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post #1 of 10
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Hello overclock.net community,

i was wondering if anyone knew a way to make a computer have 3 monitors within one desktop using a y cable?

i was told that it maybe possible, but as i have tried it hasnt really worked.

i am trying to set up a work computer which is a DELL VOSTRO 260 slim tower and one that is MID TOWER.

either one i can use to get it to have 3 monitors.

i have tried with a dvi to two female dvi cables, it does not work. i was told to try vga to dual vga.

Can anyone provide some insight? The dell optiplex allows you to do this for some reason, using a y cable, it recognizes it.

IF all this does not work, does anyone know how i can get a very basic computer to do sli? are dells capable of this?

At current, the set up for each desktop are dual screen, one vga and one dvi.So the attempt is to go for 3.

Thank you!
post #2 of 10
A Y connector should work, but it would display the same thing on both screens. You can do a surround type setup with a Y connector, each monitor needs a unique output.
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post #3 of 10
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want them to display different things as independent monitors.

what is a surround setup?

anyone else know?
post #4 of 10
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want them to display different things as independent monitors.

what is a surround setup?

anyone else know?
post #5 of 10
Sorry, I meant to say you can't do a surround setup (3+ monitor setup) with a Y connector. You have to have 3 seperate outputs from the gpu to have three monitors.
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post #6 of 10
The only way to do this as you are describing is with a MST hub, which I think only work with AMD cards.

You't best off buying a card with more outputs as it will be the cheapest thing to accomplish what you want.
post #7 of 10
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do you guys have any suggestions for a graphics card with 3 outputs for a dell vostro 260? without trying sli . most cost efficient way.. i know that i need 3 outputs but.. not sure how to achieve that on work computer
post #8 of 10
It sounds like our MDT 210 or MDT GT 610 multi-display graphics cards are exactly what you're looking for. Both include a pair of Y cables for connecting up to 4 displays on a single slot card that should fit your Vostro 260 without any problems. They've been selling out fast with some of the recent deals that have been running, but you can still find them on the shelf at many TigerDirect stores.

The best price I could find on our MDT 610 today was at our direct online store, where we've currently got it for $55:
http://store.galaxytechus.com/Galaxy-MDT-GeForce-GT-610-1-GB-GDDR3-PCI-Express-20-DMS59-x2-DVI-D-x4-Multi-Display-Graphics-Card_p_8.html

If you're not going to be doing much in the way of graphics though, you'll do just fine with an MDT 210, which is less powerful 3D-wise but costs a bit less at $45 and has a silent fanless cooler:
http://store.galaxytechus.com/Galaxy-MDT-X4-GeForce-210-1-GB-GDDR2-PCI-Express-20-DMS59-x2-DVI-D-x4-Multi-Display-Graphics-Card-21GGE4AM9EKPbrbrClearance-special--90-day-limited-warranty_p_25.html

I'm always happy to help with the setup too if you decide to go with one of these cards.
post #9 of 10
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Graphics are not important, most that will be displayed on the screens are excel sheets and other business related programs that display stuff like " mcdonalds assembly line orders"

- are all those graphics cards that will fit within the vostro 260 and as well as a vostro 230?

these for sure will work? if so, i will be picking some up today.

Thank you
post #10 of 10
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are there any other brands? or graphics card similar to this?

thanks
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