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Best gaming/productivity display setup for ~$600?

What I have:
A couple years ago I got Samsung SyncMaster BX2450 for a great deal, only $150 during a Newegg christmas sale. I know it's just an old TN display and by today's standards it's probably junk, but personally, I love it. I use it as an external display for my laptops and have done some moderate gaming on it and I'm very pleased.

What I want:
I'm in the process of building a nice gaming desktop with either a GTX 670 or GTX 680 and I'm planning to upgrade my display. I've considered going with a nice IPS 27" display, but I really like the idea of a 3 monitor nvidia surround setup. I prefer this setup largely because of the extra multitasking/productivity potential of multiple displays. However, either way, I'll probably mount my BX2450 on top of the new display(s) for web surfing, cpu monitoring, etc.

The problem:
So while I don't think I have the highest standards of quality, there are a few things that I think would bother me. If I went with a 3 display surround setup, I would definitely want extremely thin bezels. Also, I'm concerned that if I got a nice 27" ips display, my current monitor would look so bad next to it that I wouldn't want to use it and then I'd have to buy another expensive monitor for multitasking. The problem is that I'm having a tough time finding any decent 20-25" monitors with super thin bezels in the $200 range. Another problem with the 1 on 3 setup is mounting options. It seems most monitors aren't VESA and multi-display stands are in the ~$300 range. I suppose I could always sit the bottom 3 on my desk and rig something up for the top display until I can afford a nice stand though.

So I was wondering what the opinions are on 1 nice 27" vs 3 smaller thin bezel monitors for gaming and any product suggestions for either setup. For discussion's sake, lets assume all the games I'll be playing will work with nvidia surround.
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    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=320-9800&dgc=BA&cid=254887&lid=4512431&acd=12309162576398126

    This monitor has a very thin bezel and is a good quality monitor , I don't think it's wall mountable but the stand looks good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824185011

    If going with one monitor you can get this one with a 2560x1440 resolution for just under $600.
  2. inzone said:
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=320-9800&dgc=BA&cid=254887&lid=4512431&acd=12309162576398126

    This monitor has a very thin bezel and is a good quality monitor , I don't think it's wall mountable but the stand looks good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824185011

    If going with one monitor you can get this one with a 2560x1440 resolution for just under $600.


    Those both look great, thank you.
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