Originally Posted by aroc91
3. You don't need any extra hardware like billbartuska suggested
4. You don't need another graphics card, your 285 will work perfectly just by itself, just plug the other one in, adjust your resolution so your desktop is on both screens, and go.
No, he doesn't need
something like what Max Orbital or Crystalfontz
sells, but they are one way to accomplish what he said he wanted to do.
As for a second monitor slowing down the first, yes it will if you run both monitors off the same dual output video card. If you install a separate video card you also have to make sure that it's driver will coexist with the driver for the other video card. Some brands (Nvidia. ATI, 3DFX, etc) and some releases of the same brand of video drivers won't run together.
As for monitoring software, have a look at HWMonitor
Or just use one of the Sidebar Gadgets