High Resolution Monitor

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yodakiller
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I currently have a 1920x1080 60Hz 24" single monitor, I have a single 7970 card overclocked to 1125MHz, now at 1920x1080, it runs every game perfect, I want a bigger monitor 27", I live in the uk and a screen with the same res at 27" will be £220 ($350), now for a 2560x1440 will be £500 ($800). 2 questions.

Is it totally worth it to go for as I have no experience with playing games at a higher res then 1920x1080,
Will I still be able to max out my graphics? I have overclocked a 5970 to a quite a high jump in the past so i'm cool with doing it to my 7970.

Also if you do think it is better/worse could you suggest some decent monitors?

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I think, personally, that full HD is fine for games, but I'm not the authority on everyone. I've set up HD projection systems for gaming with full walls as the display, and I think it looks great, but there is obviously someone else out there who would want more pixels on a screen that size.

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I have this debate with my more nerdy co workers. One of them she the opposite of what I see as the best way of doing things. He likes single big 27 inch screen setups. I went for triple 1080 screens at 24 inch each.

For me having two extra screens is better for gaming over one bigger screen at a higher res. But, that is me. I will say that for triple screens, you may want to get a second card. To play all my games at max or near max settings, I had to go with SLI 680's. One could run the screens, but some games where not able to run maxed out. BF3 for example. The 680's and 7970's get similar performance in triple screen, so expect to get a second card or run some games at lower settings.

But back to the main question, it's all about preference. Unless you test both you will never know what is best for you. Hope you know some people with each setup or have a store you can check them out in.

yodakiller
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I went from having a 5970 to xfire 6970's because of performance issues with having a dual GPU card, I then went to a single 7970 because of too many xfire issues. So I think i'm sticking with a single card and I am quite happy with just a single large screen. I am going to wait for more comments to appear on this but if they keep going like this then it will be a 27" 1920x1080 screen rather then a 2560x1440.

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That's because xfire is broken. lol Always has been. I have always had issues every time I try it. But, SLI nearly always works. Since the 400 series I have had zero SLI related issues. Tried 6970 xfire, had issues. Some games would not even function. If you go multi GPU nVidia does it best and they constantly update SLI profiles in the drivers. Most major titles will have an SLI profile in a beta or official driver at launch. Gotta love that kind of support.

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I have no issue with Crossfire. I handle a LOT more SLI issues than Crossfire. But I am not a fan of multi-GPU anyway, you are asking for issues. Big GPU, single card, though I will say on-single-card both on the AMD and nVidia side of things does work pretty well.

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SLI 570's where flawless and my current SLI680's have had zero issues. Been running SLI setups since way back in the Voodoo2 days on 3DFX with the external cables. Things have been rough in the past but nVidia pretty much has it nailed the last few years.

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IMO, for the price, its not really worth it just for the resolution. What most people don't have an appreciation for the colour accuracy and the light bleed that the actual LCD panel is capable of. Years ago, i bought an ACER 21.5 (1920x1080) 2000:1 Contrast ratio. Dont get me wrong, its not a terrible LCD... The problem is that in this case, ACER bought the panel from AOC, and they are not the worst but you could actually see ,on a darker screen, where the CCFL Lamps were located. It pissed me off so i bought a nice Samsung 21.5 with blown caps off ebay and removed the panel and modded it to fit. Samsung actually make their own panles and they are usually very high quality. Anyway, i sorta got lost but what i am trying to say is that what you should look at is making sure you get a screen made for photo editing with a Decent MS response time (Under 8 Milliseconds) If you make sure its a professional editing screen, you will get an amazing picture while you game! (Im not talking about those overpriced garbage screens made by mac)

Not really sure how to wrap this up but this is a good example http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/monitors/LS27A850DS/ZA

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yodakiller
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Thanks for that, I think what I'll go with is a 27" 120hz 1920x1080 monitor as a high res monitor is just a killer on the wallet

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What happened to Apple? Used to be that they EXCLUSIVELY used Sony Trinitron tubes for their PCs, and they were all about color accuracy and contrast. Now it's Samsung, which is OK, but not on the level it used to be, and Samsung recently let it drop that Apple didn't renew the contract, so it will be somebody else... better, or worse?

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Shockingly, i have noticed that the majority of really nice and true color screens that i personally have worked with were made by LG/Phillips! As i am sure you know eire, but i thought it would be neat to share with others, there are very few manufactures in the entire world that actually make the LCD display panels. I know of Samsung, LG/Phillips, and AOC, but im not sure who the others' are.

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The best are Mitsubishi, made under the NEC label. You'll find them in Dell pro-series monitors, as well as in NEC's super-premium brand (but you're looking at US$1000+ displays). Hanns-G/HannSpree (under HannaStar Inc.) is also making good and accurate displays, too, and that's what I use.

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Hannspree are what we sell as are cheap crap screens at work. We never get any good ones from them. No idea why.

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eire1274 wrote:What happened to Apple? Used to be that they EXCLUSIVELY used Sony Trinitron tubes for their PCs, and they were all about color accuracy and contrast. Now it's Samsung, which is OK, but not on the level it used to be, and Samsung recently let it drop that Apple didn't renew the contract, so it will be somebody else... better, or worse?

I can't blame Samsung and Apple for parting ways and I'm pretty sure the founder of Apple would not have sued and instead of found a better way to get along, but that bridge is burned now. But hey folks, it's Apple and they are all about being generically hipster.

Over all my best monitor is Samsung, my Asus monitor has been a let down, and my best HDTV is Sony. At my workplace some of the Dell monitors are 50/50, with price being a factor in quality. And we have some nice Samsung HDTV's being used as pc display monitors, they also look nice.

Anyone that is looking for a monitor should go to BestBuy and look around, not saying to buy from them, but at least check out the angles and the colors ect..

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I always liked having one full HD monitor, if I were you I would focus more on colour accuracy, contrast ratio (static not dynamic) etc. I've always done this for every tv I buy and am happy with the results, if you are happy with 1080p than I would focus on the things I mentioned or go with multiple monitors.

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