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Choosing a Secondary Video Card

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I currently have a GTX 480 in my sig rig which is attached to a single monitor. Recently I've been tossing around the idea of adding additional monitors to make certain work a little more efficient. Ideally I would flank the main monitor with two smaller monitors that are run exclusively off a second video card.

1. Will a less-powerful, display-only, secondary video card in any way interfere with gaming on the GTX?

2. Are there any issues with having two simultaneous video drivers in W7? For simplicity's sake I would purchase another Nvidia card.

Thanks everyone and Happy Holidays!

-MNiceGuy
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No problem with having multiple cards. Use your current card for gaming on your main display, then use some other card for web browsing. It doesn't matter what.
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A gts 450 would be perfect. Cheap, would work for the other monitors and could use it as a physx card while gaming
 
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post #4 of 5
Also you dont run two sets of nvidia drivers, just have the most up to date one for the main display GPU. As stated above, a decent secondary gpu would be the gts 450, or the gtx 460, both are relatively cheap and decent.
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No problem at all. I have a 9800GX2, GTS250, and 8800GS all in the same system.
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