[Help?] - Dual monitor purchase + setup

I'm finally ready to get a second monitor for my rig, but I don't really know what to look for when purchasing a monitor. Also all the different cables really confuse me. I know my video card has both display port and HDMI. I presume I need a splitter of some sort as well. Would prefer to spend ~$150 on the monitor. Any suggestions?


  • ThraxThrax 🐌 Austin, TX Icrontian

    What video card do you have now?

  • dark_archesdark_arches Icrontian

    @Thrax I a NVIDIA GeForce GTX760

  • ThraxThrax 🐌 Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited May 2015

    Okay. You can connect 3 displays on that GPU without adapters. I recommend finding a deal on the Dell P2314H or LG IPS231B-BN. Fantastic monitors.

    //edit: I've seen both of these displays around $150 new with coupons. Don't hesitate to look into mfgr refurbishes, either.

  • CBCB Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Der Millionendorf- Icrontian

    One thing to think about:

    How important is it to you that things match?

    Personally, i don't mind when my monitors don't match, but I've got buddies who can't use a computer if the monitor bezel colors are different, much less if they monitors themselves are different sizes.

    Thrax recommends good monitors above, but also consider your desktop tastes.

  • I have been putting some thought into a large 34" Ultra Wide 21:9 monitor to fit my workflow. I prefer a single monitor if I can do it, and the little time I have spent on a large Ultra Wide I have really liked it. Best of all worlds, helps immensely with workflow but gets rid of some setup and configuration work, and a bezel in the middle. Good ones seem to run at least $650 or so, so I have not pulled the trigger yet.

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian

    I think those are a bit beyond his preferred budget of $150 though

  • KarmaKarma Likes yoga Icrontian

    What He didn't say 150 +- 430%?

  • It's all about the OP, what about me, what about what I want :p

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