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jonelr
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Jan 17, 2008, 05:03 PM
 
I will be switching from a PC to an Intel MAC soon. I want to be able to use multiple monitors, either 2 or 3. I am trying to avoid buying a Mac Pro (kind of pricey for an office). I was thinking of a MAC Mini or an iMAC. Would either of these work with multiple DVI monitors? I want to be able to install Windows, but plan to use it for only a couple of programs that won't run on the MAC. I would like a minimum of 2GB ram, maybe more if possible. What would you suggest?
     
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Jan 17, 2008, 06:32 PM
 
What sort of apps are you going to run? What are you going to do with them?

You can use a Matrox DualHead2Go/TripleHead2Go to add more monitors, albeit at limited resolutions. I'd strongly consider a refurb Mac Pro.
     
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Jan 18, 2008, 12:41 PM
 
Office environment programs. The only things that I will need Windows for are an Access database and an older version of Quickbooks.
     
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Jan 18, 2008, 01:29 PM
 
I'd say go for a refub Mac Pro, or maybe a used PowerMac G5. An iMac can support 2 monitors (its built in one and then one added on).

BTW, its Mac not MAC.
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Jan 18, 2008, 03:17 PM
 
If you need more than two monitors, you need a Mac Pro. If two suffice (they usually do), then an iMac or any of the mobile Macs fit your bill as well.
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Jan 18, 2008, 04:21 PM
 
2 monitors will be fine, probably.
Would I be able to get the max resolution (1680x1050) out of the iMac? Also, if using the iMac, how would the different monitors (the one with iMac & the 20" Flatron Wide that I have) work together?
I will start looking at the Mac Pro again...it is pricy. I will see about refurbs. Thank you.
     
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Jan 18, 2008, 05:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by jonelr View Post
2 monitors will be fine, probably.
Would I be able to get the max resolution (1680x1050) out of the iMac? Also, if using the iMac, how would the different monitors (the one with iMac & the 20" Flatron Wide that I have) work together?
I will start looking at the Mac Pro again...it is pricy. I will see about refurbs. Thank you.
The iMac can power 2 20" at 1650x1050 rez (I have one set up in that configuration). I don't know about the Flatron tho, different 3rd party displays behave differently with Macs so it might not look right.
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Jan 18, 2008, 06:30 PM
 
Thanks for your help. I will look at the refurbs first and then compare pricewise to see what I can get.
     
   
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