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Two video cards, two monitors (NOT sli/crossfire)?

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June 3, 2013 2:21:06 PM

New Gaming PC. Most often used to game (or watch movies) on monitor1, while surfing the web on monitor2.

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H (rev1.1) motherboard with Intel i5-2500k 3.3GHz LGA1155 CPU and one EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 780 3GB. Two I-INC iF281D 28" LCDs (1920x1200 each).

Utterly bamboozled by whether I should be running the motherboard/CPU graphics to the monitor that i only use for surfing, or if I should run both monitors off the graphics card?

[Think I might be confusing myself by wondering if running two monitors off the same graphics card cuts it's performance in half? ]

Thanks for setting me straight.

[further PC setup details in my profile]
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a b C Monitor
June 3, 2013 2:23:23 PM

Running two monitors off of one gpu creates a hardly noticeable difference in performance and you cant use integrated and gpu graphics at the same time. So running both off one gpu is the only viable option and wont cause any performance issues. Also it wont cut the performance.
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June 3, 2013 2:34:26 PM

No, you're absolutely bamboozled. I run three monitors, one 120Hz for gaming, and two 60Hz for monitoring my PC and daily updates.

There's no difference when gaming between having those monitors connected, and not using them.

You also don't even come CLOSE to needing two 780s - give me a break! One is more than enough to max games on your resolution... and buying two just to run a monitor off the second is just silly.
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June 3, 2013 2:59:20 PM

Agree with the above. I run three 27" monitors off all three of my rigs and there is no performance problems with any of them. I play HD movies on my 50" Plasma and game on one of my 27" monitors with no problems at all. You would be fine running two monitors off of one GPU with no problems.
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