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Which Korean S-IPS 2560x1440 Monitor is best for triple monitor 4320x2560 setup?

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I would greatly appreciate any advice about which monitor and graphics card to choose!

Here's my situation:
  1. I want to buy 3 identical 2560x1440 IPS LED monitors for less than $500 each, including shipping.
  2. I don't game with my desktop, but I want a triple monitor setup for standard home PC use: watching videos and movies, internet browsing, Photoshop, etc. It doesn't need to be 120Hz.
  3. I prefer to use just 1 graphics card if possible, and I don't care whether it's Nvidia or ATI.
  4. I'd like to spend less than $500 on the video card.
  5. My mobo is an Asus p8p67 and I need the video card to be compatible with it.
  6. I will remove the bezels, mount and orient the screens portrait-wise, so it would be nice to have monitors whose bezels have already been successfully removed by someone else on this forum.
  7. I want VLC movies to span across all 3 displays, with the bezels to act like window frames, hiding pixels behind them.

Questions:
  1. It looks like the cheapest options on eBay only provide DVI-D ports on the monitors, but I can't find any video cards in my price range with 3 DVI-D ports. Would I be able to buy a GTX 670 Windforce and use adapters to connect the monitors? Some eBay listings warn that adapters will not work.
  2. Or will I have to buy monitors with multiple input ports?
  3. Do you recommend going with an ATI or Nvidia card?
  4. Is it risky to buy my own USA power adapter, if I get a monitor that only has a Korean power adapter?
  5. Which adapters do you recommend, if I do have to use adapters? Will anything work, or do I have to be mindful of specs? Does DVI-I convert to DVI-D?
  6. Who are the most- and least-reputable sellers of these monitors on eBay?
  7. Will I need to buy a power cleaner / battery backup / expensive surge protector to protect them and my PC in case of power shortage?
  8. What other potential issues do I face upon building this setup? Overheating, under-powering, short monitor lifespan, fire hazard, or failing to actually use all of my 11,059,200 pixels?

I realize this is a lot to ask, and I apologize if my Q's are completely n00bish, but I would really appreciate your advice, even if it's just one question at a time! And I'm probably not the only one who wants a 4320x2560 setup with minimal bezel interference.

Thanks in advance! redface.gif


Potential options I've already found include:

ACHIEVA-Shimian-QH270-Lite
Tempered Glass 270WQ
Crossover 27Q
Yamakasi Catleap Q270
AURIA EQ276W
Matrix Neo 270WQ DP
First FSM-270YV

Update: dream-seller recommended the Yamakasi Q271 for its multi-input options.
Edited by MobileAppDesign - 11/27/12 at 6:47pm
post #2 of 17
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Here's a list of options that I've found so far. Let me know if I'm omitting any info that would help me make my selection. I'm only interested in pixel-perfect options. These may not be the cheapest options on eBay, but they include "perfect pixels" in the title.

Also, since I'll be removing the bezels and mounting onto a rack, I don't care about the quality of the stand. I do care about how to connect 3 monitors to 1 video card (sellers warn against using adapters), screen quality, and ease of removing bezels.

I don't understand the difference between these monitors! Can anyone explain what causes the prices to vary, and how to select the best one?

TVera TS-27WQHDIPS: $330, DVI-D, 100-240V int'l power brick

Qnix QX2700: $337, DVI-D, 220V

FIRST FSM-270YG: $350, DVI-D, 110-240V

ACHIEVA Shimian QH270-Lite: $379, DVI-D, 220V
(Seller says: "it is unstable if you use a converter," and recommends the QH270-IPSMS)

WECUBE ST2770W: $400, DVI-D, HDMI, 100-240V
(In spite of this having HDMI and D-Sub, the seller warns that only DVI-D can be used for multi-monitor setup)

CROSSOVER 27Q: $430, DVI-D, 100-240V

YAMAKASI CATLEAP Q270 SE: $430, DVI-D, 110-240V adapter included

CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P: $449, DVI-D, 220V

YAMAKASI Q271: $490, DVI-D, HDMI, 24V 5A

BRIGHT BR-B270QH100: $500, DVI-D, 220V

Matrix NEO 270WQ: $500, DVI-D, 220V

Aview I270QIPSM: $500, DVI-D, 220V

CROSSOVER 27QD-P: $530, DVI-D, power adapter included, controls included

FIRST FSM-270HVF: $587, DVI-D, HDMI, 220V

ASUS PB278Q: $678, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D

CROSSOVER 2720MDP GOLD LED​ PIVOT: $1,000, DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI, power adapter included
Edited by MobileAppDesign - 11/28/12 at 4:28pm
post #3 of 17
If you go ATI you will need a DP to DVI adapter. If you're going to get a card such as HD 7970 it will have Mini Display ports so you will need this.

You will also need to use Dual Link DVI cables as they are needed to support resolutions up to 2560x1600.
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I've read that the CrossOvers are the easy to dismantle (Just 14 screws IIRC) so maybe that's your best bet. If you go into the CrossOver club thread, you can see pictures of one dismantled.

Some reputable dealers off of the top of my head are BigClothCraft, Red-cap, Greensum, AccessoriesWhole, and dream-seller. However there's always a chance something goes bad. AccessoriesWhole has a rep that browses the CrossOver club and seems to be the most responsive from what I've read.
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CrossOver 27Q LED-P is your best bet.
post #6 of 17
crossover!
post #7 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Koehler View Post

CrossOver 27Q LED-P is your best bet.

The monitor you recommend costs $120 more than the cheapest option in the list. Can you explain why it's worth it?

Since I'm going to remove the bezel and mount onto a rack anyway, the stand quality is irrelevant. Are you recommending this because its bezels are easiest to remove, the screen quality is higher, or it's just better known than the other options?

Thanks!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MobileAppDesign View Post

The monitor you recommend costs $120 more than the cheapest option in the list. Can you explain why it's worth it?
Since I'm going to remove the bezel and mount onto a rack anyway, the stand quality is irrelevant. Are you recommending this because its bezels are easiest to remove, the screen quality is higher, or it's just better known than the other options?
Thanks!

Just curious, which seller did you get your price for the CrossOver 27q from? I got mine from dream-seller for $350.

Do not get a CrossOver 27q-P. It has a pivoting mount which you don't need because you're going to remove everything anyways. I unfortunately do not know enough about the other monitors to comment on how easy they are to disassemble, but I remember reading about the Catleaps being a pain in the rear to do so (people tried to access the VESA mount). But maybe that is also irrelevant since you're disposing of the bezel as well.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by telmedragon View Post

Just curious, which seller did you get your price for the CrossOver 27q from? I got mine from dream-seller for $350.
Do not get a CrossOver 27q-P. It has a pivoting mount which you don't need because you're going to remove everything anyways. I unfortunately do not know enough about the other monitors to comment on how easy they are to disassemble, but I remember reading about the Catleaps being a pain in the rear to do so (people tried to access the VESA mount). But maybe that is also irrelevant since you're disposing of the bezel as well.

red-cap. The one I found may be more expensive because the title includes "perfect pixels." Do you think it's not worth filtering my search by that phrase? Is the quality high enough on the batches without "perfect pixel" assurance?
post #10 of 17
I quite like my Q270 setup, but I wouldn't say they're the best for 7680x1440. The wobbly stands make them somewhat annoying to align (particularly with the weighty glass.) Outside of that, they're still fantastic. It's also worth noting that some models have a different color temperature than others; it was no problem for me since AMD allows individual color temperature adjustment, but I believe it's not so easy for nV users.
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