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Hi all,

I've been wanting to do this for a few years but never manage to find a setup I want. Ideally I want a three screen, landscape, setup but for the outside screens to be rotated 90° (coder style). I'm flexible with the size of the middle screen but would be using it mostly for gaming, so G-SYNC or very high response time is necessary and I'd like the outside screens to be as close to the same height as the inside screen. I hope that makes sense, but like this: [][ ][].

Any ideas, short of finding a store that stocks loads of screens (unlikely near me), would be appreciated.


-Sheep
Edited by DreamingSh33p - 7/12/16 at 6:35pm
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The display setup you are looking for is called Portrait - Landscape - Portrait, or PLP for short. Using those terms, you should find some results searching google and the like. The hardest part is finding the outer monitors to fit with the correct size and resolution you are looking for.

I have not personally done this, but i did some searching as well and ended up ditching the idea (i was looking for 2 monitors to run in portrait on the sides of my 40" 4k. I was able to find some monitors that would work, i ended up not being happy with the 40" 4k monitors response in some games and switched my main monitor to 27" 1440p 144hz)
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I run triple in portrait but all three are the same size. Asus PB287Q. I thought it might be too narrow and too tall but I actually quite like it. I was worried that the center monitor might be too narrow but it is quite nice. The three 28" monitors were a bit much in landscape. Way too wide.

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@IMI4tth3w - Thanks for the info, will have a look. Yup, I'm a bit worried it would end up being a 40 something inch centre screen, which just wouldn't work.

@Dagamus NM - I don't think I could deal with a portrait centre screen, like you said, it might not be wide enough. I don't plan on having games span across screens, sides will be for other apps while gaming.


I forgot to say, I'll probably only be gaming at 1080p, happy to go up but happy to stay there too.
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@IMI4tth3w - Thanks for the info, will have a look. Yup, I'm a bit worried it would end up being a 40 something inch centre screen, which just wouldn't work.

@Dagamus NM - I don't think I could deal with a portrait centre screen, like you said, it might not be wide enough. I don't plan on having games span across screens, sides will be for other apps while gaming.


I forgot to say, I'll probably only be gaming at 1080p, happy to go up but happy to stay there too.

Well you got me curious and i went back to do some more research. I ended up finding this model number LTN154AT07 for a 15.4" 1440x900 panel. Picked up two used ones for ~$20 each and then two control boards for ~$25 each and then two power supplies for ~$7 each. I'll put it down more logically.

Parts list for 27" 1440p PLP Portrait Monitors:

Monitor: Search ebay for LTN154AT07 or B154PW02 (15.4" 1440x900 ~110dpi which is almost the 108dpi of 27" 1440p. I found two used ones i felt comfortable with for ~$20. Brand new replacements are about ~$50 each)

Controller: Search ebay for R.RM5251 LCD Controller (one of the better priced controllers i could find that has DVI digital input. cheaper ones can be found that are only VGA. Must verify with seller which monitor you are using and check for compatibility)

Power Supply: 12V 4A (i believe the plug to be 5.5x2.5mm but i could not find on the controller page. but i'm about 90% sure it is. the best priced ones i found were on amazon. i suggest searching for whatever is better priced for you)

Total: $100-$150

These three things are really all that you need, and as you can see can be had for very cheap if you do you searching.

I also ordered some 3M foam double stick tape to attach everything to the panel. I'm not exactly sure how i will do the mounting, but i have two desk mount monitor arms at my disposal which i will attempt to mount the monitors to.

Here is a picture and corresponding link where i found information about the monitor and controller to use
https://hardforum.com/threads/15-1440-resolution.1690187/#post-1038710563




Hopefully the colors won't be too far off. But it will certainly be interesting to see how it turns out.


(my fiance thinks i have a monitor addiction. So far the monitor collection includes 2x dell 27" 1440p 144Hz gsync monitors, one for each of us as a main, a 27" 1440p korean overclockable monitor, a korean 40" 4k monitor, a 24" 1080p 144Hz 1ms, 27" 1080p 60Hz, 24" 1080p 60Hz, 21.5" 1080p 60Hz. After these two mini monitors for PLP all i will be missing is a 21:9 ultrawide LOL although i did get a 29" 21:9 for my mom to use at work. okay useless info ending here..)
Edited by IMI4tth3w - 7/12/16 at 9:52pm
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O, I hadn't even thought about a laptop screen.. That's looking pretty good! Will do some digging, but 2 'monitors' for less than £100, sounds good to me smile.gif

That's a lot of screens! I'm moving house soon, so should be able to increase mine from a single laptop to a few more!
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O, I hadn't even thought about a laptop screen.. That's looking pretty good! Will do some digging, but 2 'monitors' for less than £100, sounds good to me smile.gif

That's a lot of screens! I'm moving house soon, so should be able to increase mine from a single laptop to a few more!

yep, most of the time to do a proper PLP with correct DPI, you'll have to get creative. There are a lot of laptops with random size screens that could work perfectly. Only problem is you have to get a bit creative in hooking them up and build a stand for them. The monitors themselves are where you will be able to save the most $ so if you can find some used ones that at least have a couple details that they still work, should be good to go. And if worst case scenario you'll only be out a couple $$ if a monitor is unusable. I think ebay has decent return policy and buyer coverage but for a $20 monitor i probably wouldn't even bother LOL. I'd be more impatient to get it working than anything.

I think eventually i want to try and build some sort of slip so i can attach the 2 peripheral monitors to the center main one. For now i'll be using some desk mount monitor mounts to hold them up.
Edited by IMI4tth3w - 7/12/16 at 9:37pm
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