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I'm not very savvy with monitors so I'm looking for some advice.

I'd like to upgrade from my current 24" 1080p 60hz monitor, to something for heavy gaming/coding. For the majority I play FPS and have been thinking of a 144hz monitor but not sure what the whole fuzz is about, so if somebody would kindly tldr what would be best for gaming would be great. I've been thinking of something in between 24"-27" for the size, I'd like to try the whole 120/144hz thing out, and for resolution not sure something 1080+.

I've also been wondering how something like a 144hz monitor works, as in how many constant fps do I need to actually put the 144hz to use?

My specs are down below, I plan on adding another 680 to my rig at the same time of the purchase of my new monitor.

Thanks
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The 120hz and 144hz monitors offer a "smoother" game play experience than the traditional 60hz displays. To make use of the higher refresh rates, you will have to have a gpu strong enough to keep the frame rate high enough to make it worth the purchase. Since you said you are getting another 680, you should have plenty of gpu power to keep the frames above 120 in the majority of games at 1080p.

The difference between 120hz and 60hz varies from person to person. There are some that claim they can't tell a difference at all. To them, I say they need to see an eye doctor. I used to have a 120hz monitor and I could clearly tell that games were more fluid, especially in fast moving games, such as first person shooters.

If you are looking at a monitor with a larger screen area, such as a 1440p display, your options are more limited when dealing with above 60hz refresh rates. There are 1440p monitors that can be "overclocked" to around 120hz, but those are normally a bit more pricey and may not be worth the extra money to you. In my opinion, a 60hz 1440p monitor is better for my uses than a 1080p 120/144hz display, but everybody is different. I'd suggest checking out the Asus 144hz monitor club here on OCN and the overclockable 27" 1440p clubs to get a better idea of the pro's and con's of each type of monitor. IIRC, there is a new 27" 1440p display coming out soon that natively uses DP and is fully capable of a 120hz refresh rate. I don't remember the brand of the monitor so you should check in the OCN monitor section for more details. Good luck!
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I too am looking to upgrade my monitor soon, thinking about 1440p, but not seeing a whole lot in the 60hz+ range. Am willing to add in a third 670 ftw if need be. I am not a competitive gamer, but if I can get a better res and higher fps I would like it.
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Im considering getting a 1440p 60hz 'overclockable' monitor in the near future. (Korean PLS)

That could be a way to go as they are pretty darn cheap in comparison to others. Only drawback is some of them have washed out colours and pixel problems on arrival...
A number of people can OC theirs to 120Hz. Around 90% of people can get theirs to 96Hz which is still pretty darn good.
Check out the Korean monitor club on here if your interested. They all know a lot more about it than me.
They only have a 27" variant anyway...

If your interested this could be a good read:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1384767/official-the-korean-pls-monitor-club-qnix-x-star
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Originally Posted by DesktopDoctorNZ View Post

Im considering getting a 1440p 60hz 'overclockable' monitor in the near future. (Korean PLS)

That could be a way to go as they are pretty darn cheap in comparison to others. Only drawback is some of them have washed out colours and pixel problems on arrival...
A number of people can OC theirs to 120Hz. Around 90% of people can get theirs to 96Hz which is still pretty darn good.
Check out the Korean monitor club on here if your interested. They all know a lot more about it than me.
They only have a 27" variant anyway...

If your interested this could be a good read:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1384767/official-the-korean-pls-monitor-club-qnix-x-star
You can buy "pixel perfect" versions of the same monitor for a small fee. I'd highly recommend purchasing that, as having a dead/stuck pixel is one of the most annoying things ( to me at least). There is a version that uses display port only instead of dvi only that either just came out or is coming out soon that you should look at. Once I read some reviews from people here that have one I may consider buying one myself as my monitor only goes up to 65hz.
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You can buy "pixel perfect" versions of the same monitor for a small fee. I'd highly recommend purchasing that, as having a dead/stuck pixel is one of the most annoying things ( to me at least). There is a version that uses display port only instead of dvi only that either just came out or is coming out soon that you should look at. Once I read some reviews from people here that have one I may consider buying one myself as my monitor only goes up to 65hz.

Small fee... Isnt it like another hundred dollars.
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Small fee... Isnt it like another hundred dollars.
I think mine was less than fifty bucks. Well worth it in my opinion.
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I think mine was less than fifty bucks. Well worth it in my opinion.
Well in that case Yea it would be a good idea if it comes out to be that much. I read on some other thread that he got charged like 109 dollars. Might have been a different seller.
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