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Poll Results: Which displays and display setups do you recommend given my system specs?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 66% of voters (2)
    Asus VG248QE
  • 33% of voters (1)
    BenQ XL2420T/TX
  • 0% of voters (0)
    BenQ XL2720T/TX
  • 33% of voters (1)
    Overlord Tempest X270OC - Grade A
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Samsung S23A700D
  • 0% of voters (0)
    Other (please describe)
  • 33% of voters (1)
    3x 23-24" displays (choose only one out of this or one of the two below, please)
  • 33% of voters (1)
    1x 27" display (choose only one out of this or the one above and below, please)
  • 0% of voters (0)
    3x 27" displays (choose only one out of this or one of the two above, please)
3 Total Votes  
post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 
Evenin' folks. Now that I have most of my system together, I'm pretty much just left with the case, watercooling stuff, and upgrading from my single Hannspree 23" SL231 monitor. Since my signature is in a state of flux, here are said system's specs.

CPU: i7 2600k
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene
Memory: 16GB Samsung 1600MHz wonder ram
Graphics: 2x GTX 680 2GB
Power: Seasonic SS-860 Platinum
Storage: 1x Samsung 830 SSD


Most of my gaming is FPS, so the high refresh rate matters to me. The LightBoost feature also interests me. though I haven't seen it in person. The most likely candidates are listed below. 3D isn't important to me. Setups can be all horizontal or all portrait; I haven't really decided on that yet. Bigger monitors will likely be in portrait for the sake of space on the desk.


Asus VG248QE (LB)
BenQ XL2420T/TX (LB)
BenQ XL2720T/TX (LB)
Overlord Tempest X270OC - Grade A (no LB)
Samsung S23A700D (LB hackable)


The 27" monitors are pushing my per-display budget a bit, and I'll only really consider them if their bezels are very thin or can be removed per CallsignVega's service. Otherwise, you guys are much better versed in what all is out there and coming up. Hopefully I've given you guys a good enough idea of what I'm looking for.
    
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i7 2600k Asus ROG Maximus V Gene Reference EVGA GTX 680 (1306 / 7204) Reference EVGA GTX 680 SC (1280 / 7160) 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
16GB Samsung 'Green' 1600 DDR3 (MV-3V4G3D/US) Samsung 830 256GB Noctua U12P SE2 w/ AP14s P-P Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hannspree 23" SL231 LED Logitech G710+ Seasonic SS-860XP2 Platinum Cardboard box & motherboard tray 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Dying Razer Death Adder Desktop Schiit Magni + Optical Modi Swan M50W 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 600 Samson Meteor Mic w/ pop filter 
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i7 2600k Asus ROG Maximus V Gene Reference EVGA GTX 680 (1306 / 7204) Reference EVGA GTX 680 SC (1280 / 7160) 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
16GB Samsung 'Green' 1600 DDR3 (MV-3V4G3D/US) Samsung 830 256GB Noctua U12P SE2 w/ AP14s P-P Windows 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hannspree 23" SL231 LED Logitech G710+ Seasonic SS-860XP2 Platinum Cardboard box & motherboard tray 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Dying Razer Death Adder Desktop Schiit Magni + Optical Modi Swan M50W 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 600 Samson Meteor Mic w/ pop filter 
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Alright, so the best high-refreshrate monitor currently available is the Asus VG248QE. Those in a tri-setup (when debezeled) is pretty cool. Let me just say that it is not difficult at all for you to debezel those monitors yourself. Vega's price is waaay too high for simple debezelling.

The BenQ XL2420T and XL2720T aren't really worth owning due to the price/performance of the VG248QE.

The Overlord X270OC is also egregiously overpriced, I've owned one before, and was quite disappointed. The best options for 27" 1440p 120Hz is the Qnix QX2710 for ~$310, you can read my write up of that monitor by clicking the spoiler below.
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Originally Posted by Remmib 
27" 2560x1440 120Hz PLS for $310

How you may ask? Qnix QX2710 (Pixel Perfect )


It's a PLS panel (which 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

The Qnix QX2710 is easy to debezel (as in removing the outer plastic casing), but where the real trickiness comes in is getting the debezelled version of the monitor VESA mount compatible. I think I am the first person to have a debezelled Qnix, and I will be posting that guide later today or tomorrow. It took quite a bit of work and running around to different hardware shops to figure out the solution for that. I also painted the Qnix bezels matte black and it looks really nice (the actual panel bezel is only 1cm!). I can imagine 3 of them would look absolutely sick...but it certainly would require a lot of horsepower to do 1440p @ 120Hz in Eyefinity...but still any time you're above that 60FPS mark, you're seeing the benefits of 120Hz. Not to mention much more smoothness in video playback and general computing.

I think the triple VG248QE is probably the best option for you as an FPS gamer, but if you aren't an incredibly competitive player who plays in paid-leagues of one of the three following games (Counter-Strike: GO, Team Fortress 2, Quake Live), then I do not believe it is as necessary and would probably lean towards a triple debezelled Qnix QX2710 set up, and you'd be the first person in the world to have that setup as well.

Lemme know if you need any more help. I can provide you with the instructions to debezel the VG248QE yourself, but if you are really too scared to do it then I would be willing to offer Vega's service for much much less.
Edited by Remmib - 6/19/13 at 7:09pm
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2600k Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 GTX 460 SC G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 Crucial M4 OCZ Agility 3 Seagate 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H100 Win7 BenQ XL2420T Qnix QX2710 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Leopold Otaku Corsair AX850 Corsair Obsidian 650D Zowie EC1 eVo & Razer Mamba 
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(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600k Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 GTX 460 SC G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 Crucial M4 OCZ Agility 3 Seagate 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H100 Win7 BenQ XL2420T Qnix QX2710 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Leopold Otaku Corsair AX850 Corsair Obsidian 650D Zowie EC1 eVo & Razer Mamba 
Mouse PadAudio
SteelSeries QCK+ & SteelSeries Experience I-2 Harmon Kardon 2.1 & Logitech G930 
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