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"Hey everyone, I'm stumped!"

"I am just not sure which monitor to get... I was hoping I could get some input."

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  • It will be on a desk 3 feet away from my face
  • I will be using it for 30% TV/Movie watching, 30% Web-Browsing, 40% Gaming
  • I play mostly BF3, Just Cause 2, GTA IV, Supreme Commander, and Civilization V
  • All these monitors are within my budget, but obviously I don't want to spend needlessly.

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"My choices are..."
  1. Samsung S27A950D, 27" Widescreen 3D LED Monitor
  2. Toshiba 40" 1080p LED HDTV (SL412U)
  3. Wild Card - Asus PA246Q, 24.1" Widescreen P-IPS

"What do you think? Any better options? I am in Canada (in case the Canada Computers and Future Shop links didn't give it away)."

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40% Gaming with 5870 CrossfireX? Go for a 120Hz for better gaming experience over a 60Hz.
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IIRC Correctly, the SA950 is not actually a 120hz monitor, it doesn't accept a 120hz signal, but I have to double check that.
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Out of those, I'd probably pick the s27a950d for gaming and the rest of your activities.

It has great color production for a TN panel. It is not overly large. (40" is horrible for computer usage if it's only 1920x1080. Text will be annoyingly big and games will look pixellated due to low pixel density, so don't get the TV). It's also 120hz and has low ghosting and input lag, so playing games will be a much smoother experience than the other two choices, provided you have the capability of pushing at least 90 frames per second or so.

It's glossy, which some hate, some love. Depends on the person. Just notifying about that since it might be annoying for some.
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IIRC Correctly, the SA950 is not actually a 120hz monitor, it doesn't accept a 120hz signal, but I have to double check that.
"Everything I've seen says it does, the model I linked anyway, there is also one with TV support that may not be true 120hz... maybe that's what you were thinking of?"

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Quote:
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"Everything I've seen says it does, the model I linked anyway, there is also one with TV support that may not be true 120hz... maybe that's what you were thinking of?"

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It most certainly is real 120Hz with the DVI-D cable it comes with, and it's the nicest monitor I have ever owned. I recommend everyone buy at least 5.

edit- It does suck fairly hard with 3DVision, but AMD HD3D is great. The integrated TriDef mess that comes with it is not so gooder though.
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For your purposes, I would go with the TV. I've been using a 40" TV as a monitor for the past 4 years. I also have a u3011 and u2407. I can say that I have no problems using the TV as a monitor even compared to the u3011. Yes, the text is larger(set text and icons in Win7 to "smaller") and there less real estate due to the lower resolution, but text is sharp and I surf the web and work on the TV frequently. Honestly, I like the TV better for games too. It's a little larger and a bit further back, but it has a better feel. The higher resolution on the u3011 is apparent, but I still prefer gaming with the TV.

I originally got the TV to use as a PC monitor, TV and display for gaming consoles. However, now I'm looking for triple display setup so I'll be getting something a bit smaller.

Anyway, I've read a lot about TV being bad as a monitor due to input lag and blurry text. My old Samsung has neither issue. I would certainly reseach any TV that you consider to make sure theses are not issues.
post #8 of 12
The TV and the IPS panel will have higher input lag than the TN monitor and you would probably see ghosting with the IPS panel as well. The samsung wouldn't be my choice of 120hz monitor, but if you must have a 27", it is pretty much the only option right now. If you can settle for a 24", the Asus gd235hz and Benq XL2410T are probably the two best 120hz monitors right now.

Personally I have a Viewsonic vx2268wm (22") as my primary and a 27" 1080p secondary monitry and I couldn't be happier.
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Quote:
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"Everything I've seen says it does, the model I linked anyway, there is also one with TV support that may not be true 120hz... maybe that's what you were thinking of?"

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Quote:
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It most certainly is real 120Hz with the DVI-D cable it comes with, and it's the nicest monitor I have ever owned. I recommend everyone buy at least 5.

edit- It does suck fairly hard with 3DVision, but AMD HD3D is great. The integrated TriDef mess that comes with it is not so gooder though.
I stand corrected, thank you
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The Samsung 120Hz hands down, it's absolutely astonishing. Quite a few members have that display and it is the top dog in terms of 120Hz displays at present, but it does have a bit of an excessive price tag. The model you linked isn't the one with a TV tuner built in, you would need the T27 version not the S27.
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