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Hello everyone,

I currently have the following major specs:

i7-2600k
16gb Ram
GTX 670 EVGA 4gb
1000W Cooler Master PSU

I have a 24" Asus and have debated playing with triple monitors for a long time. I bought the 4gb version of the 670 and the 1000W PSU for that purpose. I was mostly wondering if it is really worth the investment? In order for me to get triple monitors gaming I would need 2 more 24" monitors, a monitor stand (my desk is small), and likely another gtx 670 for sli. I also noticed the GTX 770 just came out as well...not sure if selling my 670 and getting the 770 would benefit this endeavor though.

I've priced out this investment and another 670 along with all the other goods will end up costing me nearly 1000...so I'm wondering if it's really worth it? I have been reading on forums about triple monitor gaming and some people seem really on board, but a lot of people say it is amazing for a couple weeks but then wears off and they eventually end up gaming on a single monitor anyway. It also seems like it could be a pain to have to upgrade two cards every time you go for an upgrade.

I have debated perhaps just getting a 27" monitor instead and saving a lot of money while still getting more viewing space. But I really don't know.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I've also noticed this:

http://www.amazon.com/PB278Q-27-Inch-LED-lit-Professional-Graphics/dp/B009C3M7H0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369959354&sr=8-2&keywords=asus+27+2560x1440

Anyone know how that would run with my one GTX 670 4gb?
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post #3 of 21
Triple monitor setups are awesome but you would run into an issue with your single card not giving you enough power to keep at the same FPS and settings as you have now. If you are willing to drop the $1000 for another 670 4GB, the monitors and the stand, go for it but I would think a 27" monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution would be better for your current setup while still keeping your settings high. Plus, as people have said, the triple monitor fun wears off after a while unless you need the extra screens for something else.
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Triple monitor setups are awesome but you would run into an issue with your single card not giving you enough power to keep at the same FPS and settings as you have now. If you are willing to drop the $1000 for another 670 4GB, the monitors and the stand, go for it but I would think a 27" monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution would be better for your current setup while still keeping your settings high. Plus, as people have said, the triple monitor fun wears off after a while unless you need the extra screens for something else.

I like the extra real estate more for multitasking than for game playing.
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Originally Posted by Guinibee View Post

I've also noticed this:

http://www.amazon.com/PB278Q-27-Inch-LED-lit-Professional-Graphics/dp/B009C3M7H0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369959354&sr=8-2&keywords=asus+27+2560x1440

Anyone know how that would run with my one GTX 670 4gb?
Should run perfectly on your 670 4GB since you have a high amount of VRAM and the raw power for that resolution. Good price for a brand-name 27" IPS monitor too.
post #6 of 21
I'd advise that you try it on a friends rig first if possible, personally I found that it took me a week or so to get used to it and now, and now if I try to go back to playing on a single monitor I feel as if I'm partially blind.

I think the wider view in FPS games is a definite advantage, in racing games it's nice to have but not really an advantage.

It is a large additional cost for gaming, but the extra screen space when not gaming is a huge bonus, I don't think I'm capable of going back to anything less than 2 monitors for non-gaming activities.

The only problem I find when using multiple monitors with eyefinity (or surround) enabled is using aero snap, because windows sees the 3 screens as one giant screen, when you use aero snap to move a window to one side of the screen it takes up 1.5 monitors :/, this is partially resolved for me by using the windows key + P to cycle between duplicate (eyefinity) and extended (normal extended desktop mode).

As for going with a larger single display I can't really say, but then perhaps the temptation would be there to go with 3 of them? haha

Anyway, just my 2cents.gif
post #7 of 21
I have 3 22" Dells and let me tell you, there is nothing like it for multitasking. Gaming is great too, I had to get a 7970 6g edition to push crysis 3 though. If you can afford it, I would highly recommend it. I started with a 5770 and yeah I had to run games on low, but multitasking was great. You can always upgrade the graphics down the line.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by TheSocialHermit View Post

Should run perfectly on your 670 4GB since you have a high amount of VRAM and the raw power for that resolution. Good price for a brand-name 27" IPS monitor too.

Interesting...I may end up doing that then and seeing how well it runs. If I have to SLI I could always do that later I suppose, but that monitor does look boss.

Thanks for the suggestions guys...I have a feeling I might own one of those Asus 27" beasts though soon smile.gif.
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post #9 of 21
Multimonitor is super if you're a student/work a lot on your computer, it's not just for games! tongue.gif having the task(s) on one monitor, your typing document on another and references/ misc documents on the third really ups your output on work done

Personally I went from 22" to 24" + 22" to finally 3x27", transitions have been big and I also don't get tired of eyefinity/surround in-game

If you're willing to drop that 1000 it's worth it
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post #10 of 21
I'm running 3x27 now...just gotta say, I feel cramped when I have to go to work and use that old 17" crt haha.
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