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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I am looking to purchase a new monitor, specifically for gaming as my order of work is as follows:

Gaming
Photography Editing (Photoshop, Lightroom)
Surfing

I don't use my PC for anything else really and I am coming from a 24” ViewSonic VX2450wm-LED.

I would probably prefer to go single, possibly dual. My first reaction is to get a Dell U3011 but I am still looking around. I don't think my single 580 can support more than 1 high res (1600) or 2 lower (1080) monitors, but that is just a wild guess. You can check out my full system specs in the signature. Basically I am looking for something that is great for both gaming and photo editing and I want something bigger than 24". Any input is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 13
U2711 comes to mind
Which country are you based in?
post #3 of 13
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I am out of the US. Do you think the u3011 @1600 is too high for a single GTX580? The only reason I actually don't have the Dell right now is over the last 2 weeks on Amazon it has gone up $300 in price, just waiting it out and researching more.

Talk about crap luck.

December 28th - Sold out $1050
January 2nd - In stock $1150 (i said I will wait till it goes back down)
January 3rd - In stock, ok I will buy it for $1150 (now its $1200)
January 5th - In stock, ok I will just buy it for $1200 (now its $1350-$1450)

I have crap luck smile.gif
post #4 of 13
TBH it depends on what you are looking for in terms of gaming. A single 580 at 2560x1600 will be sufficient, but it really depends on your expectations.

A review I just dug up on the GTX580 and its gaming performance at 2600x1600 res.

Metro 2033
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-580-review/14

BF3
http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-performance/page6.html

So you can see it is possible to game with a single 580 at that res, but it depends on what you want from it. If you're after a solid 60fps at that res on max settings, then its not happening.

For Photoshop the 30 inch screen real estate will feel wonderful. I just went from a 22 inch to a 24" and the difference is much greater than it would seem on paper.
Also the Dell Ultrasharp series have amazing colour reproduction thumb.gif

Hope this helps thumb.gif
Edited by Sunny Sahota - 1/12/12 at 9:14am
post #5 of 13
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So if I am worried about gaming at 1600, I do plan to SLI in the future (trying to hold out until 580's are around $300 in about a year I assume), what would the recommendation be for 1440 or 1080 monitors in the 27" range?
post #6 of 13
Forget 1080p at 27", especially if you are going to be working in Photoshop. High res images will make the pixel density (or the lack of) apparent.

I personally would pick up the U2711 and another GTX580 later on in the year. I'm guessing once Kepler (nVidias next offering) hits the market it will entice current 580 holders to sell up and you should be able to get one for a decent price thumb.gif
post #7 of 13
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note price isn't a huge issue since I was willing to drop $1200 on the Dell.

But if I am getting 1080 I want to make sure its top of the line.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Sunny Sahota View Post

Forget 1080p at 27", especially if you are going to be working in Photoshop. High res images will make the pixel density (or the lack of) apparent.
I personally would pick up the U2711 and another GTX580 later on in the year. I'm guessing once Kepler (nVidias next offering) hits the market it will entice current 580 holders to sell up and you should be able to get one for a decent price thumb.gif

Regarding the 27" zone, would anyone recommend the apple over the dell or anything over either of those?
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by thrashmagazine View Post

note price isn't a huge issue since I was willing to drop $1200 on the Dell.

But if I am getting 1080 I want to make sure its top of the line.

Well if you want, you could pick up a 7970 and a U2711 and call it a day. That way, going with another 2711 should be OK later on down the line thumb.gif
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Sunny Sahota View Post

Well if you want, you could pick up a 7970 and a U2711 and call it a day. That way, going with another 2711 should be OK later on down the line thumb.gif

I just bought the 580 in October, I would like to get a few months out of my $500 GPU smile.gif
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