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post #1 of 14
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I currently have 2 Dell 20" Widescreen monitors running with my eVGA 8800GTS. I have been thinking for some time now about getting a Dell 30" monitor to replace them because it could also double as an HDTV for my PS3 and my Xbox 360 Couldn't it?
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post #2 of 14
Personally, I'd prefer one large 30" monitor over 2 smaller 20" ones. That's just my opinion. Dual monitors can be fun for certain games and apps, but I've heard the Dell 30" LCD is spectacular.

EDIT: This new Dell 3008WFP 30" LCD. @.@ Wow.... 2 thousand bucks though... :-O That's more than my rig cost!
    
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post #3 of 14
Go for the 30" if it can display 2560x1600.
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post #4 of 14
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I am pretty sure that my Video Card can support the Max Resolution. I have also been planning on buying a 2nd 8800GTS so I can have the power to play whatever games I want on decent settings.
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post #5 of 14
go for the 30in
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by SeanEE89 View Post
I am pretty sure that my Video Card can support the Max Resolution. I have also been planning on buying a 2nd 8800GTS so I can have the power to play whatever games I want on decent settings.
yes it can but you might want to get a 2nd one so you can
get decent fps in games
post #7 of 14
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I think I will just get the 30" Dell (newer model), Ill see if I have the desk room maybe Ill be able to keep 1 or 2 of the 20" monitors.
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post #8 of 14
For that price i'd just get a LCD TV. $2000 would buy you a decent 40+ inch one.
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post #9 of 14
A TV won't be good for gaming. You need 8ms or less and more than 700:1. On top of that, it will be really hard to get good FPS on a 40in. screen.

Go with the 30in. I think someone else has it here, can't remember who though. Dell makes great monitors anyway.

If you were doing video or music production, then I'd suggest dual monitors. You can separate VSTs and sequencers more easily in music production for instance with 2 screens.
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post #10 of 14
If you are thinking of getting a 2nd 8800GTS then I would defo go with the 30inch...
Because SLI doesnt support 2 monitors
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