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Dual display+tv, can I do different resolutions on either?

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Dual display+tv, can I do different resolutions on either?

I'll be moving soon and when I do ill properly hook my pc up to my tv.

Here's the thing, my Zotac GTX 1070 only has 1 HDMI out, one of my monitors has displayport but the other one only has hdmi and DVI.

So the 2 monitors will be fine. One runs at 2560x1080 (34" ultra wide) and the other is 1920x1080.

But the tv is a 60" 4K, will a gpu be likely to push 3 separate resolutions? I highly doubt I'll attempt 4K gaming but I'd like to use 4K for video once it gets more mainstream...
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you asked DUAL in description, but TRIPLE in your actual question?

Yes, different resolutions are fine, as long as your video card support the resolutions. But there will be gaps, like this under right monitor.

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You won't be able to drag your mouse from bottom of center screen to the right. but you'll get used to it.
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Yea I have that gap with the dual screens right now, I almost eliminated it at the bottom by repositioning it on the screen you're showing there.
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XtremeModder wrote: Yea I have that gap with the dual screens right now, I almost eliminated it at the bottom by repositioning it on the screen you're showing there.
There should not be any gap at all for your current setup if you align the 2 monitors side by side. Both widths are 1080, should be perfectly matching.
However if you have 1080 and 2160 (for your 4k TV), there will be a 1080-pixel gap.
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It'll be fine.
The mouse will take some getting used to crossing between screens but there's nothing technical holding you back from doing it.

I frequently hook my notebook to TVs and I go from 1366x768 to 1920x1080 unless I disable my notebook screen.
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konsensei wrote: There should not be any gap at all for your current setup if you align the 2 monitors side by side. Both widths are 1080, should be perfectly matching.
However if you have 1080 and 2160 (for your 4k TV), there will be a 1080-pixel gap.
ah. All I plan on doing with my TV + PC combined is running kodi on it and not much else to be honest. The question now is do I get another keyboard (wireless) or do I get some type of remote for using kodi... I'm guessing the keyboard is the route I'll go.

Of course I'll game on it as well just in 1080p though because I highly doubt I'll be able to run anything in 4K (maybe not graphics intensive games I could but nothing new like WD2 or RE7)
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There's no reason you can't hook up 2 keyboards too.

I game on my HTPC and I use a different keyboard for it so there's always 2 paired.
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death_hawk wrote: There's no reason you can't hook up 2 keyboards too.

I game on my HTPC and I use a different keyboard for it so there's always 2 paired.
Thanks. What keyboard do you use?
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Basically all my HTPCs have K400 (not plus)
When i game on it, I use a different wireless keyboard without the touchpad.

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