Sunday, July 28, 2013

Setting up Dual Monitors on your Gaming PC

Gaming Rig With Dual Samsung Monitors

I am guessing you have heard the hype, and it must have crossed your mind,are dual monitors even worth the trouble? lets cut through the red tape and get to the real meat of the matter. With that said let me just get this off my chest and say:"Dual monitors are assume!!!" ,OK lets now look at the advantages as I have seen them from my personal use and experience.

The Benefits of Dual Monitors:

1. They increase productivity:
 Much more can be achieved with a dual monitor setup than a traditional single monitor system.

2. Increase screen real estate: 
Greater screen real estate means you can see and consequently do more.

3.They look cool, can't say that one enough: 
The cool factor of your gaming rig will go way up, by adopting a dual monitor setup.

4. Allows for Multitasking:
 My favorite feature is the ease at which it allows multiple things to be done at once:I can be browsing the internet on one monitor, while watching a movie on the other. Or simply doing my research on one and writing the report on the other while keeping an eye on my downloads and and rocking some killer tunes.

The Disadvantages

1. They are not for everyone, the cost of a extra monitor is overkill for some.

Some will argue that the money spent on a second monitor, is money that could be better invested.

2. Increase Power consumption.
Two monitors will consume more power than one, as such some will dismiss the idea of dual monitors.

One doesn't go into PC gaming or lean on the bleeding edge of tech for affordability and that would make my two former points on the disadvantages moot. So the big question is with dual monitors: Do you want them or not? as they are great additions to a powerful gaming PC or photo and video editing rig.

Setting up a dual Monitor System

What you will need:

1. A gaming or power PC with an independent Graphics card.
2. Dual (2) Matching Monitors (Looks more Uniformed) I suggest The Samsung brand.
3. HDMI or DVI Cables.


Assembling the Parts:

After assembling all the required items above, its time to put it all together:

1. Assuming you bought a new monitors or a monitor to supplement your existing monitor, assemble the monitors and power them both up, be sure to confirm they are fully functional if necessary one at a time by connecting them the normal way. 
2. From your Graphics card that should have dual HDMI or DVI connectors, connect the appropriate cables and connect them to both monitors and the the slots at the back of the GPU or graphics card.
Connect Both HDMI or DVI cables to the Outputs of the GPU or Video card.

Connect the other two (2) ends to both monitors respectively.

3. Power on both Monitors and from windows main menu, right click on a free area of the desktop and select personalize from the context menu that pops up:select display from the popup menu and then adjust resolution: From this screen under multiple displays -change to extend to these displays and apply. Both monitors will flicker and power on. In case the main monitor is in the wrong place, highlight the desired monitor and select make main monitor or display. That should do it.

Select Display in the lower left hand corner.

Select adjust Resolution

Change the multiple display option to : Extend to these displays.

Pics of my Dual Monitor Setup:

My Gaming rig in full Dual Screen Mode

So cool!

Have one wallpaper span both screen or have to separate ones.

They look much better in person.

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