I’m looking for help on recommending the best monitor set up to complement my new PC that was designed with flight simulator in mind. I think I’ve done this right so far with dual 8800 GTX graphic cards and a quad a CPU, and am determined to finish the project with appropriate monitors to have a great flight simulator set up. I’ve already searched the posts, searched the internet, and have tried two monitors and want to get it right on the third try.
• Dual graphics cards - GeForce XLR8 8800 GTX / 768MB
• Motherboard - GeForce 680i LT SLI CPU Bundle - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor 2.40GHz
• 8 GB RAM memory - US Modular Cold Fusion 4096MB Dual Channel PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (4 x 2048MB)
• Hard Drive - Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1000GB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB,
• Tower –Koolance tower case with water cooling of CPU, hard disk and graphic card
• Blue Ray/DVD player
• Bose life style 3 speakers.
• CH product yoke and rudder pedals
• Windows XP
First attempt - monitor set up
My first monitor setup was with the FS(IX) triple integrated monitors (19/21/19 inches) running with an internal matrox triple head to go, and the two 8800 graphic cards running SLI. This resulted in a nice 52 inch wide display and some fun flying, but the aircraft instrument panels were difficult to read. There were compatibility problems which kept crashing the computer, so I returned that monitor to the manufacture.
Second attempt - monitor set up
I borrowed a Dell 30 inch monitor running at 2560 X 1600 resolution, again with the two 8800 graphic cards running in SLI. This introduced me to the world of big monitors which was very incredible for windows multitasking, and I spent most my time exploring high resolution photography which was incredible. In flight simulator mode, I missed the wide view that came with the other monitors.
Third and final – monitor set up
So on the third and hopefully final set up, I’d like to get it right, with your help. I’m inclined to combine both my test runs above, with a large center monitor (24 or 30 inch) and supplement that with one additional monitor on each side. I like the idea of the three monitors being integrated into one stand and sold and supported by one company who has already insured that they are all compatible and look good together. The three monitor set up works well so the focus can be on one center monitor and not have to deal with a bezel directly in the center.
Here are some that I am considering.
A) Digital tiger integrated triple monitor 24X. 24 inch (1920 X 1200) as the center piece, flanked by two 17 inch monitors (1600 X 1200) turned portrait (total cost $2,000 ) See at:
B) Another choice would be to go with the biggest monitor the computer can support which is a 30 inch monitor (2560 X 1600) in the center, with 20 inch monitors (1200 X 1600), turned portrait on the side. This set up is quite expensive ($3,800). See at
C) Yet another alternative for three standalone 30 inch monitors, such as from Dell for $1200 each (total cost $3.800).
I would appreciate your thoughts on the following.
1) The best monitor setup for a dual 8800 graphic card setup and a quad processor ? (including any suggested set ups different than what I outlined above )
2) If operating three monitors, do I run the graphic cards in SLI and one output to the Matrox triple head, or directly connect each monitor to the graphic cards ?
3) Will running the very large monitors such as 20/30/20 inch run slower in FSX relative to something a little smaller such as the 17/24/24 inches? (It would be nice to run with the features near maximum and keep a good frame rate
Thanks in advance, and in the meantime I’ll get by with my one little 15 inch monitor connected to two 8800s in SLI which is a crime, awaiting your advice.
I’ll be sure to share and post some pictures of the final set up.