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Hey guys, girlfriend is getting me a 2nd monitor for my birthday and I have a question or two for those with greater knowledge/experience than me wink.gif

-2nd monitor is for being able to multi task (run a lot of LabVIEW and some CAD programs where my first monitor isnt enough)
-I am not going to be gaming on the 2nd monitor
-For gaming, I want my 580 to be able to crank out frames for the monitor I'm gaming on, while the 2nd monitor runs a browser/music/whatever.

So my question is: Can I get a 2nd (cheap) GPU to run the 2nd monitor so that the 580 can just run the primary monitor for gaming situations, or does it not matter?

Thanks! +rep for help as always smile.gif
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I have two monitors on my 470 and I have no issues with gaming in one and having whatever up on the other. using a browser or music player on a second monitor really doesnt add any "strain" to your GPU, or at least not a noticable one.

I wouldnt worry about it! thumb.gif
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When I hooked up my second monitor I lost about 1/2 of a frame per second.

I now run 4 monitors (2 on 6950 and 2 on GTX460) and compared to having just one connected, it's still only about 1 fps difference.
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Awesome! Thanks so much for your help smile.gif
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