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My budget is 350-400. I've been looking at either a 27 inch monitor or dual 22-24's. I am getting into gaming so i need a good screen for games but i will be going to school for computer programming in the fall and everyone i've talked to said it's great to have a dual setup for that. Hence the reason i'm thinking about a dual setup. What do you guys recommend.

Single Monitor options -

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CROSSOVER-27Q-LED-High-Resolutio-n-2560x1440-QHD-DVI-D-Dual-S-IPS-27-Monitor-/121010134957?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item1c2cc41fad

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-ACHIEVA-Shimian-QH270-IPSBS-27-LED-2560X1440-WQHD-LG-S-IPS-Computer-Monitor-/140893681719?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item20cdeaf837

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-CROSSOVER-27QD-LED-BLADE-2560x1440-27-Monitor-QHD-S-IPS-Built-in-speaker-/321053300795?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item4ac044983b

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ACHIEVA-SHIMIAN-QH270-LITE-27-Slim-Monitor-S-IPS-Panel-Full-HD-2560X1440-DVI-D-/160967665313?pt=Computer_Monitors&hash=item257a6ba6a1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236103

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236309

Dual Monitor options -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153

If you guys think i can do better with the choice i made for the dual setup please let me know your thoughts.

Gonna order this week so need advice.
 

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So no one has any comments??
 

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I prefer 2 monitors over a large monitor. I don't play games. Program and multitask. I would have a hard time going back to a single monitor. I would prefer 3 monitors lol

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Hmmm... idk then. I mean i wanna have the functionality of dual monitors but those 1440p 27 inch Korean monitors looks beautiful... Man. Plus i don't have the desk space for dual 27's either.
 

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I haven't written code in years, but a monitor than can rotate into portrait mode would be one of the first priorities on my list. I can only image how easy it would be now to edit code on my 27" Ultrasharp, than a landscape 22-24".
 

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Well i think i worded it wrong for you guys.. I am starting school in the fall but it's just gen ed so i doubt i'll be doing any coding for a while.
 

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Real estate wise (non gaming) 2 monitors vs 1 1440p will give you about the same working space.

I don't recommend a 27" 1080p since you'll lose screen real estate unless you go dual monitors.

Haven't coded anything for years but preferred dual monitors when I did. It was easier to organize your work. I would look into pivot stands.

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The Overlords are basically Korean monitors sold via a US retailer. If they were ever in stock I would get one from them.

2nd monitor is a 1080p. The Korean monitors are 1440p.

2 1080p monitors give about 4 mil pixels. 1 1440p is about 3.7 mil pixels. 1 1080p (no matter the size) will give about 2 mil pixels.

Are you planning to get more monitors or upgrade when you do start coding? If not, I would plan ahead now.

Also note a 1440p will be harder to push graphically. My 680 struggled a bit on a few titles at 1440p at max settings. I'm assuming next gen titles will be worse.
 

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Well i think i worded it wrong for you guys.. I am starting school in the fall but it's just gen ed so i doubt i'll be doing any coding for a while.
Whether you are Comp Eng or Comp Sci you will have coding classes in your first year, most likely pseudo code/Basic in the Fall and Java or C in the Spring. The programming classes are major specific courses you take with your basic general ed lower division classes (Calc, Phys, Eng, etc). Just an FYI.

Also, if you plan on living on campus @ your school, you may not have room for a dual monitor setup anyway.

This is a rebrand of one Korean LCD sold by Monoprice with a real US based warranty (Will be in stock in a month):
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?p_id=9579&seq=1&format=2

Just a couple things to think about.
 

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Whether you are Comp Eng or Comp Sci you will have coding classes in your first year, most likely pseudo code/Basic in the Fall and Java or C in the Spring. The programming classes are major specific courses you take with your basic general ed lower division classes (Calc, Phys, Eng, etc). Just an FYI.

Also, if you plan on living on campus @ your school, you may not have room for a dual monitor setup anyway.

This is a rebrand of one Korean LCD sold by Monoprice with a real US based warranty (Will be in stock in a month):
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?p_id=9579&seq=1&format=2

Just a couple things to think about.
I didn't know i would be taking any kind of programming soon. Thanks for that heads up. And no i won't be living on campus. Honestly right now i wouldn't have the desk space for dual 27 inch monitors. Probably only have room dual 24's at the max. I knew about the Monoprice monitors just didn't know they would be out that soon. Wouldn't it be the same if i had a 27 inch monitor and just fit everything according in it vs. having everything on 2 monitors?

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The Overlords are basically Korean monitors sold via a US retailer. If they were ever in stock I would get one from them.

2nd monitor is a 1080p. The Korean monitors are 1440p.

2 1080p monitors give about 4 mil pixels. 1 1440p is about 3.7 mil pixels. 1 1080p (no matter the size) will give about 2 mil pixels.

Are you planning to get more monitors or upgrade when you do start coding? If not, I would plan ahead now.

Also note a 1440p will be harder to push graphically. My 680 struggled a bit on a few titles at 1440p at max settings. I'm assuming next gen titles will be worse.
I'm really thinking about just getting a 27 inch now and then later on add another if i feel like i need it. And no i don't plan on upgrading my system for a while. So just sticking with a single 7950 boost for now. I'm assuming it would struggle pushing 1440p and would probably not be able to handle a 2nd monitor?
 

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I didn't know i would be taking any kind of programming soon. Thanks for that heads up. And no i won't be living on campus. Honestly right now i wouldn't have the desk space for dual 27 inch monitors. Probably only have room dual 24's at the max. I knew about the Monoprice monitors just didn't know they would be out that soon. Wouldn't it be the same if i had a 27 inch monitor and just fit everything according in it vs. having everything on 2 monitors?
I'm really thinking about just getting a 27 inch now and then later on add another if i feel like i need it. And no i don't plan on upgrading my system for a while. So just sticking with a single 7950 boost for now. I'm assuming it would struggle pushing 1440p and would probably not be able to handle a 2nd monitor?
I ran dual 24" monitors for a short time (Dell U2412M and 2408WFP) and I wasn't too impressed- to me it was more of a hassle managing two monitors. Running a single 27" Ultrasharp now and have no regrets. 2560x1440 gives you a great amount of workspace- not as much as (2) 24s at 1920*1200, but enough to 'stretch your legs' if you thought a single 1200p monitor was cramped.

The Monoprice monitors have been available for months, they are just extremely popular and have been OOS/backordered pretty much since they launched.
 

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Well heres my big worry now.. if I get a 27 inch monitor (which I am really leaning towards) can my 7950 boost play games at high\ultra on a 1440p ips?

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I dont play a lot of games, but my prev gen GTX580 Lightning hasn't had too much issue getting through titles @ 1440p, so for now your 7950 should be OK. You'll probably find yourself more occupied with stuff other than games come Fall
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For games the 27" will definitely be nicer, and having more pixels will still benefit you for multitasking, but not as much as a second monitor. You could go for the 27" as your main monitor and a cheaper secondary monitor. That's the setup I want one of these days.

Since you said you won't be doing heavy work for a while I'm going to recommend a single monitor. Also until you know what your living space is like dual monitors might be hard to get set up. Even as an upper classman living in a relatively nice apartment, dual monitors wouldn't work out for me in my room. Also as a student you may end up doing a lot of work on a laptop or in a computer lab.
 

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Yea.. I mean I could always buy a 27 inch monitor thats 1080p but its kinda hard not to buy a 1440p monitor since its in my price range. I mean if I had problems I could always lower my resolution right? And yes I will have my hands full in the fall.. full tme student, full time job AND full time daddy.

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I guess my big problem now is which 1440p korean monitor to get.. are all the korean ips monitors pretty much using the same panel just a dfferent brand using them?

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Quite late to the party but I vote for 1440p 27" + your current display as a secondary. You can mix resolutions you know. My main monitor is a Samsung 226cw (1680*1050) and secondary is a 4:3 Acer AL1916 (1280*1024) which has the perfect width for web browsing and usage as a secondary monitor. Wouldn't say no to a 1080p in portrait mode and a 1440p as main monitor though
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PS: Yes, dual monitors are amazing, heck, IMHO: can't have enough monitors !

EDIT: whatever you do, don't buy a 27" 1080p, they're horrible things.
 

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Quite late to the party but I vote for 1440p 27" + your current display as a secondary. You can mix resolutions you know. My main monitor is a Samsung 226cw (1680*1050) and secondary is a 4:3 Acer AL1916 (1280*1024) which has the perfect width for web browsing and usage as a secondary monitor. Wouldn't say no to a 1080p in portrait mode and a 1440p as main monitor though
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PS: Yes, dual monitors are amazing, heck, IMHO: can't have enough monitors !

EDIT: whatever you do, don't buy a 27" 1080p, they're horrible things.
Not late at all! I welcome all comments and feedback.

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