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I'm looking to buy a decent 27" monitor for no more than $450. Primary uses are movies and gaming, although I do a lot of programming and reading, also.

Right now I'm looking to buy this:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/384780/EQ276W_27_IPS_LED_Monitor

Are there other options to consider? Thanks a lot!
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For gaming you will want a monitor with a single input, DVI. You must have DL-DVI on you gpu to run it (pins form a complete grid)
I can reccomend the Crossover 27Q
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I can second the Crossover 27Q however if you want a full warranty that Auria monitor is good too, they both use the same panel.
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I have the Auria and it's fantastic. I had a chance to compare it to a Catleap, and they're basicly the same besides bezels and the stands. lol

I have ZERO dead/stuck pixels and no backlight bleed. It's also nice to be able to return it to a store if anything goes wrong. Would you like some pictures? biggrin.gif
    
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If you want a 27 inch go for a 2560x1440 one

1920x1080 has 2 million pixel in it 2560x1440 has 3,6 million or about 40% more
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post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Jaguarbamf View Post

I have the Auria and it's fantastic. I had a chance to compare it to a Catleap, and they're basicly the same besides bezels and the stands. lol

I have ZERO dead/stuck pixels and no backlight bleed. It's also nice to be able to return it to a store if anything goes wrong. Would you like some pictures? biggrin.gif

No pictures will do 1440p justice unless you already have 1440p.
If you are brave and don't care about warranty, get the crossover. It has a great stand and a metal enclosure.

If you like having a warranty, the auria is your only sub $600 1440p option.
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Originally Posted by Legonut View Post

No pictures will do 1440p justice unless you already have 1440p.
If you are brave and don't care about warranty, get the crossover. It has a great stand and a metal enclosure.

If you like having a warranty, the auria is your only sub $600 1440p option.

I was just going to take some with my DSLR instead. haha
Screenshots wouldn't prove anything.
    
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post #9 of 22
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Thanks so much for your suggestions! The participation at OCN never ceases to amaze me.

I'm running two MSI GTX 560-TI in crossover; I looked it up and my cards do support DL-DVI.

A huge concern of mine is stuck/dead pixels. I've been staring at a bright blue stuck pixel in the upper center left of my monitor for about 5 years now. Frankly, I'd like my monitor to be perfect, and I'd be willing to pay more to guarantee that. Microcenter will allow me to return for any reason pretty much, right?
post #10 of 22
For 27", you absolutely want 2560x1440 resolution. The Korean monitors are gonna be your best bet for under $450. They offer them at other places such as Monoprice has one and Microcenter if you are uncomfortable about buying directly from eBay. As far as brands go, they have some pros and cons. Some offer OSD (on screen display), most don't. Some offer more than 1 input, most don't. Some offer a better stand.

Ones that are good:
Yamakasi Catleap 27
Crossover 27Q
Qnix QX2700
ACHIEVA Shimian QH270
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