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I'm building a rig i7-4930k, SLI GTX 780 and I wanted three 120hz monitors @ 1920x1080 ~23'' anyone have any suggestions? relatively cheap-normal price range (nothing overpriced)
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Asus VG248QE
    
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Is there a real difference between 144hz and 120hz? Would it be much cheaper to go with 120hz or is it one of those things where the price difference makes it to where you might as well get the 144hz?
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Originally Posted by iPDrop View Post

Is there a real difference between 144hz and 120hz? Would it be much cheaper to go with 120hz or is it one of those things where the price difference makes it to where you might as well get the 144hz?

You don't want that monitor because it's 144Hz, you want it because it has LightBoost (which operates @ 120hz). Although I have not seen it first hand, I don't think there is a very discernable difference between 144hz and 120hz. Running at 144hz may degrade the color further. Anyway, the LightBoost feature is the biggest point here. You get even more motion clarity than non-LB 120hz. The VG248QE is known as pretty much the best 120hz gaming monitor around. The colors aren't spectacular (don't consider doing critical photo work, etc on this panel) but are improved a bit with the newer nvidia drivers and some of the .icc profiles floating around. If you're only going to be gaming, the colors shouldn't be a big deal - hell, you may not even see anything wrong with them unless you're coming from a decently calibrated IPS or the like. With that aside, these panels will give you the smoothest gaming experience available, period.

You're going high end with the 4930k and SLI 780s - don't skimp on the displays to save a few bucks. Get a panel that can take advantage of the other hardware you spent a lot of coin on to enjoy. That's how I see it anyway. I also have SLI 780s, and am planning to upgrade to a 4930k when it comes out. I'm either going 3x VG248QE's in portrait or one of those Korean 1440p and hope I get one that OC's to 120hz... just can't decide if I can deal with the bezels.

Anyway, you can get 3 of the Asus's for roughly 750 + shipping, that's a pretty good deal in my book considering my last two 120hz monitors cost me 650 and 500 respectively, for just one panel.
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Well said, thanks.
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Also, it's worth noting, that the VG248QE is fairly easy to debezel, so it will look great in eyefinity with small overlapped bezels.

There are pics in this thread - http://www.overclock.net/t/1397263/the-official-debezelled-monitor-club/0_40
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+1 for the Asus VG248QE, once you get used to no motion blur lightboost gaming is kind of hard to go back; specially if you play FPS games. Also it's one of the cheapest 120hz+ panels available.
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+1 for the Asus VG248QE, once you get used to no motion blur lightboost gaming is kind of hard to go back; specially if you play FPS games. Also it's one of the cheapest 120hz+ panels available.

Some surprising new information:

For higher quality LightBoost surround, CallSignVega has switched to surround 27" panels instead. It's known that the 27" LightBoost monitors have twice as much contrast (during LightBoost) than the 24" LightBoost monitors. Far more expensive, but if one wants reduced LightBoost color quality degradation (relative to non-LightBoost), I now recommend VG278HE's or XL2720T's. The 27" 120Hz panel actually is apparently slight more colorshift-resistant than the VG248QE (not much, but by a little. The VG248QE panel undergoes LCD inversion at a narrower angle). This is just about enough to outweigh the 27" size increase over 24", turning the 27"-increased-shift-risk into a non-risk, apparently.

For price, VG248QE is better. Only $750 to get a surround setup.
For better LightBoost color, VG278HE or XL2720T is better. Would cost $1200-$1350 for a surround setup.
More expensive but twice as much LightBoost contrast (better LightBoost color).

For a list of LightBoost-compatible panels, see 120Hz monitors list.
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