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Dual Monitors or one really big one

For a deskstop game setup.

 

Would you rather have two (or more) monitors or one really wide one?

 

How wide is to wide for you?

 

 

 

 

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Re: Dual Monitors or one really big one

Hello, bobberuchi,

 

If you ask me, and, disclaimer, this is merely my opinion: I would base that decision off a few different variables. If we're talking aesthetics, then one single widescreen monitor is the way to go. However, you'll need to get a fairly good monitor in order to get the best gaming experience. Translation: a big ticket monitor. For the casual gamer I think a dual-monitor setup is the perfect solution as it can be more cost effective than one larger high-end display. That being said, you have to weigh out what your spending amount is and what kind of graphical and processing power your gaming rig is pushing out. If the build is more on the lower end then going with a dual-monitor or widescreen setup over a single "normal" sized display can make the whole experience less than enjoyable.

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Re: Dual Monitors or one really big one

I am strongly considering a 3 monitor approach.  

 

I have twin 27" Dells at work that are amazing. And a 19" on the side.

 

My idea for dual gaming would be that some games now have dockable windows if they detect dual monitors.  So put some things in the side monitor. 

 

What I have found with dual 27" is that you have to sit quite far back to be able to see both monitors adequatly.  So I would make one the focus for the actual game and put other windows on the side.  Discord for example and email.

 

Sometimes I need to resort to videos to figure out how to finish something. That would be great on the side. 

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Re: Dual Monitors or one really big one

bobberuchi,

 

I, too, like to live dangerously.

 

You know what would look sick? A dual monitor setup with an arm holding the third dead center above both. You can game on the 2 monitors below and a quick glance above is all it would take to keep up with everything else. Keeps your line of sight from wandering too much.

 

But I hope you have the processing power to run all of that. I can already hear the cooling fans blaring in the background as they cry at full RPMs to keep the chipsets cool. That, or your rig may just spontaneously combust. 

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Re: Dual Monitors or one really big one

Well if i go forward with the fantasy setup I will problaby go liquid cooled.

 

I had thought of having the third monitor above the other two. 

 

There are some software add on's you can get that will allow you to clip and mangnify a part of your game and cast it to the third monitor. In some games the little where are you map is sometimes a little small, though it will get grainy 

 

Just need to be aware many games will not support aspects greater than 16:9

 

I have been considering dual monitors that are 16:10 or getting a single 34" + that is 21:9

 

But one really needs to consider how much you lose or gain top to bottom in size.  I would rather go with more height. 

 

But right now the most supported ration with game is 16;9

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Re: Dual Monitors or one really big one

Bobberuchi,

 

This sounds like a pretty sick setup idea you have going on and I'll ensure to await my invite to come check it out and game on it!

 

Jokes aside, it'll all boil down to your personal preference and what you feel is most beneficial to your goals. But at least you have the liquid cooling plan which is an absolute must for what you're looking to build!

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Re: Dual Monitors or one really big one

I have been gaming on Laptops for at least 10 years now.  On one hand the laptop option is perfect. 

 

I have an over stuffed recliner and a large lap desk.  I can recline back in total comfort.  The armrest fully supports my mouse hand (i.e. zero corpal tunnel or other pain).  

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Re: Dual Monitors or one really big one

bobberuchi,

 

I've built quite a few gaming rigs the last few years for customers and friends but to put it into perspective the last rig I built for myself had a top of the line (for the time) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX. I think one of them had an Athlon processor and the other a Core 2 Duo with a whopping 4GB of RAM or so and a BLAZING 7200rpm mechanical hard drive with all of 160GB of storage. Back then gaming laptops weren't really a thing so desktops with 20 cooling fans were the go-to build. Now there's powerhouse gaming machines that weight almost nothing and you can throw in your backpack and bring along anywhere.

 

Oh how the times have changed...

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Re: Dual Monitors or one really big one

4K can display really neat things on a monitor wide enough or capable of it but be aware that in some gaming setups if it matters to you, the computer can freak out if it does not support that configuration and so forth.

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