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Old 03-10-2009, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okie dokie, time for my NEXT upgrade. The 4870 is rocking my socks, but I need some new display's. My Sony 19" LCD is GREAT, but the 17-19" CRT next to it takes up WAAAYYYY too much space on my desk. I have ANOTHER CRT to go on the other side of the LCD, but the desk isn't deep enough there to hold it.

Here is where I have options, and I am not too sure where to head. My first option is to score some 19" LCD's from a buddy. His old boss at a stock trading company is selling a bunch of 19" LCD's for $100 flat. I have NO details yet about Brand/Model of the monitors though, so I haven't commited to anything there. This option would give me 3 19" monitors all in a row.

My second option would be to upgrade to a SINGLE larger display, maybe 22-24" depending on price, but I am not too sure what my budget is at this time. I KNOW that the ceiling is $400, but I am not sure how much of that I want to spend. If I go this route, I will likely setup the large LCD as center display, 19" LCD as right display, and CRT as left display.

My problem is that I just can't figure out what I want to do. As I said, I have a single 4870, and I COULD buy another 4870 if needed to drive a larger display, wouldn't be a problem. At what point would I need to add another 4870 to drive the display(s)? (Number/size of displays...)... It's been so long since I have set up my dual monitors that I forget the details. Do both have to be set to the same resolution? If thats the case, it probably wouldn't be a good idea for a 22-24" next to a 19".

Next, how does multi-monitor support work in games? I have yet to try this, since with my current CRT and LCD, when I start a game, the CRT goes black, and the gaming is done on the LCD. Is it good practice to match up the same Brand/Model displays when gaming with more than 1 monitor?

Anyone have suggestions about monitor companies? Who to stay away from, who to look further into, who's got best performance, who's got best bang for the buck?
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if it were me i would go for a larger main display and use the 19" sony for a second monitor.

as far as gaming goes with my 9800GTX i can game on my main acer 20" and have my 17" crt displaying things like windows media player, temp monitors, ect.
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Is there something special you have to do to enable something like that on the secondary display?? When I do that on my current setup, all I get is black on the secondary screen....

Also, CAN you game on multiple monitors?
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well, i can split the game and have half on one monitor and half on the other but it sucks.

and you have a 4870 i dont know about that, but under the nvidia control pannel it's called dual view.
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If you are willing to spend $370 you can get a pretty big monitor.

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24" are going around $300 right now for quality brands. Gaming on 1900x1200 is awesome. I would highly recommend it.
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There are 22" monitors with that kind of reso too, but I would rather have a 24" myself.
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yes and look at the prices on them. The res is so big already why would you want a 22" for it?
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Actually, the cheapest I've seen a 22" with that reso was 190 bucks, which isn't bad for a 22" in the first place, lol. But I would still prefer a 24" myself.
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please link me to it. I've not seen them that cheap
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