I'm building a new system and looking for some advice on video cards. I've got the i7 2600K processor, 2 x 2gb of Ram, Thermaltake V9 Black Edition case, 1 TB 32 MB Seagate Barracuda, and Rosewill 700 Watt power supply. Now I need something to power my 2 22in LCD's.
I don't need the best equipment but I'm looking to optimize this build by doing things like having the page file on a separate drive and keeping my second monitor from impacting my gaming. So my question is what's more efficient, One video card for each monitor or two cards in SLI?
I'm sort of torn between the two options. Option 1 would give me a much better card for gaming on my main monitor and having a second card would keep my second monitor from loading down the good one. However given that while gaming my second monitor is mostly idle, there would be a lot more power in two combined GTX 460's.
Thoughts? Anything else I should be aware of? Regarding SLI ( I haven't built a computer in almost 8 years)
I'd like to complete this build within the next month but mostly constrained by the motherboards being re-released. Budget is under $400