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I know this has been asked a hundred times, but every time the answer is different. Most of the time it depends on the limitations of the person asking the question so I figure I'd put all the relevant info for you guys and see if you can help me on my decision.

First I'll start off by saying I'm a hardcore gamer, I play everything from FPS, MOBAs, RTS, RPGs and MMOs. I tend to play games for 6 - 8 hrs a day at a competitive level in most of them.

I currently have 3x ASUS VG248QE Monitors for Surround. I can easily switch them to extended setup when I need to for movies and other programs. I also have Display Fusion for Extended setup. I run Bezel Compensation for a resolution of 6000x1080 in Surround. Most of the games I play do support Surround either natively or with a workaround. I also have the desk space required to run them and I'll soon be upgrading to 2x 780s so that I can all games at 120 FPS in Surround.

I have two weeks left to decide if I want to keep this current setup or change it for something else. My other option is a monitor in 2560x1600 Resolution. Maybe even a Dell UltraSharp U3011.

Now I'm not sure which would be better for gaming. One of the reasons I'm upgrading my GPUs is to be able to mod the hell out of Skyrim, so that's going to be one of my main focuses in game for the new few months.

ASUS VG248QE - Surround

Pros
- 6000x1080 (5760x1080)
- Lightboost Hack (No Motion Blur)
- Can easily maintain 120 FPS
- MOST games I play support it (with outside fixes)
- DisplayFusion
Cons
- Bezels
- TN Panel
- Lightboost makes the color even worse
- NOT ALL GAMES SUPPORT IT

Dell UltraSharp U3011

Pros
- 2560x1600
- IPS (Better Color)
- All Games Support It (Less Hassle)
- No Bezels
Cons
- 60 Hz
- 7ms Response Time

Even with a straight foward list like this, the decision is still difficult. If I had only played FPS surround with Lightboost would be a no brainer, but I play a multitude of games across all genres. I even plan to hook up my Xbox 360 and PS3 to my Monitors. As of now most of my budget is going to my video card upgrade which I deem more important, so if I do go with the U3011, I can in no way get a second monitor for even just a dual screen setup for a while. Not even a cheap one. Also, I can only buy my monitors from Amazon or Newegg and I only have the desk space for 3 24" or 1 30", so no Catleaps in Surround for me. The 27" is too big for 3 monitors. frown.gif
Edited by iNcontroL - 5/23/13 at 12:38am
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I think that keeping your current displays is perfectly fine. Tri-displays have always been more attractive to me than one hi-res display. There's just more space to work with on three displays.
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True, but there has never been a time I've really used all 3 monitors outside of gaming. I use 2 monitors all the time, but never 3. The third monitor usually has Winamp or something open which isn't really a necessity.
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I know I only have two monitors because I don't have the power to drive three displays at the FPS I would want. I think 2x 780's would absolutely destroy a 2560 display.
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Hmm would it actually make sense to keep one of the 120Hz monitors for browsing while gaming and maybe using it for shooters while buying a 1440p for other games and main use? Would the color and size difference be too much to use in a dual setup?
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That's a tricky one iNcontroL. Some people like their monitors to be uniform, others don't care about using completely different screens for different purposes. Usually in a triple monitor setup the uniformity is of crucial importance (if you're using all of the monitors simultaneously) but in a dual setup less so. Moving the mouse from one to the other, dragging windows etc. can take a bit of getting used to for 2 very different monitors but once they're running separate tasks you're unlikely to care.
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So, just an update for those who care. But I've decided to return two of my VG248QE Monitors and get a single PB278Q. I also kept one of my VG248QEs as a side monitor for browsing while gaming on the IPS and to use for competitive FPS games if I ever need Zero Motion Blur. I hope that this way I'll have the best of both worlds.

What really cemented my decision was the fact that while I've had the NVidia Surround setup for more than two weeks now, I've been too lazy to actually use it because it was annoying to switch back and forth and I found everything but gaming in Surround to be bothersome. Not only that but every game I played in Surround required an hour of research and tweaks to make it look remotely decent and it still didn't remove the fish lens effect from games like Skyrim. The Menus were always annoying and unfixable in many of the games and I don't play BF3 enough, the only game that worked properly to justify having an extra monitor I'd never use otherwise.

Not only that, but my video cards would never down clock if I kept the monitors at 120 Hz in Surround, so it was always at 60c~ Idle and made my room ridiculously hot, especially since my computer is under my desk.

I hope others who had the same question I had get some valuable information from my experience.
Edited by iNcontroL - 5/23/13 at 12:36am
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AMD Anthlon 64 FX-53 SledgeHammer 2.4 GHz Socke... DFI LanParty UT nForce4 Ultra EVGA GeForce 7800 GT - SLI EVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR PC-3200 Platinum Enhanced... Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA Int... Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA Int... Sony CRX320E Internal DVD Burner 
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Sony DRU-700A Internal Double Layer DVD Burner Windows XP Professional 32-Bit NEC FP2141SB 22" CRT Monitor PC Power & Cooling 510W ATX-Deluxe Power Supply 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li PC-62B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Com... Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming... fUNC sUrface 1030 Competition Mouse Pad Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card 
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Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Spe... CoolerMaster AeroGate II 4 Channel Fan Controller 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600K 4.7 GHz at 1.34v with HT En... Asus Maximus IV Extreme EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 780 - SLI G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 16... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 PRO Series 512GB Solid State Drive OCZ Vertex 3 Series - MAX IOPS Edition 120GB So... Western Digital Blue Series 1TB 7200 RPM Intern... Western Digital Blue Series 1TB 7200 RPM Intern... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Western Digital Black Series 2TB 7200 RPM Inter... Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM Internal Hard... Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM Internal Hard... ASUS BW-12D1S-U External 12X Blu-Ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler Windows 8.1 Pro ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q 27" 144Hz G-SYNC Gaming M... ASUS PB278Q 27" 60 Hz WQHD PLS LED Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry M... Enermax Revolution85+ 920w Power Supply  Corsair Obsidian 750D ATX Full Tower Computer ... Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
Corsair Gaming MM200 Extended Edition Cloth Gam... Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 250 Ohm Headphone 
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AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Clas... Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones Sennheiser G4ME ONE Headset Emotiva Airmotiv 5s Powered Studio Monitors 
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VSONIC GR07 Bass Edition IEMs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD Anthlon 64 FX-53 SledgeHammer 2.4 GHz Socke... DFI LanParty UT nForce4 Ultra EVGA GeForce 7800 GT - SLI EVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR PC-3200 Platinum Enhanced... Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA Int... Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA Int... Sony CRX320E Internal DVD Burner 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Sony DRU-700A Internal Double Layer DVD Burner Windows XP Professional 32-Bit NEC FP2141SB 22" CRT Monitor PC Power & Cooling 510W ATX-Deluxe Power Supply 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li PC-62B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Com... Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming... fUNC sUrface 1030 Competition Mouse Pad Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card 
OtherOther
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Spe... CoolerMaster AeroGate II 4 Channel Fan Controller 
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Bleeding Edge
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Prototype 01
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2600K 4.7 GHz at 1.34v with HT En... Asus Maximus IV Extreme EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 780 - SLI G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 16... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 PRO Series 512GB Solid State Drive OCZ Vertex 3 Series - MAX IOPS Edition 120GB So... Western Digital Blue Series 1TB 7200 RPM Intern... Western Digital Blue Series 1TB 7200 RPM Intern... 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Western Digital Black Series 2TB 7200 RPM Inter... Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM Internal Hard... Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM Internal Hard... ASUS BW-12D1S-U External 12X Blu-Ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler Windows 8.1 Pro ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q 27" 144Hz G-SYNC Gaming M... ASUS PB278Q 27" 60 Hz WQHD PLS LED Monitor 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Shine 3 Mechanical Keyboard with Cherry M... Enermax Revolution85+ 920w Power Supply  Corsair Obsidian 750D ATX Full Tower Computer ... Razer DeathAdder 2013 Gaming Mouse 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
Corsair Gaming MM200 Extended Edition Cloth Gam... Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 250 Ohm Headphone 
OtherOtherOtherOther
AKG Q 701 Quincy Jones Signature Reference-Clas... Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones Sennheiser G4ME ONE Headset Emotiva Airmotiv 5s Powered Studio Monitors 
Other
VSONIC GR07 Bass Edition IEMs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD Anthlon 64 FX-53 SledgeHammer 2.4 GHz Socke... DFI LanParty UT nForce4 Ultra EVGA GeForce 7800 GT - SLI EVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR PC-3200 Platinum Enhanced... Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA Int... Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA Int... Sony CRX320E Internal DVD Burner 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Sony DRU-700A Internal Double Layer DVD Burner Windows XP Professional 32-Bit NEC FP2141SB 22" CRT Monitor PC Power & Cooling 510W ATX-Deluxe Power Supply 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li PC-62B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Com... Logitech MX 518 High Performance Optical Gaming... fUNC sUrface 1030 Competition Mouse Pad Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound Card 
OtherOther
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Spe... CoolerMaster AeroGate II 4 Channel Fan Controller 
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