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SLI gtx 460's + a non 460?

Hey community,

I want to run a 2-way SLI gtx 460 build. But I use two monitors and don't want to run into the problem where my second screen goes black.

Can I plug my gaming monitor into the 460's SLI, then plug my second non-gaming used monitor into a gtx 260 that I just have sitting around?


1. Can I run 2-way SLI'd 460's + a gtx 260 not bridged to the 460's all on one motherboard?

and on a side note:

2. What is a really good gaming mobo ($250 or less) that will support SLI and my Intel i5 2500k?

Thanks,
Michael A
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  1. Nvidia cards allow you to hook up a maximum of 2 displays to a single card reguardless of SLI.Why don't you just do that?

    If you have a suitable PCI-E lane,then yes.

    What is your budget for the mobo?

    This is a very nice mobo if the sky's the limit for you..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700

    But if you weren't planning on ever using the GTX260 as a PhysX card(at all) then you could go cheaper and get a mobo with a x4 slot for the GTX260.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157231
  2. purple stank said:
    Nvidia cards allow you to hook up a maximum of 2 displays to a single card reguardless of SLI.Why don't you just do that?

    If you have a suitable PCI-E lane,then yes.

    What is your budget for the mobo?

    This is a very nice mobo.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188073

    But if you weren't planning on ever using the GTX260 as a PhysX card then you could go cheaper and get a mobo with a x4 slot for the GTX260.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157231



    The reason I want to SLI 460's is because their performance is very similar to one single gtx 580, yet they are $200 cheaper.
    But yeah you think I could do what I mentioned above? Run sli'd 460's and a standalone 260?
  3. @OP
    Man, simply you can use 2 monitors whether you SLI or not, so no need for the 3rd card.
  4. ilysaml said:
    @OP
    Man, simply you can use 2 monitors whether you SLI or not, so no need for the 3rd card.


    I know, the problem is when you go fullscreen in a game on one monitor, the other one blacks out. That is a major turn off to me because I use that second monitor be it, vent, walk throughs, build orders, etc, while I play. What I am trying to do is bypass the second monitor going black when you are running SLI.
  5. Best answer
    It's all here:

    http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/Technologies/SLI/faq

    Quote:
    Can I add a 3rd graphics card in my 2-way SLI enabled PC to connect more monitors?

    Yes, you can add an additional graphics card to your PC to connect two additional monitors. The additional graphics card must have a GPU that is different from your SLI GPUs and must be NVIDIA PhysX capable (GeForce 8 series and higher with at least 256MB of memory). For example, two GeForce GTX 2XX GPUs in SLI and a GeForce 9XXX GT is a supported configuration.


    http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=158727&st=0
  6. Unless you'd want that 260 as a dedicated physx card, so why not? but then again the 3rd card is optional
  7. You can also run whatever fullscreen app your using in windowed mode and stretch it to not show the borders.
  8. Best answer selected by Carpy2.
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