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One, Two, Or Three Monitors??

jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
edited Feb 2011 in PC Building
Dug my grave (deeper) by picking up 3 x Evga GTX 470 SCs from my usual source of "accidental wins". At any rate had never thought of going multi monitor as I have been more busy building and breaking systems than using them. :o

However......... with the above GPUs in the stable and a move coming that will get me down to just one maybe two running systems got another wild hair.

So to filll the hole with me in it - Replace my old dell 24" (these are based on pricing opportunities only) and was wondering about if I should go with either 2 x 24" (Samsung BX244X) or one 27" (P2770H)??? Do realize the 24" is an LED unit......:confused:

It is to be used for gaming and then the usual stuff.......and will be mated with this

Mobo: MSI NF980-G65
CPU: PII X6 1055T
Memory: G. Skill Trident F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD

Also how does one do FPSs with the two monitors anyway?? Seems to me the bezels will be where you "sight picture" would be?

Comments

  • kryystkryyst Ontario, Canada
    edited Nov 2010
    2 monitors. Once you go 2 it's hard to imagine going without.
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    Okay, won't let me edit.....that be a BX2440X folks!! :rolleyes:
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    You can't game on both monitors on any current market solution. You must choose which monitor you want the game to go on, and you can put anything you want on the other--I pick movies, shows, browsing or chat.

    Get two monitors, not one. The 2x24" will probably be cheaper than the 27", it will offer more usable working space, and numerous studies have scientifically proven increased productivity and satisfaction from multiple displays.
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    Interesting.......thought gaming was available on multi screens, especially when running 2 or 3 x SLI???? :confused2 Oh well....


    BTW forgot the three in the "Three" of the title.....3 x EX2220X.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Gaming is available if you run three displays. Nobody--not NVIDIA or AMD--support gaming across two monitors, for precisely the reason you cited: the bezel dominates the center of the POV.
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    Well all of the units I've shown are "Referbs" and below is the prices.......but looks like the 20" will win by "default" for gaming and for fitting on the desk!!!! :rolleyes2

    27" = $269
    24" = $209 x 2
    20" = $149 x 3

    Looked at 22" but they were as much as the 24" for all intents and purposes!
  • VicarVicar Member
    edited Nov 2010
    Dosen't ATI eyefinity allow you to game on 3 monitors?
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    AMD Eyefinity technology: 3-6 monitors, 1 or more GPUs needed.
    NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround: 3 monitors max, 2 or more GPUs needed.
  • trolltroll Windsor, Nova Scotia Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Here is the info on setting up 2D or 3D Vision Surround.

    With 3 monitors the control panel has options for setting up the bezel width of the monitors.

    http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2667

    Gonna be some sweet surround gaming. :)
  • Sledgehammer70Sledgehammer70 California Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    I run 3 monitors on 2 GTX580's. I will never go back to 1 monitor for gaming. I will also be unable to go back to 2 monitors for work. But only a handful of games look good on 3 screens, I typically run most of my games in windowed mode across 2 screens rez for gaming. 3840x1080 I use the extra space on both side for web browsing, Vent and other things. I do play BFBC2 across all 3 screens along with MoH and a handful of other titles.
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  • VicarVicar Member
    edited Nov 2010
    Sledgehammer 70, your screen set up looks very impressive.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Sledge, please tell me you at least got one FREE EVGA GTX580... cause spending $1000+ on video cards is just....well...can I borrow $10?
  • Sledgehammer70Sledgehammer70 California Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    fatcat said:
    Sledge, please tell me you at least got one FREE EVGA GTX580... cause spending $1000+ on video cards is just....well...can I borrow $10?
    I sold my GTX 480's for more than the GTX580's were. It is amazing on how you can get your money back when selling outside of the US. Crap some parts of the world still don't have 480's let along 580's.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    ah, good plan there sir.
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    Sledgehammer70 said:
    I run 3 monitors on 2 GTX580's. I will never go back to 1 monitor for gaming. I will also be unable to go back to 2 monitors for work. But only a handful of games look good on 3 screens, I typically run most of my games in windowed mode across 2 screens rez for gaming. 3840x1080 I use the extra space on both side for web browsing, Vent and other things. I do play BFBC2 across all 3 screens along with MoH and a handful of other titles.

    Sledge.......:respect:........which Acers are those??
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    With trying to justify a 3 x monitor setup I have the same two issues as most……price & space. Something I’ve noticed that when going under 21”, resolution goes from 1920 x 1080 to 1600 x 900p.

    So what am I “losing” by dropping to this? :confused2
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    1600x900? What weird resolution is that?
  • mertesnmertesn I am Bobby Miller Yukon, OK Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Thrax said:
    1600x900? What weird resolution is that?
    It's a common resolution for laptop displays.
  • MAGICMAGIC Furniture City, Michigan Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Thrax said:
    1600x900? What weird resolution is that?
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  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    lul. Well-played.
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    Samsung BX2050 20" wide screen

    http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/monitors/LS20B5UVFN/ZA Look at theDisplay

    Display
    250 cd/m² Brightness
    16.7 M Colors Supported
    1000:1Typical Contrast Ratio
    20" Screen Size
    MEGA DCR Dynamic Contrast Ratio
    1,600 x 900 Resolution
    5ms Resonse Time
    170Ëš / 160Ëš (CR > 10) Viewing Angle

    And this is typical of all the widescreens under 21" that I came across! :crazy:
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Why get a 20" when 22" are so dirt cheap?
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    Cheap is realitive when your buying three behind the wife's back and your L shaped desk is only 40" wide and one is trying to also have the 'puter up there for people to see! ;D:rolleyes2

    The real kicker right now is the 22" I want is 149 and a refurb and the 'egg has just thorwn out a nice 24" brand new that ends up being 199...............
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Just occurs to me that if you're willing to buy 1600x900, you're buying your way back into last millennium. 1600x900 is smaller than any 19" CRT (1600x1200).
  • GargoyleGargoyle Illinois Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    If I was buying wide aspect displays for Eyefinity, I'd be tempted to put them in portrait mode.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Gargoyle said:
    If I was buying wide aspect displays for Eyefinity, I'd be tempted to put them in portrait mode.
    i like that idea, 3240x1920 instead of 5760x1080
  • GargoyleGargoyle Illinois Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Do Eyefinity or Nvidia Surround support different resolutions on monitors?

    Like supporting a 1920x1200 for center screen, and 1600x1200 to the left and right? Or hell, even non-matching vertical resolutions? I'd like to use what I have lying around, and not worry about whether the dpi or res. is consistent.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    I cannot speak to NV's solution, but Eyefinity requires all monitors to be of the same resolution.
  • edited Nov 2010
    I am looking at 30" 2560x1600 monitors and it is surprising to see their prices much higher than 3x 22" monitors.
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    mirage said:
    I am looking at 30" 2560x1600 monitors and it is surprising to see their prices much higher than 3x 22" monitors.

    YEP!! :eek2:

    Just curious has anyone around here done the multiple monitor thing doing a stand?? One of the things I'm taking into concideratioin is if a monitor is VERSA complient (sadly it appears a lot aren't....right LG!!) to tray and max my available space.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
  • PuppetoPuppeto Chattanooga, TN
    edited Nov 2010
    They're not the monitor you mentioned earlier, but you may want to check out a pair of 24" Acer H243H monitors. I purchased two of them three months ago from Newegg for $425 shipped. I haven't had a single dead pixel, the contrast, brightness, and response times have been great. Not to mention they put my old 19" Dell 1910N monitor to shame.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009167&Tpk=acer%20h243h if you're interested.
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    That Asus has been on my "short list" more than once! :wink: Almost pulled the trigger on 3 Sammy BX2450s (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001421&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL112210&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL112210-_-EMC-112210-Index-_-LCDMonitors-_-24001421-L0C) because of an insane offer but they are OTS. Right now have a "Best Offer" on the 'bay for 3 LG E2340Vs but dought that'll fly as I kept it in my original ebay buget. More than likely will end up buying 3 Samsung EX2220Xs.

    After all the original plan was to mount these on a thriple monitor stand and the 22" (21.5) are the only ones with VERSA mounts!! ;D
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    Okay ladies and gents my addition to my death wise is 3 of the following......Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD on a supposedly early Black Friday deal.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009255

    Now I just have to find a triple versa mount that doesn't brake the bank and before the boss finds out! :hair: :wink:
  • GargoyleGargoyle Illinois Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    jedihobbit said:
    Now I just have to find a triple versa mount that doesn't brake the bank and before the boss finds out! :hair: :wink:
    VESA.
    Vicar said:
    Dosen't ATI eyefinity allow you to game on 3 monitors?
    A little off-topic, but if anyone finds this thread later, I wanted to drop a reminder that ATI Eyefinity requires one monitor to be connected via DisplayPort. Which may not seem like a big deal except that there aren't a whole lot of options right now, and if you want three identical monitors, then you may be paying a price premium three times over.
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    I have three Samsung 23" displays on two mounts, and one solution around the requiring a DisplayPort monitor is grabbing an active DisplayPort adapter. I have one that converts my DP into DVI, and I use that for 6144x1152 gaming. :)
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Gargoyle said:
    A little off-topic, but if anyone finds this thread later, I wanted to drop a reminder that ATI Eyefinity requires one monitor to be connected via DisplayPort. Which may not seem like a big deal except that there aren't a whole lot of options right now, and if you want three identical monitors, then you may be paying a price premium three times over.
    Many vendors are now including a passive single-link DVI to DisplayPort adapter in the box with their GPUs. This will allow anyone with a monitor up to 1920x1200 to satisfy the DP requirements of Eyefinity.

    These adapters can also be had for $30 or less, too. This is a new development in the Eyefinity ecosystem.
  • fatcatfatcat Mizzou Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    or HDMI to DisplayPort also I am seeing with a lot of 6870's. And HDMI LCD's are pretty cheap-o

    el cheap-o HDMI LCD with VESA mount compatibility just sayin'
  • SnarkasmSnarkasm 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Icrontian
    edited Nov 2010
    Thrax's clarification is worth reiterating - you only need an active adapter if you need dual-link DVI for larger resolutions like mine. Don't spend $100 if you don't need to. :)
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Nov 2010
    jedihobbit said:
    Now I just have to find a triple versa mount that doesn't brake the bank and before the boss finds out! :hair: :wink:
    Gargoyle said:
    VESA.

    OOPS! Was looking at one of those (Toyota) before the wife decided on the Edge! ;D
  • litenkulitenku Maryland New
    edited Feb 2011
    jedihobbit said:
    OOPS! Was looking at one of those (Toyota) before the wife decided on the Edge! ;D
    Or were you looking at the Nissan Versa? Or the Toyota Verso?

    :)
  • jedihobbitjedihobbit Central Virginia, USA
    edited Feb 2011
    litenku said:
    Or were you looking at the Nissan Versa? Or the Toyota Verso?

    :)

    ;D The big Vers"O"
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