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Hi All,

My old 22 inch Samsung died and im looking for a decent replacement.
I have been reading many reviews but i'm still not sure what to direction to go.
I will only use it for gaming and I'm willing to spend some money on it if there is a big difference in quallity over cheapers models.
If im honoust I would say 24 inch will be big enough as im sitting close to the screen. Its just that im impressed by the size of a 27 inch and I can imagine games will look awesome on such a big screen.
I have been reading about about resolution issues on 27 inch so if this really is a problem a 24 inch will do just fine.

Also I'm realy not sure if I should pick something with a IPS or TN display. Is IPS fast enoug for FPS gaming or is it better to go for a TN type display... and if TN is the way to go should I go for one of those 120hz models.

Im not sure what brand to go for either. I noticed Dell is populair amongs gamers. Do they realy make the best screens or are there brands which are just as good or even better maybe.

Please advise.

Kind regards,

Lanz
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Do you need a 120Hz panel? They are only really useful if you're playing fast paced switch shooters such as counter strike. In most games I'd favour resolution over refresh rate any day. The cheapest high resolution (2560x1440) monitors are the Korean ones such as the Yamakaasi Q2470, these are also very high quality. If you want a monitor by a more 'known' brand, Dells are good and also the new Asus PB278Q is good too thumb.gif
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The price difference between 24 and 27 isn't worth it when the resolution is the same.
I'm not a monitor expert but I do know that IPS is not recommended for games, a decent TN will still look good.
Dell and Samsung are pretty much the way to go, if you can get 1920x1200 go for it, i hate that all monitors are 1080 now frown.gif

I've had my 24" Samsung for over 4 years now and I still love it tongue.gif
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If you're pretty good at FPS/racing games then I think the premium for a 120Hz TN panel is worth it. But the price can be a bit steep. BenQ and Samsung have good ones. Here on OCN we have 'clubs' so if you want to know more about certain products or some longer-term experiences then definitely check those out.

TN vs IPS: TN is generally faster but there are IPS panels out there that are perfectly fine for gaming. It really depends on how good you are as a player to determine whether or not you'll notice lag. Be honest with yourself, I know from friends that everyone considers themselves the best rolleyes.gif (which usually turns out to be wrong BTW).

Eizo is a decent manufacturer who recently brought an IPS gaming monitor to the market (the FS2333) with some remarkable features. Definitely worth a look but not sure about pricing (will probably be up there considering it's an eizo).

Dell isn't particularly better but their displays are just good overall for a decent price and often widely available.

If you plan on picking a 27" then I wouldn't go for less than 1440p. 1080p is just too little for such size. But they are pricey. Dell U2713HM and Asus PB278Q are both solid options for a good price (the Dell has amazing power consumption).

It would really help if you gave us an indication of budget. Either way, I do not recommend LG monitors (even though they are the OEM for a lot of panels used in competing products). IMHO LG's quality is just not up there.
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Thanks for the advise so far guys. The answers to some of the questions;

I dont consider myself a good or die hard (FPS) gamer.
I like to play BF3 atm but besides that I'm playing other games like Eve online and Warz.
Perhaps the difference is indeed not noticeble for me but I just want to make sure I buy something with quallity as i most likely will us it at least for another 5 years..

Lets say my max budget is somewhere around 500 euro's. I assume you can buy something good for that.


PS: How about the videocard needed to run a 27 inch display on 2560x1440.
I currently have a GTX470 and had no problems running most games in good/high settings with my old monitor on 1680x1050.
Im planning on upgrading my PC and videocard in a while but meanwhile will my old GTX 470 be able to run that res?

:rolleyes:still not sure,..maybe 27 inch is to big
Edited by bella2012 - 11/5/12 at 2:53am
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i would stay hd (1920x1080x23 inch)screen are very inexpensive now the 2560x1440 is the norm (even tho its an oddball size (not an official standard like ultrahd)the official standard is 720p,1080p,1080i,2160p etc.yep you guessed it no 1440
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Thanks for the advise so far guys. The answers to some of the questions;
I dont consider myself a good or die hard (FPS) gamer.
I like to play BF3 atm but besides that I'm playing other games like Eve online and Warz.
Perhaps the difference is indeed not noticeble for me but I just want to make sure I buy something with quallity as i most likely will us it at least for another 5 years..
Lets say my max budget is somewhere around 500 euro's. I assume you can buy something good for that.
I'd definitely go with a high resolution 27" monitor in this case. Unless you go Korean, most WQHD monitors will set you back around 600 euros (not sure about conversion rate but I think this is right)
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So you guys think the big resolution wont be a problem for my GTX 470 card while gaming?

Think ill be beter of with the Dell or Asus 27 inch?
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So you guys think the big resolution wont be a problem for my GTX 470 card while gaming?
Think ill be beter of with the Dell or Asus 27 inch?
How much memory does your 470 have? If it's less than 2GB, which I assume it will be, get a 24 inch 1080p monitor.
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Lots of variables, bu the one req for me is IPS.
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