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Hi All,

I am condsidering purchasing a Dell 24" LCD (E248WFP). I am able to get it new for $300.00.

My first question is do you think this is a worthwhile investment? Reviews on this model are not too bad. I will mostly be using it for HD media playback, and moderate gaming. Other than that, it'll be spreadsheets and word, so no issue there.

Second question - I have 2 rigs, one with an OC'd Xeon X3220 (@3.4GHz) and2x Radeon X1950pro's in crossfire mode. The other with an OC'd e2160 (@3.4GHz) and a single 8800GTS 320MB. Both systems have 4GB DDR2 800 - I am looking at the performance marks for these cards, and I don't think either rig will be able to handle many games at 1920x1200 res., although I haven't been able to find any benchmarks for the radeons in crossfire mode.

I am hoping someone may be able to weigh in on which rig would be best to pair with the new monitor, I mainly play Bioshock, HL2, Oblivion, Etc. I am not concerned about playing Crysis at all, but I think that being able to play some newer games is important. Worst case, I guess I could pick up another 8800GTS for SLI, but dunno if that will even help too much, as I only have the 320MB version.

Advice, Opinions, etc. are very welcome.

Thanks!
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A 24in would be nice for that price. The resolution is the main benefit from going from 22in to 24 in. You will be able to watch full 1080 hd movies.
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For $300, it sounds like a good deal. I don't believe that the E248WFP had the same ghosting issues as the 2407WFP series.

For gaming, the X1950Pro's will probably do better, but it's hard to tell. Most benchmarks run 4xAA and 8x or higher AF at 1920x1200, and that is not ATI's strong point.

Since you can get a 8800GTS 320MB for about $100 now, it might be worth it to you to run SLI with it.
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I dont know how good those 8800GTS's will do with that high of a res since it is only 320mb. Either way, they are so cheap right now it is probably worth it
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Since you can get a 8800GTS 320MB for about $100 now, it might be worth it to you to run SLI with it.
I assume this is a used price, but I have never seen them this low, lol

Can't really afford a second card for the time being anyhow if I am going to pick up the display. If I wait on the display, I can't get the deal... decisions, decisions haha!

If I gamed at a lower res, would it look lousy on the 24" screen for any reason?
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I dont know how good those 8800GTS's will do with that high of a res since it is only 320mb. Either way, they are so cheap right now it is probably worth it
The X1950Pro's are 256MB with a 256bit bus. The 8800GTS's 320MB have a 320bit bus. Two X1950Pro's should beat a 8800GTS at high resolution, but two 8800GTS's are going to win almost hands down.
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I assume this is a used price, but I have never seen them this low, lol

Can't really afford a second card for the time being anyhow if I am going to pick up the display. If I wait on the display, I can't get the deal... decisions, decisions haha!

If I gamed at a lower res, would it look lousy on the 24" screen for any reason?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130082

Yes and no. 1920x1200 at low settings looks better than 1280x1048 at high settings. However, running outside of the native resolution can look bad, it really depends on the game.
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Wow! Those were darn near $200.00 just a couple of days ago! Guess that's the answer then, lol!

For now, I guess I'll just have to experiment a bit to see what will work until I can afford a second card.
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24" just feels huge, by the way. It's only 2", but it's about 30% more pixels. 2D works feels a lot less cramped and a lot more 'fun'
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That's what i am thinking too... I checked one out at the store a while back and it was awesome! I am going to be using the 24" Dell as my main monitor, and the 22" Samsung as seconday, so for now I guess I'll just keep gaming on the Samsung until I can get one of my rigs up to snuff for gaming at 1920x1200.

I would say about 80% of the time, I'll be doing more office related tasks, web surfing and media playback, so I can hold off on another card for a few weeks.
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