Windows -- TriMonitor Setup ?

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I currently have dual monitors
setup on my Windows XP machine
using my dual graphics card.

How can I add a 3rd monitor
OR do I need to purchase
a TriMonitor graphics card ?
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There are a few ways to do it.

The cheapest would be to get an AGP/PCI-E card that supports dual monitors and a PCI card to drive the third.

Alternatively you could buy a card that supports 3 monitors on its own, but they are much more expensive.

Several ways of doing this:

1. Buy another graphics card for your system
2. Exchange your current graphics card for a triple headed one
3. Buy a Graphics eXpansion Modules from Matrox (http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/)
4. Buy a USB to VGA adapter (eg http://www.virtuavia.eu/shop/index.php?target=products&product_id=29871&sl=EN)

It's really does depend on what you want to do and how much you want to spend, for example number 4 is the cheapest, but not good for gaming...

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I just want it so I can view three Microsoft Visual Studio windows at one time.

Is option #4 the cheapest ?
Yes number 4 is the cheapest.

One thing I would like to point out...  Make sure that the USB to VGA adapter that you choose is compatible with your OS.  I bought one that works with XP, but doesn't work in Windows 7, D'oh...

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Go with nVidia, they support multiple cards better than ATI from my experience.

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