It shouldn't be a problem; if it's an Nvidia card you're using, you can simply set it to single display performance mode, and games will run as well as they do on single display mode, with your primary monitor.
I have two monitors on my 1800 and have them each set as individual monitors, the first for games and general computer, and the second for TV. when I play games, it shuts down the 2nd monitor. I play oblivion and if I'm losing framerate, I'm not missing it.
even if it does put strain on you graphics card the advantages are well worth it i use 2 19'' lcd's and i now find it hard to use a computer with out that amount of screen space and when i game i can use the other screen to watch dvd's tht does kill fps though but you can always do it if u want 2 enjoy you wont want to turn back
even if it does put strain on you graphics card the advantages are well worth it.
He's quite right. You'd like having two screens for internet surfing and stuff like that. During a game, if both monitors are on, the card does have to continuously drive both images, even if you're only running the game on one screen. You should still get dual monitors, it's quite nice. If you start to notice game degradation, turn off the other monitor (in windows->properties->settings, not the power button). I don't know if you'll have to reboot windows or not though. I'm guessing not.
I've been using two CRT monitors for years, both at work and at home. It offers huge advantages, such as having two browsers open at the same time, to help you compare things such as NewEgg items. Or to have the email client open on one and work on the other. Or to edit docs with two open, cutting and pasting from one to the other.
I've been waiting impatiently for games to utilize a second screen. It would be very nice to be able to drag the maps, etc. to the second screen. Can anyone recommend some good games that take advantage of two screens?
my primary monitor is 19" viewsonic vx922 lcd. i also have a 19" SGI crt hooked up. they both are on my x1900xtx. the crt stays on so i can monitor temps or whatever while playing games on the lcd. i ran 3dmark with the sgi unplugged and got the same score, so it being on has no negative effects on framerate. As for strain on the card, i'm not sure if its shortening the life of the card or not. so i'd say go for it, the added screen space is awesome.