for this. Presumably another graphics card. I have read about SLI bridges but not sure if I need one. Don't think my current one (MSI-7301GK MSI GeForce GT 730) has the facility that.

    Would welcome any pointers please
     
  2. Rainwalker

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    Better hardware would be a good idea. I do recommend a monitor that allows you to turn down blue light. It can be eye damaging.
     
  3. Bill_Bright

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    According to these GT 730 specs, that card already has multi-monitor support for at least 2 displays (3, depending on the specific model). So you don't need better hardware, unless, maybe, you are into very serious gaming - and I didn't get that impression.

    The only issue I see is there appears to be just 1 DVI connector and 1 HDMI. So if you are using HDMI on your current monitor, you will need to ensure your new monitor supports DVI (or the other way around). VGA is also supported but I recommend digital (DVI or HDMI) for better image quality.
     
  4. djg05

    djg05 Registered Member

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    Thanks for the reply.

    You are right in that I am not into gaming. I had intended to put that in.

    I was expecting to have to buy another Gr Card, but are you saying that both can be run of the one card?

    I see it says so in the specs. The monitor I am considering has "vga;hdmi;dvi" so should be ok.
     
  5. Bill_Bright

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    Sure. Dual monitor support has been around for decades. Remember, even the earliest notebooks supported connecting a second monitor (or projector) so "road warriors" could present their Power Point presentations to briefing attendees. And there is very little difference between notebook and PC motherboards.

    I can't live with just one monitor! ;) I've been using a dual monitor setup since Windows 98 days. Windows itself has known how to support multiple monitors since Windows 3.x.

    For years, I ran with two different monitors. I found it was some times tricky to get the displays, with different resolutions, to display the way I like them. So a multimonitor utility might come in handy.

    My favorite is UltraMon – not free, but worth it. Others have suggested the free DisplayFusion, but I have no experience with it.

    See also, Dual monitor setup is easy in Windows 7!
     
  6. djg05

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    Thanks for all your help Bill. Will look into those links later. First I need to re-arrange my deskspace before getting it.
     
  7. Bill_Bright

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    Have fun!
     
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