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Hello All,

First of all , please pardon my ignorance on the monitor jargon...not too up to speed on that. I am having a hard time deciding on the best course of action for a gaming display. I am torn between going with a 3 24" monitor set up or 1 27-30" 2500x1600ish display. I know that once you get into that range you start dealing with the IPS panels and issues with input lag. The set up I am leaning towards is:

3x ASUS VS248H-P mounted on a XFX FXTRISTAND.

But I would appreciate more opinions. If you had a $2000 budget for a display set up, what would you all go with?

Thanks in advance!

Current PC Specs:
i5 2500k Sandy
8G ram
128 SSd
2 gtx570 in SLI
850w Corsair PSU
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  1. No, size is wholly unrelated to panel type ...... IPS panels are for true color accuracy for applications like photo editing (have Dell u2410 and u2711) but make rather average gaming monitor. For gaming, you'll much prefer 120 HZ TN panels.

    At $2k, ......

    3 of these will cost ya $1800

    3 of these, under $1,000
  2. I'm not really sure how I feel about the whole 3d thing. The few experiences I have had with it have left me feeling ill and I couldnt play for longer than 30-45 minutes.
  3. Without more information, it's a little difficult to recommend anything. What are the rest of your system specs? Are you intending on going 3D? There's no point in us saying "get the 3x 24" monitors" if your gpu can't support 3 monitors. Also, what will the monitors be primarily used for? Gaming? Design? Video editing?
  4. Ah forgive me! My current specs are as follows. They will be used almost exclusively for Gaming. However I work from home occasionally (network engineer) and need to be able to stare at CLI for extended periods of time.

    i5 2500k Sandy
    8G ram
    128 SSd
    1TB HDD
    2 gtx570 in SLI
    850w Corsair PSU

    Thank you all for your responses so far!
  5. Best answer
    Unfortunately, you're not going to be able to run 3x24" monitors with the 570's you have unless you disable sli. So that kinda leaves you with the single 27".
    Although, imho, if that was my budget, I'd swap out the 2 gtx570's for 1 or 2 hd7970's and go with the 3x24" asus monitors you listed, because if you're not going 3D, ati/amd does 3 screens better.

    2xSapphire Toxic HD7970 6GB (@$699.99 each) $1399.98

    3xAsus 24" (@$199.99 each) $599.97

    Edit: Opps, forgot to mention, that with the above, you will also need 1xdp/dvi active adapter in order for eyefinity to enable the 3rd monitor
  6. I was under the assumption that as long as the monitors had the same native resolutions and refresh rates the SLI cards would be fine? Perhaps I need to brush up on my graphics tech knowledge.
  7. Until nvidia released the gtx6xx series, a single nvidia card could only drive 2 monitors. A 3rd monitor required a 2nd gpu of the same series (ideally, the same model gpu) in non-sli configuration.With the release of the gtx6xx this can now be done on a single card (nvidia call this surround). AMD/ATI have had this running since their hd5xxx series, they call it eyefinity.
  8. Thank you for the information. You have definitely given me a few things to think about. Would it be worth getting AMD 7000 series cards now, or waiting for the 8000 series?
  9. You're welcome. As for 8000 series, after a quick search, the earliest expected release is not until 2013. Having said that, I'd wait a little and see what the 8000 series is likely to bring. One of the things I've discovered about eyefinity/surround is that more vram per card is better.
  10. Best answer selected by ghwx07.
  11. Excellent. I think I will hold off for now on the 3 monitor set up and just pick up one [...] 6824236206 for now. Thank you for your help! Cheers!
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