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30" 2560x1600 VS. 32"+ 1080p TV for PC gaming/monitor

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I'm contemplating a monitor upgrade for PC gaming/general use. Currently I have some no name PoS 25" TN panel which has served me decently for 2 years which will most likely end up being used as a secondary monitor.

I would be using it as a main monitor and gaming FPS/MMORPG. I also have a fair amount of 1080p movies on my hard drive. I could also hook up the TV to my dish receiver and watch TV without the need for a tuner card. I don't do video/photo editing or anything like that (so the IPS panel may be wasted on me). However I do have an appreciation for great quality displays.


I've looked at the Dell U3011 and the HP ZR30w. They both seem amazing, however the cost of admission does not. And the cost of 30" IPS has been over $1000 for the past 4 years with no price break in sight. Not to mention I'd probably have to get a high end dual card setup to power that resolution for the high quality settings I wish to game at. For $1400 I could get a 3 x 25" Eyefinity/Surroud setup and still probably have $400 left over. The thing with a tri-monitor setup is, I'm pretty OCD, and I think the bezel divisions would bother me a great deal. Plus I wear glasses, so my peripheral vision is limited.

I was just wondering about a third option. Getting a high quality 32"-42" 1080p TV (possibly LED backlit) and using that as a monitor. My concern is that the pixels would look huge and muddy compared to a 1200p 25", or a 1600p 30".


I already have info on gaming with the 30" IPS panels. My question is, do any of you out there currently have a 30"+ 1080p TV PC gaming setup? How does it perform for gaming and regular PC use? Would you recommend it?

Thanks tongue.gif
Edited by Backfat - 12/27/10 at 12:10pm
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Firstly, if you could fill out your system info (in your user profile) so we know what is in your machine-that'd help us helpers a great deal.

Secondly, what games are you playing primarily?

I'd go for more resolution instead of just bigger. Then again, I already run an Eyefinity rig.
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Well my system right now is a 4+ year old C2D 6600 lol. However next month I'm going to build a 2500k SB rig with either a GTX 570 or CF 6950s (waiting to see how well those 6970 unlocks come along).

I'm going to be playing Bad Company 2 hardcore along with some other games. Maybe a little Crysis 2 when it comes out, and definitely Guild Wars 2.
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I can probably give you the best answer here...

I currently have:

1x 32" 1080p TV as monitor in my main sig rig
2x 24" 1080p monitor in my WS rig
1x 30" DELL 3008WFP 2560x1600 in my Hackintosh rig

As for the 32" TV, it looks great, although I wouldn't go any bigger... It's good to game on from time to time, but I can't really be competitive as opposed to gaming on a 23" or smaller due to sheer size of the screen during FPS... I sit about 18" from the screen itself, and if you want to go bigger, your only option is to distance your desk about 2-3 feet away from the screen for it to be comfortable for regular use...

The 2x or 3x monitor option is great for work, but not so great for gaming... Especially for those games that do not support surround monitors... I have to disable to 2nd monitor, and re-enable everytime, which gets a bit annoying... Also, you would also need a pretty beefy card to run surround monitors with demanding games...

The last option is awesome in everyway, if you GPU can handle the resolution... Yes, you're right... You would need to SLI or CF some beefy cards, and even at that, you probably won't be able to get great frame rates in any demanding games... As much as I invested in the monitor, I thought I would not miss the dually though, and I do... I understand where you are coming from in terms of OCD, but in my experience, as long as the monitors are the same brand and model, it never really bothered me that much. As great as it is to have enough resolution to fit multi windows on a same screen, nothing beats for me the idea of having two separate workspaces for different tasks...

Conclusion is...

If gaming is what you are after, go for the 32" TV option... If work is what you seek, then do the surround monitors...
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What about a 42" Plasma (they really don't make em any smaller I guess)? I've read articles saying that plasma are better for gaming due to less image ghosting/frame blur. They are also cheaper than similar sized LCDs.

Something like this http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+VIERA+42%22+Class+/+1080p+/+600Hz+/+Plasma+HDTV/9761068.p?skuId=9761068&id=1218168619373#tabbed-customerreviews

My only concern is people say plasmas can have image persistence issues if you leave the same thing on screen for a long period of time. Which I would using it as a monitor. I often have firefox on the screen for hours on end, not to mention the Windows taskbar at the bottom. I've even had image persistence problems on my 25" LCD where I had the Firefox toolbar burned into the screen and had to leave a white screen on for like 12 hours for it to disappear. However some say that this isn't as much of a problem as it used to be in the past.

Maybe my best bet is probably to just buy one from a big box store and just return it if I'm not happy eh?
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