In general, most Z77 based MB can do what you described. I have that exact setup using ASRock Z77 Extreme4. Unfortunately, this motherboard does not have the support for VirtuMVP [lucidlogix.com]that's required to get the best of the both world.
With a motherboard supporting VirtuMVP, you can have both Intel's HD video and an external video card enabled (although not at the same time). This allows power hungry external video card to stay in idle to save power when watching a video thru a TV connected to the IGPU. If you want to play a game, just turn off the TV to enable the external video. There is no performance penalty what so ever.
You could also use the apps listed in the virtu panel to switch screens, but I've never used it that way. Almost, but not all games work with virtuMVP.
Interesting. When I first saw this deal, I hesitated quite a while between the board in the deal and this one [newegg.com], which also has free 8gb & for some HTPC setups (what I am interested in as well) may make more sense, as it has better quality realtek sound & other things that might matter to some people, e.g. PCI (legacy) slots, two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (vs 1), displayport, eSATA, better power components, etc. Looking at it now, I see it also has the Virtu Universal MVP. Hmm, understanding the significance of this may have tipped me towards this board after all. Oh well, too late now, I bought the OP's instead & it's due to be delivered today. But if I were buying it today, with the $10 price increase on the OP's board, I think for an HTPC build I would pop for the extra ~$35 and get the more expensive board with all these extra features & higher quality components. Great deal, but still I have buyer's remorse
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