Ultrawide Monitors Questions

Jvass

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Hi,

I've asked a few questions recently, I really appreciate the help!

So I'm currently planning on spending about $1,800 on a gaming PC. I'm leaning towards going 1440 resolution over 1080p.

I'm trying to decide if I want to go with an ultrawide monitor (probably 32ish inch) or with two monitors that are about 24". The reason I'm struggling with the decision is having dual monitors is important to me for practicality reasons. I'll almost always have a game on the left screen and facebook/youtube/reddit on the other screen. Having this all visible at once is important to me, and I wouldn't want to run a game on half an ultrawide monitor.

My questions are as follows:
1) Is there any drastic GPU difference between the two options? Could I use the same GPU with the ultrawide compared to the dual 24"?
2) I currently have a 1080p monitor. If I were to get a 1440p ultrawide, would I be able to use that for gaming and the 1080p monitor as a side monitor? Or would using two different resolutions look / preform poorly?
3) Any other general advice/tips regarding the situation would be appreciated. I really enjoy the process of building a PC but I definitely wouldn't be able to do it without your help!

Edit: Typo
 
In chronological order...

1> No there is no difference at all. Any current gen. card or previous gen. for that matter can handle multiple displays pretty fine.
2> Yes you can game on the 1440 and use the 1080 as secondary. The performance difference will be visible when you make the secondary as extension and not as mirror.
3> This is the cheapest unit with quality for your parameters... https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fMcMnQ/asus-monitor-mg278q
 

arossetti

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1. There will be an extra load on the GPU @ 1440 over 1080 in games. Ultrawide wil also add a little extra - but games, IMO, are so much better on an ultrawide vs two monitors. I uses a x34 Predator and it's awesome.
2. You can have different resolution monitors performing different tasks (one gaming and one for surfing) but again this taxes your GPU - There are so many different variables I can't give you a definitive answer as to what to do.
3. As far as general advice, I routinely refer to LinusTechTips, Jayz2Cents, or Hardwarecanuks on YouTube to find answers to questions like yours. Generally Linus and Jay will have testing and bench marking to back up thier discussions.
 
In chronological order...

1> No there is no difference at all. Any current gen. card or previous gen. for that matter can handle multiple displays pretty fine.
2> Yes you can game on the 1440 and use the 1080 as secondary. The performance difference will be visible when you make the secondary as extension and not as mirror.
3> This is the cheapest unit with quality for your parameters... https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fMcMnQ/asus-monitor-mg278q
 

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