I have a gateway sx2801-07e desktop. I want to run 2 monitors. My wife uses this computer for work. I don't need a crazy graphics card just want the most affordable option to make it dual monitor compatible.
Cheap and it works as I used it for my parents home computer - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+G...&skuId=1700586
True, didnt even think of that for some reason. Hell you may just be able to plug one monitor into the hdmi and one into the VGA on back and not need anything else. Not sure if the intel 4500 IGP can support both ports or not. Plug in and find out. You can take your computer to your tv and plug it into the hdmi and then plug your monitor into the vga and see if it works. If it does you will just need adapters to work with your monitors.
if your video card doesn't support it, you could get something like this:
i'm using it on my laptop to run a 3rd monitor it works pretty darn well. sometimes it struggles with video, but it really depends on what else i'm doing on the computer and the quality of the video. streamed video playback (if it's all that you're watching) is nearly perfect..even fullscreen vimeo/youtube hd. raw avchd 1080p/24fps files...not so great. there is an 'optimize for video' option, but it seems to just cut the resolution and makes it look like crap.
I used a cheap USB to VGA adapter from microcenter ($19) and returned it the same day. Just moving my mouse around was jumpy. When I grabbed a window to move it around the blinking was extremely obvious. Maybe newer ones using USB3.0 are better or maybe more expensive ones work better but my experience with a USB video adapter was terrible.
Why pay 30 for just an adapter when you can get a performance boosted multi-monitor output GPU for 5 bucks more?
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DEid you get this sorted out yet?
I'm not sure if it has the ur PCI-e X16, or the 2.0/2.1...
Here's a pretty good deal on a PCI-e X16, $27.50:
"DUAL MONITOR VIDEO CARD HP ATI RADEON HD 2400 256MB PCI-e x16 ATX DELL"
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