Originally Posted by DaFaRsHeR
Remember if you want to truely upgrade so that your purchase lasts for some time and you get value for money you can run your new 1440P monitor at 1080P or lower resolution in game back off some settings and use FXAA instead of MSAA for BF3 and any other FPS. Then when you either decide to SLI with another GTX470 (probably not worth it due to the VRAM on your card) or upgrade to a more powerful card with higher VRAM) you will have a stunning experience rather than just plain old 1080P which will be old tech very soon indeed!
This is on sale at newegg at the moment (it is the same PLS LED panel that I own): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236294
Admittedly $50 over budget but u get what u pay for!
(NB: this monitor uses PWM if you are sensitive to this, best not buy it)!
A lot of games only run in 1080, and running them on a 1200 or 1440 monitor actually makes them worse (Blizzard games, for example) due to black bars, stretching, etc. And you get way more value with ~$100-200 monitors, paying an almost 100% price increase for an extra 1-4 inches and a few hundred pixels is hardly what I would call as 'value'. Like why in the world would you buy a 1440p monitor if the games you play are 1080, just buy a 1080 monitor and use the rest of the money on your gf or gpu or bbq.
Monitors, and GPUs, have very good resale value, I wouldn't worry about 'future proofing', that's just silly. If all you play is BF3 or SC2 for the next 10 years then the monitor will easily last you 10 years, not to mention they'll still hold their own very well for the foreseeable future (it's like people saying 4 years to go to buy the AMD 6 cores when we are just starting to see mainstream 4-core support and only 3 games use 6 cores right now, all AAA titles that are heavily GPU driven that still run 100+ FPS on 4 cores).
please enlighten me how did i paid 2 times the price for a 27" monitor ? I refuse to buy a no-name brand or something from unknown source without warranty wheil all these stories of DOA and dead pixels flying around.
I did my research and my asus was a clear winner for 27" non-3D monitor.
I didn't proclaim you did, I know very little about monitors and I think I've made it clear I have just as many questions as the OP. That said, someone saying "Well I bought X so therefore I'm going to recommend it, it's awesome!" is some of the worst advice you can give. There's no frame of reference.
It's like the asrock z77 extreme4. It works just fine. But it's quality is more like a board half the price, and similarly priced boards are twice as good, literally. People go around recomending the extreme4 because it's what they bought and use, even though they've never used any other board.
Now I'm sure the Asus monitor you bought is a good monitor, Asus is a good brand in general, but it's arguable if it's the best monitor (it might be, I don't know). But recommending it just because it works for you in the very non-intensive stuff you likely do isn't really helpful, it's like people recommending high end motherboards when all they do is some low, 4.4ghz overclock that doesn't really push the board. It's like if I were to recommend a sports car to an F1 racer because it's what I use.
You may very well be right, but based on the comment alone that you gave, it wasn't helpful. If you were more in-depth, that'd be more helpful. There's a lot of mediocre asus monitors too. But...
? I refuse to buy a no-name brand or something from unknown source without warranty wheil all these stories of DOA and dead pixels flying around.
This comments makes me wonder if you know what you are talking about here. I mean what no-name brand monitors are there? DOA items exist for anything
that's electronic or manufacturered, especially if it's both, and even hand-made items can be flawed. It's the nature of electronics and manufactrered items. Just because some [strike]monitors[/strike] electronics are DOA, doesn't mean it's a bad product. ALL monitors, inlcuding your Asus, has DOAs. Until quantum physics is better understood, there will always be DOA's, dead pixels, etc every once in a while.
And every monitor I know of, has warranties. Most of the time, companies will cover warranty on used products, they dont ask for receipt, etc (Dell and Asus, for example).
well everyone entitled to their opinion, with monitors and TVs I'd rather go to a local store, and buy it from their, if anything happened, if the device was defective, I'll drive back their and exchange it right away, no RMA, and no shipping no waiting,
this is my opinion, this is how I see things. if you have other thoughts please share it with me and everyone else here.
Yes, but the problem is when it's no longer 'opinion' and becomes just 'misinformed'. Opinion is something like preferring matte to glossy screens. Misinformed would be saying something like you want to buy at a local store due to RMA and shipping issues - Dell, Asus, and companies like Newegg, Frys, Amazon, will actually pay for return shipping on RMAs (you may have to call them or email them first, not a big deal). If anything, you are more than likely to have an issue with a local store (and what about gas and time? Why not just print the label, put it outside for the mailman to pick up, and it's back to the manufacturer in 2-3 business days?).
I mean there are good reasons to buy things local, particularly monitors, but your claim about RMA and warranty being easier with local stores is absurd. All that your local store is going to do is wrap it up themselves and ship it to Dell, Asus, etc. Oh, and this is only if you paid the 'Extended Warranty' crap, that you have to be an absolute and complete sucker to buy (besides the original 10-30 day return period most stores have). I seriously hope you don't get those, why buy those when manufacturer warranties exist and are often way better.
, plus it requires either a lot of GPU power or a reduction in game quality settings in order to play most modern games at 100+hz.
Yea, I honestly don't know of any modern or semi-modern game you'd play where your minimum FPS would be above 80+ to justify 120/144hz monitors, unless you play lots of single player games (who does that?). Especially CPU-driven games, SC2 came out like 4 years ago but on a 5ghz i7 Ivy you still see minimum fps in the 40s... on 720p, and in 1v1 (speaking from experience, most people didn't believe me that I had 40+ minimums in SC2 so it's not like it was me, you can search sc2 benches).
I'm here because I really don't know much, I have a lot of questions, but there are a few things I know (ie that newegg and asus and dell are trustworthy, dont need to know about monitors to know that). Any hostility is merely my passion on the subject, so don't take offense El-Fuego if you perceive any.