View Full Version : PC World 3 monitor PC

25-07-2010, 06:28 PM
The latest copy of PC World has a $10K PC with three 24" monitors.
What would you need three for?

25-07-2010, 06:33 PM
If you are going to spend 10K on a PC, of course you should have 3x 24" monitors! A single monitor would not do it justice.

25-07-2010, 06:41 PM
10K is a bit of a rip if that is the main selling point, you can get 3 24" monitors for under a grand, I built my beast for under 6K with 3 24" monitors, an i7 @ 4.2Ghz and a 5870 vid card.

25-07-2010, 06:50 PM
What do you need three monitors for?

Speedy Gonzales
25-07-2010, 07:14 PM
Games maybe. Anything you want

25-07-2010, 07:23 PM
Flight Sim X! :D

No seriously, I play DotA regularly and having an additional (though somewhat smaller) secondary monitor really comes in handy for when I'm expecting things such as somebody to message me on MSN, Facebook, whatever. I check them then, in between deaths in-game.

PBTech have some crazy deals on LED monitors at the moment:

25-07-2010, 11:55 PM
Eyefinity, gaming at 5670x1080 is awesome, especially racing games!

26-07-2010, 09:14 AM
What do you need three monitors for?
Three monitors would allow you to have multiple workspaces. As Chill has pointed out, it means that one monitor can be dedicated to games, while the otherx can be dedicated to e-mail / instant messaging checking.

26-07-2010, 09:23 AM
In the work sector, 3 screens for spreading excel across. We use 3 screens in one of our office setups for excel.

Have seen several screens hooked up together in another work place with various applications open and spread across the screens.

In the private sector, gaming such as Flight Sim and other games could benefit from 2 or 3 screens wrapped around. Or anyone involved in Ham Radio, etc, have seen in the USA a setup at a Ham Station that involved multi screens.

26-07-2010, 09:31 AM
Game on one screen
Calculation sheets for game on another screen
Website, email, msn on another screen.

You can never have too much screenestate.

26-07-2010, 09:38 AM
What do you need three monitors for?

This may give an idea why you may want three monitors.


pablo d
26-07-2010, 10:30 AM
Hi folks, I write those price lists :p

The main point of getting 3 screens is to use ATI's Eyefinity:


...which is "basically" just multi-monitor gaming.

Yes you can get cheaper 24" screens but there's a few things to keep in mind:

-At least one of them needs a DisplayPort, or you need a ~$200 adaptor.
-They pref need to be able to Pivot (for having the screens in portrait mode which is much better for some games, especially FPS, and office productivity is generally a little easier).
-Using LCD or LED-lit LCDs with TN panels (which generally all the cheaper ones use) have garbage viewing angles in portait mode. Not worthy of a $10k rig.

Yes it is verging on excessive (not stupidly though IMO, it's all good stuff if that's your budget, I haven't thrown things in just to bump the price up) but that's kind of the point :)

27-07-2010, 08:51 PM
Thanks guys. Looks like I live a sheltered life.