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So I've looked at a number of 3D/120hz displays and haven't been very impressed with them on paper, up until I saw the Asus VG236H at Fry's being used as a model display for some garbage Alienware with a GTX 550ti (like that will push the limits). GLOSSY SCREEN drool.gif I haven't been able to find a good gloss screen in a long time, and I prefer it over matte any day. Well, the only problem was the $469 price tag. My previous screen is an Asus VW266H (1920x1200 25.5") that has served me well since 2009.

Then this week I was browsing Amazon at work and came across a refurb VG236E, which is apparently the same as the H model but doesn't come with a 3D kit. Perfect! I ordered it up for $219.99 shipped to my door after a discount code I had. It arrived packaged in such a way that I was sure it would be broken, a big loose box with some foam at the corners. But it works perfectly, no backlight bleed, no dead pixels. The only thing wrong with it is some tiny scratches on the bottom of the bezel which I will gladly take for a $200 discount.

Anyway, I was in the middle of playing Skyrim when it showed up, so I saved and quickly swapped screens. WOW is all I can say, running Skyrim locked in at 120fps in dungeons, the smoothness of motion on everything including my mouse on the desktop really improved my computing experience. It is literally the best thing I have done since I added an SSD to my system, most of the other upgrades have been "meh" as far as impact on use. Of course, I had to go and grab a second GTX 580 now to make use of the new higher refresh rate. thumb.gif

My advice to anyone considering 120hz with no 3D (it makes me sick to my stomach personally) I would say go for it, it is outstanding and brings me back to the old days where I would run 2 resolutions under max on my CRT to get the 100hz refresh rate biggrin.gif
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So I've looked at a number of 3D/120hz displays and haven't been very impressed with them on paper, up until I saw the Asus VG236H at Fry's being used as a model display for some garbage Alienware with a GTX 550ti (like that will push the limits). GLOSSY SCREEN drool.gif I haven't been able to find a good gloss screen in a long time, and I prefer it over matte any day. Well, the only problem was the $469 price tag. My previous screen is an Asus VW266H (1920x1200 25.5") that has served me well since 2009.
Then this week I was browsing Amazon at work and came across a refurb VG236E, which is apparently the same as the H model but doesn't come with a 3D kit. Perfect! I ordered it up for $219.99 shipped to my door after a discount code I had. It arrived packaged in such a way that I was sure it would be broken, a big loose box with some foam at the corners. But it works perfectly, no backlight bleed, no dead pixels. The only thing wrong with it is some tiny scratches on the bottom of the bezel which I will gladly take for a $200 discount.
Anyway, I was in the middle of playing Skyrim when it showed up, so I saved and quickly swapped screens. WOW is all I can say, running Skyrim locked in at 120fps in dungeons, the smoothness of motion on everything including my mouse on the desktop really improved my computing experience. It is literally the best thing I have done since I added an SSD to my system, most of the other upgrades have been "meh" as far as impact on use. Of course, I had to go and grab a second GTX 580 now to make use of the new higher refresh rate. thumb.gif
My advice to anyone considering 120hz with no 3D (it makes me sick to my stomach personally) I would say go for it, it is outstanding and brings me back to the old days where I would run 2 resolutions under max on my CRT to get the 100hz refresh rate biggrin.gif

I hate reading threads like this, makes me envious because I still have to wait for my Samsung S27A950D. It won't be here until Wednesday or Thursday. I too picked up a new 580 for SLI to get fluid/constant 120hz for Skyrim and BF3. My 580 did come today so I'll play with that once I get off work and hopefully it holds me over until the monitor comes.

I also agree, the SSD has been the single best upgrade since I started this filthy habit back in 2007. Everything was meh. Well 8800GT to a GTX 580 was huge, but SSD was the best hardware upgrade to date.
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I hate reading threads like this

me to but because i am planning on either gpu+water cooling or gpu+120hz upgrades after the smoke from the holidays settles. i was almost set on water cooling+gpu, but i really want to upgrade to 27" 120hz also. op congrats on the deal, how's it on bf3?
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I agree! 120Hz gaming is bliss! Loving my S27A950D so much!
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I hate reading threads like this, makes me envious because I still have to wait for my Samsung S27A950D. It won't be here until Wednesday or Thursday. I too picked up a new 580 for SLI to get fluid/constant 120hz for Skyrim and BF3. My 580 did come today so I'll play with that once I get off work and hopefully it holds me over until the monitor comes.

I also agree, the SSD has been the single best upgrade since I started this filthy habit back in 2007. Everything was meh. Well 8800GT to a GTX 580 was huge, but SSD was the best hardware upgrade to date.


Skyrim at 120hz can be a big pain, I hope they patch it but I'm not going to hold my breath. Its terrible at least 20% of the time. Quests get bugged out, collision problems, the game thinks you're under water in the middle of a field, etc. I just save and turn it back to 60hz when it acts up but the other 80% of the time is ok. It seems to be ten time worse with the new Nvidia beta drivers that were supposed to fix skyrim issues... not sure what to think about that.

But I started another run through of Deus Ex HR today and it is absolutely amazing to play. It feels like my computer is so much faster just because I'm able to see the FPS utilized instead of just making extra heat for no reason.
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Yeah, totally have to agree. The 120Hz was pretty much the best upgrade since my SSD too. The first thought when doing Quake was like "all those years... how could I ?!?"
It totally reminded me of the first Q3 sessions back then with my new TFT. I think it was some Videoseven 17" which I later traded for a good ol' NEC 1760NX that is still going strong as my server console in the basement. Somehow the things were cool but then... 60Hz... yuck... choppy movements all over the place. thumb.gif
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Only problem I've had so far was in Crysis. Had to do the old custom resolution thing to enable 120Hz in the game. Everything else so far has worked fine.
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Congrats OP. 120hz is great, can't play COD without it.
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