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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a Dell XPS 9100 and want to get a new monitor(s) as well. I currently have two old Dell 1905FP monitors and I LOVE the dual setup. I don't do games...but I do photography and love being able to have different programs open on different monitors. I assume you can't have multiple programs open on one large monitor? Is that correct? So...Dell has a sale right now on monitors and I'm looking at the u3011. But then I was thinking maybe I would rather get 3 smaller ones like maybe u2311h although they aren't the same quality. How about the 30" and something turned on their ends on either side? Anything match up? What video card would you recommend for this? Just looking for some expert advice.

Thanks a bunch...Lorac :-)
post #2 of 14
Well your on the right track for IPS panels, and Dell at that. Those are highly recommended around here.

Have a few options here though. Multiple screens is always a bonus. I have seen a few of the setups with the large center screen and 2 smaller screens in portrait/vertical layout on either side, looks great and would be amazing for gaming, but I imagine also nice for productivity.

Also you can have multiple programs open at once on a single screen, other than some things like games, that usually take over the entire viewport, unless you set it to run in windowed mode.. Although its possible to open up several windows at a time, you are then limited by screen resolution.

Unless you plan to work with really large photos, and want to see a lot of the image at once, then I would probably suggest a 2/3 monitor setup. Benefit of the single large screen is its very high resolution, 2560 x 1600 you can get a lot of image onto that screen. Then again for general productivity, multiple screen are nice.

I would also recommend a higher end AMD 6k series card (6950/6970), they can run at least 3 screens from 1 card, only thing you might need extra would be a display adapter (not sure if those screens use Display Port or not).
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey...thanks for the speedy reply. Dell offers an AMD Radeon HD6870 which is what I thought I'd get...or a NVidia GeForce GTS 450. Do you know if they will support 3 monitors? I might just get 2 u2410s or U2311Hs now and add a third later? That would be awesome. I wouldn't ever enlarge a photo to the size of the 30 incher. I mainly want to easily be able to run photos through multiple programs without having to minimize....plus it looks cool :-)
post #4 of 14
The 6870 supports 3 monitors, but I don't believe the 450 does. I think any monitor configuration you've mentioned would work great. The Ultrasharps are nice because they can rotate easily to portrait mode, which makes switching things up very easy.
post #5 of 14
Your better off saving you money and building your own PC from scratch. Whats you budget? Just using it for photography? or do you plan on using it for gaming as well? I agree though that you would enjoy multiple monitors. It is very handy.
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by waldoh74 View Post
Your better off saving you money and building your own PC from scratch. Whats you budget?
I would agree with this, if you're willing to learn, Lorac. If not that's fine - you'll get a working computer, but perhaps at a premium, and maybe with less frustration.
post #7 of 14
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I would agree with this, if you're willing to learn, Lorac. If not that's fine - you'll get a working computer, but perhaps at a premium, and maybe with less frustration.
Ehhhhh, maybe less frustration out of the box. But give it about a month or so and he will hate it. Store bought PCs have SO much extra crap you simply don't need. Just last week I got an emergency call from my buddie's mother needing help with her Dell she bought a few years back. Said its been locking up for no reason for years. After I took a look at it, I saw that it was physically pretty clean (minimal dust), no viruses, nothing malicious. But after taking off 80% of the junk that was put on by Dell, it worked decently again (i.e. stopped locking up, faster (but not that fast)etc,etc,).
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Basic idea for a pretty decent build that will last your for quite a few years (as long as you maintain it of course). Will even be able to play some games on it if youd like, but don't expect to much at 1600 resolution, the GPU will be sluggish for high end games.
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post #9 of 14
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Wow....lot's of good info..thanks. I have often thought I'd like to build a machine...but I don't have the time. I have a Dell that's 7 years old and until recently never had a moment's problem with it. It was a Dimension 8400. I thought about a 27" iMAC ... for the screen primarily...but I just can't bring myself to do that. I also have looked at Micro Velocity machines. They are located in the same state as me and I think they have a good rep for quality parts. I don't do games and probably never will. I use it primarily for photos. Triple monitors is foolish for my purposes, I know...but cool. But I love my double monitors.

Thanks waldoh74 for the parts list :-) Thanks to everyone else for the useful remarks.
post #10 of 14
Not a problem. Do yourself a favor though, don't invest in a mac. Do they make well built products? Yes, they do. But if you look at all the hardware they put into their products, and see how much they charge you for it. You are being completely ripped off. You can purchase a system with better hardware than the most highend Mac, and still save yourself thousands.
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