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Should I ditch surround (5670x1080) for a single monitor (2560x1440 or 2560x1600)?

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Hello!

I was wondering if anyone out there has made the jump to a single monitor from surround (it seems the opposite would be more common). I shouldn't have a problem gaming at 2560x1440 with everything maxed out (minus AA) but what monitors have a fast enough response time at that size and resolution? I currently use 3 of the Alienware OptX's in my sig. They are 3d ready, but I don't often use the 3d anymore. I really like having multiple monitors for productivity, and I'm a little apprehensive about "stepping down" to a single monitor. What it boils down to is this:

1. Will selling my 3 monitors and the 3d kit from Nvidia be able to cover the cost of a nice, high-res monitor?
2. What monitors have a fast refresh rate (I don't want ghosting)
3. Is this a good idea? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
4. Any monitor recommendations?

I'll be back in about 45 minutes, hopefully to lots of posts!

Thanks everyone! Any input will be taken into account!
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post #2 of 11
I have Both Setups (3 24's & 1 30in ) I prefer 1 30 in over the surround but also depends on what games you play I'm mainly FPS.
I think if I had 3 27 iners I would enjoy that more.
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1. i see one of these monitors are selling for around for $140 so i say your probably get around $420 for them the 3d kit couldn't find any for sell but i would guess for around $50 (not sure just a guess) so around $470 for all that. I think it be


2. I don't think this will be much of a problem


3. I would say switch but keep maybe one and keep as a second monitor as that would still keep good productivity.

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post #4 of 11
I prefer my 30" to a 27" and surround setups. I strongly prefer 16:10 tp 16:9, but you have to pay to play at 1600p; 1440p is much cheaper. If you want a fast 30" monitor the new Dell U3014 in game mode is supposed to be really good. Otherwise as mentioned the cheap 1440p monitors are your best option.
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post #5 of 11
I would prefer a larger 27-30" Monitor with a higher resolution over a surround/eyefinity setup any day. Only thing is, what do you do with your computer besides game. Sometimes you need more than one monitor for work, which is crucial for certain jobs.

I mean, you can always pick up a nice 27-30" 1440p or 1600p for a decent price (Amazon.com has some great deals, just search). Then maybe pick up another similar sized lower res monitor (like a 27-30" 1080p) for work. So you can at least have two screens. One for gaming, and the extra for your "productivity"

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that for me defined the true definition of claustrophobia worriedsmiley.gif
    
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post #7 of 11
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Thanks for all the replies everyone! I'll look into a cheaper 2560x1400 monitor. As far as what I do other than gaming, I mostly watch movies and surf the web. (I don't do graphic design or video editing unfortunately, I'm just a pharmacy student with a passion for computers haha).
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post #8 of 11
I once had eyefinity. No more. 1600p is the only way to go. Or save yourself a fortune and get that QNIX monitor.
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I'm just a pharmacy student with a passion for computers haha).

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post #9 of 11
In similar vain. Anyone have any thoughts on 2560x1440@27" vs 1080p@32-37"?

Planning for a new build soon including monitor(s). As much as I think surround gaming is awesome. I am not sold on it vs a single large display. I suppose a 1600p@30" is the best... but a little $$.
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Ive had both. I much prefer my 1440p display over eyefinity. Take a look as the asus pls 2560x1440 display.
    
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