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Hi All,

I've been planning on buying three 2560x1440 monitors for my new gaming rig that I'm slowly building, but saw in another thread that Samsung are releasing what looks to be a reasonably priced 4K monitor (Samsung U28D590).

My question is, is it worth sticking with my 3 monitor setup plan, or changing and going to a single 4K monitor??

I'm thinking a single 4K monitor would be far easier to setup and maintain, but the 3 monitor setup would give me greater screen real estate.

Can anyone help me out with any pro's & con's of both setups?

Should add that atm, I'm planning on running 3x R9 290's.
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I have a triple monitor setup and I love it. Don't think I could ever go back to a single monitor setup. The screen real estate is perfect I do a lot if multi tasking etc. Plus gaming in surround is incredible, some people might say that the bezels can be annoying but when you are gaming your eyes adjust and you don't notice it. If you play a lot of FPS games or racing games or just value a lot of screen real estate go with a triple monitor setup. My next monitor upgrade will be when 4k monitors are common place and we have hardware that can drive three of them.... Just think of all those pixels. If you have friends with triple monitor setups or a place you could demo them I would suggest that some people I know don't care for it like I do. Hope I have helped.

Also what monitors where you thinking of.
post #3 of 21
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I understand what you're saying about the extra screen real estate and that is probably the biggest selling point, for myself, for the triple monitor setup. I've never had more than one monitor when gaming, and this PC will be mainly used for gaming. I don't know if the bezels will annoy me, but I think I'd end up forgetting about them.

I was thinking of 3x Yamakasi/Qnix/X-Star 27" 2560x1440 monitors or the Samsung 4K monitor mentioned in the first post. Cost should be roughly the same for either setup.

Would 3 GPU's have an easier time scaling and providing a smooth image on a single 4K monitor or a triple monitor setup? What about for older games that might not translate too well to a triple monitor setup?
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post #4 of 21
The 3 gpu will not have a problem and if I come across a game that doesn't run well on triple monitors I will just run it on a single screen but usually you will not have a problem a great forum if you need help editing settings for unsupported games is wide screen gaming forum www.wsgf.org once you go triple monitors it's hard to go back. Depending on the size of your desk etc. You might want to think about getting a triple monitor stand prices vary widely I know ergotech makes great stands.
post #5 of 21
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Well that's good to hear that you haven't had too much trouble with a 3 card setup biggrin.gif lessens my worry about that issue!! thumb.gif

And even better knowing about that forum for help in altering settings, I have a feeling it might come in very handy haha

I am very tempted by the 3 monitor setup, just seems to have more potential I guess. And desk space I'm not sure, will buy a desk for this gaming rig down the track, so can probably buy a big enough desk wink.gif
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Im glad i can help.
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As an owner of one of the samsung 4k screens, I can say it is great and that setup should be capable of pushing all the pixels. It really depends a lot on how ...

[... hold on... as I was writing this the screen just went black and I had to unplug it and plug it back in to power to make it come back ... *** ...]

... As I was saying, it really depends a lot on how much gaming you will be doing. I think most will agree that with a 3-monitor setup your main benefit is peripheral vision, whereas with a 4K monitor setup your benefit is double-the-pixels on the main display where you benefit from them the most. I'd choose the 4k for gaming, or the 3x 1440p panels for desktop work. Unless you have really good eyes, it is a little bit exhausting reading things as small as they are on this 4k screen without DPI scaling enabled.

I was going to say something about questionable quality of the cheaper Korean panels, since I've had terrible luck with them in the past. But now that seems kind of silly.
Edited by bp2008 - 3/12/14 at 8:45pm
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Or you could go 3x 4K monitors: biggrin.gif

     
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lol, will need Quad SLI GTX 880 SSCs to max next gen games at that res.
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post #10 of 21
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Quote:
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Or you could go 3x 4K monitors: biggrin.gif


LOL that is just outrageous!! I've just picked my jaw up off the floor and stopped drooling haha

If I could afford a setup like that, I'd be all over it biggrin.gif

Unfortunately, I'll have to stick with a single 4K monitor if I go that way. Guess I could always buy another 2 4K monitors at the start of 2016 haha
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