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is 3d surround worth it? or just buy one amazing 120hz monitor?

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hey guys,

i have a mini dilemma (mostly first world problem)

my rig Black Beauty, i have no monitor for it. i've asked a few questions here already and people have given me some valuable advice. but now looking at all these 3D nvidia surround posts and it is just amazingly beautiful. i haven't bought the asus gtx 680 YET, but i have the money and i can order it. the reason i am hesitating now is because of this monitor problem. (if i'm going to do SLI later, i don't wanna buy this and not be able to fit a 2nd vid card)

my problem is i can purchase a 120hz monitor, most likely the asus 27" vg278h or E version. and people have stated that my rig will handle it fine (as it can output pretty good fps even on ultra). or i can save a few hundred and buy a regular 27" led monitor, then i can use that money later to buy two more and just do the surround. problem is i KNOW you need good SLI to run it smoothly. i just can't do it at the moment as there is no space in my house for this 3 monitor setup.

so its basically between:

120hz monitor = $500-600

60hz 3d surround = 3x $200-300 + new psu + 2nd vid card later

the money isn't an issue really. but is it really that amazing to constitute around another $1000+ in upgrades? or is gaming with a 120hz monitor amazing by itself already.
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I vote for single 120hz
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You're going to get a mix'd bag of answers. I'd personally go for 1 120Hz monitor. I can't stand how bezels break up the screens in surround. If they would make a stand that fit 3 displays together with no bezel then that would be a game changer haha.
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Originally Posted by rjm0827 View Post

You're going to get a mix'd bag of answers. I'd personally go for 1 120Hz monitor. I can't stand how bezels break up the screens in surround. If they would make a stand that fit 3 displays together with no bezel then that would be a game changer haha.


hehe i find it cool looking actually. i know its really about preference, but i feel hopefully people that have played on a 120hz then went surround or the other way around can give input about their experiences would be great.
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I vote for one 120MHz as well...ontop of the before mentioned bezel break up, there are often issues getting eyefinity or surround to work right.

Plus you could get a nice 120MHz and then when 120MHZ get cheaper or your budget fills up again go out and get two more. If you get three 60MHz monitors now you are probably going to end up like me and be stuck with them for a long time.

Though if you aren't pulling at least 100fps on your games the 120MHz monitor wouldn't be that game changing for you. There are other benefits, but I don't think they are that great or important. So a second GPU might be needed to take full advantage of the 120MHz monitor as well unless you turn the details and AA down, but that sort of defeats the purpose.
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I vote for one 120MHz as well...ontop of the before mentioned bezel break up, there are often issues getting eyefinity or surround to work right.
Plus you could get a nice 120MHz and then when 120MHZ get cheaper or your budget fills up again go out and get two more. If you get three 60MHz monitors now you are probably going to end up like me and be stuck with them for a long time.
Though if you aren't pulling at least 100fps on your games the 120MHz monitor wouldn't be that game changing for you. There are other benefits, but I don't think they are that great or important. So a second GPU might be needed to take full advantage of the 120MHz monitor as well unless you turn the details and AA down, but that sort of defeats the purpose.

are you saying that one asus gtx 680 isnt enough for the 120hz? i thought even with bf3 ultra AA on, its ~70-80fps average? (i saw benchmarks online)

if thats the case, should i just get like 2 670's for the 120hz then?
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are you saying that one asus gtx 680 isnt enough for the 120hz? i thought even with bf3 ultra AA on, its ~70-80fps average? (i saw benchmarks online)
if thats the case, should i just get like 2 670's for the 120hz then?

The max Vsync on 120MHz is 120fps...(honestly I don't even start to notice tearing on a 60MHz monitor till about 80fps. I am sure it is there, but I just don't see it)

I tested it with older games that we could easily pull 200+ fps. There was a really nice difference between 60 and 100+ fps caps...but like 60 to 85fps was not very noticeable which is what you would be "soft capped" by your hardware on the newer games. If you could crank out 100fps on BF3 I think you'd be amazed with the 120MHz monitor, but if your only pushing 80-85fps I don't know if it will be that apparent. Depends on how close you pay attention.
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