I currently have a dual monitor setup - two Acer 22" 1680x1050 LCDs - running through a single GTX 260. I plan to sell the 260 and upgrade to something of the GTX 4xx series in the next couple of months. I would also like to purchase a nice 22-24" 1920x1080 LCD for gaming. Would it be possible to connect the 24" to the GTX 4xx and then connect the two 22"s to a cheaper dual DVI card? I'm not interested in gaming on different screens, just the center 1920x1080. If so, which card would be the best value for this application? I assume something like a GTX 260 would be overkill for running two monitors for non gaming purposes. Thanks in advance.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that my motherboard doesn't appear to have any VGA input or I would have tried that. All I have currently is my dual DVI GTX 260.
Thanks for the quick reply but I actually don't know what mobo I have. Is there a scan like crucial.com that I could run? I'm pretty sure it's by EVGA but I can't find any serial numbers. It's a bit crowded with the CPU and GPU.
Even if the motherboard had a vga output, you typically can't use onboard video output and a graphics card video output at the same time. You could keep the GTX260 and get a DVI-I to VGA adapter if your current monitors don't have a DVI input. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Okay thanks, useful program. The mobo is nVidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI - so I guess I could go with that cheap card Timop suggested but I'd rather keep it simple and go with a dual DVI over VGA (I can find one I'm sure). I think that answers my question though - I can infact use two different cards - a high end one for gaming on one monitor and then a cheaper one for non gaming on two different monitors. Orac I'm not clear on what that adapter would solve basically right now I have (2) DVI inputs and need atleast one more for a 3rd monitor. Thanks.
If you get an AMD card, things are gonna be messy.
But If you stay with 2 Nvidia cards I'm almost sure you can set the other two in extended mode with the supplementary card.
Hmm they are identical and both have VGA and DVI outputs I just didn't know if things would stay consistent if I went both DVI and VGA. I now realize that the card you linked to was made by Nvidia so good find, that should work. Thank you very much for your help .