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My gtx580 should have 2 outputs right?, do you think a 580 can output to a 42 1080p ok? I mean how will games run on that size screen? And do you reccomend dvi or hdmi

Also if the screens are duplicated will this use up more gpu resources? Or no not as long as one of the screen is off.

The monitor is actually a lower res for now. Only the 46" will be 1080p.
So how would I manage the 2 different resolutions?

Also my earlier question is will having multiple monitors use more resources? Or will having only 1 monitor running basically be just that- 1 monitor running.
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That wouldn't work. He needs 1 in and 2 out, the one you found has 5 in and 1 out. That would be great if he wanted to hook a bunch of stuff up to the TV and switch back and forth between them.
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1080p on a 55" display is the same thing as 1080p on a 23" display.

Your video card has an HDMI output. All that you have to do is right click on your desktop go into the Nvidia control panel and go into the setup multiple displays section.
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post #14 of 20
I do this with my 5870. HDMI to my 40" LCD taking a mirrored output from my 27" desktop display connected via DVI. I rarely run both at the same time. Desk for games that require it and big screen for pad stuff. I even played Portal2 start to finish on the big screen using a G13 game board a hard surface mouse mat and a wireless mouse (mx revolution).
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I do this with my 5870. HDMI to my 40" LCD taking a mirrored output from my 27" desktop display connected via DVI. I rarely run both at the same time. Desk for games that require it and big screen for pad stuff. I even played Portal2 start to finish on the big screen using a G13 game board a hard surface mouse mat and a wireless mouse (mx revolution).
thats great man thats exactly what im going to do. My only question is from my understanding running a multi display uses up more resources right? So is that the case with your setup?
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post #16 of 20
The GPU has more to do when running both screens but because its an identical res of 1920x1080 its only a mirrored output, so not that big a drain. But in my case I only use one screen or the other. I use a Di Novo Mini for any proper keyboard needs on the big screen and the wireless MX revolution for mousing. I would say that 15metres is the max on HDMI though. I have tried to run long lengths and seen signal drops.
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So you just swap the outputs on the gpu?
wonder if a switch would be better in this sense, that way the GPU doesnt get any unnecessary strain. If using a switch is there any loss in quality?
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post #18 of 20
No switch. My 5870 (and most GPU these days) has a DVI, HDMI and Display port output. I have the DVI permanently linked to my 27" gaming monitor on my desk, infront of this sits my G15 keyboard and MX518 mouse. The HDMI is permanently connected to my HDMI 2 input on my 40" LCD TV. When I flick my TV over to input 2 the 5870 takes a 2nd or two to fire up the display as it senses the connection. This way I know it isn't rendering a signal for the TV all the time, only when its needed.
So you essentially have a traditional gaming PC and a "console" setup at the same time
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No switch. My 5870 (and most GPU these days) has a DVI, HDMI and Display port output. I have the DVI permanently linked to my 27" gaming monitor on my desk, infront of this sits my G15 keyboard and MX518 mouse. The HDMI is permanently connected to my HDMI 2 input on my 40" LCD TV. When I flick my TV over to input 2 the 5870 takes a 2nd or two to fire up the display as it senses the connection. This way I know it isn't rendering a signal for the TV all the time, only when its needed.
So you essentially have a traditional gaming PC and a "console" setup at the same time
haha exactly what im looking for
I think im going to try a splitter though. The monitor im going to pickup has speakers and it would be cool to have them running as well.
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post #20 of 20
You need speakers for just the desk position. I have an auzentech forte sound card but this would work with onboard too. Optical output can either go to you desk monitor if it supports, or an av amp. Analogue audio can go to your monitor or desktop speakers. When switching to the big screen just simply switch windows audio to HDMI output and your sounds will come out your living room tv. Easy!
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