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Recommendations on reliable monitor

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My system bits are:

CPU: i5-2500k
RAM: Vengeance™ Low Profile — 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)
PSU: OCZ Z Series 1000 W Power Supply
GPU: IGP on the i5-2500k for now, SLI 560TI 2GB later
HSF: cooler master Hyper 212+
MB: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced for now. (Too expensive, will start using Antec Three Hundred (not Illusion))
LCD: ?

I do not have a very discerning eye for photographs/pictures on a screen so an average quality "office grade" monitor would suffice I guess.

NO fancy addons - just need a long lasting, reliable monitor that can:

0. Have LED backlight (I read it has more life than anything else available right now)
1. Handle direct digital input (not VGA! DVI-D/I, HDMI etc OK)
2. Available from most B&M stores *or* have free return shipping if it turns out to be faulty (don't wanna pay $30+ to ship back a $200 monitor)

To give you an idea of what I like, here are two models that appealed to me:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236112
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009261

Target usage:

0. Coding and reading webpages - preferably upto 6 feet away
1. Gaming (HL2/DOOM3,4/Crysis2/Dirt2/BF3)
2. Watching DVDs

I would like to buy one or even two of these - am open for deals for a BOGO or discount on two or more items and things like that.

Open to getting 3 if I find a real good deal (say $400 to $450 for all three before tax)

Keep in mind:

0. I am in CA. Would like to avoid that recycliing fee if possible.
1. My MB has DVI and HDMI ports. This means that to have a dual monitor setup, I need to have a monitor with both DVI and HDMI port.
post #2 of 4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009255
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236117
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236175

Those are the ones I can recommend off the top of my head. If you have a Microcenter near, that would be my first option for Monitors but Amazon has an awesome, super simple return policy that could be another option. I will post back if I remember any other decent monitors for the price

With sitting/gaming at 6ft away, I would try to push a 23" at a minimum unless you plan to lower resolution. Things will get difficult if you go any smaller at that range.
Edited by OldMold - 10/25/11 at 1:19pm
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Sorry for going at a tangent, but how does this $230 before taxes and fees monitor "look" like:

http://www.frys.com/product/6693564?...pages%20page:3

I would indeed be watching movies and playing games, but wavering on that sub-$200 budget and 6 feet requirement :-D
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That monitor would be a good choice

Received plenty of good reviews online and is a a nice size monitor for the price.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 p55-GD65 Sapphire Vapor-X 5750 2x2GB G-Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Caviar Black Sony Optiarc Windows 7 Acer H233Hbmid 23" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II Kingwin LZ-750 NZXT Tempest Evo Razer DeathAdder 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Caviar Black Sony Optiarc Windows 7 Acer H233Hbmid 23" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II Kingwin LZ-750 NZXT Tempest Evo Razer DeathAdder 
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