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Hi! For Christmas this year I'm hoping to get another monitor to make my life a bit easier but I have some questions.

Firstly, my monitor is a Philips 244EL2SB 24"W LED MONITOR, link here - http://dealspace.com.au/philips-244el2sb-24-w-led-monitor.html

I'm wondering if I can actually use another monitor with this one? Down the bottom in technical information it says "Number of Screens: 1 " and I'm wondering if that has to do with the monitor itself or like how many you can actually hook up..or however it works.

My second question is - Will I be able to run a second monitor with a 620W powersupply? My PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371059

My GPU is a GTX 770 2GB and I've heard they're fine for running 2 monitors. Of course I only want to play a game on one and just have other windows etc in the other monitor.

If everything is all sweet, can anyone recommend a decent 24" 1080p monitor that can have the height of the screen adjusted? Nothing over 300 bucks please.

Cheers.
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A monitor doesn't use any power from the power supply. They plug into a wall outlet and get all their power from there.
As for the computer (specifically the video output) a little more power (from the power supply) will be required since the card has to supply enough data to fill two screens. It doesn't have to supply more electricity, just manage more data internally and that takes a little more power.

As for the number of monitors you can use, that only depends on how many video outputs you have. Everything you need for multiple monitors is already built into Windows. (All Windows versions have been able to support up to 64 monitors since Windows 95.)

Some video outputs won't support two monitors if one of the monitors is connected to it's HDMI output.

You may want to consider getting a new monitor that is the same size as the old one, as moving an open window from screen to screen, if the monitors are different sizes, causes the window to change size and that's hard on the your brain to say nothing about your eyes.

Some games don't support dual monitors, usually high end games.
If you're a gamer, you may want to consider adding a second video card for the second monitor.
Edited by billbartuska - 11/11/14 at 1:09am
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So you're saying I would definitely have to upgrade my power supply if I were to get another monitor?
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No, you don't need to upgrade your power supply.
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So you're saying I would definitely have to upgrade my power supply if I were to get another monitor?

No, all you need is said new monitor, and it would be a good idea to get one the same size and pixel density so when you're moving windows from one monitor to the other you don't hurt your eyes
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So you're saying I would definitely have to upgrade my power supply if I were to get another monitor?
Definitely not.
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Okay sweet. How do I find out the "pixel density" of my monitor?
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Pixel density is the number of pixels per inch
Two monitors that are the same size and have the same resolution have the same pixel density.
Comparing a small and large monitor with the same resolutions, the larger monitor will have less pixels per inch because the the same number of pixels have to be spread out over more inches.

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