By: Eric Mitchellette
Monitors: Always use the same high quality brand of monitors, with the same screen size and aspect ratios (exactly identical monitors – no substitutions) for each computer. Do not buy cheap or small screens; minimum actual screen size should be 20 inches. Do not go overboard on screen size as the bigger display you may find that window management actually becomes more complicated. Estimated cost more or less for each high quality monitor at 20 inches is approximately $125 to $175 – Google searches.
A mid-level video card with dual DVI or HDMI ports; never use VGA as lower quality video cards will have one DVI and one VGA port. VGA does not provide in many cases the quality that DVI or HDMI ports offer. Also never use video cards with one DVI port out with a dual monitor cable; does not accomplish what you need. Estimated cost for a mid-tier video card with above configuration is more or less between $55 to $150 – Google searches
Depending on how tech savvy one is the video card can be installed in about 5 minutes; otherwise, have a tech friend or service install for you. YouTube is an excellent source for “how to install…” videos as well as some manufacturer’s own sites. In any case PC services should not charge much for video card installations; always check around for service pricing.
Gamers & Engineers: For engineers, gamers and other power users with high video usage it an easy decision; buy the best display components the software and the PC supports. Buying the best display components means making a purchase that maybe can’t afford but you should make it anyway; the experience and your time respectively are priceless.
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