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How Do You Set Up Two Monitors?

Dhaltonmorris20 writes:

I am going to get an AMD processor base desktop for gaming and school, and I want to set up dual monitors, but I have heard multiple ways to do it. One way is to purchase a KVM switch box. Another way is to purchase another graphics card and plug it in that way. So, in your opinion, what is the best way to do it? I want to be able to drag and drop from one screen to another.

I think you’re a bit confused, since you mentioned a KVM switch. Those are needed to use one monitor and keyboard for two different computers. The switch allows you to switch between computers quickly, while still using your same monitor, keyboard, and mouse! It’s actually a pretty cool little device, but I don’t think that’s what you want, is it?

There are a couple of different ways you can go about using dual monitors. One is to install a second graphics card to give you an additional monitor port. I don’t know anyone personally who has done this, but I know there are many out there.

An easier method (and maybe better?) is to install a separate graphics card with two ports and then disable the graphics card that was built-in. If one of the ports doesn’t match up with your monitors, don’t sweat it: you can buy inexpensive adapters to make virtually any monitor work.

In your Control Panel, you’ll find options to set your orientation. Most people want their monitors horizontal — or side-by-side. I do know someone who has several monitors, and has them stacked on three across — with two layers (monitors above each other, so to speak). I doubt many people will choose this method, but it is something you can do.

What about everyone else out there using dual monitors (or more than two, even!)? What recommendations do you have?

How Do You Set Up Two Monitors?