I'm interested in building a new PC. My main priority is good Photoshop performance. I am not a serious gamer. I would like to be able to a dual monitor setup at some point.
I was thinking I would mimic the recent System Builder "enthusiast PC" (Gigabyte P55-UD4P LGA 1156, Intel Core i5-750 2.66 GHz), but I'm thinking the Radeon HD 5850 based video cards may be overkill for me.
Could someone please help with the following questions:
(1) Will most of today's video cards drive two monitors? As I read the specs they don't seem to say.
(2) If I choose a mobo with integrated graphics, could I drive one monitor with the integrated graphics and one with a video card?
(3) Any recommendations for video card(s) for my project?
(2) If I choose a mobo with integrated graphics, could I drive one monitor with the integrated graphics and one with a video
I would say no with one caveat....Windows 7 allows two GFX driver4s to run concurrently....there's a hack that lets ATI and nVidia co-exist for example but only under Windows 7 ... perhaps such could be done but I haven't heard of it.
(3) Any recommendations for video card(s) for my project
Yes, I had the same question just a few days ago. The answer I got (from someone I trust) is that the resolution applies to each screen. For instance, 1900x1200 max res would mean the left monitor's max res is 1900x1200 and the right monitor's max res would be 1900x1200.
Now, I am fairly new at this stuff. This is the information I have been given. Please verify it. Anyone else, am I misinformed?