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gtx 280 in sli. monitor size?

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December 1, 2008 4:43:42 PM

ok s im either going to get a 22" dell ultrasharp with res of 1680 x 1050. or 20" dell ultrasharp with a res of 1680x1050. will the extra 2" squeeze out more of juice out of the 22" or will it just lower my frame right. see I want to take advantage of both the cards but i want to play crysis on max settings and get high frame rates. the price differenece isnt alot. yea so thanks
a b U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
December 1, 2008 5:00:13 PM

those two have same resolution so performance would be the same.
i would go for the 22"
December 1, 2008 5:00:20 PM

Going with the 22" would just give you a bigger screen, better imo. There should be no frame rate difference between the two monitors since they use the same resolution.

If at all possible I would go for a 24" with 1920x1200 or such resolution though. Get one that can pixel match and you can lower resolution for Crysis if need be. I say this because for any other game out there 2x280 GTX is way overkill on a 1680x1050 resolution, even with eye candy turned up.

That's my 2p anyway, if you are sticking with the 1680x1050 get the 22". If you can spring for the 24" I sure would.
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December 1, 2008 5:06:57 PM

gtx280 in SLI is wasted at that monitor size and resolution. Get the Dell 30" model with resolution 2560 x 1600
December 1, 2008 5:08:49 PM

hahaha lol @ mtyermom k ill guess il get the 22 i cant spring for the 24
December 1, 2008 5:09:07 PM

I agree with the 2 above posts. If you are going to run 2 280s then you should have the monitor to match and a 20 or 22 inch just doesn't cut it.
December 1, 2008 5:11:15 PM

i think a 22" will be fine. i dont have enough room for a 24" and i want to play crysis. pretty much only crysis so yah....
December 1, 2008 5:20:27 PM

Dude, spending the money on GTX280 in SLI and then not being able to afford a monitor that will take advantage of it is absurd. Drop to a single GTX280 and get the 24" monitor at 1920x1200, a much better match up of performance and resolution.
a c 191 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
December 1, 2008 5:28:19 PM

Get the bigger screen, drop a card, save some money.
December 1, 2008 5:31:54 PM

coozie7 said:
Get the bigger screen, drop a card, save some money.


ding ding ding we have a winner. this would be your best bet. of course he says he doens't have enough room for a 24 inch. It must be a tight fit for his monitor if he can't fit 2 more inches.
December 1, 2008 5:32:00 PM

na ok im 22" and 280s in sli this way im set for the future
December 1, 2008 5:33:43 PM

oicwutudidthar said:
na ok im 22" and 280s in sli this way im set for the future




:pfff: 
December 1, 2008 5:34:09 PM

To OP;

Well if you haven't room for the 24" and you already have purchased the 2x280 GTXs then just get the 22". One thing is for sure, if another game comes out in a year or two with the system crushing performance that Crysis had last year at least you may be able to play it well on 22" with those puppies LOL talk about some future-proofing extreme :) 

Enjoy it, whatever you decide. Bottom line is your fun/piece of mind over anyone else's opinion really, I guess better overpowered than underpowered? haha :bounce: 
December 1, 2008 5:43:15 PM

Talon said:
To OP;

Well if you haven't room for the 24" and you already have purchased the 2x280 GTXs then just get the 22". One thing is for sure, if another game comes out in a year or two with the system crushing performance that Crysis had last year at least you may be able to play it well on 22" with those puppies LOL talk about some future-proofing extreme :) 

Enjoy it, whatever you decide. Bottom line is your fun/piece of mind over anyone else's opinion really, I guess better overpowered than underpowered? haha :bounce: 


Fair enough. It is still my opinion that a single gtx280 and a 24" monitor @ 1920x1200 is a much better value and more bang/buck, but in the end it is the OP's money and he can spend it as he wishes. These are merely suggestions.
a c 191 U Graphics card
a b C Monitor
December 1, 2008 5:48:59 PM

@ALLHANDS
Sorry, did n`t make myself clear, I should have said; Get the 22",drop a card, save some money.
December 1, 2008 5:59:16 PM

Despite myself, I still can't get over what a waste of money it is to buy 2x GTX280s just to run them on a 22" monitor.

To oicwutudidthar: Why don't you just get a single GTX280 now, with the 22" monitor. Then, later on you can add in another GTX280 for less money than you would pay today, when you feel you need the extra performance. A single GTX280 is going to crush any current game at 1680x1050.

EDIT: I just realized that we haven't even discussed the specs of the rest of that system.

oicwutudidthar: Can you give us full specs on your proposed machine? (I'm assuming this will be a pre-built dell?)
December 1, 2008 6:32:40 PM

@mtyermom

I agree with you of course from a personal standpoint, the OP hasn't said yet if they already had the 2 x 280 GTXs or were planning on the purchase etc. The build specs for rest of system could be relevant as well.

If the monitor is the only part not yet purchased then well to each their own was just my simple point. It does seem a shame to have to let games "grow" into your system because it is obscenely powerful hehe.

I would be curious about the rest of the system, if for no other reason than to make sure there isn't a 400W PSU in the mix somewhere :kaola:  .

If the OP would elaborate at least we can make sure they are making no miscalculations in the overall build and maybe save them some headache at least.

Peace out.
December 1, 2008 7:26:37 PM

coozie7 said:
@ALLHANDS
Sorry, did n`t make myself clear, I should have said; Get the 22",drop a card, save some money.


no sweat I agree with you whole heartedly! :lol:  :lol:  I was just pointing out that he says he doens't have the room for anything bigger. But if I would do exactly what you proposed :sol:  :sol: 
December 2, 2008 2:13:40 AM

i7 965 extreme
2x gtx 280s
vista home prem 64
3gbs of tri channel memory
dell 1000w
nvidia x58 chipset
xfi extreme gamer
velociraptor
h2c liquid cooling
ect.

December 2, 2008 2:21:49 AM

oicwutudidthar said:
i7 965 extreme
2x gtx 280s
vista home prem 64
3gbs of tri channel memory
dell 1000w
nvidia x58 chipset
xfi extreme gamer
velociraptor
h2c liquid cooling
ect.



sounds good the only thing your missing is the monitor to match the rest of the hardware.
December 2, 2008 2:56:07 AM

i honestly dont have any more room i measued and 21.5 i is the max so im stilling pushing it with a 24 part of the screen will be behind the tower. a 22: is good cause later i dont want to upgrade i want this config for atleast 2-3 years which it will be goode for since im entering the game at a good point because my cpu in a few years will still be known
December 3, 2008 5:33:30 PM

You should be running 6GB RAM in that system, a 64-bit OS is more memory hungry, the memory addressing itself takes up more bits.

But man, seriously, the i7 965 = big $$, 2x GTX280 = big $$, liquid cooling = big $$


after allll that and you're skimping on the monitor?? You seriously need to be running a 30" 2560 x 1600 monitor

Find a different way to set up your desk, put the box (tower) itself on the floor instead of on the desk, or like I've done before and built a platform to keep the box approximately ~8 inches off the floor. Or wtf, you've got all that money to spend, get a bigger/better desk.
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