Might switch to iMac, triple monitor setup

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iarp, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. iarp macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    I'm thinking of switching my windows machine for the 24" $1,800 iMac. At this time i already have 2x24" samsung monitors.

    What do i need to run 2 extra monitors on eithor side (3 including the iMac) and how much am i looking at?

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    Thanks
    Ian
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    As always you can only run one external display on the iMac.
     
  3. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

    PeterQC

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    There's an adapter available that help you run 2 monitors from the DVI on the MacBook Pro. It's not that great and kinda expensive (250$, it's actually a video card in a box).

    The new iMacs use mini display port, you can get an adapter that get you DVI, but then again it's another 100$ to add to it.

    If you want 3 monitors, the best you can get for that is the Mac Pro. The iMacs is a terrible choice for that. You should look into buying a old gen refurb, if you don't mind having old (8800GT) video cards.
     
  4. raymondkerr macrumors regular

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    the best way to run an additional 2 screens on an iMac is to buy a USB to DVI adapter and run the 3rd screen that way. It won't manage 3D apps, but will be fine for web/text/photo and video work.

    Google search, Sparkle X-LINK, this one is compatible with MAC OS and is USB powered.

    raymond
     

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