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a 27 inch sounds good, and im guessing with my vram it wouldnt bottleneck it as much as a 3 monitor setup? if i were to get a 27 inch, i was thinking of still using my 20 inch monitor as a extended monitor setup for my icons and to monitor gpu readings and such. how does that sound?
    
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Go with a bigger single monitor... look at my specs, I dropped hella cash building a beast of a widescreen machine.... and its not worth it. Most games have horrible support, especially anything newly released, and you will get much worse frame rates etc.

I'd recommend picking up a nice single large 120MHz monitor, and maxing that ***** out in games.
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ok, i think thats settled it for me than. ill go with the larger monitor, probably a 27 in for 1080p, and my 20 in monitor for a side window.

does anyone know if its hard to set it up so that one window plays the games while the other doesnt do anything? ( like i play BF3 on one, and the other just has my icons or Msi afterburner running on it?

how much bigger is a 27 in monitor from a 20 in monitor anyway? when i bought my 20 in, i thought it was going to be big, but it was ok sized really.

thanks for the input everyone, +rep to all contributing factors as well =]
    
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It's not hard to set up at all. When you go to run the game it will start up on your main screen. The other screen will still show what it did before you started the game (if it appears blacked out you just need to hit Alt+Tab and then click on the game window again). Simple as that.

Just from stepping up from a 23" to a 27" I thought the size was quite a bit improved. Coming from a 20" when you get the monitor you'll be like
post #15 of 27
If you use your applications fullscreen, another monitor.
If you use them windowed, get a bigger one.

namsayin'?
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To be honest man, don't listen to anyone here.

Listen to yourself.

Personally, I don't think Crossfire (EDIT: I mean Eyefinity lol) is all that "cool" because I'm not that geeky (not being offensive, just trying to use the term properly). Actually I am, but I still don't do that. It's a small niche that I'm sure appeases the monitor and GPU companies. I prefer to keep my game on one monitor in max resolution with full anti-aliasing/anisotropic (depending on the game). Others out there disagree and that's perfectly okay. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

You are also entitled to yours.

I came from a 17" Dell laptop so my U2410 was leaps and bounds beyond the size of that. It was actually overwhelming at first. Now I think that's about the perfect size for me - but it depends on what you do.

For example, I hear a lot of graphics designers like to have the extra real estate of 30" or 27" monitors. Programmers like the 30" monitor turned sideways for the vertical real estate. Gamers prefer anything with a screen and some images with high refresh rate and low input lag (not me, though).

If you're looking for my 2c, here it is:

1x30" monitor: Nice big screen, usually with a 2560x1600 resolution. Giant.
1x27" monitor: Nice big screen, usually with a 2560x1440 resolution. Large.
1x24" monitor: Decent sized screen, usualy with 1920x1200 resolution. Big.

I wouldn't go smaller than 24" nowadays. I also stay away from 1080p resolutions nowadays as well, but like I said, just me. ^_^

Personally, for my own tastes, I like 2 monitors (I'd like to replace my U2410 with another NEC too, but that won't happen soon). I use one monitor for gaming and basically everything I do such as browsing the web, YouTube, graphic design, programming, etc. and the other I keep by me for convenience and keeping windows on it. For example, I'll open Steam and Mumble and put them on the other screen. I'll use control panel and stuff on the other screen.

It's also HUGELY convenient to have that second monitor if you want to stream games. You can keep your stream open on one page and have the opportunity to see and respond to your viewers. Quality of service, baby. I haven't streamed in ages, though. Matter of fact, last time I streamed I only had one monitor and it wasn't fun.

The only reason I can see people getting three monitors, other than to flex their geego (that's geek ego for those out there who can't understand my ganguage (that's geek language)) is for Eyefinity. I would personally never take advantage of that so a third monitor would sit there rendered useless. I bet tons of people find use for a third monitor, but personally I wouldn't.

Like I said, up to you. ^_^

Either way, stay above 24" and make sure whatever you get will fit.
Edited by xyeLz - 10/28/11 at 7:20am
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+rep xyeLz for a great post.
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+rep xyeLz for a great post.
Thanks. I do what I can for the team.

It'll take a bit of messing around with settings to get everything as perfect as you want it, but other than that it's just a matter of plugging in the monitor and making sure your GPU knows it's there and wants to be turned on (extended/duplicated).

When I play a game, it's on my primary monitor so I don't move the game cross-screens. But if you play on your main monitor, just put whatever else you have open that you want to monitor on your other screen and open the game. It will stay open.

As for the real-estate of a 20" vs a 24", just think of your little buddy. Yeah, you know the one I'm talking about. Sometimes happy, sometimes drooping his head ( shockingly accurate analogy). Could he use the extra 4"? Would it make someone who sees it think "wow, that's pretty big"? - Okay I'm sorry don't ban me for that one.

It's a good question and really one that needs to be figured out personally. I like 24" inch over 27" or larger. Just my tastes. I also like my monitor in front of my face. You might like it back farther. If I got a 30" monitor and put it in my face, I'd go blind.

Again, it's preference but if you're thinking of going larger, you gotta begin to consider colors, input lag, etc. if you want it for gaming. From my experiences, 27"+ monitors are marketed towards graphics/medical/etc. specialists whereas 24"- monitors are more for gamers - though this is also changing.
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wow, great posts, i didnt consider those into the equation, definitely + rep.

i think i am going to go with the larger monitor with my 20 in as the extended window though, the more i hear about the tough issues eyefinity users have, the less i want it.

i really wish there was a place to go see how big a 24 in, compared to a 27 in, compared to a 20 in monitor on the internet. though i might just stop by best buy and just look at their monitors to compare.

the screen will probably be 2-2 and a half feet away from me(on my desk), so i got to take that into consideration.
    
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IMO if your going to be sitting that far away then I'd definitely go with the 27" over the 24".
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