nice, but tell me how you use 2 monitors
+1 I'd hit it....
Get a better background.
YEP, cant beat that
Way too much. All you need is a Pentium 100mHz and a 15" (3 " viewable) CRT (mouse optional) to surf arfcom. Anytihng more than that is gun money wasted
Dual monitors is sweet. I've got a 21" Viewsonic and a 17" Princeton going for mine.
How do you use them people ask? You scroll your mouse off the edge of one screen, and it appears on the edge of the monitor next to it.
Not all games take advantage of the dual screens though. Flight simulator 2004 is sweet with it. Be advised though, your graphics card has to be pretty fast to keep up with the demand of two screens. I've got 1280 x 960 and 1024 x 768 on each one.
The future is around the corner for this technology. Nvidia's newest PCI Express video cards will be taking advantage SLI technology. If you remember the old Voodoo 2 cards how you paired them up with your main graphics card to increase FPS, they're going back to it.
No mainstream motherboards exist as of yet to allow this though. The 16X PCI express slots are typically limited to one on current motherboards with a spread of 1X PCI express slots.
Running dual cards is reported to net about a 80% upgrade over a single card. Also, instead of increasing frame rate, you could set up a spread of monitors. With two cards, you could have up to 4. It is reported that SLI doesn't double the RAM present on the video card though. It supposidly sends a mirror image of the data to each card. In the future, advanced chipsets may be able to allocate information to each specific card to increase efficiency.
As it stands now, the top shelf cards at the moment like the Geforce 6800 GT and Ultra for even regular AGP 8x are running rings around the previous generation cards. I recently built a customer a computer with a Nvidia 6800 BFG GT OC 256mb ram video card. I tested Doom 3 on the system and was blown away. The rest of the system was a 3.2GHz Pentium IV 800MHz-C FSB, 1024MB OCZ 500MHz DDR RAM, RAID-0 72GB Western Digital Raptor Hard Drives 10,000 RPM 8MB Cache.
Ran this game at 1600x1200 and 8x antialiasing on high setting and no clipping was present. Even in heavy particle and volumetic effects it was still 40+ FPS. I've yet to test how far I can push the game's graphics settings. My next plan is to force a higher resolution to the max the video card/monitor can support. Probably around 2000x?
This was all with no overclocking on either the CPU or the video card.
You have good taste in your speakers. To get any better gets real expensive. Currently, I still recommend CRT monitors over LCD due to price. Philips has a good monitor for less than 400 dollars that is 21" (20" viewable.) It is pretty shallow too, so its footprint isn't as large as older monitors.
It's no Samsung or Viewsonic, but it is great for a gaming system.
I like to see computers that are home built that actually match. Plus, the side is on the case!
Only way better to go better than big monitors is to go with a quality projection unit. You're looking at a 10 foot screen then. [koolaid man]Oh Yeah...[/koolaid man]
main lcd is a nice NEC with a 16ms response, so its damn fine for gaming, no ghosting at all. second one is a samsung 25ms response, very little ghosting on games. Doom3 looks awesome on my 9800XT, runs at the monitor resolution which i believe is 1280 by 1060(?). Man on 1600*1200 it must look amazing.
couldn't you get rid of some of the 3 million shortcuts on your desktop and use one monitor?
Yea, you need to do something with all those shortcuts. Nice LCD's but they're too small. The case is too flamboyant. I don't like to dress up my cases. I like subdued power instead. Alienware kicks ass, period.
Here is my rig:
Since we're all showing off here...
Here's some pictures of my dual XEON Alienware MJ-12 system.
This thing can also double as a space heater since it cranks out so much heat!
The dual LCD monitors are 20" NEC Multisync 2080UX ($1600 each),
Gigabit ethernet, 2 GB RAM, two 120 GB hard drives, Sound Blaster Audigy,
Nvidia Quatro4 980XGL video card, Pioneer DVR-105 burner.
I L-O-V-E this thing. Total cost of this system
(including Klipsch speakers and monitors) $7200.
You can see the Veo network camera at the top left. You can't quite see the
Axis network camera behind me (about $1000).
The network equipment on the left side of the left monitor is all
Linksys(Cisco) equipment. I will list them below.
Bottom to top:
Etherfast 10/100 3-port print server (EPSX3)
4 port Etherfast Cable/DSL Router (BEFSR41)
4 port Wireless-G Broadband Router (WRT54G)
16 port 10/100 Workgroup Switch (EZXS16W)
8 port 10/100 Workgroup Switch (EZXS88W)
My Alienware is multihomed. It is on both of my internal networks (192.168.110.x (wired) and 192.168.0.x (wireless)).
The little PDA to the bottom right of the right monitor is a 400Mhz Dell Axim in its docking station.
My Alienware Area-51m laptop:
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
Display: 16.1" Case - Conspiracy Blue
Processor: Pentium® 4 3.2GHz 800MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
Memory: 1024MB DDR PC-3200 - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
Video Card: AREA-51M Nvidia Fx go 5600 with 128MB DDR
Hard Drive: Hitachi 60GB 7200 RPM ATA100 with 8MB Cache
Additional Storage: Additional Storage 60GB 7200rpm Hard drive
Smart Bay One: 2x1x8x DVD-RW / 16x10x24x CD-RW Combo w/Software
Wireless network: Built-In Wireless 802.11a/b/g miniPCI Card
Additional Battery: Additional Primary Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack
Additional AC Adapter: Additional Full Range 160watt AC adapter
Optional Mouse: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 - USB - Conspiracy Blue
Area 51m laptop pictures here:
This is one sweet laptop. 3.2 Ghz two 60 GB HD, 1 GB PC3200 RAM, DVD +RW drive, Gigabyte ethernet, etc. S-W-E-E-T. Cost exactly $4100.
Sorry you guys I just couldn't help myself. I know it's a gun forum but HE started it!
The 2 monitor systems rock.