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Hey!

I recently started revolutionizing my setup from a crappy folding table to a great new desk and work area. I have a great PC I built (specs below) and right now have a 27 inch 1080p dell monitor and a 23 inch 1080p emachines monitor right next to it. To make my setup more clean i'm looking to upgrade to a single 29"- 34" 2560 x 1440. It can be ultra wide, 21:9, 16:9, curved, no preferences really. Eventually I think I will be mounting it to the wall or a desk mount so something that can be mounted in the future would be nice. I just wanted to see what my options were and see what was suggested. The only problem is that I only have about $300 right now but I'm in no rush to buy right away, hopefully by the summer when I start working more and/or get some money from graduating high school I will make the purchase. Little food for thought: I'm going to college for computer science, programming and such, I also do dabble with some graphic design (illustrator/Photoshop) here and there. Adding to that I also game a lot so something that encases all of those things would be great! Thanks for any suggestions and if you have any questions go ahead and ask away!

My PC: Mobo: Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2, Processor: Intel Core-i7 4790k, RAM: 16gb Corsair Dominator Platinum Series, GPU: EVGA GTX 970 FTW Edition
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You can't drive a predator X34 I'm sure with a single 970 so that's out the window. Although there is the BenQ XR3501, Dell also a 34" curved 1440p monitor, but it's only 60hz and it's going for 600-700$ currently as well, you can also look at LGs offerings as they have ultra wide monitors ranging from 25"-34", which are 1440p, but 60hz.
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What type of games do you play, and what aspects of a monitor would you say are most important to you for gaming?

I think a 2560 x 1080 monitor is out the window for you, since you do things other than play games on it.
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Ideally I'd like to only spend about $500 but of course cheaper the better. I realize with that said, that would mean giving up things like it being curved which I understand. While doing some research I have decided that I would like it to be 21:9 for sure, the only thing I'm not sure about is whether I really need it to be 2560x1440 or if I can just deal with the 2560x1080. Its not like the stuff I'm doing is that dependent on it being 1440, it would just be a nice added benefit to have.

I play CS:GO, ARMA 3, Battlefield 4, GTA V, Fallout 4, and other titles like that. I can't say that having it be 144hz is that important just because I've been playing on 60hz for over a year and don't mind it so that isn't a big factor when it comes to deciding. I can definitely deal with it being 60hz.
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What type of games do you play, and what aspects of a monitor would you say are most important to you for gaming?

I think a 2560 x 1080 monitor is out the window for you, since you do things other than play games on it.
Ideally I'd like to only spend about $500 but of course cheaper the better. I realize with that said, that would mean giving up things like it being curved which I understand. While doing some research I have decided that I would like it to be 21:9 for sure, the only thing I'm not sure about is whether I really need it to be 2560x1440 or if I can just deal with the 2560x1080. Its not like the stuff I'm doing is that dependent on it being 1440, it would just be a nice added benefit to have.

I play CS:GO, ARMA 3, Battlefield 4, GTA V, Fallout 4, and other titles like that. I can't say that having it be 144hz is that important just because I've been playing on 60hz for over a year and don't mind it so that isn't a big factor when it comes to deciding. I can definitely deal with it being 60hz.
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Ideally I'd like to only spend about $500 but of course cheaper the better. I realize with that said, that would mean giving up things like it being curved which I understand. While doing some research I have decided that I would like it to be 21:9 for sure, the only thing I'm not sure about is whether I really need it to be 2560x1440 or if I can just deal with the 2560x1080. Its not like the stuff I'm doing is that dependent on it being 1440, it would just be a nice added benefit to have.

I play CS:GO, ARMA 3, Battlefield 4, GTA V, Fallout 4, and other titles like that. I can't say that having it be 144hz is that important just because I've been playing on 60hz for over a year and don't mind it so that isn't a big factor when it comes to deciding. I can definitely deal with it being 60hz.

$500 and 21:9? I think your only option is the upcoming Monoprice 34" 3440 x 1440 monitor, which uses an LG AH-IPS panel and I believe has a 75 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync, not that you can use FreeSync. The problem is you're going to struggle immensely in many games, including ArmA 3, GTA V, and Fallout 4.

Or if you're willing to go with 16:9, you can get the BenQ BL3200PT which goes on sale often. It's not ideal for competitive games like CS:GO, but great for more immersive games like Fallout 4. It will make your games look better due to the VA panel, but if you're coming from TN then you'll also notice more motion blur and maybe the situational ghosting it has.

Check out this video below, more specifically look at the trees against the night sky in the first scene, and the mountains in the second scene. Does that streaking aka ghosting aka trailing look like something you can live with?

At the same time you'll get much blacker blacks, a more vibrant look, and seemingly more depth to the image (more color depth, see this image and note that VA is on the right albeit that's an even higher contrast VA) due to the static contrast being about 2.5x higher than IPS monitors.
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That Monoprice sounds perfect actually thank you for mentioning that and like I said I have to wait a few months till i get that money so it'll probably be perfect timing. Thanks! You've done a lot of helpful research for me!
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