Emery August 21, 2013 at 06:44:16 Specs: Windows 7 Pro
I have an HP DC5750, low profile compact, and I need three monitors. I have three 19" on hand; one ViewSonic and 2 matching Asus, all VGA. What video card can I purchase to drive these displays with the CPU I have?
I would check to see if your power supply is up to driving an advanced video card. Compact systems often have low wattage power supplies and video cards can be high power users. I would hate for you to spend a couple hundred bucks on a video card only to find your P/S isn't up to the task.
Thanks for that answer. It seems I am pretty much hung out with a low output power supply. The VisionTech requires a minimum of 250 watts and the DC5750 only delivers 240 watts. I'm not familiar with the Matrox thing. but that looks like it would be cost prohibitive. I do appreciate your input though.
Thanks Chris, I did check that and found that my PSU will not handle any of the cards I could find. I have decided that my only choice will be to use the on board video output to the main monitor and drive the other 2 with USB to VGA adapters. I am told by a tech at CDW that this will absolutely work and not put an overload on the PSU. Thanks for the good tip.
Regular desktop power supplies are relatively inexpensive, starting around $50 for a 450 watt P/S but I think your system might require a less popular one with a lower profile which would drive up the price. Also, I would recommend getting one slightly higher than what is recommended by the video card manufacturer in case you have any other components that require more than minimal power for their use. Good luck!
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