Solved Help with Dell vostro 230 DUAL MONITOR SET UP

January 29, 2014 at 23:27:31
Specs: Windows 7
I recently purchased two monitors for my desktop and right after I placed the order I thought I better look and make sure I have 2 monitor outputs. I DONT! I mainly need 2 monitors for homework and programming. No games no HD movies. I'm basically going to be running visual studio, Virtual machines and light database servers. That being said I bought 2 cheaper monitors to get me by. Here is the link for the monitors---->

From what I got out of doing some research I need to get a new graphics card. I don't need anything special just another output. I would love to hear if there is a different way to do this please let me know if you know it will work 100%. My desktop is a Dell vostro 230 slim tower It's the smallest one out of the 2 models.

Here is the link to the tower

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January 30, 2014 at 03:07:27
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You need a new graphics card, there is no other alternative. You could get a monitor splitter cable but all you would get there is the same thing on both monitors which is a bit pointless.

You will also need two monitors with different inputs. DVI/HDMI./VGA Two monitors with identical inputs wont work either,


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January 30, 2014 at 09:22:39
Which ports do the monitors have? You will need to get a graphics card that is low profile (or low profile ready) for the slim style case, plus it will need to have the correct ports - VGA, DVI, or HDMI. Depending on what you have, you may have to use adapters. Something like a Radeon HD 5450 or HD 6450 should suffice or if you prefer NVidia, the Geforce 210.

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January 30, 2014 at 14:11:26
So the radean hd 5450 will fit in my dell? And is it simple to install?

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January 30, 2014 at 15:30:47
An important consideration here is the Dell PSU. In the Vostro 230 Mini Tower, it's only rated at 250W.

Will this be sufficient for the Radeon HD 5450.
The Radeon spec's suggest a 400W PSU is required. Could be that's a tad overcautious, as tests suggest it's no power guzzler, but feeding it with a 250W PSU leaves little if any headroom.

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