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I've heard there are new 120Hz and 144Hz monitors, how can you tell what frequency they run?

Also, what's the most recommended gaming screen size? I was looking at the 24 inch 1920*1080's Is that pretty much the recommended size?

Other than refresh rate, I know very little about monitors, as it's one of the components that remains pretty much a constant on my machine. You don't often upgrade your monitor unless something dramatic happens, usually involving smoke and a burning smell tongue.gif

I'll be going with 2x 7970 DC2T's in crossfire when steamrollers come out (Hopefully they wont bottle neck the cards too much tongue.gif) so I should be okay to maintain a good frame rate.

It's just really annoying scrolling through websites and seeing the thing stutter and flicker, I want it to be smooth. But I also play games primarily, and my performance from the new cards are causing alot of screen tearing, and I'm not a big fan of Synchronized Refresh due to the input lag/delay, as I play a lot of FPS games like Battlefield 3.

I'm wanting to get this all setup for when Battlefield 4 comes out, but I can't seem to find much information on the monitors.

I buy my gear from This Store.

Which do you guys recommend?

Bestow your wisdom upon me!
post #2 of 9
Well, it depends on what you want mate.

Do you want the absolute best monitor for FPS gaming? Or are you willing to sacrifice a bit of response time and higher motion blur on the monitor for higher resolution and nicer colors?

Lemme just say that 120hz is god damned amazing and so worth it...and yes, 24" 1080p is best for competitive FPS games...coincidentally all the best FPS gaming monitors are that size too.

Your two options are:

Asus VG248QE / BenQ XL2411T - 144Hz - 24" 1920x1080 - 1ms Response Time - TN Panel - ~$260
(this is the absolute best monitor for competitive gaming)
(the above two monitors are exactly the same, get whichever is cheaper in your region)
edit - just checked that store link, holy crap are the above monitors overpriced, not to mention they don't even have the XL2411T (you'd have to go with the older model, the XL2420T), are there no other computer stores out there? Would it be easier to buy a VG248QE for $260 in America and have it shipped to Australia?

or

Qnix QX2710 - 120Hz - 27" 2560x1440 - 6ms Response Time - PLS Panel - ~$317
(awesome resolution, nice colors, this is a monitor that is better for all around stuff - like general gaming, photo editing, and movie watching)

You can find my write up on the Qnix w/ all links you will need here: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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27" 2560x1440 120Hz PLS for $317

How you may ask? Qnix QX2710 or Qnix QX2710 (Pixel Perfect for $385)


It's a PLS panel (which some say is just Samsung's version of IPS), though the pixels are different from IPS monitors. Some also think PLS has better colors than IPS.

From what I've seen most people easily hit 110Hz, if not 120Hz, as long as you don't have a garbage graphics card.

The bezel is of reasonable size, too bad it's glossy though, I'll be painting mine matte black. Also the anti-glare coating on the monitor is quite light and doesn't degrade the picture quality. Sooo much better than glossy if you ask me, and many others will agree.

Mine came with 1 dead pixel and 1 stuck pixel (likely the stuck pixel can be fixed), I ain't even mad though...the pixels are so god damn small it's quite hard to notice it. I don't have any backlight bleed on mine, some people have experienced bleed, but there is an easy fix.

The downside of the monitor is that the casing is cheap, which ain't that big of a deal to me. Although it is kind of annoying that you have to remove the back panel to take off the stem of the mount (if you want to put this monitor on a monitor stand with arms).

All in all, I'm really happy with mine. Definitely recommend it if you're in the market for basically the best bang for the buck/performance monitor you can buy right now. Also, the shipping from South Korea is so stupidly fast...48 hours, how is that possible? If you're worried about a warranty or it dying you can get a warranty from Square Trade for $50 for 3 year coverage.

Feel free to read user's opinions in the huge Overclock.net threads:
- Original Thread
- Overclock Results
- Monitor Club w/ Optimization Guides

TL;DR
Pros:
-27"
-1440p
-overclockable to 120Hz
-amazing colors
-cheap

Cons:
-cheap casing
-possible backlight bleed (though you can fix on your own)
-cheap monitor stand

or

go god-mode and get both. Why choose? biggrin.gif
Edited by Remmib - 6/2/13 at 2:21am
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So this one is 144Hz, for $479
http://www.computeralliance.com.au/24-asus-vg248qe-3d-led-monitor-with-speakers

Is that the best?

More expensive than I thought, but I know its gunna last a lifetime, so its not like ill be replacing it with a newer model tongue.gif
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Is that the best?

More expensive than I thought, but I know its gunna last a lifetime, so its not like ill be replacing it with a newer model tongue.gif

That is indeed the best monitor for gaming.

Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy it in America for $260 and pay some company to ship it for $100?
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Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy it in America for $260 and pay some company to ship it for $100?

Hadn't thought about it, that' a good idea though, might save a hundred bucks or so thumb.gif

My only concern is, if I had an issue and needed to return it for any reason, would I need to pay return postage?
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So I did some searching online and found out that itll cost anywhere from 120-145 dollars to have it shipped. Being able to buy it between 285-300. Making it a total cost of 405-445 dollars, and that's before converting it to AUD.

I an buy it for 479 here, its quite expensive as you say, but works out only to be approx 20-30 dollars more, which I would gladly pay not having to risk international shipping and problems with returns/warranty.

It was a good idea though, the box is just too big and heavy to be a cheap delivery frown.gif
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Hadn't thought about it, that' a good idea though, might save a hundred bucks or so thumb.gif

My only concern is, if I had an issue and needed to return it for any reason, would I need to pay return postage?

Sorry man, I don't know the answer to that...

But what is the likelihood of a brand new Asus monitor having an issue? Probably fairly small.
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So I did some searching online and found out that itll cost anywhere from 120-145 dollars to have it shipped. Being able to buy it between 285-300. Making it a total cost of 405-445 dollars, and that's before converting it to AUD.

I an buy it for 479 here, its quite expensive as you say, but works out only to be approx 20-30 dollars more, which I would gladly pay not having to risk international shipping and problems with returns/warranty.

It was a good idea though, the box is just too big and heavy to be a cheap delivery frown.gif

Oh yikes, okay then...crazy how they can send a sick monitor from South Korea to America with free shipping and everything only costing $317. How the hell are they doing it so cheaply?!
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Maybe they send in bulk to outlets or something. I wouldn't know tongue.gif

As I said earlier though, atleast it'll be something I'll buy once, and that'll be it.

I'm worried about the reviews on it though, some are saying that the colours are bad and having to spends hours adjusting the colours manually.

Does anyone have the VG248QE that would care to post a short review of it, and if that colours are actually as bad as they say?
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Maybe they send in bulk to outlets or something. I wouldn't know tongue.gif

As I said earlier though, atleast it'll be something I'll buy once, and that'll be it.

I'm worried about the reviews on it though, some are saying that the colours are bad and having to spends hours adjusting the colours manually.

Does anyone have the VG248QE that would care to post a short review of it, and if that colours are actually as bad as they say?

People who say that kinda stuff about the colors...it's just nonsense man. They are comparing the colors to what they have seen on IPS monitors.

They said the same exact thing about my BenQ XL2420T, but the colors are great, right out of the box.

It really ain't that serious, but maybe check out the VG248QE Thread to see what people say.
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