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I just got an Asus VG248QE and am now wishing I did more research. I was looking for a PC monitor and prioritized gaming use for it, but I feel that I went to far into the "gaming optimized" side of the PC monitor spectrum. Going from using my Samsung LED TV for my PC, the picture quality of the VG248QE is not good enough for me. Also, having thought about the types of gaming I play, I doubt that I would have the reflexes to recognize the extremely low refresh rate and input lag that the monitor offers.

So I'm back on the market looking for a good all-around PC monitor. What I'm looking for is:
  • <$250 USD
  • 4-5ms response time (lower would obviously be accepted, but I would prioritize better picture quality over it)
  • 1080p resolution (I'm not willing to bump up to 1440p as my GPU wouldn't be able to handle it and I prioritize a locked-in 60fps over better visuals/higher resolution)
  • "Good" picture quality - What bothers me most about the VG248QE is how extremely washed out blacks looked. My 1080p movies also looked very blurry compared to my HDTV.

I guess I'm looking for whatever TN panel offers the best image quality or an IPS that has relatively low response time. Sorry if my requirements are vague - I guess what I'm asking for is a monitor that is decent in all respects and not a master of any one certain characteristic.
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How is this monitor: ASUS MX279H?

It's recommended as a gaming PC monitor on pcmonitors.info (which seems to be a site trusted by users on this forum and other PC forums). The site comments on the monitor as having a good looking IPS screen and having hardly any input lag (which makes me okay with the "out of my requirements" 6ms response time). No comment if there is any ghosting, which I am okay with unless its worse than your average PC monitor.

[Edit] Sorry, I got confused when looking through all the possible monitors that I wanted to get and link the 27" version of this monitor. I meant to link the 23" version of this monitor. pcmonitors.info has the 27" version in it's recommendation list, but I would assume that the 23" would be comparable in picture quality.
Edited by Andorski - 8/23/13 at 5:59pm
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How is this monitor: ASUS MX279H?

It's recommended as a gaming PC monitor on pcmonitors.info (which seems to be a site trusted by users on this forum and other PC forums). The site comments on the monitor as having a good looking IPS screen and having hardly any input lag (which makes me okay with the "out of my requirements" 6ms response time). No comment if there is any ghosting, which I am okay with unless its worse than your average PC monitor.

That monitor will look much better because it's IPS. You are going to loose the high 144hz of the old monitor going to IPS which is 60hz, but if you don't mind that you will be good to go picture wise.
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Have you considered 27" monitors?
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Have you considered 27" monitors?
I would like to keep my monitor around 24". I live in a small apartment and my desk is set up in a way where my head is barely more than a foot and a half away from the screen. I feel like a bigger monitor would be an uncomfortable viewing experience. Also, I've read that at 27" the recommended resolution would be 1440p. My GPU would not be able to handle that resolution and keep the 60fps that I try to lock in when mucking around the graphical settings of the games I play.
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