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Hey guys,
I will be getting a load of money together in the next weeks/months and I am looking to blow it on something. So I got this old 24 inch Samsung 245B Monitor which is beginning to annoy me big time because of the colour shift and I just want to upgrade in general. So I have been looking at eyefinity and other solutions.

For Eyefinity I would buy 2 Dell U2412M's and when my current monitor breaks I will buy a 3rd. I might even just buy 3 and be done.

I have also looked at the possibilty of a Dell U2711 however the 16:9 aspect ratio, only 3 inch upgrade and AG coating put me off.

So that leaves the Dell U3011. I have always wanted a 30 incher and this is the most I want atm but I am concerned about one thing. Will I see a big upgrade Visually?

I don't care about screen real estate as such. But I do care about details, sharpness and colour quality. On my current monitor low resolution textures are really annoying. I would imagine this is only amplified with the larger resolution.

The is one more solution left for me. That is 3 x U2711 which I would probably have in portrait. That is also the most expensive and requires the most GPU Horsepower. I will most likely add a 3rd HD6970 to my rig in the next 6 months so I am not too concerned about that.

Prices
2 x U2412M=700 EUR
3 x U2412M=1,050 EUR
1 x U2711=600 EUR
1 x U3011=1,100 EUR
3 x U2711=1,800 EUR

Money isn't really an issue I suppose. I can stretch to 3 x U2711 but no further. Even then it is a big stretch. So guys what would you do?
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post #2 of 23
A single single Dell U3011 get's my vote.
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post #3 of 23
3x 24" is the best, imo. 24" (@ 1920x1200) offers the highest DPI, and the best $/area.
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Not to be rude, but I suggest a quick search. You will see quite a few long threads discussing this very topic.
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I hate bezels obstructing my view pretty much more than anything, so I'm going to go with the 30"
    
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post #6 of 23
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Not to be rude, but I suggest a quick search. You will see quite a few long threads discussing this very topic.
I have done a lot of reading about this and there is no solid proof that I have come across that suggests 2560x1600 is vastly superior to 1920x1200. That is what I mainly want to know.
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Quote:
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I have done a lot of reading about this and there is no solid proof that I have come across that suggests 2560x1600 is vastly superior to 1920x1200. That is what I mainly want to know.
You didn't find anything because there is no answer. It is personal preference. I have had 1920x1080, 1920x1200, 1600x1200, 1600x1200 x 3, 2560x1600, 2560x1600 with 2 x 1200 x 1600 and even 5 x 1600x1200 for fun. It is all personal preference. No one setup is superior.

There are a lot of variables. In the end, you just need to decide for yourself what you think you will like best (then ask yourself if you will like it enough over the next step down to warrant the extra money, then repeat the question).
Edited by hoth17 - 8/14/11 at 5:36pm
post #8 of 23
I recommend 30". As much as triple screens are fun, it's nowhere near as fun as a 30"er.
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I would do a U3011 and 1 or 2 U2412Ms in portrait.
    
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post #10 of 23
i went from u2311h's in eyefinity to a single u3011 for gaming (kept 2 of the 23s for extra desktop space) and ive been happy with the switch.

my vote is the 30"
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