Question GPU?

tvbob

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Hi New to forum.

was recommended to ask here by another forum I frequent.(y)

I have a refurbished Dell Optiplex 970, which only has onboard graphics.
I want to add another monitor for my wife to work from home (NHS).
I did purchase a separate cable....
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06ZY7335S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Unfortunately, It won't show different screens on the two monitors, which my wife needs.

So, will my Optiplex 790 take a Graphics card?
If so what is recommended, please?

Thank you

Bob
 

R_1

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no it cannot. that is merely a splitter, one input in, two identical outputs.
it depends really on which of the four models of the optiplex 790 you have. the largest unit a desktop model is easy enough to upgrade with a GPU that does not require AUX power connected.
the smallest unit will need something like a USB monitor.
 
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tvbob

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no it cannot. that is merely a splitter, one input in, two identical outputs.
it depends really on which of the four models of the optiplex 790 you have. the largest unit a desktop model is easy enough to upgrade with a GPU that does not require AUX power connected.
the smallest unit will need something like a USB monitor.
Thank you for the fast reply.
Yes, I do have the smaller one, with one VGA and one PCI (I think) port on the back
how can I fit a USB monitor, please?
 

R_1

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there are monitors that only connect via USB, you would need to search out and purchase one of those or you could opt for something along these lines
not an endorsement, example only, shop around


with something like this any old VGA monitor is now a USB monitor

if you could find a picture of your computer and post the link here it would help. I;m assuming you have the smallest unit available. a GPU may be placed in the larger two units, but the USB adapters is the cheapest solution I could find that would work for ALL the optiplex units
 

tvbob

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there are monitors that only connect via USB, you would need to search out and purchase one of those or you could opt for something along these lines
not an endorsement, example only, shop around


with something like this any old VGA monitor is now a USB monitor

if you could find a picture of your computer and post the link here it would help. I;m assuming you have the smallest unit available. a GPU may be placed in the larger two units, but the USB adapters is the cheapest solution I could find that would work for ALL the optiplex units

Ah, so if I was to get the USB adapter.
Would that work plugging into the twin cable I have already?
Sorry to be asking dummy questions.
 

tvbob

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You have Display Port and VGA video outputs.
Connect your monitors to those outputs and you'll have a two monitor system.

Question is - do your monitors support both of those connection types?
Thank you.
I'm using the VGA port (Blue?) with the adapter.
So I'm guessing the "Display Port" is the green one next to it...Right?
My apologies for being such a retard on this issue. :rolleyes:
 

tvbob

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It's me again (the dummy)
The photo I put on earlier was of the one on the Amazon site.
Looks like they've stitched me up, as there isn't a "Dislpay port" on it now, just USB's
So sending the adapter back and will order this one (same price).......
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adapter-MOKiN-Thunderbolt-Converter-Compatible-Silver/dp/B077TSX2XV/ref=sr_1_3?ascsubtag=tomshardware-9378119527880298000-20&dchild=1&keywords=usb+to+vga+adapter+usb+3+0+to+vga+adapter+multi+display+video+converter+1080p+hd+external+video+graphic+card+for+computer+desktop+laptop+pc+monitor+projector+hdtv+compatible+with+win+7+8+8+1+10&qid=1591366026&sr=8-3&tag=georiot-trd-21

Will, that suffice in your opinions, please?
so sorry about the idiocy.
 

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