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I have searched high and low and have not been able to come up with an answer for my question yet.

I have recently acquired another 1080P monitor (HP 2311x) identical to the monitor I currently own. I primarily play a lot of fps games, and I know the issue that arises with the crosshair being in the center of the screen on a dual monitor setup. My question is the following.

Is there a way to set up two monitors with the one on the left being a center monitor and the one on the right displaying an extended portion of the game?

In other words, if you were to take a triple monitor setup and remove the left monitor, and still want it to play games as if you have three monitors hooked up.

This would keep the crosshairs in the center of the left screen.

Is this something that can be done?

Thanks in advance! thumb.gif
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I have never heard of anything like that. How about you take off the bezels on the monitors and tape them together rolleyes.gif
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I have never heard of anything like that. How about you take off the bezels on the monitors and tape them together rolleyes.gif

I would love to do something like that, but knowing me I would screw up one of the monitors. LOL tongue.gif
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Plug in the side monitor will two different inputs like hdmi and dvi. The GPU will see it as 2 monitors making a total of 3. I did this before I actually bought a 3rd monitor to test how my card did fps-wise in surround. Of course you can only have one "side" showing at a time.
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Never thought of doing that. I will have to rob a HDMI cable from our living room TV once he wife goes to bed. Will doing this cause the gpu to actually render the third "non existent screen" causing a performance hit?
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Yes you will be rendering the 3rd screen, which will be a downside to you. But that is why I did it as a test for surround.

You can try it and see how it works, but you really are better off just gaming on one screen, or buying a third and going surround. I went with the second option and love it. thumb.gif
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Yes you will be rendering the 3rd screen, which will be a downside to you. But that is why I did it as a test for surround.

You can try it and see how it works, but you really are better off just gaming on one screen, or buying a third and going surround. I went with the second option and love it. thumb.gif

Thanks for the advice. Ill give it a try because it wont hurt anything considering I already have the monitor. I would love to get another monitor, but I would have to sell my current card and get a 7970. I would also have to buy another identical monitor.

I also don't really have room for the 3rd monitor on my desk frown.gif
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pq321q-4k-gaming,3620.html

" When the PQ321Q first came out, Nvidia’s drivers apparently weren’t prepared, according to reports by Ryan Shrout over at PC Perspective. The company worked on its software, resulting in the GeForce 327.19 release we have today. One improvement that came about is a change to the Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) structure that lets the monitor present itself as a tiled device to Nvidia’s driver (this gets rolled up into a standard called DisplayID v.1.3). The software uses that information to automatically configure Surround in a 2x1 configuration.

That’s not to say that, even after Nvidia's targeted update and new firmware from Asus, the PQ321Q works flawlessly. As Windows boots, you always see the splash screen squished into the left panel. And after a fresh Windows 8 installation, we were unable to apply the 327.19 driver without crashing. There was also a combination of flashing on the desktop and incorrect resolution settings when certain games started up. We encountered those inconveniences using two HDMI inputs and the DVI splitter needed for our FCAT-based testing, though. With the PQ321Q set to accept an MST stream and a DisplayPort cable linking PC to the monitor, our experience was notably better (albeit still not perfect). You’re still going to see Windows’ boot process happen on one of the two panels, and one might flicker on before the other when you start a game. But those are just artifacts of a tiled monitor. It was more odd that setting resolutions lower than 3840x2160 squished the desktop down, rather than scaling it up. "
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