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January 6, 2014 1:12:11 PM

I'm looking for 3 new monitors for gaming/browsing the internet/etc. I will not be gaming on all three, just on the middle one. I am confused as to which one I should get, a 1440p, 60hz monitor or a 1080p, 120/144 hz. I have a GTX 780. I play racing games and FPS's, but mainly play RPG's and MMO's such as Skyrim, Dark Souls, and FF XIV. I want two on the sides for browsing reddit/watching youtube while gaming, preferably smaller and when tilted on their side the same height as the main monitor. Any advice/recommendations is appreciated!

Edit: Forgot, about this. Budget: $600, but willing to go up a little more if I can get a far better deal.

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January 6, 2014 1:15:06 PM

budget ?
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January 6, 2014 1:15:49 PM

Hello Attalin!

Are you concerned about the resolution? Basically do you prefer higher resolution? 60hz should be just fine unless you're an FPS junkie and want to see as high as possible. I can find you some monitors if you answer my question!
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January 6, 2014 1:20:53 PM

cjnnewman said:
Hello Attalin!

Are you concerned about the resolution? Basically do you prefer higher resolution? 60hz should be just fine unless you're an FPS junkie and want to see as high as possible. I can find you some monitors if you answer my question!


I think I rather have a higher resolution than framerate, but usually how big are 1440p monitors?
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January 6, 2014 1:22:29 PM

Typically they run about 24-27 inches!
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January 6, 2014 1:24:09 PM

cjnnewman said:
Typically they run about 24-27 inches!


That's fine. Let's go with a 1440p monitor then.
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January 6, 2014 1:29:36 PM

would you prefer 2 x 27 inch 1440p or 3x1080p? personally i would go with higher resolution but what are you looking for ? i mean since you gonna play with one monitor you could manage getting 1 x27 1440p and 1 x 27 120 or 144 hz and have both worlds
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January 6, 2014 1:29:57 PM

Take a look at this for the main one. http://www.amazon.com/X-Star-DP2710-LED-2560x1440-DVI-D...

It's one of the cheapest and looks good to me. I'll look a little deeper; I'm also trying to keep some overhead for the other two side monitors.
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January 6, 2014 1:32:24 PM

1440p monitors by well known brands are going to run expensive. The cheapest on TigerDirect from Asus is about 600.
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January 6, 2014 1:33:23 PM

You should game on 3 monitors, its so awesome :) .. Anyway My setup is 3 u2412m dell monitors and i have a 4th monitor mounted above the middle one for all that other desktop stuff.
And about your budget... Are you expecting to get 3 1440p monitors for a total of less than $600 or are you just trying to get one new monitor? If you want 3 monitors for a total of $600 you will be stuck getting 1080p monitors at 60Hz...
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January 6, 2014 1:33:41 PM

I think if you want 3 monitors you should do one large (24-27in), low response time 60hz 1080p monitor for the middle, and then two smaller (20-22in) 1080p 60hz 5ms for the outsides.
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January 6, 2014 1:34:55 PM

cjnnewman said:
I think if you want 3 monitors you should do one large (24-27in), low response time 60hz 1080p monitor for the middle, and then two smaller (20-22in) 1080p 60hz 5ms for the outsides.


Yes, that's what I meant. I want two smaller monitors for the sides for browsing reddit/youtube
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January 6, 2014 1:37:51 PM

cjnnewman said:
Take a look at this for the main one. http://www.amazon.com/X-Star-DP2710-LED-2560x1440-DVI-D...

It's one of the cheapest and looks good to me. I'll look a little deeper; I'm also trying to keep some overhead for the other two side monitors.


Is it really 6.8 inches wide? That seems like a lot.
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January 6, 2014 1:41:44 PM

cjnnewman said:
Maybe Derza's for the center and this (http://www.amazon.com/Dell-CFGKT-IPS-LED-21-5-Inch-LED-...) for the outsides?


I want to flip the side monitors on their side for easier web page browsing. I slightly have OCD and want the side monitors to be the same height as the main monitor.
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January 6, 2014 1:47:27 PM

Yea your options are pretty much 3 of the same 1080p 24 inch simi cheap monitors, or as Cynnewman said you could get one 1200p monitor for the middle and then 2 cheap side ones. I really like the Dells, and they have very nice stands allowing you to turn the monitors for landscape or portrait.
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January 6, 2014 1:49:23 PM

Attalin said:
cjnnewman said:
Maybe Derza's for the center and this (http://www.amazon.com/Dell-CFGKT-IPS-LED-21-5-Inch-LED-...) for the outsides?


I want to flip the side monitors on their side for easier web page browsing. I slightly have OCD and want the side monitors to be the same height as the main monitor.


If that is the case i believe you will need something like a 27 inch in the middle and 19 inch ones on each side... I'll see if i can find more information for you.
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January 6, 2014 1:50:09 PM

Derza10 said:
Yea your options are pretty much 3 of the same 1080p 24 inch simi cheap monitors, or as Cynnewman said you could get one 1200p monitor for the middle and then 2 cheap side ones. I really like the Dells, and they have very nice stands allowing you to turn the monitors for landscape or portrait.


Alright, but i'm looking and I cant find out that if this http://www.amazon.com/Dell-CFGKT-IPS-LED-21-5-Inch-LED-... flipped on it's side is the same height as this http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...
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January 6, 2014 1:59:09 PM

Are you insistent on the side monitors being rotated? There aren't too many monitors that will fit exactly to anything when they are rotated. While finding two additional monitors that match the middle while landscape is much easier, and I think will be more pleasing to your OCD.
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January 6, 2014 2:00:41 PM

I found this site you can play around with... If you want the actual screens to be the same size and not counting the bezel.
http://www.displaywars.com/27-inch-16x9-vs-15,6-inch-16...
You will want the height on the bigger one to match the width of the smaller ones.
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January 6, 2014 2:02:15 PM

cjnnewman said:
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-P2714H-27-Inch-LED-Lit-Monit...
Here is the center.

19" on each side is correct, I'm trying to find some rotating ones that meet budget.


cjnnewman said:
Are you insistent on the side monitors being rotated? There aren't too many monitors that will fit exactly to anything when they are rotated. While finding two additional monitors that match the middle while landscape is much easier, and I think will be more pleasing to your OCD.


Eh, I would really like them to be tilted. Show me an example of your idea though, so I can decide.
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January 6, 2014 2:08:01 PM

cjnnewman said:
For my idea, I'd suggest 3 of these http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2312HM-IPS-Monit....

I'm still working on finding a display that would match the height of a single one of those when rotated.


I like those tilted, if you could find a main one for around $300 that would match those I would love it. That monitor is 1920x1080, so no bigger resolution, and I can't find the refresh rate which I assume is 60hz, defeating the point of sacrificing refresh raite for more resolution (correct me if i'm wrong)
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January 6, 2014 2:08:40 PM

I agree for your budget get 3 of the U2312HM monitors... That will also give you the option to turn on nvidia surround and game on all 3 :)  trust me once you play on 3 monitors you won't go back, and for games like FFXIV a gtx 780 will pretty much max out the game at 5760x1080. I was getting 30-40 FPS in FFXIV at 5760x1200 with a 680. So i'd expect 50-60 fps at 5760x1080 with a gtx 780. Racing games are also awesome on 3 monitors. Get 3 of the same monitors and mount a 4th above the middle one, you won't regret it.
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January 6, 2014 2:12:39 PM

Attalin said:
cjnnewman said:
For my idea, I'd suggest 3 of these http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2312HM-IPS-Monit....

I'm still working on finding a display that would match the height of a single one of those when rotated.


I like those tilted, if you could find a main one for around $300 that would match those I would love it. That monitor is 1920x1080, so no bigger resolution, and I can't find the refresh rate which I assume is 60hz, defeating the point of sacrificing refresh raite for more resolution (correct me if i'm wrong)


to have a center monitor to match 23 inch 1080p monitor on the side you would need something like a 40 inch monitor in the middle to match it height to width... so that is not going to happen..
http://www.displaywars.com/23-inch-16x9-vs-41-inch-16x9
takes a 41 inch monitor to match a 23 inch on its side...

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January 6, 2014 2:13:50 PM

Derza10 said:
I agree for your budget get 3 of the U2312HM monitors... That will also give you the option to turn on nvidia surround and game on all 3 :)  trust me once you play on 3 monitors you won't go back, and for games like FFXIV a gtx 780 will pretty much max out the game at 5760x1080. I was getting 30-40 FPS in FFXIV at 5760x1200 with a 680. So i'd expect 50-60 fps at 5760x1080 with a gtx 780. Racing games are also awesome on 3 monitors. Get 3 of the same monitors and mount a 4th above the middle one, you won't regret it.


Yea, but I don't like the black bars between monitors. Which is why I wanted a larger one in the middle to game on and then have the smaller side ones to browse with.
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January 6, 2014 2:16:39 PM

http://www.amazon.com/VG248QE-24-Inch-Screen-LED-lit-Mo...

This is the nicest and closest I can get, you'll still be around 3 inches off with the side monitors.

I strongly suggest 3 of the U232HM's, I realize it defeats the point. The problem is, whether we crank the resolution up to 1440p, or the refresh rate up to 144hz. We won't be able to stay in budget for three monitors.
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January 6, 2014 2:18:23 PM

cjnnewman said:
http://www.amazon.com/VG248QE-24-Inch-Screen-LED-lit-Mo...

This is the nicest and closest I can get, you'll still be around 3 inches off with the side monitors.

I strongly suggest 3 of the U232HM's, I realize it defeats the point. The problem is, whether we crank the resolution up to 1440p, or the refresh rate up to 144hz. We won't be able to stay in budget for three monitors.


Not even if I bump up the budget to $700?
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January 6, 2014 2:19:39 PM

The VG248 has a 144hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time. If you were to put that next to the U232HM's while they were landscape, you'd have a very high quality gaming monitor. And slightly smaller but very nice browsing monitors that would look good. Also, even though the middle would be slightly bigger it's only an inch off, and the whole setup would be symmetrical. I think that would look nice, and keep the focus on the middle one when you were trying to game! This is the best setup you could get for the $700 budget. 1440p is more expensive to get than 144hz and would bust our wallet.
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January 6, 2014 2:20:26 PM

Attalin said:
Derza10 said:
I agree for your budget get 3 of the U2312HM monitors... That will also give you the option to turn on nvidia surround and game on all 3 :)  trust me once you play on 3 monitors you won't go back, and for games like FFXIV a gtx 780 will pretty much max out the game at 5760x1080. I was getting 30-40 FPS in FFXIV at 5760x1200 with a 680. So i'd expect 50-60 fps at 5760x1080 with a gtx 780. Racing games are also awesome on 3 monitors. Get 3 of the same monitors and mount a 4th above the middle one, you won't regret it.


Yea, but I don't like the black bars between monitors. Which is why I wanted a larger one in the middle to game on and then have the smaller side ones to browse with.


It really isn't that bad... They have a setting in surround where you can compensate for the bezel size so what you see still flows between monitors (basically makes it so the images are hidden behind the bezels so its like looking threw a window with bars in it.) I mean you still see just as much on the center monitor as you would if you got 1 bigger one... just now you have the vision of the other two side monitors as well. I'll leave you alone about it if you are dead set against it though.
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January 6, 2014 2:36:58 PM

Yes it will.
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January 6, 2014 2:41:26 PM

Alright. I will probably go with that then, but which three should I get, the Asus or the Dell?
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January 6, 2014 2:50:29 PM

Derza10 said:
Yes it will.


Alright. I will probably go with that then, but which three should I get, the Asus or the Dell?
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January 6, 2014 3:20:56 PM

I really like my Dell u2412m's The asus would be good for the 144 Hz rate but you won't get anywhere near 144 FPS out of 1 card while using 3 monitors... The Dells 60Hz is reachable and the IPS panel will give you better image quality... So my vote is the Dells.
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January 6, 2014 3:41:39 PM

Derza10 said:
I really like my Dell u2412m's The asus would be good for the 144 Hz rate but you won't get anywhere near 144 FPS out of 1 card while using 3 monitors... The Dells 60Hz is reachable and the IPS panel will give you better image quality... So my vote is the Dells.


Hmm. I just heard that 16:10 is not as widely supported of a resolution though, and that I will end up with black bars on the sides in some games/videos, is that true? Also, I was looking and saw that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M is a year or two old. Is there a newer version?
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January 6, 2014 4:24:57 PM

Attalin said:
Derza10 said:
I really like my Dell u2412m's The asus would be good for the 144 Hz rate but you won't get anywhere near 144 FPS out of 1 card while using 3 monitors... The Dells 60Hz is reachable and the IPS panel will give you better image quality... So my vote is the Dells.


Hmm. I just heard that 16:10 is not as widely supported of a resolution though, and that I will end up with black bars on the sides in some games/videos, is that true? Also, I was looking and saw that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M is a year or two old. Is there a newer version?

Games support all resolutions even random ones you make up on the fly ( i play at 6040x1200 with bezel correction enabled ). The only exception are games like league of legends, starcraft, and games like that where you are forced to use one monitor... and they all support 1920x1200. No newer versions of the monitor. They have some higher end monitors but they cost a lot more.

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January 6, 2014 7:11:17 PM

Derza10 said:
Attalin said:
Derza10 said:
I really like my Dell u2412m's The asus would be good for the 144 Hz rate but you won't get anywhere near 144 FPS out of 1 card while using 3 monitors... The Dells 60Hz is reachable and the IPS panel will give you better image quality... So my vote is the Dells.


Hmm. I just heard that 16:10 is not as widely supported of a resolution though, and that I will end up with black bars on the sides in some games/videos, is that true? Also, I was looking and saw that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M is a year or two old. Is there a newer version?

Games support all resolutions even random ones you make up on the fly ( i play at 6040x1200 with bezel correction enabled ). The only exception are games like league of legends, starcraft, and games like that where you are forced to use one monitor... and they all support 1920x1200. No newer versions of the monitor. They have some higher end monitors but they cost a lot more.



Sorry, meant aspect ratio. Thanks for all of your help! Gonna keep browsing and see if I can find the perfect setup for me though.
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January 6, 2014 8:44:55 PM

Attalin said:
Derza10 said:
Attalin said:
Derza10 said:
I really like my Dell u2412m's The asus would be good for the 144 Hz rate but you won't get anywhere near 144 FPS out of 1 card while using 3 monitors... The Dells 60Hz is reachable and the IPS panel will give you better image quality... So my vote is the Dells.


Hmm. I just heard that 16:10 is not as widely supported of a resolution though, and that I will end up with black bars on the sides in some games/videos, is that true? Also, I was looking and saw that the Dell UltraSharp U2412M is a year or two old. Is there a newer version?

Games support all resolutions even random ones you make up on the fly ( i play at 6040x1200 with bezel correction enabled ). The only exception are games like league of legends, starcraft, and games like that where you are forced to use one monitor... and they all support 1920x1200. No newer versions of the monitor. They have some higher end monitors but they cost a lot more.



Sorry, meant aspect ratio. Thanks for all of your help! Gonna keep browsing and see if I can find the perfect setup for me though.


Yes I know what you meant... 1920/1200 is the same thing as 16/10 its just reduced ... so yea... 16/10 is supported by all new games.

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