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Triple monitor/decent GPU vs Single monitor/great GPU

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by HossHuge, May 13, 2013.

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Triple monitor/decent GPU vs Single monitor/great GPU

  1. Triple monitor/decent GPU

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  2. Single monitor/great GPU

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  1. HossHuge

    HossHuge

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    You have say $800 dollars to spend.

    Example:

    3 x $150 monitors + $350 GPU

    1 x $350 monitor + $450 GPU


    Which one do you choose?
    How do you spend it?
     
  2. RCoon

    RCoon Gaming Moderator Staff Member

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    1 Monitor, 1 GPU.
    Played BF3 in Eyefinity and crossfire, the three screens did nothing but distract me.
    Though I use 1 120Hz screen and a second standard screen
     
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    A single monitor and a beefy GPU, if not simply for support's sake.

    I've got 3 20" 1600x900 monitors I picked up for $80 a piece. 3 1080p monitors would've run me out of 1.5GB VRAM real quick. As far as the experience goes, they definitely add to the immersion, but they're not actually that 'helpful' per say. In BF3, they don't really help me all that much. I usually only spot people in my main monitor. Maybe someone with better eyes, developed peripheral vision, and "movement detection" might find them more of an advantage. I gain a lot more from surround sound than I do Nvidia Surround. I'll never forget running in BF3 and hearing one of the incredibly stupid, overused exclamations behind me to my left. Let's just say that after I climbed up the scout tower, his character didn't make any more noises.
     
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    Get a 1440/1600 monitor + a 7970/680.

    Edit:since you already have a single 660 you can a second one and SLI them and it will be faster than any 680.
     
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    While it's not being covered as much as the multi-gpu problem, microstuttering is also aggravated by multi-screen. Perhaps it's not discussed simply because the problem is still with the gpu and not the screens. But even on a single gpu, multiscreen can have more dropped and runt frames than the same gpu has on a single screen. At the same time, 2-3 budget screens aren't going to look as nice as a single nice screen.
     
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    Since I've been playing in Nvidia surround I think it's amazing. I'm using a MSI GTX 680 PE/lighting overclocked to 1241mhz and I want to pick up another one soon. So, with that being said... Unless you plan to pick up another card soon then get a really good card with a single monitor. My GTX 680 does great with Tomb Raider 35-45 fps. Most would say it's not playable, but I think it's very playable, but when I drop all the eye candy and run on low settings it's amazing so another card would make it that much better. :toast:
     
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    This pole has nothing to do with my set-up. I meant if you were to set up a system right now.

    Maybe I should have made this more clear....:ohwell:
     
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    Either way,your system or not,a single bigger,better quality screen is always better imo.
     
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    So nobody multitasks? For games it's sweet but it can be used for more than that.

    I've never had a problem with microstuttering.
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    I would do: 1 x $300 monitor + 1x $100 monitor + $300-400 GPU

    Expensive monitor as primary, cheap monitor as secondary for multitasking.
     
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    I do on my single 27" 2560x1440. Essentially two screens 720p across on one monitor. :)

    I've used two monitors but I guess I prefer to have everything on one screen.

    I've tried eyefinity and it's nice, but I'd only really use it on racing games. With FPS games, my brain has enough to deal with on one screen.
     
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    1 Good screen and a good GFX card, maybe add a 2nd smaller/cheaper screen for extra workspace as suggested...

    I personally never understood the allure of multi monitor gaming, not with current display tech anyways. Hello bezels! LoL
     
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    Yep, I used to run dual monitors too, till my Samsung died, and now I don't want to go back to dual, because now when I run games, windows doesn't do the whole would you like to go to basic mode, you do not have enough resources bull shit anymore like it did with dual monitors.
     
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    multi monitor gaming is the shit mofo!!
     
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    I voted 3 monitor + decent GPU. I will still game on main monitor and use 3 when I am working.
     
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    I so broke i can't pay attention! :p

    :roll:

    I'm not a fan of IPS screens, not for gaming anyways. Unless you dish out for a higher spec or try your luck on those OCable Asian special jobbies. Still though, multi monitor = The damn BEZELS! :banghead: GTX 660Ti is a decent card and prolly better suited to multi monitor useage than an AMD/ATi equivalent. Admittedly i am a single sceen, single card kind of user so take that with a grain a salt :eek:

    Regardless, that would be a pretty nice setup for $800 though i would think! I could just be hatin' on you :pimp: :pimp:

    If you haven't already, check this out http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/ It may help you out :toast:
     

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