Originally Posted by Droogie
Title basically says it all. I've posted a few questions regarding monitors on here, and I'm just left undecided. Right now, I'm using a 22" Hanns-G that does 1680x1050. I'm pretty happy with it. Colors look great and all, but I'm just wondering if upgrading to 1080p for gaming is really even worth it.
Also, I'm not sure what I should be looking for. I keep seeing the debate over 120hz monitors and such. Where should my money go? My budget is ~$400, so I could either go with a 120hz, or with an IPS monitor. Not even sure what specs I should be looking at.
Again, I'm lost.
Personally, I think the only reason to change from 1680 x 1050 is for the desktop space and the ability to view a 1080p high def video, although it's also nice in some games.
I was using a Samsung 22" 1680 x 1050 for about three years and I had no problems with it at all. I wanted to add another monitor so I purchased a 23" Samsung model that does 2048 x 1152. Right away I loved the added desktop space it afforded me, and while playing my favorite game (Guild Wars) I found that I was able to see a larger area around my character, which was nice.
Since then I've sold my 22" Samsung and purchased a 27" ASUS that only does 1920 x 1080. The desktop area is not all that much greater than the 22" but is still a little better. Gaming is about the same, I really don't notice the added resolution that much in games. However, when I'm downloading movie trailers in HD I can display a 1080p movie on my primary desktop monitor now and not just on my 23" 2048 x 1152 secondary monitor.
If you only have the one monitor I would say it's worth the upgrade just for the extra desktop space and the 1080p video advantage. A slightly better gaming experience is an added bonus.Edited by Mergatroid - 3/1/11 at 5:23pm