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post #1 of 16
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I couldn't find a "general suggestions" thread and this seemed like the closest thing. I'm trying to figure out what to do with my last $400 that I plan on using on upgrades. Currently, I have the ATH AD700 headphones, the ASUS VW246H monitor, and I just bought a GTX670 to go along with my new Ivy Bridge build.
What I want to do is get one one the following: 1. Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Headphones as well as the JDS labs Objective2 Headphone Amplifier as well as a DAC, 2. the BenQ XL2420T 120 hz monitor and setting up a dual monitor setup with the ASUS (don't care for 3D, but I like the 120 hz and supposed quality of this monitor), or 3. buy another GTX 670. Preferably, I am stuck on the first two options the most but am still considering the 3rd option.
What would you guys do with your money?
post #2 of 16
What are you gonna mainly do with your rig?! If gaming what games are you going to play? If you play Fps I'd go with the 120hz monitor.
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It's mainly for games, but I also listen to a fair amount of music and enjoy watching movies. It's pretty much my primary media device. I am making just a few upgrades before I go off to college and will most likely not have the money to upgrade then. I play quite a few games: Shogun 2, Battlefield 3, numerous Indie games (Limbo, Amnesia), TF2, Red Orchestra 2, Company of Heroes, and numerous other games that I have bought for dirt cheap through steam.
post #4 of 16
I think you should avoid SLi, it's not really useful, it may get ur rig performance high but it would also bring a LOT of problems of suttering and driver bugs, which would oblige you to play with one card enabled for a big amount of games which arent designed for multi GPU rendering.
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post #5 of 16
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That makes sense Sasuke, and that is why I didn't really want to do SLI, but was considering it. So then, which would you go for, the headphones and amp or the monitor?
post #6 of 16
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That makes sense Sasuke, and that is why I didn't really want to do SLI, but was considering it. So then, which would you go for, the headphones and amp or the monitor? In some ways, i feel like the headphones can be used for more things and they won't take up as much room as the dual monitor setup, but that 120 hz monitor is a bit cheaper for the refurbished and I think will look really nice with all the movies and games. Then again, my overall audio quality will be increased with the headphones. Damn do I hate budgets tongue.gif
post #7 of 16
I'd go monitor, AD700 just has so much value I have a hard time suggestions putting that away and you will see minimal gains going sli with gtx670 on your current monitor. Hopefully you gave some korean ips's their dutiful acknowledgement when looking for new monitors.
post #8 of 16
especially if your in the dorms, you wont have much room for a dual monitor setup. but you probably could make it work. i would get the headphones, amp and dac, but i am a music guy smile.gif
but i have heard wonders from people using 120hz monitors(i just bought one and its currently on its way)
i say if its in your budget, then headphones. if not, the monitor is also a good upgrade thumb.gif
ps. movies wont look different since they have a set framerate(24fps). but battlefield and tf would greatly improve.

edit: agreed with sasuke, you should be fine with one 670 @1080. also i hope your not going to wsu tongue.gif
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post #9 of 16
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especially if your in the dorms, you wont have much room for a dual monitor setup. but you probably could make it work. i would get the headphones, amp and dac, but i am a music guy smile.gif
but i have heard wonders from people using 120hz monitors(i just bought one and its currently on its way)
i say if its in your budget, then headphones. if not, the monitor is also a good upgrade thumb.gif
ps. movies wont look different since they have a set framerate(24fps). but battlefield and tf would greatly improve.
edit: agreed with sasuke, you should be fine with one 670 @1080. also i hope your not going to wsu tongue.gif
WSU? PALllleeeeeze! tongue.gif I'm attending PLU for Theatre and Music. Computers just so happen to be my completely unrelated hobby outside of performing. And with the movies, I do notice a difference especially with Blu-Ray. Anyway, could you post back in this thread in a few days once the monitor arrives to give me an updated recommendation?
post #10 of 16
I'd say go with the 120hz still.
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