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650 TI vs 650 TI Boost for Linux Desktop

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I'm currently running Linux Mint with 2 monitors off of the integrated intel graphics on my 3570k. I'd like to add a 3rd monitor to this configuration, and potentially a forth as well.

I'm looking at picking up a lower end Kepler GPU for the 4 monitor potential, but I'm not sure what to get. I'm looking at getting the ASUS versions of either the 650ti or the 650ti boost.

The vanilla 650ti's appeal to me because they come with a VGA connector instead of displayport. While displayport is a better connection, none of my current monitors support it and monitor selection with displayport inputs is limited and adds to the price, and adapters are kind of expensive.

However, the boost is obviously a much faster/better card and gives me more options if I someday want to repurpose this card and stick it in a lower end gaming machine or something.

So... questions:

1) Is there any value in upgrading to the boost if I plan on using this mostly for desktop/productivity use? I may do some light gaming on it at some point, but I have a dedicated gaming machine.
2) If I go with a vanilla 560 ti, should I get the 2GB version, or is the 1GB sufficient for 3 1080p monitors (plus a 1280x1024 fourth monitor at some point)
3) Anyone have any experience with the current Nvidia drivers on Linux? Are they still shaky?
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THe TI Boost is the only one with SLI support, so if you ever decide to get a 2nd one, that would be the way to go, espicially if you are powering 2 monitors /higher resolution.

I have a non -boost 650 TI 2gb, and for my single monitor use, it is perfect for me. I still max out all my games (BF3, metro 2033, tomb raider etc)
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