One 24" or two 20"?

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Im going to be studying computer games design for uni and will be focusing on art and design so I was wondering weather the extra 4" is worth the purchase?

This what Ive put it down to:

One of these:
http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO-009-DE


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- 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA+) Optimum Resolution
- 16.7 Million Colours
- 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
- 6ms Response Time
- 450 cd/m2 Brightness
- One DVI-D Input w/HDCP Support
- One Analogue Input
- One S-Video Input
- One Composite Input
- One Component Input
- Height adjustable stand (100mm travel)
- VESA mounting compatible / Security slot : Yes (100mm) / Yes
- Integrated powered USB 2.0 hub : 4 downstream / 1 upstream ports
- Integrated powered 9-in-2 Card Reader
- Revision A04
- Warranty : 4 year next business day exchange supplied by Manufacturer (Call Dell on 0870 9080800 and have the work number from the original packaging handy)

Or two of these:
http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MO-051-SA&groupid=17&catid=510&subcat=

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- Viewable Area: 20” Widescreen (1680x1050 Resolution)
- Interface: Analog / Digital
- Response Time: 2ms
- 16.7M Colours
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
- Viewing Angle (H/V): 160°/ 160°
- Brightness: 300cd/m2
- 3 Years On-Site Warranty with Samsung

Any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Tom.
 
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For any development work i'd recommended a dual screen setup, and i can vouch for samsung, thats a quality monitor. They make great screens.

Can't comment on the Dell but apparantly its a solid performer! :)
 
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I was using 2 Iiyama 17" 1280x1024 monitors for a few years. But I am wondering if the higher resolution and widescreen monitors negate the need for dual screen to an extent? e.g. Photoshop is a lot more workable on 1680x1050, but switching between progs on one monitor is still a hinderance. :s
 
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This is my setup with two 20" monitors:

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I would advise having a dual monitor setup, it is simply amazing, and the amount of work you can do on it is just great. Since I started using a dual monitor setup a few years ago, I have never wanted to go back to just using a single monitor. :p (However large it is).

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Thanks again, my mind is set :).
I mainly asked because I've seen a lot of people buy these largers screens and dont understand why they prefer to pay out the cash for a few more inch space when they can buy a new monitor for the same price.

Chears again to all!

Edit:
Just a quick question: will dual screen effect performance?
 
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I'd recommend UltraMon, for the dual screen thing, though I have to say, personally, of two smaller (lower res) monitors versus a substantial upgrade in resolution (as I run at 1600x1200 currently), I would go for the 24".

But as you say, for design work I'd use dual screen any day, the reason I'd go for a single larger screen is for gaming and such, which I find less immersive with a bezel style break in the midst of the action.

When I program I have a second monitor, but I don't have a larger, better screen yet.
 
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Jeeva said:
But as you say, for design work I'd use dual screen any day, the reason I'd go for a single larger screen is for gaming and such, which I find less immersive with a bezel style break in the midst of the action.

You play games over dual screens? That would be odd. I only play games on one of my monitors as the bit in the middle would annoy me. Another vote for dualies tho, here is my setup (2x dell 2007wfp).

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However if you're going to be able to afford it later on, buy a 24" now and buy another one in a couple of months?
 
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I'd rather go with a single high quality monitor, rather than two (unless just using it for Windows, email etc) and not gaming or Photoshop.

Noticed Dell prices have crept up this week. :confused:
 
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i've done a lot of games design usin 3DS, photochopping, HL2's hammer editor etc as well as plenty of C++ and HTML at uni over the years and i have to say, i found it a bit easier using just 1 tft most of the time.

I used to have 2 sammy 913N's and as awesome as they were, especially for multi-tasking (3ds open on one, photoshop or a spec on the other to keep refering to or making alterations on), i just found i got on better with just the 1 screen, mainly cos the kind of stuff i was doing wasnt demanding enough that it required 2 monitors

now day's ive still got a 913N (that i hope to upgrade at some point) but have also settled for a 720p projector to go with it lol. just generally works better for me now :)

It may be different for your course though
 
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i go for one monitor now... although it depends on what sort of software you will be using, i went from dual 19" 4:3 TFT's to one 20" widescreen monitor, now looking to go for a single 24" widescreen... going for the BenQ one though rather than the DELL i think.
 
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