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Hi all,

I'm currently using a LG LG W2286L (http://www.lg.com/uk/it-products/monitors/LG-led-monitor-W2286L.jsp) and I was thinking about upgrading to a single full HD, 1920x1080 LED monitor. I have a few questions though, as I'm not too experienced in the monitor department smile.gif For starters, my budget is £200/$300 and I'm mostly a gamer (WoW, BF3, Skyrim and SWTOR).

1.) Should I aim for a monitor that can do a lot more than 60hz for the refresh rate? Atm, it is capped at 60hz, and I know that my comp is able to push out some much bigger FPS numbers without vsync enabled, but its just currently doing 60 "unique" fps at a time if this is correct?

2.) What exactly is dual-link DVI and will any different connections be needed? I saw an article about it being phased out in the next several years, so I just wanna make sure.

3.) I make youtube videos occasionally - will higher refresh rates have an impact on the performance of my videos or will that just be down to things like the recording settings?

Many thanks in advance smile.gif
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There are some good 24in monitors out there on amazon/newegg for around 180 i saw one for 140 the other week so you could probably get a 240 dollar 27in. As for 120hz vs 60hz i honestly do not see to much point in going to 120hz on a computer unless its like 20 dollars more because if you set your settings as high as possible until fps starts to drop below like me 120hz wont be a huge a change( your eyes also only see at 32 fps too ), also it wont change the fps of your videos thats all in the settings. And as for Dvi i dont see it going anywhere its better then vga , and unless ur using stock monitor speakers you wont need hdmi either and worst case you can always get a converter tongue.gif.

P.S. i havent heard much about dual link dvi but i assume all monitors have a input that you can use.
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120Hz is more of a want than a need. Do you justify paying double for extra 60Hz? And like mentioned above, the 120Hz only matters in games, movies and videos do not take advantage of it. Well, there is also the 3D route, but it is up to you. I honestly, dont find the premium price justified tbh, though people who has the luxury of owning a 120Hz monitor said it felt alot smoother in stuff like moving the cursor, and games, etc. Do you find the need/want for a 120Hz monitor? And do you care about gaming enough as well, as 120Hz is really a gaming feature.

Dual link DVI supports res above 1080p (1600p) and 120Hz. For 60Hz 1080p, single link DVI is fine.

No. Youtube wont be affected by 120Hz refresh rates etc. It will simply at 60 Hz or whatever refresh rate the video is set at or whatever FPS the camera, the video is shot at, is shooting with.

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Decided to go with this one: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=320-2737

It should be a very nice upgrade after looking at the reviews of it, as well as checking out some similar ones from the same brand. Thanks for the help all smile.gif
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