Buying and setting up a dual monitor desktop isn’t as hard you might think. I’m going to show you the main components you’re going to need to consider to get rolling. For my setup, I’m a big fan of the desktop vs. the dual monitor laptop. The main reason is flexibility. It tends to be easier to upgrade my desktop than it is my laptop.
Ok, so let’s walk through the key dual monitor desktop components.
First and foremost, you need to make sure your processor is going to be powerful enough to handle 2 or more screens. That means, IMHO, an Intel i3 or better. The i3 is a dual core processor boasting 2.93 Ghz. This is enough to get the job done with a dual monitor desktop, but more over, will allow expansion if you decide down the road to move up to 4 monitors.
When it comes to operating system, I personally think Windows 7 is the way to go, BUT if you’re opposed to that, you can always an older version of Windows such as XP or Vista. Just keep in mind that the further back you go, the bigger the leap you’re going to have to make in the future. The other think I like about Windows 7 is her functionality for dual monitors. She is specifically designed to make arranging your monitors easier.
Next you need to start considering not only how much, but the types of RAM available. At minimum I would suggest 4 GB dual channel with 1333 MHz. You can always go faster, but for dual monitors with a reasonable refresh speed, I certainly wouldn’t go any slower or less in quantity.
Probably the most important thing to consider is the graphics card you’re going to use. I like the NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT. This card provides better than discrete graphics, but won’t break the bank.
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