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To 3 or not to 3, that is the question....

post #1 of 4
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Hello all,

I've recently finished my parts list for my new build. This is a dedicated gaming rig.

I simply cannot make up my mind on whether to get 1 bigger monitor, or 3 smaller ones.

I've read a lot of threads for/against. However, how about those who changed, are you happy with the change?

For those who went from 1 to 3, are you happy? How about visa versa?

I use multiple monitors for work. I code on one and watch movies on the other (I work from home) or use email, word, whatever, while Visual Studio is open in the other.

However, like I said, this build is just for gaming.

So what's the vote, 1 bigger monitor (27" at 2560x1440) or 3 22's at 1920x1080?

My build has dual Sapphire Vapor X 7970's 3GB

Thanks to all, and have a great day...

Rich
post #2 of 4
if you have enough money to get dual 7970's then I would get three monitors you will have a wider field of view which can help in certain games like battlefield 3 or other fps games
post #3 of 4
I couldn't live with only one monitor biggrin.gif

Even when I game I do other things on my second screen.

I'd vote for 3 smaller ones, because you get more real estate, well for everything, that way.
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Single 1440/1600p monitor unless you are playing racing games. Surround/ eyefinity is amazing for nfs and the like, but not much else. I rarely, if enver enable surround unless flying or racing. It really can distort FPS games quite horribly.
 
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