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Unless there's a bigger badder monitor then the 2560 x 1600 30" ones. It would be nice to have a lot of connections, but not necessary. Also, I don't want a ridiculous price (well, for a 30" monitor I mean), and thus the Apple Cinema display is out of the question. I'm just looking for the best price/performance monitor.
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I'd go with the Samsung, with the Dell as a close second. I think either is a great choice.
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That IMO is the best 30inch monitor. But it is expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001266
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I haven't seen/heard anything about that Samsung (then again, it's $4600 so out of your range anyway). The NEC is popular though
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=lcd3090wqxi

I'd also go with the Dell over the Samsung 305T. The 305 uses a S-PVA panel while the Dell has an S-IPS. The Dell will look better and have lower image delay than the Samsung.
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There's two dells, the 3007, and the 3008. Which one is better and which one were you saying would look better and have a lower image delay? It's kind of hard to tell which monitor you guys mean when you say "the dell" or "the samsung" as there's more than one of each. Both samsungs are out of my range anyways, one's too expensive, the other is out of stock. It looks like I'll be getting a Dell, unless anyone wants to convince me otherwise (such as why that NEC would be better than one of the Dells), as it's been suggested twice. But which one?

Also, an HD4850 should be able to handle a 30" monitor, right? Any game that it wont be able to max out, besides Crysis?
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I was talking about the 3007 (both the hc and regular should have the same performance, but the HC is better for ARGB work) specifically, but the 3008 should have the same IPS panel. The 3008 may have higher image delay (maybe due to some extra processing?).

At 30", I would seriously consider a 4870. A 4850 will be fine for nearly all current games, but may not be enough for future games at that resolution. Though, if you have a crossfire capable board, a 4850 is probably your best bet right now. The 4850 won't max out (60+fps with full AA/AF) most games at that resolution, but they'll certainly be playable.
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post #7 of 32
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Not quite sure I'll need AA/AF. I'm upgrading to a CF motherboard when the Nahalems (or something groundbreaking from AMD, though it doesn't look like it) come out.

Do blu-ray movies play full screen on this resolution without resizing? Do any movies? Or am I forced to watch resized movies?

Also, what's the difference between HC and regular?

EDIT: Not sure I'll need AA/AF at that reso.
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The difference between HC and non-HC is the gamut. The HC displays 92% of the NTSC color space. It's not too useful except in print-target media or if you work with the adobe rgb color space a lot. The color will be slightly off for most things unless you use an ICC profile (digitalversus has one available). I'm not sure if the original 3007 is HDCP compliant, but I know the HC version is.

The 3008 apparently has a scaler built in, so it accepts other resolutions and inputs. The 3007 has no scaler and afaik, can only display 2 resolutions (1280x800 and 2560x1600) over DVI. This isn't a problem if you're only using it as a PC monitor as your video card can do the scaling for you. However, if you want to hook up a console or the like, you'll be limited to 720p. The 3008 also has a bunch of other input options other than DVI-D. I'm almost 100% certain that the 3008 and 3007wfp-hc are the same as far as the color space goes. 1080p is 1920x1080, so movies are going to be scaled one way or another: either by your monitor or your video card. I'm not certain if the 3008 can do 16:9 resolutions, but it should be able to at least do 1:1 pixel mapping. This will leave small black bars at the top and bottom of the screen since the monitor itself has a 16:10 aspect ratio.

If you're upgrading to Nehalem or similar, you should be just fine with the 4850. It'll probably last you at least 8 months before you feel the pinch by new games. You may try finding a review that features the min fps of the games you play to see if the 4850 is enough. Every review I've found has the 4850 with perfectly playable fps though.
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post #9 of 32
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So is the 3008 worth the extra...what is it...$600?

Also, is there anyway to get movies to the full size of 2560x1600 with out resizing? I mean, I suppose stealing the originals and converting would be an option, but I'd rather not go to jail. Aren't DVD's able to be ripped at a higher resolution than they're displayed on a TV at? I mean, HD TVs aren't going to stay at 1080p, they can't really expect Blu-ray to last if it's max is 1080p...can they?

And for the movie watcher and game player that I am, do you think I'll need the HC version? I might jump into some 3d modeling with Maya, and decoding/encoding movies (where the monitor wont matter, will it?), but that's as deep as my uses will probably go.
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post #10 of 32
There's really no reason to go for the original 3007wfp over the 3007wfp-hc. You'd have to find it used or on ebay.

If the monitor is only going to be hooked up to your PC, then I'd go for the 3007 over the 3008 as you wouldn't be using the scaler or additional inputs of the 3008 anyway. If you're going to hook up game consoles, you'll probably want the 3008. Whether it's worth it is really up to you...if you're fine with 720p for consoles and other consumer devices on the 30", you can stay with the 3007.

DVD (NTSC) resolution is 720x480. Transcoding it to a higher resolution won't give you anything except maybe a larger file size and most likely worse quality. 1080p is the max resolution on Blu-ray disks. You can play them at higher resolutions, but that'll usually be through a software scaler on your pc. Just as if you were watching a DVD on a PC, going to fullscreen would resize the 720x480 to whatever your screen's resolution is. There's no extra information there, just some post-processing done by the player.
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