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Your desktop needs a monitor or a screen to plug into it, so let’s discuss some of the options and considerations you should keep in mind when purchasing a new display. Chief among these are how many monitors you’ll need, the graphics type, and the specs associated with each of the monitors.
Many users won’t think twice about having just one monitor in their home office, but what about at work? You can get so much more done with more monitors, as you will be able to move between tasks easier and more efficiently. We highly recommend going this route, as you can get more done without sifting through an endless number of windows. Many desktops support dual monitor support from the get-go. However, you’ll need to check to see if your new desktop comes with two or more ports for monitors. Here are some examples of ports for your monitors:
If you’re on a budget, we recommend making sure that you have enough ports on your computer to ensure you have enough connections for your monitors. For example, if your desktop only has DisplayPort or HDMI, and you only have VGA connectors, you will need to find a way to connect them.
These terms will undoubtedly come up while you’re looking for monitors. Basically, integrated video means that the computer processes video and graphics from hardware that is already built into the motherboard, whereas dedicated graphics means that your computer has a dedicated device built into it to render video. Simply put, most office PCs won’t need dedicated graphics, and to fair, opting out of these expensive graphics cards can save your organization a considerable amount of capital.
Most graphics card chipsets have multiple models, and some even get produced by multiple companies with several brands to sell their own brand of hardware. Since purchasing a graphics card can be just as complex as purchasing the rest of your desktop, it’s probably in your best interest to work with an expert to determine your needs.
Thankfully, if you’re not too concerned about gaming, 3D rendering, video editing, and so on, you can just use the built-in hardware for your desktop.
There are countless options out there for computer displays, but you should consider the following specifications when you’re making your decisions.
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