Got a project going and think the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a train!
I recently got the following HTPC/gaming rig:
i5 2500k processor on a Z68 mobo
two storage units, OS on a small SSD one large HDD,
Radeon HD 7750 card
Ceton InfiniTv 4 (no clue how to use that yet)
ATX case with good cooling, a 600W PSU and lots of USB ports
along with wireless keyboard, remote and mouse
I'm looking at replacing the Radeon card with a GTX 660 (partially because I'd like to poach the 7750 for the computer I'm using now). Like its peers, the GTX has 1 HDMI, 2 DVI and 1 Display ports. The object is to be able so use a 40" HDTV as a TV and also as a monitor with sound plus
hookup a 120hz monitor closer to the couch. Both units have to have independent sound, though. The TV has 4 HDMI ports, component ports and a host of 1/4" RCA jacks, S-ports, VGA, 1/8" stereo, etc. but no DVI port.
Possible scenarios are:
I'm watching a ballgame and my wife is playing a game on the monitor with the headphones,
She is playing a game using both the TV and the monitor -- possibly one but maybe two clients (MMO),
My first (well, third) sketch has the HDMI going to the TV, a longer DVI cable going to the monitor and a USB IR feed going to a pair of wireless headphones for whatever is on the monitor. All the gizmos will have line-of-sight from close range. When the TV is just a TV, it will be getting the feed from a cable box using RG-6 so the computer audio and video won't figure into the cabling. When the TV is one of two monitors, it should have the HTPC sound.
What I'm wrestling with is if I take a USB feed off the motherboard to match the DVI from the card to the auxiliary monitor, will it accurately reproduce the sounds? I know the HDMI port on the mobo disables the one on the card. I believe (but could easily be convinced otherwise) that the card and in-game setup can take care of identical or dual monitors just like any other game. Resolution settings may vary between the TV and monitor depending on what is readable. Between us, space exploring suffers when you have to read fine print from across the room
There are probably lots of ways to do this and I don't imagine most are prohibitively expensive. If you have some thoughts on a rig that works, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Thanks in advance for your interest, sh