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Hello everyone. I want to start by saying I have been doing some extensive research on which monitor I should purchase for my rig.
And after not being able to make up my mind, I decided to ask the OCN community for some help.

- I will be gaming a lot (MMO, MOBA, and little of FPS).
- I will occasionally need dual monitor functionality for production work I do.
- I already have a 32in TV (1080p), and 21.5in monitor (1080p)

Rig:
i7-3770 (not k version)
8gig ram
750watt psu
GTX 670 ftw sig 2

Originally, I wanted to buy Catleap 2B OC Extreme for the 1440p resolution with 120Hz.
But after realizing that to successfully run a game in 1440p above 60Hz I would require higher GPU power(which in turn need to spend more money),
and most 120Hz monitors are not true 120Hz... I am standing between crossroads...

I Have never used a 1440p monitor nor 120Hz monitor.

Should I get 1440p 120Hz monitor, SLI, and use my TV or 21in when I need it?
Or just get two monitor with just 1440p capabilities and run games at 60Hz?

Is there any other smarter alternatives?
My budget is anywhere near 700-1200.
But I wouldn't mind saving a few bucks if its a logical choice...
post #2 of 5
If your budget is $700-1200, you can afford to get an overclockable 1440p panel AND another gpu in SLI to run it at 120 fps. However, you may run into VRAM issues with the 670 in future games.
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Im not too familiar with vram. How long are we speaking when u say future games?
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Originally Posted by mimcoke View Post

Im not too familiar with vram. How long are we speaking when u say future games?

I don't know for sure, and it depends what settings you "need" to have turned on. I typically don't use more than 1.5 GB of Vram at 2560 x 1440 in most games, but some newer ones can use over 2 GB if I turn on stuff like AA (which isn't really necessary at 2560 x 1440).
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Fractal Design R5 Logitech G700s Steelseries qck+ Sennheiser HD600  
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mjolnir125 View Post

I don't know for sure, and it depends what settings you "need" to have turned on. I typically don't use more than 1.5 GB of Vram at 2560 x 1440 in most games, but some newer ones can use over 2 GB if I turn on stuff like AA (which isn't really necessary at 2560 x 1440).

That makes great sense... thank you.

I spoke with an EVGA tech today.
After realizing that I could potentially go through their Step-Up program and get GTX 780 for about $300 - $400 (Which would fix the issue of limited VRAM), I thought it would be beneficial to purchase a 120Hz monitor.

Just one GTX 780 getting me to 120FPS is probably unlikely at 1440p... (if my guess is correct)
but I will probably SLI the GTX 780 in the future. (If necessary)

I have one unrelated noob question:
Is the Yamakasi Catleap 2B OC Extreme edition just a regular Catleap with PCB with overclocked ability? (Where you can only get to 120Hz by overclocking) Or is it a monitor capable of outputting 120Hz without overclocking?

If no, are there any monitor capable of outputting 120Hz @ 1440p without the need of overclocking?

Thank you again
Edited by mimcoke - 5/19/13 at 11:47am
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