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Well crap, my OCD is kicking in again and its driving me nuts. I recently ordered a new Dell U3011 LCD to replace my aging 20" Viewsonic. I was really excited about the aspect of going to a nice huge screen, even after I had a Dell U2410 for about a week before I sent it back and yesterday I got offered a great deal on a U3011 for $1,242 with 5 year warranty


http://www.overclock.net/monitors-di...6-yesssss.html


Now i'm starting to wonder if I"m just wasting money on a screen I really don't need vs going with a 2412M and keeping the 20'' as a secondary. It was kinda nice to try a dual screen setup but it did take alot of desk space. I made a cutout of how big the viewable area of the U3011 would be and its freaking impressive to say the least but I just.... I dunno, if I can really justify $1,200 worth of monitor when I could get get a 2412M for around $350 and have the rest of the money for more system upgrades.

But I also wanted to get a very nice monitor while I have the money cause when I move to a new state within the next year, I wont' have the kinda of expendable money I do now and will be likely kicking myself for not getting something nice that will last a long time. I don't wanna spend the money on dual video cards as I would have to upgrade the PSU as well for running more then two monitors.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Either way, I gotta upgrade from this 20", it just isn't cutting anymore.



Edited by 1ceTr0n - 8/6/11 at 7:44pm
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Lawl it is a big monitor. Perhaps you could get a 27' or do as you said and just buy 2412M. It all depends what are you are going to be doing with it. I always prefer dual monitors myself..
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post #3 of 21
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Lawl it is a big monitor. Perhaps you could get a 27' or do as you said and just buy 2412M.
Considering the price difference between the 27" dell and 30" is small, I don't see much point in going with the 27"

Im a light PC gamer nowadays, mostly RIFT, Stacraft 2, some Team Fortress 2 and eventually Skyrim and The Old Republic. I do a fair amount of window multitasking and the small 20" is driving me crazy
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Forget the price, do you sit far enough back to be able to focus on a 30" screen? I honestly think that's too big unless you're far away.
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Considering the price difference between the 27" dell and 30" is small, I don't see much point in going with the 27"

Im a light PC gamer nowadays, mostly RIFT, Stacraft 2, some Team Fortress 2 and eventually Skyrim and The Old Republic. I do a fair amount of window multitasking and the small 20" is driving me crazy
If thats the case, go with the 2412M. You will save some money for some upgrades... just my thoughts..
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At max, i'd be around 2.5 feet away for most uses, less if im concentrating on a game
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where is this $350 price for the 24" dell? I think 24" is perfect for normal computer use. The dell 30" is for a professional graphic designer/photoshop user...or for someone who has money to burn.
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where is this $350 price for the 24" dell? I think 24" is perfect for normal computer use. The dell 30" is for a professional graphic designer/photoshop user...or for someone who has money to burn.
If you are polite with Dell sales rep, you can usually get $50 or so knocked off price if you ask with most monitors. It varies though
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post #9 of 21
its too late now... you already dove in. you have a nice 5 yr warranty to cover your gamble.


1200 is a lot of cash considering if you look around and patient, its possible to find the same monitor for $800+/- with a years of warranties left.

i have a 30 myself and dont really see the need to upgrade my video card... i rarely game and the monitor doesnt seem to struggle at all. yes, the 5670 seems to handle gaming on 1600p and medium settings quite ok. at first my system crashed but that was coz the weather was too hot and i had to fans in the room.
i personally dont see the need to upgrade my graphics card coz i dont game much. and when i do i dont have to crank up the eye candy to enjoy the game.

this is a screenshot i took yesterday:


and these are some gaming screenshots:







i would upload some video but its been 3 days i cant find the battery charger to my camera.
and my graphics card is the 512MB version not the 1GB.



i think once you get your monitor you'll be pleased.
    
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post #10 of 21
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The monitor hasn't shipped, I can still cancel order today and not pay any fee's.

Hell.... I knew I shoulda just gotten the 2412M and come out money ahead for other finacial stuff. God I hate having OCD....

But that screenshot of all those screens open doesn't make sense, how is the resolution that much higher?
Edited by 1ceTr0n - 8/7/11 at 11:27am
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