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Hi, I'm looking at building a new PC sometime this year. I have a lot of it ironed out, and all I'm really left looking for is a monitor. The problem here is that I don't know what I want, I just know I want something good. I would use it for gaming, browsing, and maybe a DVD or two just to see what it is like on a high-quality display.

I've looked into quite a few different monitors, ranging from a 23" 120Hz LED display from SAMSUNG, to the Dell U3011. I know the Dell is probably the best of the bunch for overall use, but it's really expensive, and I don't know if I want to spend that kind of money. I will probably be buying an AMD 7970 or a 7990, so I want to make the most of the GPU and use a large resolution display. Hence why I have been looking at these high-quality displays.

However, $1500 is simply just a TON of money for one part of my build. I don't mind spending ~$500-800 on a single part, but $1500 is too much. I recall reading that Samsung's 120Hz LED displays are very nice, but I don't like the base. I would plan to run either Eyefinity or some sort of triple display setup in the future if I bought a 1920x1080 display, and I don't think the base of Samsung's LED display would allow for that. So I'm mostly left with the very expensive 30" monitors. It's not that I'm cheap, it's just that I would rather not spend more than I need to.

What I'm trying to ask is if there is any alternative to the expensive Dell U3011 or HP ZR30W? I don't know if the Dell U2711 is what I'm looking for, or if I should just wait until later in the year and hope for a price drop? The Samsung S27A950D would be just what I was looking for, if only it were 2560x1440/1600.

Are these two Samsung monitors the same as the S23A950D, just with a different stand?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001475

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001496


Thanks for your time.
Edited by vikingsteve - 1/25/12 at 3:58pm
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Hi there,

Out of the once you are spesifically mentioning there I'd go for the Samsung 23A750D, seems to be the best bang for the bucks when looking at the specs. And like you say, no big difference from the first mentioned one.
But if you're open for other brands, I'd also have a look at these screens from ASUS for instance, the VG236HE or VS Series VS247H-P - seems to be nice monitors in a couple of different price ranges. Have personally used quite a few ASUS screens, and I'm very pleased with them. Or possibly checking up on some monitors from BenQ in the same range.

But all in all I'd say go to a local store if possible and check out a few different screens from different brands with the resolutions you're looking for, and that have good responce time. Not that to many people are able to see any big difference in the responce times on monitors, depending on the overall quality of it. But anyhow, I'd check up on a few and find the one you think has the best picture and so, as it also very much goes on each individuals personal preferences

And if you ask me, the highest priced monitors isn't necessarily the best once in all cases.

Also, personally I'd stay away from Dell, but thats due to bad experiences with them and some of their products. Might just be my luck on that part.
     
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Excellent recommendation with the ASUS VG236HE. I really like that one. The only concern I have is that it is not an LED display. Will the lack of LEDs really affect it much in comparison to an LED display? What I'm asking is, does an LED make a huge difference?

Well, after a little more browsing, I like the BenQ XL2410T, but I still wonder if an IPS panel is the better solution.
Edited by vikingsteve - 1/25/12 at 10:57pm
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