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March 9, 2013 11:38:57 PM

I would really appreciate any help and advice you can give me on making a decision.

Here is my system:

CPU: Core i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
Speed : 2.67 GHZ (overclocked to 3.8 GHZ)
Motherboard: ASUS P6T DELUXE V2
Memory: 12 gigs of Corsair CM3X2G1600C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800U DDR3-1600
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 580 (1584) 3 gigs of mem
Hard drives: "2" WDC WD740ADFD-00NLR5 (74.4GB, SATA150, 3.5", 10000rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache) : 69GB ( I have BF3 installed in a seperate partition by itself )
"1" WDC WD7500AADS-00L5B1 (750.2GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 32MB Cache) : 699GB
Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal SS Drive
dvd:HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH20LP20 (ATA66, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170A (ATA66, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)
Case: Antec nine hundred two
X-fi XtremeGamer sound card
Creative Labs T7700 7.1 surround sound speaker system
Zalman 9900 LCD CPU cooler ******* at least im not running a stock cooler
Corsair TX850W Power Supply
Cyberpoint 850 AVR LED UP
Acer GD235 monitor ( 120 hz for 3D, and only 1920 x 1080 )
Corsair M60 mouse
Razor Nostromo mini keyboard for BF3 and FPS
Asus USB3.0 and Sata6.0 add on card for upgrade.
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I just ordered a nice three screen mount for three monitors:
((( http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery... )))

I have bid on a EVGA 580 1584 like I already own, so I can do the SLI mode.
While I do own one Acer GD235 monitor and can buy two more on amazon for only 500 bucks , I feel that
with my bad eyesight that I will not be able to have the three screens set up horizontally, as I would be not seeing anything to the
left or right unless I turn my head. my peripheral vision is very poor and I would like to have the three screens in portrait mode.

I took my monitor apart today to see if the screen could be mounted without the bezels, and it cant. I wish it
could have been like the Acer X203W, as that would have been perfect for me.
So forgive me for not knowing about all the different terms involved with monitors, but they are just too numerous. My monitor now
has a 2ms rate, but many of the acer and dells have 5 and 8ms rates. There is a 24 inch dell with a 8ms rate that has a bezel
that is only .035 wide and would be so much better then mine.....I cant run three of mine in portrait mode as the bottom part is over 2 inches
wide and that would be added on to the one inch side of another monitor.

So I need help in knowing what three monitors are the best deal for playing BF3. The only experience I have is watching videos
on youtube and never in person, so I just feel like I will love playing like this, but not horizontally, so what monitors can I buy that have
thin bezels but have good 2ms refresh rate, or will that really matter to me ? I dont use my nvidia 3D glasses very much, so I dont need
the three screens to be 120 hz.......some say that IS important, but the money just goes up and up with that. Sure 500 for two more
of my GD235 monitors and then running them horizontal is the cheapest and best way for me to go, but I just cant help but think I
wont see anything on the sides and I may as well just stay with one screen. 200 each is about my limit but 700 max for all three.

Advice about the different specs for the money and what you think will work for me will be much appreciated

Mike
March 16, 2013 9:08:03 AM

No help from anyone here......oh well, too bad.

I bought the three Dells and the bezel is nice and small and I had to mod the mount I bought and now its great.
BF3 with the three screens is so awesome !!! I could never go back to playing with only one screen !!!
Now I just hope the Oculas Rift is ready soon.
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March 18, 2013 7:28:55 PM

ctguy1955 said:
I would really appreciate any help and advice you can give me on making a decision.

Here is my system:

CPU: Core i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
Speed : 2.67 GHZ (overclocked to 3.8 GHZ)
Motherboard: ASUS P6T DELUXE V2
Memory: 12 gigs of Corsair CM3X2G1600C9 2GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800U DDR3-1600
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 580 (1584) 3 gigs of mem
Hard drives: "2" WDC WD740ADFD-00NLR5 (74.4GB, SATA150, 3.5", 10000rpm, NCQ, 16MB Cache) : 69GB ( I have BF3 installed in a seperate partition by itself )
"1" WDC WD7500AADS-00L5B1 (750.2GB, SATA300, 3.5", NCQ, 32MB Cache) : 699GB
Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal SS Drive
dvd:HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH20LP20 (ATA66, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170A (ATA66, DVD+-RW, CD-RW, 2MB Cache)
Case: Antec nine hundred two
X-fi XtremeGamer sound card
Creative Labs T7700 7.1 surround sound speaker system
Zalman 9900 LCD CPU cooler ******* at least im not running a stock cooler
Corsair TX850W Power Supply
Cyberpoint 850 AVR LED UP
Acer GD235 monitor ( 120 hz for 3D, and only 1920 x 1080 )
Corsair M60 mouse
Razor Nostromo mini keyboard for BF3 and FPS
Asus USB3.0 and Sata6.0 add on card for upgrade.
*********************************************************************************************

I just ordered a nice three screen mount for three monitors:
((( http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery... )))

I have bid on a EVGA 580 1584 like I already own, so I can do the SLI mode.
While I do own one Acer GD235 monitor and can buy two more on amazon for only 500 bucks , I feel that
with my bad eyesight that I will not be able to have the three screens set up horizontally, as I would be not seeing anything to the
left or right unless I turn my head. my peripheral vision is very poor and I would like to have the three screens in portrait mode.

I took my monitor apart today to see if the screen could be mounted without the bezels, and it cant. I wish it
could have been like the Acer X203W, as that would have been perfect for me.
So forgive me for not knowing about all the different terms involved with monitors, but they are just too numerous. My monitor now
has a 2ms rate, but many of the acer and dells have 5 and 8ms rates. There is a 24 inch dell with a 8ms rate that has a bezel
that is only .035 wide and would be so much better then mine.....I cant run three of mine in portrait mode as the bottom part is over 2 inches
wide and that would be added on to the one inch side of another monitor.

So I need help in knowing what three monitors are the best deal for playing BF3. The only experience I have is watching videos
on youtube and never in person, so I just feel like I will love playing like this, but not horizontally, so what monitors can I buy that have
thin bezels but have good 2ms refresh rate, or will that really matter to me ? I dont use my nvidia 3D glasses very much, so I dont need
the three screens to be 120 hz.......some say that IS important, but the money just goes up and up with that. Sure 500 for two more
of my GD235 monitors and then running them horizontal is the cheapest and best way for me to go, but I just cant help but think I
wont see anything on the sides and I may as well just stay with one screen. 200 each is about my limit but 700 max for all three.

Advice about the different specs for the money and what you think will work for me will be much appreciated

Mike


Hi there! Hope I can help. Why don't you try this site:
http://www.squidoo.com/best-thin-monitors
It has different monitor options and details for each monitor. You might be able to find something for your pc there.
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March 18, 2013 7:56:48 PM

I thank you all very much, but as the deal was to be gone in a short while, I decided to go with it. The monitors are all in perfect condition with no dead pixels or backlite areas that are abnormal. Playing Battlefield three with the nvidia surround is such a joy, I dont think I can
ever go back to just one monitor again.

For the 599 delivered, I am very happy and the 4 gig GTX580 is doing a really great job and Im happy with that too.

After seeing the price of only 215, I guess this would have been a really great substitute, but the actual bezel looks to me to be about the same as what I have??? The response time is better on the one
you suggested, and I do thank you very much for the suggetion, Had I known about it sooner, I may have gone with your choice.

I need a 10 foot long DVI to Displayport cable in order to use my 4th ( top ) monitor, and I look forward
to being able to hopefully be playing BF3 on the 3 and have the 4th to show me how my computer is running.
If I have to, I can install my GeForce GT610 to run the 4th monitor to be able to run the game and do what I would like with the 4th monitor.

Thanks Everyone !!!

http://s968.photobucket.com/user/CTguy1955/media/IMG_12...
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June 3, 2013 3:20:54 PM

I have an Acer s240hl and really love it. The Bezels are extremely thin and would make for a great surround experience. You can pick one up on Amazon for $210.
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January 25, 2014 11:36:01 AM

I ended up building a new rig for BF4.

Corsair 650D case
Intel i7-4770K 3.5 OC'ed to 4.422
ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA LGA 1150 Intel Z87
2 NVIDIA GTX 680 04g-p4-2686 (SLI) 4 gigs of mem
GSkill F3-2400C10D-16GTX CL 10-12-12-31 1.65V
Corsair H100i cpu water cooler
Corsair 1050 watt PSU
Intel 520 series 120 gb SSD
Kingston Hyper 120gb SSD
WB Velociraptor 70 gb HD 10,000 rpm
Seagate 2tb hybrid ssd/reg Hard drive
Sony DVD read/write 40 speed
Logitech YUY-95 illuminated keyboard
Corsair M-60 mouse
Razor Nostromo mini keyboard
Creative Labs 7.1 T7700 speaker system
Cyber Power 850 AVR voltage regulator and power backup
Three Dell 24" monitors
TYKE 73B - Triple Monitor Stand Free Standing Curved Arm
OS= Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit


Now to water cool it more, and see what happens next !!!
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