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My current Samsung 2253BW (22" 1680x1050) screen is over eight years old and sometimes emits a very high pitch whine. It's been doing it for some time now and according to the websites I've read it's normal for a screen to emit this until it's received a signal but the damned thing does it even when there's a signal and it can be so annoying I have to turn the screen off and back on repeatedly until the noise has stopped. I take this as a sign that the screen is due for retirement. It was never a great screen and suffers wonderfully from light bleed so I'm looking at replacing it with something larger and higher resolution.

 

Stumbling across the page below I saw some interesting Freesync monitor recommendations. I have also seen some cheap 2K screens that lack Freesync so I'm wondering which one would be the better choice.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1591827/really-low-budget-gaming-monitor-24/0_20#post_24927473

 

LG 25UM56-P 25" 2K 2560x1080

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824025212

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1127945-REG/lg_25um57_p_widescreen_lcd_monitor.html

 

AOC Q2778VQE 27" 2K 2560x1440

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1164165-REG/aoc_q2778vqe_27_quad_led_display.html

 

HKC T7000Pro 27" 2K 2560x1440

http://guide.alibaba.com/t-shop/hkc-hkc-t7000pro-27-inch-top-ah-ips-10-7-billion-colors-2k-high-resolution-computer-monitor_11528063.html

 

1080p Freesync:

Viewsonic 24" 1920x1080 75Hz

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1204620-REG/viewsonic_vx2457_mhd_24_widescreen_led.html

 

Viewsonic 22" 1920x1080 75Hz

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1204619-REG/viewsonic_vx2257_mhd_22_widescreen_led.html

 

Please be aware of the following:

The above screens are merely exampls.

My budget is as close to 200 USD as possible with a maximum of 250 USD coming to about 1500-1600 RMB.

I will be buying off www.Taobao.com due to low availability in shops.

I will play games and watch films on the screen.

 

Keeping in mind that I have a 290 would I be better off with a Freesync screen or a larger 2K screen? I intend to keep this screen for as long as possible and will pass it down when I finally replace it.

 

As you can see I've been looking at 2K as I don't quite understand Freesync but I will buy whatever my fellow OCNers recommend as I know next to nothing about screens.

 

Thanks a lot for any help guys.

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If you plan on keeping your 290 (non-X, I assume?) for awhile longer I would suggest staying at 1080p. If you want FreeSync, the Viewsonic monitors you've cited you probably can't go wrong with. There's another great option for you but at the high end of your budget. The AOC G2460PF is $260 US. It is 144hz FreeSync. This way you can upgrade your graphics card whenever and have the benefit of 144hz and FreeSync. For $200 and under your options are very limited if you want FreeSync (at this time), pretty soon it will be standard and prices could drop even more.

If you decide to go with a 2560 x 1440 monitor, with a 290 you will want FreeSync. It doesn't make 30FPS look like 60FPS, but it eliminates screen tearing during frame rate fluctuations and makes images and graphics much smoother. There is a ton of info out there on the web about FreeSync, just search for it and read up about it and take from it what you will.
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The idea is to keep this 290 (non-X though factory overclocked to X performance) for several years to come, which is basically what I did with the 6870 it replaced. That way I notice a huge jump in performance and also I find myself playing ever fewer games.

 

Some say that 4K on low settings is superior to 1080p at max so I was wondering whether it's the same with 2K. If not and Freesync is the better choice then I'll get a Freesync screen.

 

The AOC G2460PF looks like a delicious screen but it's beyond my reach.

 

Edit: for anyone interested: the screen I've bought is the Veiwsonic VX2457-mhd.

Please see the following thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1592334/vx2457-mhd-freesync-performance-specs-are-very-vague/0_20#post_24946956


Edited by Liranan - 3/1/16 at 6:36am
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