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Here's the thing. I don't want to run 3 monitors at a time on the 7870. I am planning on buying another 20 inch monitor so then I will have my 7870 hooked up to my 39 inch TV via HDMI, and then to my 2 monitors (1 with dvi and 1 with displayport). Whenever I do gaming, it will be on either the TV or 1 monitor at a time, I am not big into multimonitor gaming because you need 3 monitors for that and I do not want to buy a third monitor. Plus, I do not think the 7870 2gb can handle 3 monitors at 1080p each. And the games I will run on my monitor are going to be RTS and RPGs like Path of Exile and Starcraft 2. The second monitor is going to be for convenience as I like to have multiple windows open at a time (for example a walkthrough of Path of Exile on my 2nd monitor and the game on the primary monitor) I think my 8350 CPU and 7870 GPU can handle this... hopefully.

With all of this being said, what problems might I run into and what would you suggest as to how to set this up. Do you think I am wasting my money?
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Everything will work out fine the most trouble you will have is going to resolution settings and setting a new main monitor when you want to switch which one you are gaming on.
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Everything will work out fine the most trouble you will have is going to resolution settings and setting a new main monitor when you want to switch which one you are gaming on.

Tell me about it...

It took me a week to figure out that my V sync issue on my TV was because I had the display duplicated between my monitor and my TV. I got super frustrated and nobody seemed to know how to fix it. On a whim, I just set it to one display at a time and it worked. So I know I might have issues with screen tearing but at least I know how to fix it.
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If I understand this right, you can set up a KVM switch to change between your TV setup or your dual monitor setup in terms of output.

You can easily run dual monitors on a 7870. Just keep in mind that even if you aren't eyefinity gaming, a second monitor on any gpu will lower your total performance a bit over single monitor. Your GPU will.still have to render whatever is on that side monitor. So expect about a 5% performance hit over outputting to a single monitor.
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If I understand this right, you can set up a KVM switch to change between your TV setup or your dual monitor setup in terms of output.

You can easily run dual monitors on a 7870. Just keep in mind that even if you aren't eyefinity gaming, a second monitor on any gpu will lower your total performance a bit over single monitor. Your GPU will.still have to render whatever is on that side monitor. So expect about a 5% performance hit over outputting to a single monitor.

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