Approx Purchase Date: Would like to purchase in the next week or so.
Budget: Ideally under $100, maybe $150
Usage (least to most important): Gaming (various games, Starcraft 2, Crysis, Bad Company 2, soon to be Black Ops) primarily on one of my two 1680x1050 monitors (upgrading one of those to a 21.5" 1920x1080 monitor as primary gaming monitor), and as a home theater on a 1080P HDTV
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVIDIA GTX 275, Corsair 750w
Parts Preferences: None really, unless sticking a Radeon and NVIDIA in the same case is a bad idea, which I would assume so
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, don't care really.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (HDTV), 1920x1080 (21.5" monitor for gaming), 1680x1050
Comments: I currently have a GTX 275, running 2x 1680x1050 monitors off it. I would like to get another video card to have my TV run off of in 1080P for watching movies and basically as a home theater, and then use the other two monitors for gaming and other random things. I want to do this fairly cheaply, but still have it as a good setup. Any help would be appreciated
Honestly the 5770 is just throwing out money for a performance downgrade, since the GTX275 SLI supports surround, and your Mobo supports SLI, your best option is another GTX275. Youll be able to use 3 monitors and get near-GTX480 performance.
Running three screens from two cards that are not the same with one of those cards dedicated to PhysX could result in the PhysX card crashing at times according to some folk who have tried it, using two of the same cards in SLi with PhysX enabled on the second GPU might not allow the three screens to show different images, I'm not sure because I haven't had the ability to try it myself.