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Guys, I'm one step closer to my COD4 on widescreen goal. Got my PSU today, now the next thing I got to get really is the vid card and the monitor. Would you guys suggest 20 or 22 inch? They both have the same native res, but I just want some opinions.
 
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I personally like the larger size over the larger resolution. I got a 27-inch monitor with a native of 1920x1200. It has a lower DPI than a 24-inch, which often also run the 1920x1200 resolution. What size monitor you decide on will likely have something to do with how far from it you sit. If you sit a foot away from it, you may opt for the 20-inch. If you sit a meter away, you may opt for the 22-inch. It would not be a bad idea to make a card-board mock-up of both and compare the two. See which feels more "right" to you.
     
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I personally like the larger size over the larger resolution. I got a 27-inch monitor with a native of 1920x1200. It has a lower DPI than a 24-inch, which often also run the 1920x1200 resolution. What size monitor you decide on will likely have something to do with how far from it you sit. If you sit a foot away from it, you may opt for the 20-inch. If you sit a meter away, you may opt for the 22-inch. It would not be a bad idea to make a card-board mock-up of both and compare the two. See which feels more "right" to you.
Ahh, the cardboard thing would be a good idea. Well when I play games it'll probably be a foot or two away, but I also watch movies and stuff on it too.
 
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When it comes to peripherals where your own senses are concerned (i.e., monitors, keyboards, mice, even sound cards and speaker/headphone systems), I feel the best person who can answer questions is oneself. This is, of course, quite easy when it comes to all but sound cards and speaker/headphone combinations.

The first step in trying to find a solution is to start with your budget; this will initiate the process of elimination. Once you have a budget, the next step is to then try to research likely candidates as thoroughly as possible (reviews, user experiences, and the like). Finally comes the "test drive," where you try to see the monitors in action.

Viewing distance, as Blitz has mentioned, is an oft-neglected factor in monitor-purchase decision making. Also, try to see if the monitor is as adjustable as possible; often, you need to tune monitors to get them displaying things to your liking.

At any rate, trust your senses most of all. It's one thing if one person says things about a product; if you simply don't agree with his/her opinion, then that's good too, because you're the one making the decision and the one spending the money.

Good luck!
    
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When it comes to peripherals where your own senses are concerned (i.e., monitors, keyboards, mice, even sound cards and speaker/headphone systems), I feel the best person who can answer questions is oneself. This is, of course, quite easy when it comes to all but sound cards and speaker/headphone combinations.

The first step in trying to find a solution is to start with your budget; this will initiate the process of elimination. Once you have a budget, the next step is to then try to research likely candidates as thoroughly as possible (reviews, user experiences, and the like). Finally comes the "test drive," where you try to see the monitors in action.

Viewing distance, as Blitz has mentioned, is an oft-neglected factor in monitor-purchase decision making. Also, try to see if the monitor is as adjustable as possible; often, you need to tune monitors to get them displaying things to your liking.

At any rate, trust your senses most of all. It's one thing if one person says things about a product; if you simply don't agree with his/her opinion, then that's good too, because you're the one making the decision and the one spending the money.

Good luck!
Yeah, I'm gonna go for 22" because of the movies I watch from netflix and such. I like the idea of having more DPI. You guys care to recommend some? The card I plan to go for is the hd4850, so a monitor under $300 prefferably. I've been looking at a Samsung on newegg that's $280 and 2ms, so it'll have good response to FPS's.
 
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I personally prefer the Acer line-up. I think their 22 incher is like $199....great price / performance there. Samsungs are great screens and all....but I can't stand to pay THAT much for a monitor.
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Be careful about those numbers: each manufacturer labels them differently. 2ms gray-to-gray may be great with grayscales, but ghost terribly with color gradients. My best piece of advice is go to every, any, and all stores in the area that sells monitors. Look at them all. Poke with them. Play with them. Change the screen saver passwords on the wage slaves... And then when you find the one you want, THEN go to an etailer to buy it.

Seeing is believing. No amount of reviews can tell you what YOUR eyes will see.
     
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Be careful about those numbers: each manufacturer labels them differently. 2ms gray-to-gray may be great with grayscales, but ghost terribly with color gradients. My best piece of advice is go to every, any, and all stores in the area that sells monitors. Look at them all. Poke with them. Play with them. Change the screen saver passwords on the wage slaves... And then when you find the one you want, THEN go to an etailer to buy it.

Seeing is believing. No amount of reviews can tell you what YOUR eyes will see.
Yeah, sounds like a trip to best buy again is needed . What about that company Hanns-G? When I went into best buy, the best looking monitors were the HD Gateways, the Samsungs, and the Hanns-G's, and then the Dells and a few others were right behind it. Only thing is that they just have screensavers running on them all the time.
 
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I got my Samsung 22" for $145 at best buy (actually I tipped my dad off, and he picked two up )
I do have one dead pixel (maroonish) but it only shows up when light colors are supposed to go there. It's up near the top, if a window is maximized its in the title bar (whatever it's called).
I'd wait for a clearance sale at Best Buy.
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My next monitor/tablet purchase Cintiq 21UX
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