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Need more monitors

Going from two to four

1:33 am on Jun 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Working with a Dell desktop with 20" and 19" flat panels and a high end graphics card. Two monitors changed my life - now I want four - but I don't want to cause myself problems either. I could replace the graphics card with a card that supports 4 monitors. I've heard Matrox mentioned as a good option many times. But I splurged more than I should have on a Radeon card (For game breaks:), and would hate to pull it out. (But will if need be.) I could remove the modem card that need not be there, and squeeze in another graphics card, but am really concerned about excess heat and such, and shooting myself in the foot. Is there such a thing as external graphics cards?

What are my best options? Performance counts, so while this was never budgeted, I'm not looking to go on the cheap.

11:14 pm on June 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you add another high end graphics card, make sure that your power supply can handle it. Add up all the wattage again that all your components right now are consuming. Expect another 90-100+ watts for a second high performance card.