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post #11 of 28
Two monitors has been great. Multitasking is amazing. Play game on one, Netflix on the other, good times! The extra space for working is great. Can have Visual Studio open on one screen and have programming resources on the other. Can browse or keep track of different things with multiple internet windows open. It is very much worth it, and has made my wife very jealous.
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I have been using dual monitors ever since I found a twin for my Viewsonic CRT in 2005. When one of them stopped working, and then the tower, I hooked up my netbook to the one that worked to use as a second monitor.

Once you add a second, there really isn't any going back. I enjoyed both MMOs and FPSs with the dual monitors, although I never stretched them across both. I also love being able to work on one monitor while having the other dedicated to a web browser/mediaplayer/chat screen.

Having two identical monitors looks way sexier, but when it comes down to it 2 > 1 even if they don't match.
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post #13 of 28
I can't imagine working with just 1 monitor, really appreciate the screen realestate.
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How would you switch control to the second monitor while gaming on the first?
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post #15 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nebster View Post

How would you switch control to the second monitor while gaming on the first?

alt tab? most games will lock your mouse to the screen the game is on, preventing you from just sliding over to the other monitor (it's for the best, really). just put your games in fullscreen windowed mode, and alt tab. in terms of applications like excel or photoshop, your mouse will just slide over to the other screen when you want it to.
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post #16 of 28
Quote:
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How would you switch control to the second monitor while gaming on the first?

Some games let you run in Windowed mode, this wont lock your mouse into the game screen and you can freely hover to the next screen(s)

If fullscreen, then ya you have to alt-tab out or something similar (windows freaking key)
post #17 of 28
Once you start using multiple monitors you'll never look back. At work I use three, just because I have alot of windows to look at for work and it makes it very easy without having to do alot of clicking or tabbing.

At home I use two. Great for dragging/dropping, great for photoshop, multiple browsers etc. While I game the second monitor shows the Aida64 app (temp, speeds etc), the Cyberpower app (Watts used), the Razer app (shows OTF sensitivity) and Steam messenger/Friends list.

Three is probably a bit much for home use and aren't supported by "older" single vid cards but two is absolutely useful.
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Hate to hijack this thread, but rather than start my own for such a simple question, I figured I'd ask here.
I'm considering picking up a second monitor. Would it be possible to get a new 120hz and use it alongside my current 60hz monitor? Or will the refresh rate for the 120hz default to 60hz?
post #19 of 28
I recently added a 2nd monitor 'cuz I have to work on documents and stuff and well I have to say its like Night and Day. I can get the job done easier. But when I game, I disable the 2ndo monitor.... biggrin.gif

For gaming.. its kinda Meh, unless you have gaming-ready multi monitors (Which cost a limb or something) without the middle bessles. For work its a Go Go Go thumb.gif
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Quote:
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Hate to hijack this thread, but rather than start my own for such a simple question, I figured I'd ask here.
I'm considering picking up a second monitor. Would it be possible to get a new 120hz and use it alongside my current 60hz monitor? Or will the refresh rate for the 120hz default to 60hz?

I'm not sure in this one, But it will work as much as the cards can deliver. If you are on 80 frames ingame, the 60 will run @60. since its the monitor's max, while the 120 will run @ 80, since is the max cards can deliver. I hope this clears it out biggrin.gif
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