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22" or Dual-17" with HD3870

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Last response: in Graphics Cards
May 26, 2008 11:24:02 AM

Hi There,

Here’s my spec:

Athlon 3500+ @2.5Ghz
4GB DDR400
Win XP SP3
Saitek X52

I have ordered a HD3870 and will reach me soon. I’m looking to upgrade my display from 17” to 22” TFT. Now the question comes to my mind is whether to go for a 22” (current 17” will be useless) or get another 17” (less cost compared to 22”) and do a dual-display with HD3870.

I will be using the system 95% for gaming (FSX, COD4, CMR DiRT, ProStreet etc) and love to have large display. So which one would be the best choice for me? Single 22” or dual 17”? will dual-display affect the performance drastically?

Any input is greatly appreciated.


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May 26, 2008 11:52:56 AM

If your going for gaming stick to one display in my opnion. Two means double the work and some games are likely to have issues with dual display. Unless you'll only be using one 17inch for gaming and the other just for desktop type stuff.
a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2008 12:02:50 PM

110% for the 22" display.

Just to be sure, your platform supports PCIe, right?
Not to many systems around with a single core CPU still have support for anything but AGP.
If that is the case, you will be limited to a 3850 AGP card untill you update your platform.
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May 26, 2008 12:06:34 PM

Yes , I do have PCIe. Thanks. I'm alredy running with 6600GT.
a b U Graphics card
May 26, 2008 12:13:18 PM

K, just making sure.
The GF6 series was origanly for the AGP bus so it is hard to tell thru the tubes ;) 
a c 94 U Graphics card
May 26, 2008 12:15:51 PM

keep the old 17, and use teh 22 as your gaming display. Cards barely notice the windows in the 2nd display when gaming, I've been running dual for about 5 years now, from a 6600GT upward.
May 26, 2008 3:39:15 PM

Agree with 13thmonkey, although I have 2 monitors on my desk now, I'm not even using the second one.
May 28, 2008 8:24:21 AM

Thanks a lot guys, much appreciated.
a c 160 U Graphics card
May 28, 2008 3:59:58 PM

17" to a 22" is a nice jump. The extra desktop space is great. I don't think i'd use a 2nd display unless I was editing something.