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So, I just found out I may have a little money and I need some advice regarding possibly spending it.

I am thinking about going surround for two reasons:

Looks awesome for gaming

I'm at college and do a lot of essays that involve researching on the net and it would be great to have many screens to use at once.



My problem is that I don't want to spend a lot of money as I'm off to uni next year and could use the cash, but I also would love to have a gaming PC that I could easily do work on and game with for the 4 years I'm there.

The next part of my problem is that I currently have a samsung t240 monitor which isn't manufactured any more. This monitor has a 1920x1200 res and I can't find another two at that res that I can use with it. So I would have to buy 3 new monitors and sell the samsung which seems like it will be difficult to get a decent price for it to make it worthwhile.

Then I would need a another 480 to play with any eye candy, but i'm not 100% sure my PSU could run it. There is the option of going the 570 SLI route, which has the advantage of the 570's seem to be cheaper than the 480's for some reason, but selling the 480 seems difficult.

Finally the most important thing is that my fiancee will likely take my nuts if this isn't cheap. So will the e-peen gained from surround make up for a lack of real nuts? And would it be realistic to expect £300-400 if I sold the 480 and T240?
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Looks like you got your heart set on surround... so I wont give you my personal opinion .

When you go 3D Surround, its best that you buy the three monitors at once, so you dont have to go through the trouble of finding another monitor with the same specs.

Because the industry have seemed to prefer 1080P over 1920x1200, it will be very hard to find another monitor like yours, most of the latter are much more expensive than their 1080P counterparts.

So my advice to you is to sell your monitor and buy three new 22-23inch 1080P monitors.

Regarding your PSU.. your quality 750 PSU will be able to handle two GTX 480. The HX series are usually underrated in terms of their max power draw. So you are goo to go there as well.

How much is your total spending budget? A single GTX 570 will run you run you around £320. Two of them will be £640. Add in the costs of three monitors and you can be looking at over £1000.

I'm not sure how much your monitor would go used; expect it fetch more than you think. Over £100-120 easily. Paired up with your used GTX 480, you can get around £350. Of course this is just pure speculation.

I would rather just sell the monitor, buy another GTX 480 and three new monitors.

Cheers.
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So far I've found 3 Samsung SM2494HM's for £540 delivered and an MSI gtx 480 for £260 which takes it up to £800

So selling the monitor I could expect around £100 back?

I'm really not sure what I should do. Its one of those situations where its my money and she says I can do what ever I want with it, but I know she'll bring it up at a later date and say she expected a holiday or something. £700 is a lot of money for this, but I don't really care for holidays and it would last me a few years, making studying a lot easier too.

The person who gave me £1000 for Xmas must have thought it was a really generous present, which it is, but I either have to spend it on something I want, or something I don't really want to. I'd love to be able to do surround and still have a around half the money left, I just don't know if that is possible
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