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Well, I have been debating whether or not I should upgrade my monitor (currently have an Apple Cinema Display 23"). I have never had an issue with it, and it has served me very well throughout the years (it was given to me as a present brand new when they first came out). However, now I have started to think about power consumption, and since this guy sucks up 90W and gets very hot sometimes, I figured changing to a more economical monitor with all the nice amenities of modern technology would be nice.

Anyway, to continue on with my point: Response Time.

I have been gaming on this monitor since I first got it 6 years ago. I never had any issues with it then, and I don't have any issues with it now. I am a fairly decent FPS player, and when playing online, I usually am towards the top of the list at the end of a round. Looking up the specs for my current monitor, I see my response time is 14ms, and all I see these days is "2 MS RESPONSE TIME OMG!"

Is there really that much of a difference when gaming? I know it is technically 7x slower than all you other people's monitors, but in the end, I am usually winning anyway. So when I buy a new monitor, should the response time really be a factor in my purchase? I'm thinking no, and I will just buy a monitor with the resolution and color clarity that I want as opposed to focusing on hz/response time. Keep in mind that I have never played a game on any other LCD monitor in my life, so I have quite literally never experienced less than 14ms (before my current monitor, I had a CRT!). Is it worth it to upgrade?
    
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I have never used a 14 ms monitor, but I have a 5 ms, and a 2 ms, and I see no difference at all. If I had to guess you'd probably notice something going from a 14 to a 2...

Are 2 ms monitors worth it? Not really... like I said I see no difference between my 2 and 5, so if 5 is cheaper i'd get a 5 for the sake of saving money.
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Thanks for the input. It's good to know that I wouldn't necessarily have to pay more for 2ms, but I'm wondering if a nice budget 8ms would be just as fine as well. Anyone else have some input?
    
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5ms or below is fine anything above test first.
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