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Hello, I am looking to build a new computer soon and IM going to have two monitors, one for gaming and the other is a small 1024x768 flat screen I use for sitting the web while I'm in the game. Now my question is would it be better to get one big graphic card for my primary monitor (like a gtx 580) and user my current graphic card (gtx 460) for my little monitor, or should I go with a sli setup. I just don't want my power coming from my graphic card to be bored down just for my small monitor. Thank you, in advance.
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If I were you I would just go with the single 580 because (and don't quote me on this) I don't think you can install two separate cards and have them function independently of each other. Also IMO the 580 isn't worth the price difference over a 570 or 560 ti 448 core, and always go with a single card option before you try to SLI, unless you know you are going to need extreme power. I hope this answers your questions and I apologize that you did not get a response sooner. Good luck thumb.gif
    
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Hello, I am looking to build a new computer soon and IM going to have two monitors, one for gaming and the other is a small 1024x768 flat screen I use for sitting the web while I'm in the game. Now my question is would it be better to get one big graphic card for my primary monitor (like a gtx 580) and user my current graphic card (gtx 460) for my little monitor, or should I go with a sli setup. I just don't want my power coming from my graphic card to be bored down just for my small monitor. Thank you, in advance.


You can have 2 monitors hooked up to reference and non-ref design GTX580 as they are capable of multi-view 2 monitors/displays. One as primary for gaming and the 1024x768 in Extended Desktop Mode for everything else. It will not take the GPU processing power away with the additional 1024x768.

 

Although it can do the same job, there's no need to put the GTX460 one system, unless you need the third monitor from 460 in extended desktop mode without SLI and Surround. Or you can assign the 460 as Dedicated PhysX card and for an additional 2 monitors.

 

Yes, there's option in NV Control Panel to do all the above, but no SLI for cross generation crads.

 

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The GTX460 can do two monitors too without additional card.

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Thanks, I wasn't sure if you could use two different cards independently. I want too be able to play crisis 2 and most other game with maxed settings and I'm planning on water cooled if it's necessary. Anyone have any preferred cards.thanks again smile.gif
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Thanks, I wasn't sure if you could use two different cards independently. I want too be able to play crisis 2 and most other game with maxed settings and I'm planning on water cooled if it's necessary. Anyone have any preferred cards.thanks again smile.gif

I'm currently about to buy a new card for my rig. And I'm debating between these:

560 ti 448 -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-739&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

6950 -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=cmbl421ky8lz

I believe that they perform almost identically depending on who you talk to they may argue one way or another. But since your wanting to use two monitors I'd go with the 6950 because it has more vram.
    
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Also this is a good website if you want to pair different products up against each other:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/293?vs=499
    
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Both the 560ti and the 6950 that koolcid recommended are good cards, but just to clarify, yes you can have 2 gpus running independently from each other. I personally used to run both my gtx 580 and a gtx 460 on one mobo (used the gtx 580 for gaming and the gtx 460 for folding).

But if you are looking at a gtx580 or even a lower card, they will have no problem running a game at max settings on one screen and displaying a web browser or movie on a second screen.
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just to clarify, yes you can have 2 gpus running independently from each other. I personally used to run both my gtx 580 and a gtx 460 on one mobo (used the gtx 580 for gaming and the gtx 460 for folding).

I wasn't 100% sure, so I'm glad you cleared things up thumb.gif
    
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I wasn't 100% sure, so I'm glad you cleared things up thumb.gif

np man. Running the 2 cards separate like that is also a way to run 4 monitors at once if you aren't interested in eyefinity.
post #10 of 13
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So just to make sure before I buy. I can have a bigger graphic card and a smaller card on the extra monitor and run them as an extended desktop and run the game as windowed and it would work ok?
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