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Ok guys I'm looking to buy a monitor but I'm having trouble deciding if I should go with a 30" 2560x1600 or 3 screens at 1920x1080.

At the moment i have an older screen so I need to buy a screen anyway and they are both the same price so 3x 27" is the same price as 1x 30" my pc will be able to handle verything at max anyway so I'm just looking for pros cons and others ideas and opinions.

Also it's important to note that this is purely for gaming.
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Well. Let's see here

A 30" monitor will help you save money on GPUs because 3D surround is as difficult to run as 3x 30" monitors (very difficult to run), and 2D surround would be somewhat more difficult to run than a single 30". In any case, you need less GPU power to run a 30" monitor than either surround mode.

A 30" monitor will also have a larger image with very high level of image clarity, which can be quite immersive.

3D, will not work in all games but when i t does, it's quite nice.

Surround doesn't feel as limiting as a single screen because you have a higher FOV which feels very freeing. If you are bothered by the low FOV of a single monitor, surround is nice

For desktop work, a single 30" is better if you work on only one or two applications at a time, multiple monitors better if you work on more than 2 applications at a time.

The only singe card on nVidia side that can run 3 monitors by itself is the GTX 590 (AFAIK) so you need that or SLI to run the 3D surround


Do you have any aspects you would like to ask us about? It's quite difficult to try and list all the differences in the way that would help you decide. WHAT games? What kind of? What do you value most? Image quality or immersion? How much GPU power do you have?
Tell us everything and we can help you better.
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post #3 of 20
PROS: 3 screens at 1920x1080 is cheaper and obviously give you a bigger picture/more immersive experience.

CONS: You probably will notice the bezels, the two side screens are really just in your peripheral vision, and you need even more GPU power than you need for 1600p. Also all not every game works with 3 screens... for example The Witcher 2.

I recently faced this same decision and as you can tell by my sig -- I bit the bullet and coughed up $1200 for a 30"
post #4 of 20
Seems like your comparing apples and oranges here. It's strictly a preference/opinion with the answers you will get. Myself I think the 30 high res screen would be glorious
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post #5 of 20
some games won't support surround and some games won't scale to that insanely high resolution so there are cons for both sides.

I find that surround is much more engrossing then having a larger screen, it gives you a much more engaging sense of motion (great for racing) and scale (great for FPS games)

so in my opinion
80% surround
20% 30"
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I personally would go with the 30" monitor. We have tons of them at work and the extra resolution is really great. I have used a triple monitor setup for a number of years and while it is cool, the applications that fully utilize it are quite limited. Even more so if you add in the 3D aspect.

The sheer graphics power needed to run a triple 3D monitor setup would be very expensive to maintain, with thousands of dollars in upgrades to achieve stable playability over time.

So in my mind the 30" would be the logical choice.
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I am facing the same dilemma but decided on the eyefinity route. Lower cost for me and more overall screen real estate although with a slightly less pixel density vertically is not a big deal. 5760 > 2560 horizontally. I had an eyefinity setup a while ago but the only reason I got rid of it was because I had 2 identical LED backlit monitors and 1 standard LCD that didn't quite fit. Here's some pics of what I had and what I am planning to go back to:




In this pic the middle monitor has a warmer color as you can see which I just couldn't fix through any means of acurate adjustment. Tomorrow though, when I get my monitors set up should be a lot better since theyll all be the same.
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post #9 of 20
3gb is definitely important if you go 3d surround.

But really, I'd recommend the single 30" monitor over the 3D surround tbh. In the end, it's cheaper, and in some ways a better experience.
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post #10 of 20
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If only there was a way for me 2 play a game on max graphics on both set ups and actually experience the difference for my self. 3D surround no matter how much ppl tell u about it u dont no untill u try it and the 30" monitor i can imagine the quality would be amazing
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