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So after searching for a Korean monitor, I ran into a few mentions of DIY'ing your own monitor.

Anybody have experience with this?

Realistically expecting to spend the same or more than a Korean IPS monitor but I want to fiddle.

Found a few local guys selling replacement 27" iMac screen replacement which seem to be the same screen as the Korean IPS monitors.

Just need to source out used Apple controllers or find a different one. Found a few manufacturers in Korea claiming to be able to do 120hz at 1440p.
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Got some link to those 120hz pcb's ?
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I'd love to hack together a 120hz 1440p monitor
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No go, after checking with part #'s and other forums seems its another frame skipping board.

Hoping to find a local source for the controller boards before jumping on these panels. They're relatively cheap and I'm sure I can find cheap bezels from broken monitors.

Guess they make it so confusing so we can't just slap our own monitor together.

Off to find a broken iMac. Maybe I can just salvage the boards from there and rip the computer out.

Edit: If you guys are super interested in a 120hz monitor, should start emailing manufacturers on Alibaba or that Korean marketplace (perfer to use the Chinese one since I have friends over there) but I have a feeling they're all the frame skipping ones.
Edited by evilferret - 12/3/12 at 12:41am
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I'm not sure you'd be able to build one for less than the ~350 that a new one costs... even if you could, probably not much cheaper... and a lot more risk.
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I'm not sure you'd be able to build one for less than the ~350 that a new one costs... even if you could, probably not much cheaper... and a lot more risk.

Oh totally expect to spend more than buying one but it'll be an interesting project.

Is it much more dangerous than swapping panels for laptops? I thought most panels were enclosed aside connections.
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Originally Posted by evilferret View Post

Oh totally expect to spend more than buying one but it'll be an interesting project.
Is it much more dangerous than swapping panels for laptops? I thought most panels were enclosed aside connections.

Dangerous? Nah. It's probably one logic board and the panel with a ribbon cable. Might be two if they separate the AC board from the logic. I don't know if it has an internal power supply board or not. Either way, it would not be difficult. It doesn't make much sense to me though. Why bother with all that trouble to get the same product with possibly less-than-full life parts and more cost? Plus possible compatibility concerns.

If you could do it for <$250 I could see the point. But if you are going to be spending more than a new one... then why?
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Dangerous? Nah. It's probably one logic board and the panel with a ribbon cable. Might be two if they separate the AC board from the logic. I don't know if it has an internal power supply board or not. Either way, it would not be difficult. It doesn't make much sense to me though. Why bother with all that trouble to get the same product with possibly less-than-full life parts and more cost? Plus possible compatibility concerns.
If you could do it for <$250 I could see the point. But if you are going to be spending more than a new one... then why?

Kinda makes sense to me (price wise).

If I get a replacement panel or a broken iMac, I'm getting an A+ panel, not one of those A- panels that the Korean monitors are using.

Cheapest A+ 27" monitor might be the DoubleSight (but I have a feeling they're using A or A-) or the Dell U2713 both over 500 (600 for the Dell).

Korean warranty seems moot to me, seems the same as not having any from a DIY project.

After I learn how to do it, any fixing will require cost of materials. Really expecting it to be plugging a few cables in and modding a bezel to work.

Trying to figure out which boards will work is a PITA.

Expecting the total price to be around 350 (less if I shop carefully). Same price as a Korean monitor but listed reasons above.

And thanks for the verification!
Edited by evilferret - 12/3/12 at 1:13am
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