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I'm a software engineer but relatively new to the hardware world. I just built a new machine and only have the last few pieces to go before I'm happy. I want to get three 120hz monitors and I've been searching through all the forums and everybody has an opinion. I'm not a huge visual snob but I want something that I will love and that will look good. I'm not sold on 3D so that isn't a huge concern but I've decided I want three 24” monitors in a triple monitor setup. Keeping that in mind, what would you recommend? I saved up enough money for this so I don't want to make a mistake and get something that I won't be happy with. I'm mainly going to use this for work, first person shooters, and then Skyrim will eventually dominate my life till the gf kills me. If I should wait till new tech comes out or it is a little cheaper I don't care too much but I want to make have the setup within 4 months or so. Here are the monitors that I have come up with as options:

Alienware AW2310 - $400 (dell.com student)
Planar SA2311W - $400 (lots, buy.com)
BenQ XL2410T - $400 (benq.us)

Specs of my computer:
Azza Solano 1000 Case
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz
MSI P67A-GD65
XFX Radeon HD 6970 2GB
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 DDR3
CORSAIR CWCH50-1
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W
OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive
HITACHI Deskstar 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner


Note: The computer runs AMAZING. Cool, quiet, and easily runs the highest graphics on Crysis 2 & Portal 2 (only games I put in so far). I'm set up for CrossfireX so if I need another video card to run 3 24's at 120hz in eyefinity or more memory I can figure that out later. I can post some pics of the system if anybody is interested. It was my first build and I'm quite proud of it. Usually I'm on the other end of working on a computer. Thanks for reading!

Steven
Edited by skoucout - 4/24/11 at 2:53pm
post #2 of 9
Sounds like a nice build. I would not go for 120hz though. Get an IPS monitor, the quality is very amazing, and the colors are really great. Once I got my IPS panel, it made all of my tn panels look like crap. Also, you might want to look at just one single large screen instead of three smaller ones. If you want triple screens, look at the u2311h ips, and if you want single screen, look at the dell u2711 and u3011. I think HP makes a 30" too.
    
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I heard planar SA2311W has the best performance from those 3 options.
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I just bought 3 viewsonic 2439 screens since many told me to go with 3 ofthe same monitors for uniformity of color and performance. Your build looks really cool though. You say it is quite but my 6970 is only quite when doing light browsing. My fan profile is set so it goes to 50% above 40c so when gaming it is always loud. Is yours a non reference card? My lastone was non ref and it was not loud at all with ge center fan design.
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The u2311h only has a response time of 8ms, how much of a difference does that make compared to the 2ms of the 120hz models?
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The u2311h only has a response time of 8ms, how much of a difference does that make compared to the 2ms of the 120hz models?
Nothing. Anything up to about 14ms or so you won't notice.
    
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What are the strong points of an IPS monitor vs a TN panel and have those differences been sorted out somewhat by new technology? I've contacted BenQ for some information and possible help with getting this setup. I like their product and hopefully it works out.

Btw, when I get this all set up I'll post a review (pics + video) with my entire setup. I'm still not 100% sure what monitors to go with. They all have +'s and -'s and there is no definitive source where I can review them side by side besides straight specs. Sometimes you just have to see something.
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From my knowledge, IPS panel has more colors compared to TN, but takes bit longer to produce colors. That's why TN has faster input lags. IPS has better viewing angles and cost a lot more than TN panel. All those 120hz 3d monitors are TN panel.
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For a better desktop experience get a benq 120 Hz. If you need accurate colour reproduction get an ips monitor.
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