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Okaysies.... what is stopping me from getting a good trinitron 21" crt that runs 2048x1536 @ 75hz instead of spending twice as much on a 24" lcd that will do 1920x1200 @60hz. Why do most people make this decision. Where is the lcd going to have the advantage? Contrast ratio? My eyes can see above 60hz, i have tested before on a blindfold a/b c/d type of test with some friends at a shop in indianapolis with a bunch of 60/120 lcd's that didn't believe me. so the fact that the crt runs 1600x1200 at 85hz really appeals to me. But the fact that a lot of people will scoff at me when entering my apartment and that my soon to be crawling/walking children could pull such a beast onto them from above kinda frightens me.

I am getting ready to make my investment and i want to make the right choice and not have buyers remorse...

Also, if i decide to go the lcd route (will take some convincing), i can afford a top of the line 1680x1050 monitor or a midrange 1920x1080/1200. Black levels/contrast and color saturation/vividness as i call it lol, are very important to me and cannot be skimped on. I have a samsung LNT4665fx that it is going to be sitting next to, so it can not pale in comparison to that, and that is asking a lot. Will be running off of my sig rig and i have room and power for 2 more gtx 260 core 216's.
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I would stick with getting a good LCD.

Not only do you get widescreen, but it will save you a lot of space and a bad back from lifting the bugger.
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post #3 of 33
You don't get eye strain with LCD's, as you do with CRT's at higher resolutions. LCD's don't use as much desk space and look better. You also get better picture quality with LCD's compared to CRT's, although this is often down to the DVI cable, which not many CRT's have as they tend to use analogue.
post #4 of 33
If you dont care about looks go for the a CRT. They always have better picture quality, a lot of people dont realize that though.

But if you want your desktop to look nice then go for a LCD. And go for that top of the line 1680x1050.. Resolution IMO isnt all that important (well it is if the difference is huge), but yeah if that 1680 LCD has better contrast ratio etc it will look a lot better.
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Crt's are way to heavy, Recently my 22" crt monitor died on me and god was that thing a brick. had to wiegh ~75lbs or so. But after that i got 2 22" Acer lcd widescreens that I think are absolutely stunning. Now mind you it only does 60hz @ 1680x1050 but for 170$ a piece i couldnt beat that price.
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post #6 of 33
A 21" CRT has only around 19-20" viewable area.

CRT are measured corner-to-corner of the entire front including bezel. LCDs are measured corner-to-corner of only the viewable area.

A 24" LCD has over 60% more viewable area than a 21" CRT.


I have a link in my sig about Response Time with some other CRT vs LCD info.
Edited by DuckieHo - 12/26/08 at 10:46am
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post #7 of 33
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Originally Posted by jinja_ninja View Post
I would stick with getting a good LCD.

Not only do you get widescreen, but it will save you a lot of space and a bad back from lifting the bugger.
and it wont destroy your eyes ... LCD produce far less radiation as CRT as far as i know
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post #8 of 33
I don't think CRT's have any better quality nowadays. Maybe over lower range monitors, but not high end LCD's.
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I went to an LCD 'cause my 21" crt was sucking too much money out of my pocket through the electric bill. Also, as said before, they weigh a lot less so your desk won't have the typical sag it normally would have with a huge crt. I didn't really notice any different quality in the picture or refresh rates, but I don't care too much about that stuff. As long as I can play my games and they look good, I'm happy with that.
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CRT's do have a better image IMO, and awsome response and blacks, but they are heavy, power hungry and take up a lot of space.

LCD's are lighter, smaller (but screen area is bigger), and have gotten much better in response times and blacks (with higher end monitors). I really can not think of any real cons for LCD.
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