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Hello Everyone,

I'm on the lookout for a new monitor. I am coming from a VG236HE 120Hz TN panel and I really really liked the 120Hz settings. Everything looked a lot smoother compared to normal 60Hz and I actually notice a difference now when I compare monitors. I didn't have a problem with the color or blacks of my old monitor and I usually sit directly in front of the monitor with my setup.

I tried using 3D Vision 2 glasses with the old monitor but I don't think active 3d agrees with my eyes that well and everything was way too dark. Also, 23.6" wasn't very immersive.

I have a LG 47" 3DTV in my room that does passive 3D so I use that for movie/video watching and I use my monitor primarily for gaming and office/programming related stuff.

Its been a while since I've kept up with everything and I hear a lot about IPS panels and how they are great for picture quality and color reproduction. However, I see that they do have high pixel response times and they don't offer 120Hz so I'm kinda sad about that.

I usually play League of Legends, CS:GO, BF3 and all the new games that come out so I hope you guys can suggest me something that is good. I don't think I want a 2560x1xxx monitor due to me liking my high fps in games. I plan to get a GTX 780 so I can sustain 100+fps in normal games with the exception of a few. I am open to suggestions and I'm willing to pay upto XL2720T money for it.

So far I have been recommended the XL2720T, XL2420T/X, VG278H/E. I'm looking for a decent picture quality upgrade with respect to the VG236HE I had but still looking for the nice buttery smooth feel.

Please help me
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All of the newer 120-144hz monitors are a downgrade in terms of color quality compared to the VG236HE, especially the BenQ's which also have more 2D ghosting.

Unless you plan on using lightboost (be prepared for a major color quality downgrade) don't bother.

http://www.blurbusters.com/zero-motion-blur/lightboost/

The only 120-144hz monitor with similar color quality is the Samsung S27A950D but it would mainly just be a size upgrade.

If you want a color quality upgrade go with an overclockable Qnix/X-Star PLS panel

http://www.overclock.net/t/1384767/official-the-korean-pls-monitor-club-qnix-x-star
Edited by MenacingTuba - 6/4/13 at 12:04pm
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The best choice would honestly be two screens :
A 24" IPS pannel for general purpose such as Dell, HP, etc.
And a second monitor solely for gaming such as Asus or Benq.
There is no perfect monitor, the day there is an IPS pannel with decent color uniformity, 120Hz and below 5ms, I'll sure jump on it.
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I have the s27a950D at work and it is freaking amazing. Way better than my old monitor. I'm going to buy this! Getting it for 550$
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I have the s27a950D at work and it is freaking amazing. Way better than my old monitor. I'm going to buy this! Getting it for 550$
Don't forget to also test out the Samsung Zero Motion Blur HOWTO with this monitor.

Samsungs have much better color than most LightBoost monitors, and it has a strobe backlight mode (3D cross talk reduction strobe backlights are also automatically motion blur elimination backlights.)
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