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Hey OCN,

I am currently building a pretty monstrous gaming rig, and with it, I've come to the realization I haven't upgraded my displays in a number of years.

I'm currently using two:

a 24" Samsung Syncmaster 245BW (1920x1200, 8ms RF, 3000:1 contrast ratio, other specs are unremarkable and a bit dated) << Main Display
and a 26.7" Samsung Syncmaster 2693HM.

I'm looking at upgrading my main display, or both. I've been reading up on the new monitor technologies out there (I work as a Geek Squad Agent, so I try to stay on top of things), and I'm not sure which direction to go.

I may be making a mistake by marrying myself to the 1920x1200 resolution -- is this the case? I've gotten used to it and I love it, but these monitors seem to be going away, and 1920x1080 seems to be the standard, but isn't that an overal loss on definition and "real estate" as far as pixels on the screen?

I know I don't want to go down from a 24" for my main display. This seems to be the sweet spot size. I know right now many good monitors these days sport a 2ms RF, and extremely high contrast ratios. I also know I definitely want an LED.

I've been doing a lot of reading all over the place, but I am looking for a solid, informed decision on what direction I should go. Any thoughts/links?

While I use my computer for general productivity and work, a emphasis on picture quality for gaming is key. I've no interest in the new 3d technology either.

Any advice would be appreciated!

-Ecs

//edit

A couple of the current models I am looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VS248H-P-24-Inch-Monitor-Black/dp/tech-data/B0058UUR6E/ref=de_a_smtd
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KCI80I/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gamingsquid-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B004KCI80I
Edited by Ecstasis - 4/29/12 at 3:29pm
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post #2 of 14
Get ready to be pelted with Korean monitor suggestions. But if you are ready to drop $330 on a 27" monitor that's 1080p, even I would suggest it. Paying in a little more for a high quality IPS panel with high resolution is an investment in your system, not just a blown up TN screen.
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Well I just got a BenQ 120Hz monitor and will never play on a 60Hz again. My advice would be to see if you can't try out these monitors you are looking into and then make a decision.
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post #4 of 14
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Well I just got a BenQ 120Hz monitor and will never play on a 60Hz again. My advice would be to see if you can't try out these monitors you are looking into and then make a decision.
Just like I'll never game on 1080p again tongue.gif
Hopefully one day there won't have to be a tradeoff of 120hz and high res. But then again I also shyed away from 120hz because the amount of power you would need to get 120fps in some games is completely unreasonable.
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What makes those monitors so good in particular? Don't most games have an FPS cap anyway?
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Ecstasis View Post

What makes those monitors so good in particular? Don't most games have an FPS cap anyway?
By far most games do not have an fps cap, i'd even say that is pretty rare. If by "those" you meant the 120hz ones, it's because they refresh the image 120 times a second instead of 60 (unlike tv's which just bullcrap it and use processing to make it seem smoother but are all still really 60hz, working at Geek Squad I know you know this) and make an incredibly smooth experience, but when motion isn't involved (slower portions in games, Windows, video) Only higher resolution will benefit you. It's all up to your preference.
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I know right now many good monitors these days sport a 2ms RF, and extremely high contrast ratios.
No 90% of this TN and IPS panels have a contrast ratio under 1000:1 and i would not call this good, a good contrast ratio is in my option at least 2000:1. And the 2ms response time is never true a 2ms panel can have a response time from 6-14ms. All this response time and contrast numbers are marketing crap.

I had the IPS235P and i returned it because this IPS glow and this aggressive AG coating was so dam annoying.
Edited by Otbreaker - 4/29/12 at 7:15pm
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Given this new information, any idea of a model you might point me towards, in a 24 inch and a 27?
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post #9 of 14
If you want absolute image quality and color reproduction (eye-candy, colors that pop on your screen) and care about nothing else, get the HP ZR27W, It's the monitor of choice for photo editors (you will need to calbirate it though)
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If you want absolute image quality and color reproduction (eye-candy, colors that pop on your screen) and care about nothing else, get the HP ZR27W, It's the monitor of choice for photo editors (you will need to calbirate it though)
From everything I read, it comes pretty well calibrated out of box. But that reminds me, I will have to calibrate mine sometime...somehow. Anyway if the OP wants one, I'd hang around MacMall and see if they have a refurb or open-box one, mine was only $500 from them.
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