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I have either recieved or in the process of getting everything in my setitngs below. Only 2 things I need to chose are the video card and monitor.

Monitor looking at 24" whats best settings for gaming? What refresh rate, resoultion, etc.

Video card: I have been looking at the radeon 6950 2g card.

Was looking at this combo though for saving some money?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=A204-2404

Max american $$$ 500 would be nice to be closed to $400. Thats why the deal above is tempting.

As an FYI the below cost so far is 781 with keyboard and mouse also.

also getting the Gaming Keyboard Logitech G13 for $49 with a rebate at tigerdirect.com

Any help would be great. I want to order the last 2 parts to start building.
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What games will you be playing? With the 2500k, you shouldn't be bottlenecking any modern video card so that's not a concern. Get the best card that will work for the games you play and is within your budget.

As for a monitor, that is a matter of personal preference as well. If you want to do 3D gaming, you will need a high-end monitor and video card. Assuming you don't want to go that far, most any 24" 60Hz screen will suffice. I suggest reading the information about the different types of LCD screens in the Monitors sticky. IMHO, TN displays are adequate for gaming. You would want a high-end IPS display for graphics or professional design.

Another consideration is the backlighting. Don't buy in to the hype about LED panels in terms of quality. The low cost LED screens are roughly comparable to CCFL. However, LED panels will be thinner, lighter, use less power, and last longer. They can be a bit brighter.

Since cost is a factor, look for a 60Hz LCD with a low response time and high contrast. Don't worry too much about what backlight is used.
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Originally Posted by klaxian View Post
What games will you be playing? With the 2500k, you shouldn't be bottlenecking any modern video card so that's not a concern. Get the best card that will work for the games you play and is within your budget.

As for a monitor, that is a matter of personal preference as well. If you want to do 3D gaming, you will need a high-end monitor and video card. Assuming you don't want to go that far, most any 24" 60Hz screen will suffice. I suggest reading the information about the different types of LCD screens in the Monitors sticky. IMHO, TN displays are adequate for gaming. You would want a high-end IPS display for graphics or professional design.

Another consideration is the backlighting. Don't buy in to the hype about LED panels in terms of quality. The low cost LED screens are roughly comparable to CCFL. However, LED panels will be thinner, lighter, use less power, and last longer. They can be a bit brighter.

Since cost is a factor, look for a 60Hz LCD with a low response time and high contrast. Don't worry too much about what backlight is used.
What he said is very simple and good advise, i will only comment on monitors, because i just purchased and have had this one for about a week.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236112

I have to say, it is a noticeable difference on this one with the led back lighting over it vh modle counter part, picture is a bit sharper and colors a bit more vivid and yes the 2ms vs the 5ms helps also. Oh by the way killer price on this VE modle too with the sale/rebate/ promo code.
    
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The games I plan on playing are, Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, StarWars, and some FPS games.

All this comp is going to be used for is gaming. My other comp will do everything else.

I like the monitor that you showed me fishhawk.
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I5 2500k MSI p67a - gd65 (b3) XFX HD-695X-CNDC Radeon HD 6950 8gb corsiar vengeance low profile 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
samsung 1tb 7200 sony optiarc Windows 7 Home 64 bit ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 
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Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W Coolmaster HAF 912 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
samsung 1tb 7200 sony optiarc Windows 7 Home 64 bit ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 
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Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W Coolmaster HAF 912 
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Originally Posted by mtdew5309 View Post
The games I plan on playing are, Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, StarWars, and some FPS games.

All this comp is going to be used for is gaming. My other comp will do everything else.

I like the monitor that you showed me fishhawk.

Hi mtdew. I'm currently in search of a monitor too, I LOVE my Asus 21.5 but I want to make my 580 atleast SWEAT

This is what I have my search narrowed to. Hope it helps.

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You don't need to get the 6950 2GB's for those monitors. The 2GB VRAM really only shows its benefits when playing at resolutions of x1200 or higher. Your monitor is most likely (read: going to) end up being 1080p, so the 2GB VRAM is essentially useless. I would get a GTX560Ti and save ~$30 for arguably better performance and overclocking headroom. If you want to save some money, get a GTX460 1GB - it'll run all of those games at relatively high settings (not max, but high enough to be enjoyable).

Anyways, for $500 my recommendation comes down to an MSI GTX560Ti TFII (~$220) and a ~24" monitor of your choice (look for 2ms, high contrast, etc.).
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