Does anyone have thoughts or experience setting up dual-monitors on the Dell Dimension 2400? This machine has an integrated video card and runs WinXP-Pro SP1. I only use the machine for Excel and programming, so have no need for a high-performance video solution - I really just want the most inexpensive solution for expanding my desktop to two screens. Also worth noting is that I have a gig of memory, which is shared with the integrated video card.
Is it as simple as installing an additional PCI video card and connecting one monitor to the built-in video input and one monitor to the new video card? Also, is it true that WinXP adequately supports multiple monitors?
Or, should I get a new video card that can support two monitors and just not use the integrated video card on the Dell Dimension 2400 (if this is even possible)?
Another possibility is to purchase a different machine that does not have integrated video, and has AGP ports as well (such as the Dimension 4600). Given the machine is used for Excel and programming, is there any reason to consider this route?
In either case, I would also like the new video card to support video out to a TV. Any recommendations for specific video cards or configurations that have worked well specifically on the Dell Dimension 2400 or other similarly configured machines?
I also need to buy the second monitor for this configuration. I currently use a 17 inch CRT (16 inch viewable) and would like to get a 15 or 17 inch flat panel. Any opinions on whether it's worth the $150 premium to get the larger flat panel display given that the other half of the dual-monitor setup will only have 16 inch viewable?
I'm not too up-to-date with monitor technology, but is there also a choice between analog and video input for flat panels? Should I consider the digital input altnerative, and how would that change the selection of the video card?