Need recommendation on low profile card for dual monitor support


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I am looking to add dual monitor support to a number of PCs at my office.
They all require low profile cards (Dell Optiplex Small Form Factor PCs).
They all are currently using just the integrated video controller on the
mother board with a VGA Connector. We will be adding Dell 17" or 19" LCDs
(depending on the budget) to work alongside the existing CRT monitors and
then eventually replacing the CRTs with matching LCDs.

I would like to find a low profile card that has dual DVI output - the
second connector presumable on a second bracket. Initially users will be
using the integrated VGA connector and one DVI connector but as older
monitors get replaced we will go to all DVI flat panels then just the Dual
DVI connecors would be used.

We are just doing business apps here, no games, no video or graphics
development so I don't need big 3D support. And I don't think I need need
more than 128 MB memory on the card - unless you think I am mistaken. Some
PCs have AGP slots and some have PCIe x16 slots so I need a recommendation
on two cards - one AGP, one PCIe x16.

BTW I don't see us moving to Vista for quite some time.

Your thoughts would be appreicated
Tony
 
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Jethro

news.tds.net said:
I am looking to add dual monitor support to a number of PCs at my office.
They all require low profile cards (Dell Optiplex Small Form Factor PCs).
They all are currently using just the integrated video controller on the
mother board with a VGA Connector. We will be adding Dell 17" or 19" LCDs
(depending on the budget) to work alongside the existing CRT monitors and
then eventually replacing the CRTs with matching LCDs.

I would like to find a low profile card that has dual DVI output - the
second connector presumable on a second bracket. Initially users will be
using the integrated VGA connector and one DVI connector but as older
monitors get replaced we will go to all DVI flat panels then just the Dual
DVI connecors would be used.

We are just doing business apps here, no games, no video or graphics
development so I don't need big 3D support. And I don't think I need need
more than 128 MB memory on the card - unless you think I am mistaken. Some
PCs have AGP slots and some have PCIe x16 slots so I need a recommendation
on two cards - one AGP, one PCIe x16.

BTW I don't see us moving to Vista for quite some time.

Your thoughts would be appreicated
Tony

Hanging off of Tony's low profile card thread, I was also wondering
about regular low profile cards.
My brother also has an older Dell for the kids with onboard video and it
can use a low profile card.
Are all low profile cards "backwards" in the slot?
Wondering because we cracked the PC clamshell open and tried a regular
AGP card in the AGP slot on the motherboard but the card wouldn't fit
with the bracket to the back. When we switched at around with the
bracket inside the card fit. Now it's not usable but it fit.

Anyone?
 
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PhxGrunge

Jethro said:
news.tds.net wrote:
Hanging off of Tony's low profile card thread, I was also wondering about
regular low profile cards.
My brother also has an older Dell for the kids with onboard video and it
can use a low profile card.
Are all low profile cards "backwards" in the slot?
Wondering because we cracked the PC clamshell open and tried a regular AGP
card in the AGP slot on the motherboard but the card wouldn't fit with the
bracket to the back. When we switched at around with the bracket inside
the card fit. Now it's not usable but it fit.

Anyone?

Jethro,

Do a search for "low profile PC brackets". Many companies sell a low
profile kit to fit most cards.

Here is one:
www.pcworld.com/product/pricing/prtprdid,24712270-sortby,retailer/pricing.html
 
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