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I've had this LG 23" 1080p monitor for about 4 years now so I think it's time for an upgrade, but I'm not sure on a few things.

Firstly I'd be using the monitor mainly for FPS games, so which of these would be the best choice for me?

A 120Hz monitor

A 120Hz 3D monitor

Or a HD+ monitor such as the HP ZR2740w.

My budget would be around £500-600 so I'm fairly open to the more expensive options such as the HD+ monitors.

Also as I'll be at university for a few months then coming home for a few weeks every so often and I'm not convinced I'd have enough room for 2+ monitors, so I don't think any multi-monitor configurations would be appropriate.

Also given that I only have the 1.5GB version of the GTX 580, would it be worth getting another if I might be playing at HD+ resolutions? Or would a better option be selling my GTX 580 and getting a 4GB GTX 680 Classified.

I'd really appreciate some suggestions as I'm not sure what option is the best for me.

Thanks as always!
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by Paradigm84 View Post

I've had this LG 23" 1080p monitor for about 4 years now so I think it's time for an upgrade, but I'm not sure on a few things.
Firstly I'd be using the monitor mainly for FPS games, so which of these would be the best choice for me?
A 120Hz monitor
A 120Hz 3D monitor
Or a HD+ monitor such as the HP ZR2740w.
My budget would be around £500-600 so I'm fairly open to the more expensive options such as the HD+ monitors.
Also as I'll be at university for a few months then coming home for a few weeks every so often and I'm not convinced I'd have enough room for 2+ monitors, so I don't think any multi-monitor configurations would be appropriate.
Also given that I only have the 1.5GB version of the GTX 580, would it be worth getting another if I might be playing at HD+ resolutions? Or would a better option be selling my GTX 580 and getting a 4GB GTX 680 Classified.
I'd really appreciate some suggestions as I'm not sure what option is the best for me.
Thanks as always!

Have you taken a look at some of the Korean 27" monitors? Essentially, they are high quality IPS panels for half the price of a Dell Ultrasharp.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I thought about that but I have an almost obsessive hatred of dead pixels, even a single dead one and it would drive me utterly crazy.
post #4 of 11
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Bump for extra opions. smile.gif
post #5 of 11
There are many "perfect pixel" listings on ebay for the Korean 27" monitors.

They cost about $60-80 bucks more.
post #6 of 11
Ive got one of the Korean monitors, a dead pixel would drive me crazy so i got the perfect pixel for £245. Best part was customs dropped the ball on mine and didn't pay a penny extra, but i think its 14% import duty.

I would highly reccomend one of these very pleased with mine
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post #7 of 11
There are some overclockable 27" 2560x1440 Catleap monitors ranging from 80Hz to 120Hz in your price range... but they are extremely rare and only one place I know you can get one that is real... Google 120hz.net and hopefully they have some left.

All other ones sold on ebay (the ones with multi-inputs) are fake and only simulate 120Hz by skipping frames... Good luck!
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
I know there are some cheaper 2560x1440 27" monitors, but I'm just not sure how good the build quality would be one one compared to something like a Z2740W or a U2711.

Can anyone attest to the quality of any of the Korean monitors?

Also is a 2560x1440 monitor the best choice?

If only there was a 2560x1440 120Hz monitor for <£500. tongue.gif
post #9 of 11
At the price they are you cant compare the it to the build quality of a Z2740W or a U2711.
The stands are cheap, bezel shows finger prints and can be damaged easily.
I have one, the stand is good enough if you have a sturdy desk but it does lean slightly to the right (probably about1-3 degrees)
Id say get one and a good stand and your all set. But ive never used a 120hz monitor so i cant speculate on how good they are.
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post #10 of 11
I got a non-perfect pixel that has 4 bad pixels. Unless I use screens designed to aid in the search for them I can't even see them. I can see them with a magnifying glass on the tests. So, some of the people who report their non-perfect is really perfect possibly didn't look hard enough. If you are really paranoid, get the Apple Cinema Display.

As far as build quality, I have no idea, only had mine a few days. There are several people who bought them a few months ago who are still engoying them. As long as you understand the "risks" and "tradeoffs" its a good deal. I'm pretty risk averse myself, but I felt it was worth it.
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