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Dual monitor installation on DH87MC

I'm contemplating the purchase of the DH87MC board and i7-4770 processor, and I wish to install dual monitors. The board comes with one DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort graphics port. In order to install dual monitors, would I need to install two monitors, each with a different type of connection, or is there a way of doing it, for example, with two DVI connections? Otherwise, I believe it would be necessary to purchase a graphics card in order to accomplish this, am I correct? Thanks in advance.

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Thanks for joining the community.

I see you would like to setup your computer with two monitors.

As per processor and motherboard specifications both components support up to three monitors.

http://ark.intel.com/products/69045/Intel-Desktop-Board-DH87MC?q=DH87MC http://ark.intel.com/products/69045/Intel-Desktop-Board-DH87MC?q=DH87MC

http://ark.intel.com/products/75122/Intel-Core-i7-4770-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-3_90-GHz?q=i7-4770 http://ark.intel.com/products/75122/Intel-Core-i7-4770-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-3_90-GHz?q=i7-4770

In order to get two or three monitors Intel recommends using same type of video cable on both ends, such DVI to DVI or HDMI to HDMI.

Please check the following URL for information about how to setup two screens:

http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-033418.htm http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-033418.htm

For 3 Display configuration, please go here:

http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-033714.htm http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-033714.htm

Allan.

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Thank you, Allan, very much for your reply. Let me clarify my question slightly. My inquiry deals strictly with the connection of two monitors to the board, for use in the extended desktop format. If I have two monitors with DVI video cable, for example, how would I connect them to the board, which only has one DVI connection? The only alternatives seem to be to install a video card which has two DVI connections or to get one monitor that has a DVI cable and another monitor which has either a DisplayPort or HDMI connector. Thanks again for your help.

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CWTL,

You can connect and (simultaneously) use up to three monitors using the on-board graphics capability. If you have monitors that only support DVI, you can purchase a HDMI-to-DVI or DisplayPort-to-DVI adaptor (and use your existing DVI-to-DVI cable) or you can purchase a HDMI-to-DVI or DisplayPort-to-DVI cable. These are relatively inexpensive...

...Scott

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Thank you Scott, I believe that answers my question. My understanding is that I can connect two identical monitors, both having, for example, DVI cable connections, by connecting one to the DVI interface on the board and by attaching the other to either the HDMI port or the DisplayPort port using one of the adaptors or cable adaptors you mentioned. Thanks again very much for the support.

CWTL

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