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    2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    got a 8800 gtx and currently have connected to it 2 monitors.
    Just ordered a hdtv, which i will want to hook upto the pc,
    any way of using 2 monitors and the hdtv with only 2 dvi sockets on the gfx card?

    thanks

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    Re: 2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    3 solutions, none of them what you are after I think...

    1. Add another gfx card to run the TV or second monitor from

    2. Use a switch box for the 2nd monitor/TV

    3. Unplug/re-plug when you want to switch between a monitor and the tv
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    Re: 2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    ye one of the monitors run at 1680x1050
    another monitor at 1280x1024
    and the tv will be full 1080p.

    i kinda wanted to be able to run all 3 at the same time...
    how much is a cheapo graphic card that can be plugged in via pci or something?

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    Re: 2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    I would have thought you'd be fine with a cheap PCI card for the 1280x1024 monitor, cause iirc - you game on the 1680x1050 display?

    Have both the bigger screens hooked up to the GTX, and get a PCI card, or ditch the smaller monitor (do you actually use it?).

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    Re: 2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    I would have thought you'd be fine with a cheap PCI card for the 1280x1024 monitor, cause iirc - you game on the 1680x1050 display?

    Have both the bigger screens hooked up to the GTX, and get a PCI card, or ditch the smaller monitor (do you actually use it?).
    ye i still use the small monitor, use it quite often so will probably get a pci card.
    Will have the big screens connected to the gtx

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    Re: 2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    I would also use a cheap card for the 2nd monitor.

    The main screen will want a powerful card for gaming, the TV may require one for gaming/HD decoding also.

    2nd monitor is most likely to be the one used as a desktop only.

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    Re: 2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    your guesswork is correct,
    the 2nd monitor is just simply used to display pdf files, and on the odd occasions play avi's.
    whilst the 1st monitor does all the gaming and surfing the internet

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    Re: 2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    Can I point out that Supreme commander uses 2 monitors if you have them. If you do use it like this, you will want a Powerful GFX card controlling your second monitor as the GFX settings have to be the same for both.
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    Re: 2dvi ports, 3 dvi interfaces

    na i dont play supreme commander, but thanks for the concern

    all my games only use single monitors.

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