Greetings folks, today Ill be sharing my thoughts on getting a budget Surround gaming setup up and running. Recently, I put together a Surround gaming rig for a buddy of mine with 3 19in Dell 1907FPC monitors. He didn't want to invest much into it since he wasn't quite sure if he was going to use it as much as he would like. So we went off and cruised craigslist and ebay when we stumbled onto these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2...ksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
So I made an offer of $30 per monitor for 3 of them. With shipping the total was $143 and change. Not bad at all for 3 19in monitors with DVI inputs and small bezels. The benefit is not only the price of entry was significantly lowered but so were the VRAM demands from a multi-monitor setup. Being that they are only 1280x1024 screens that is a total of 3840x1024 in surround (4080x1024 with bezel correction) it would really alleviate him running into VRAM issues with his GTX480's that have 1.5GB VRAM.
Anyway to make a long story short, when he got the monitors I was so impressed that I went and picked up 3 of the same myself. And the seller again accepted an offer of $30 per monitor, so it was the same $143 my buddy paid. Now some of you are probably wondering, didn't I have Surround already up and running with much higher resolution screens? Well, yes I did, 1st I had 3 2560x1600 displays but we won't talk about what happened to them
) then I had 3 ACER 1920x1080 displays. (they are now sold and or traded) and I'm now on these 1280x1024 Dell monitors. And to be honest I like these better. To me at least it seems the images are far less distorted on the peripheral displays (thanks to the 4:3 aspect ratios) and the games feel a LOT smoother (no doubt a benefit of the lower resolution and the fact that these monitors do 75Hz at their native resolution). And I haven't lost much desktop real estate for web browsing or general usage thanks to the 1024 vertical resolution.
Anyway enough babble, here are the pics of them setup on my desk:
Max Payne 3
All the above games are maxed settings being played on my 2 GTX580 1.5GB cards.
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