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Originally just wanted to try a 120Hz monitor, which I did, and unfortunately after my experience with it, I was not pleased with the results; I did not think the smoothness one achieves with 120Hz is worth the sacrifice (2x the required power vs 60Hz).

Now I cannot decide between having either one single monitor (30-32"?) vs three smaller ones (24"?). I have a friend who bought a 37" TV and uses that as his monitor (on his desk) as well as his television when he wants to enjoy a movie. I thought it was pretty awesome for gaming, but I wouldn't want to watch a movie or show from my desk chair, so what I'm thinking is maybe I should just get 3 24" monitors for gaming/computer use, and buy a television to mount on the wall for other purposes?

That same friend however thinks 3 monitors isn't necessary, and thinks it would be stupid to even consider that.
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post #2 of 22
If I was you, and gpu power wasn't the issue, I would run 3 24in monitors in vertical mode.
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post #3 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Conner;14612529 
If I was you, and gpu power wasn't the issue, I would run 3 24in monitors in vertical mode.

This is a very subjective thread, so people will have different opinions, though I was never fond of vertical monitors. Great for coding, but not really...immersive. If I were to get the 3-monitor solution, they'd be horizontal:
IMG_1703.jpg

As opposed to vertical:
3-vertical-monitors-mac-pro.jpg
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post #4 of 22
It all depends on the size and aspect ratio of your monitors. If at all possible, go with 16:10 instead of 16:9.

Personally, I really like having 3 monitors in portrait mode. It's like having one gigantic 16:9~ screen vs the one long strip of viewing area that you get when doing 3 monitors horizontally.

I had 3x 30" monitors in portrait mode, and honestly it's a bit overwhelming. I got used to it after a couple of weeks, but I'd imagine that's probably not most people's thing. 3x 24" seems to be a good balance for most people, so that's what I would suggest.

But for 23" or below, I'd rather go with a single 30" monitor, with a second, smaller one next to it. I'd only game or watch movies on the 30", and the second monitor would just be there for convenience (chat, browse while movie's going on, etc).

Had 3x U2311H before the triple 30"s, didn't really like it. It's just too narrow whether you put the vertically or horizontally.
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post #5 of 22
I went from

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to

IMG_0308s.jpg

to

IMG_0369.jpg


I use the U3011 for gaming and im happy with that change, i liked the two 23's in vertical but they werent wide enough imo for webpages at that point which is what i was using them for so i switched to whats in the third picture and im happy with that
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post #6 of 22
For gaming, it really is personal preference. I have tried 3x24 surround and it was neat but more of a hassle then it was worth for me. I'd go single 30 with supplementary monitors as you see fit. Dell 2007's in portrait mode on either side of a 30 for a good balance between extra screen space and usablilty
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post #7 of 22
6:10 monitors in portrait is the way to go.

Because this would be a larger resolution, and larger screen area then the 30in, while still maintaining a similar aspect ratio.
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post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Conner;14618168 
6:10 monitors in portrait is the way to go.

Because this would be a larger resolution, and larger screen area then the 30in, while still maintaining a similar aspect ratio.

and having annoying @ss bezels in the way as well tongue.gif

not to mention even greater of a gpu demand.

just my opinion though of course
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post #9 of 22
I'm personally firmly in the one big monitor camp when it comes to gaming.
    
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post #10 of 22
Single large resolution monitor like the U3011 will prove to be a more immersive experience than triple monitors, and IMO, be better for desktop usage as well, if you work within single applications at a time.

I'd recommend a large monitor first, but both options are decent
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