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Well, I'm in the process of building my first true gaming PC. I have decided I am going to do a tri-monitor set-up and I have already purchased 2 of the 3. I chose an Asus VE248H to do this with and paid $170 each for the two monitors. I'll have plenty of GPU horsepower to run games on three monitors, but could anyone here who has three monitors and have used them for gaming give me your opinion on what it's like? I've heard that even with the exact same settings, three identical monitors are going to have much different looking colors. Is this true? I actually played a little PS3 on one of the monitors just to test it out for an hour or so. I hope this doesn't cause drastic color differences tongue.gif
And my other topic is I noticed my VE248H - the same monitor I paid $170 for - is only $85 open-box on Newegg! Anyone who has purchased open-box monitors from Newegg, your input is appreciated. If I were to sell my current two monitors (yet lose a little money in the process) and purchase three VE248H open-box monitors, would there be even more difference in color as these monitors are technically used? I know I got a lot to say, but when it comes to money, I want to make it worth it. redface.gif

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Well, I'm in the process of building my first true gaming PC. I have decided I am going to do a tri-monitor set-up and I have already purchased 2 of the 3. I chose an Asus VE248H to do this with and paid $170 each for the two monitors. I'll have plenty of GPU horsepower to run games on three monitors, but could anyone here who has three monitors and have used them for gaming give me your opinion on what it's like? I've heard that even with the exact same settings, three identical monitors are going to have much different looking colors. Is this true? I actually played a little PS3 on one of the monitors just to test it out for an hour or so. I hope this doesn't cause drastic color differences tongue.gif
And my other topic is I noticed my VE248H - the same monitor I paid $170 for - is only $85 open-box on Newegg! Anyone who has purchased open-box monitors from Newegg, your input is appreciated. If I were to sell my current two monitors (yet lose a little money in the process) and purchase three VE248H open-box monitors, would there be even more difference in color as these monitors are technically used? I know I got a lot to say, but when it comes to money, I want to make it worth it. redface.gif
-Zac

I'm not sure if that will happen buying monitors at varying times. I recently switched to 3 monitors, but I bought them all brand new at the same time. All of my colors look exactly the same on all monitors. I think it mainly happens when people use even slightly different models, or even full blown different brands and models.

The issue with buying open box monitors, is that most manufacturers as well as retailers have pretty major rules for returning a monitor (open box or otherwise) due to dead/stuck pixels. As far as other possible monitor issues (bad colors, improper bleeding), buying new usually gets you a nice 3 year warranty, and in Dell's case, advanced RMA, so they send you one to use FIRST if you ever have to send one in for repair/RMA.

Good luck with whatever you do. I know I quite enjoy Eyefinity, espicially now that I got it working well with Skyrim. It takes a bit of getting used to, but I think it's worth it in the end. Even just simple browsing/finances/multi-tasking is so much nicer on 3 displays.
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I'm not sure if that will happen buying monitors at varying times. I recently switched to 3 monitors, but I bought them all brand new at the same time. All of my colors look exactly the same on all monitors. I think it mainly happens when people use even slightly different models, or even full blown different brands and models.
The issue with buying open box monitors, is that most manufacturers as well as retailers have pretty major rules for returning a monitor (open box or otherwise) due to dead/stuck pixels. As far as other possible monitor issues (bad colors, improper bleeding), buying new usually gets you a nice 3 year warranty, and in Dell's case, advanced RMA, so they send you one to use FIRST if you ever have to send one in for repair/RMA.
Good luck with whatever you do. I know I quite enjoy Eyefinity, espicially now that I got it working well with Skyrim. It takes a bit of getting used to, but I think it's worth it in the end. Even just simple browsing/finances/multi-tasking is so much nicer on 3 displays.

Wow, thanks for the input. I haven't touched one of the monitors, and the other I used maybe an hour and a half. Is this going to cause a huge color difference, or any at all? I think I will end buying the third one new. So overall, you're happy with a tri-monitor setup? It looks pretty damn cool on Youtube. thumb.gif
     
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From multi-monitor down to one monitor even at 2560x1600, it's like getting claustro phobia.


Edited by Ken1649 - 12/23/11 at 6:49pm
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i have purchased 3 open box monitors from newegg and am completely happy with them. all three monitors came to me brand new as far as i can tell. boxes still taped up, foam wrap and plastic film still in place like they were never opened. I will continue to buy open box because for me it has been a great value. I purchased two of the same monitor for less than the cost of one new.
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From multi-monitor down to one monitor even at 2560x1600, it's like getting claustro phobia.

Is that so. o_O
     
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i have purchased 3 open box monitors from newegg and am completely happy with them. all three monitors came to me brand new as far as i can tell. boxes still taped up, foam wrap and plastic film still in place like they were never opened. I will continue to buy open box because for me it has been a great value. I purchased two of the same monitor for less than the cost of one new.

Nothing wrong with them at all? All of them looked the same as far as colors go?
     
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Is that so. o_O

It's not the same experience for everyone. I myself do not find such an experience jarring. Actually did it for the main setup a while back. Not too many regrets.
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Nothing wrong with them at all? All of them looked the same as far as colors go?

I wouldn't say that you have to worry about getting screens that "look different in terms of colors". The screens will likely perform very similar after adjusting the RGB balance a bit when you get them from the OSD. Should look relatively similar before that as well.
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I bought both my monitors open box from newegg and have had no problems they were both brand new and still had the plastic on the screens and work perfectly

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I bought both my monitors open box from newegg and have had no problems they were both brand new and still had the plastic on the screens and work perfectly
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Hm, now I'm thinking I might get my third one as an open-box. Thanks for the input.
     
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Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Asus VE248H (x3) + Asus VE258H Logitech G510  Corsair AX1200 
CaseMouse
NZXT Phantom White Full-tower case Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X3 450  Biostar Micro-ATX BFG Geforce 7800 GT G.Skill value series 2 x 2 DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Hitachi 1 TB SATA II Windows 7 Ultimate  Acer 20" Logitech 
PowerCaseMouse
Antec Earthwatts 380W Some Compaq lol Logitech M500 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570k ASRock Extreme 4-M Z77 XFX R9 290X + Kraken G10 HyperX 8 GB (8 x 1) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Intel 330 Series 240 GB SSD Western Digital Green 2 TB HDD Corsair H100i 2x Corsair SP120  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H55 Windows 7 Ultimate Wasabi-Mango QHD277 2560x1440 IPS Panel Corsair K90 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone Strider Plus 1000W Modular BitFenix Phenom M Logitech G500 Corsair MM2000 Standard Mouse pad 
AudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar Essence STX Schiit Magni Sound Amp MrSpeakers Mad Dogs Semi-closed Headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 Asus Rampage IV Extreme Radeon HD 6450 ( =[ ) G Skill RipjawsX 8 GB (2 x 4) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M3 128g SSD (2x) Hitachi 1.5 TB HDD Asus DVD/CD Burner CoolerMaster Hyper 212 +  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Asus VE248H (x3) + Asus VE258H Logitech G510  Corsair AX1200 
CaseMouse
NZXT Phantom White Full-tower case Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon X3 450  Biostar Micro-ATX BFG Geforce 7800 GT G.Skill value series 2 x 2 DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Hitachi 1 TB SATA II Windows 7 Ultimate  Acer 20" Logitech 
PowerCaseMouse
Antec Earthwatts 380W Some Compaq lol Logitech M500 
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