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January 19, 2014 2:57:33 PM

I'm going to be getting an NVidia 780 Ti in the neat future (I'm currently running a 770) and I've got a few questions with regards to running two monitors and actually getting the card to display them as a singular monitor.

Currently I've got this monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as well as a much older 24" ASUS monitor that isn't nearly as good.

My graphics card simply will not let me run them as a combined singular monitor, I'm assuming because they are not the same monitor. The best it will let me do is display them side by side as separate monitors.

So since this current BenQ monitor is no longer in production - although a very good monitor - am I going to be able to do what I'd like to do? That is, run two monitors side by side as one large desktop with a 2160 resolution?

The monitor I'm looking at to put side by side with my current BenQ is this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Does anyone know if this will work, or do I need to find an aftermarket monitor that is identical to the one I have for the GPU to let me do this?

Also - I'd like to put them on something similar to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Does anyone have a recommendation on a dual monitor stand that will let me do that that stand lets me do, but at a better price?

Obviously I don't know a lot about all of this - so any input is appreciated. Thanks a lot for taking the time to read over this.

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January 19, 2014 3:04:43 PM

Side note: If I'm confused about this - and NVidia is not capable of doing what I'm wanting to do here, are there any work arounds aside from going with a Radeon card?

I can't imagine that NVidia does not have the capability of letting you span a display across two monitors to make them appear as a singular screen, rather than just giving you an extend option, right?

Any advice from the guru's here is appreciated in all aspects of what I'm doing here, be it getting different monitors, GPU's, setting up differently, etc.
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January 19, 2014 3:32:05 PM

it sounds like you want the nVidia equivalent of Eyefinity, so making Windows and all apps think you have one 3840x1080 display while in reality it's a pair of 1920x1080 displays side by side. that's just basic nVid 2D/3D Surround, isn't it?

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/3dvision-sur...


strike that - the FAQ says it won't support 2-screens, gotta be 3-screens. sounds like they expect you NOT to be looking at a crack down the middle. Radeon doesn't seem to care what you look at.

as far as stands, i wouldn't bother. i've used a 6-monitor stand and it's horribly inefficient as far as space. i mean, if you have 2 identical monitors, you have identical heights so a stand is pointless. also, a lot of those stands waste a lot of space behind your screen just for the mounts and adjusting mechanism. in my case, 13" of space was consumed by the stand assembly.
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January 19, 2014 3:37:10 PM

giantbucket said:
it sounds like you want the nVidia equivalent of Eyefinity, so making Windows and all apps think you have one 3840x1080 display while in reality it's a pair of 1920x1080 displays side by side. that's just basic nVid 2D/3D Surround, isn't it?

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/3dvision-sur...


as far as stands, i wouldn't bother. i've used a 6-monitor stand and it's horribly inefficient as far as space. i mean, if you have 2 identical monitors, you have identical heights so a stand is pointless. also, a lot of those stands waste a lot of space behind your screen just for the mounts and adjusting mechanism. in my case, 13" of space was consumed by the stand assembly.


Well if that's the case, then I guess my question is HOW do I get my card to display across both monitors, then? Wouldn't it double the 1080p resolution since it would be across two 1080p capable monitors?

Like, I see the option to set up stereoscopic monitors - but it's not letting me select them. What am I missing here - or do I need two identical monitors to do this? If I need identical monitors, do they have to be the EXACT same monitors, or will the two monitors I listed in my original post be close enough to do what I need?

Here's an image of what I see:

http://gyazo.com/eae3870ea0663e14047bc3b55de77e9d

So why won't it let me span?
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January 19, 2014 3:40:58 PM

i looked into their FAQ and it looks like 3 screens are needed, not 2. so maybe that's why the option is grayed out for now - they're waiting for you to go and buy yet another monitor.
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January 19, 2014 3:55:20 PM

Are you absolutely sure that's correct? I don't even have room for three monitors, let alone the money to buy three $400 monitors. Why would I not be able to do this with two monitors? Can you link me to the FAQ you're looking at?

Can some one else confirm that you cannot span across two monitors with NVidia cards, and you need to have three monitors?
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January 19, 2014 3:59:18 PM

FAQ here http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/3dvision-sur...

you CAN span across 2 monitors, but not in the "make windows think it's 1 monitor" way that you seem to be after. for non-game stuff, this surround thing is pointless so 2 screens are fine, but for gaming they (nVid) assume you don't want the bezels of the two monitors to be right down the middle of your view, so they "urge" you to pick up 3 monitors for a nicer left-center-right setup so that you're looking at a screen and not a crack. it makes sense, actually. but yeah, kinda wish they let YOU decide that! :p 
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January 19, 2014 4:16:13 PM

Well if that's the case, then it's almost cheaper for me to just buy a monitor that supports a higher resolution than 1080p and run single.
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