HTPC Dual Monitor help?

Hello.

I want to provide video signal to two monitors simultaneously - one for my workstation, and one for my wife to watch movies - both connected to the same computer video output (hopefully one card, not two).

My first monitor - my main work monitor - is DVI input, and runs at a resolution of 1680x1050.

My second monitor - my 37" LCD TV - is HDMI input (HDCP is a must), and runs at a resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p).

These two monitors have to run at the same time, and are not clones of each other - separate work spaces.

I also need 7.1 digital surround sound (HDCP-capable) over the HDMI output.

I've heard that people at Tom's Hardware are the best! Please help me decide which video card to buy.

Thank you so much!!
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  1. Try a 4350, and select "Extended into this workspace/monitor" in CCC or windows display settings.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121310&cm_re=4350-_-14-121-310-_-Product
    This one has 1 VGA, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI.
  2. sabot00 said:
    Try a 4350, and select "Extended into this workspace/monitor" in CCC or windows display settings.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121310&cm_re=4350-_-14-121-310-_-Product
    This one has 1 VGA, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI.


    Thanks, Sabot00... In looking at the specifications for it, it seems the max resolution is 2560 x 1600. My two displays together (1680x1050 + 1920x1080) equal 3600x1080. Because 3600 (my horizontal resolution) is bigger than 2560, how would this card be enough to support these two large displays?

    Thanks for your guidance!
  3. I just want to clarify that you can't use two monitors as two separate workspaces.

    You could alternate monitors--but cant run two separately with separate mice+etc.
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