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I recently sold my monitor and old computer, so i am looking for a new monitor to order by next week. (Currently using a backup 17" ) My last monitor was a 24" acer 1920x1200. I can not decide which would be the best option to take. I have a budget of about $300-$325 and use this computer primarily for gaming. Here are some decisions i have to make:

1. Do i stay 1900x1200 or drop to 1900x1080. I am worried after being 1200 for a few years that 1080 will look stretched to me.

2. I am a sucker for large screens. I could go up to 27" monitor, but then i am having to give up on the 1900x1200 resolution.

3. Do i get a 120hz 3d monitor. I borrowed a friends 3d vision kit while he was away and fell in love with it. Although not practical for fps shooters playing an rpg really upped the immersion. The problem with this is my $300 dollar monitor will then cost me another $180 for the kit and knowing me i will buy a second gtx 580 to help with the reduced performance 3d uses.

I appreciate your opinions!
thanks
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I would say option 3 but the truth is 3D is still just to expensive.

Id say stick with the 16:10 and get the 1900x1200. This time around look for a LED with a high contrast ratio. I bet that can keep you satisfied for a couple of years.
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For 16:10, you could go for something like the 25.5" ASUS VW266H.

For 27" 16:9, there's the ASUS VE276Q or Samsung P2770FH.

Size wise, there isn't actually a lot of difference between the two, as seen here: http://www.displaywars.com/27-inch-1...5,5-inch-16x10

There aren't many 120Hz monitors that fall in your price range, most are at least $350+ and are also usually 23" 16:9. You'll have to up your budget substantially in order to go the 120Hz/3D route. Just a note, Acer have recently announced the HN274H 3D, which is a 27" LED 120Hz monitor, which is somewhat the best of both worlds. It'll probably cost a lot though, when it comes out.

You're going to have to decide for yourself what you want really, a bigger screen or a 120Hz screen (at least until the HN274H is released). Both have their obvious merits and you're lucky enough to have tried 3D gaming as well so you know first hand what it's like.

I'd always go for image quality first, then size. There's no point having a huge screen if the image looks like ass. I haven't tried any 120Hz monitors so I can't really comment on how good they are, but people who have seem to swear by them.
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