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best monitor under $250 for pc and 360

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So, as the title says I'm looking to get a monitor for both my pc and 360. I have a strict $250 budget so please don't recommend anything above that (unless its on sale).

I need at least 19" and favor quality over size. I had a few monitors in mind. Samsung 2053BW, Acer X223WBD, LG L226WTY-BF and Samsung 931BW. Which of these is best? I'm leaning towards the 2053BW because the 226BW had such a good rep but Ive never heard anything about the others. What do you guys think?

One last question: are there alternatives to using the Microsoft HD VGA cable or is it the only way to connect the 360 to pc. I know I could use a straight HDMI->DVI cable but then how would i get audio?

EDIT: Forgot to add that this will be my first ever LCD screen.
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With the PS3 I can select the audio output, I use HDMI-DVI and hook my speakers up to the AV audio outputs. If you can do that, it would be ideal, heres some links,

I use this as input to my computer, then route the sound through to my speakers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882196031

HDMI- DVI adapter, I use this when using my LCD and bought just an HDMI cable that I can use for my TV as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812226015
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812270117

A pretty nice LCD for the price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001259

I have a samsung 906bw and the picture looks pretty awesome going on a year now.
Edited by accskyman - 5/24/08 at 9:47am
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Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

Great monitor, Great price. I wouldn't get anything else for that price.
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Thanks for the input folks.

I went to a few local stores to compare quality and right now its a toss up between the
LG L226 and the Samsung 2053BW. I think its just going to come down to whichever I can get cheaper. I would prefer the 22" of the LG but at the moment it is $20 more. From what I could tell image quality is nearly the same on both. I preferred the the Samsung by a very slim margin but thats probably because i'm biased. They are both stunning monitors.

As for connecting the xbox, im just going to buy the microsoft hd vga cable.

Again thanks to the two of you for the tips. Il update when i decide to buy which should be in a month or so.
Edited by Filip_the_crusader - 5/24/08 at 8:46pm
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I decided to go for the LG. I figured $20 bucks was a reasonable amount for an extra 2 inches. I'm not terribly picky about screens so Im sure il be super happy with my purchase. I also picked up a Monster DVI cable on sale for $13 (reg. $60)!!!!!
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