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March 4, 2014 6:26:55 PM

Hey all .. im having a bit of a dilemma,

Im wanting to add a second monitor to my setup, as i often want to stream a computer game stream (starcraft for example) while browsing so dual monitor is going to benefit me a lot here.

My current monitor is an Asus VG278HE 144hz 3D 27" Monitor.
Current GPUs = nVidia GTX780 SLI with ACX Coolers on both

Im wondering, should i get a second of the same monitor, as maybe ... MAYBE ill end up getting a third in the future so i can have a tri-display 3D setup ?

OR .. do i buy a 1440p monitor for higher resolution gaming ?

None of my friends have 1440p displays so ive never been able to see the difference, but i imagine being able to choose if i want to look at a 3D display or a higher resolution display could be quite nice.

Obviously having matching monitors is nice due to same contrast/brightness etc, but only having two doesnt offer me any "difference" as opposed to 1080p + 1440p

what are peoples thoughts? the types of games i play are need for speed / starcraft / things with nice eye candy ..

Thanks all :-)

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March 4, 2014 7:01:56 PM

TLDR - Buy another of the same monitor that you have

Personally, I would stay at 1080p. I wouldnt switch from a top end 1080P gaming monitor to 1440P for resolution but that is just me. The input lag will be slower and you wont have 144hz anymore. I have a BenQ 24" gaming monitor and that thing is night and day better than my standard monitor that i had. Also having a different resolution can be a nuisance as the images dont line up due to the resolution difference. Not sure how to explain this but I have a monitor that isnt 1080p paired up too and it can be annoying sometimes. On top of that, you will pay quite a bit more for a good 1440p monitor.
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March 4, 2014 7:45:33 PM

Thanks for your response :-)

you raise a very good point regarding the refresh rate, its something i didn't even stop to think about, and research now tells me im unlikely if not impossible to get a 120/144hz native monitor (overclocking your monitor MAY achieve 120hz ..)

its a shame the VG278HE's bezel isnt super thin, i imagine tri-gaming with 3 of them wouldn't be all that amazing due to the bordering.

If i buy one, maybe i should just buy two.. as i already own the nvidia vision 2 3D kit. get some mad 3d surround gaming going on.
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March 5, 2014 5:43:38 AM

reaperz said:
Thanks for your response :-)

you raise a very good point regarding the refresh rate, its something i didn't even stop to think about, and research now tells me im unlikely if not impossible to get a 120/144hz native monitor (overclocking your monitor MAY achieve 120hz ..)

its a shame the VG278HE's bezel isnt super thin, i imagine tri-gaming with 3 of them wouldn't be all that amazing due to the bordering.

If i buy one, maybe i should just buy two.. as i already own the nvidia vision 2 3D kit. get some mad 3d surround gaming going on.


Yea, it does make a difference IMO.

I didnt think of that. Good point. That is obviously personal preference. Honestly, I am fine playing on 1 monitor and having the other for other things.

You definitely have a decision to make. There are some good 1440p monitors out there. All depends on your desire for the bump in resolution. Either way though, you will be hard pressed to find one as capable performance wise as your current 1080 monitor.
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