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So I am looking at deals on LCD monitors right now and I am hoping to get the most bang for my buck on a good set of monitors. I would like to buy two of them and go dual screen because it's pretty awesome for multi-tasking. But maybe I won't need to if I am upgrading from two 1280x1024 monitors to one 1920x1080 monitor?

Basically, I am just looking to find out more before I go ahead with the purchase - in terms of gaming and watching movies: which are the best things to look for?

I am thinking that 1920x1080 resolution will be a requirement.

Would a 23 inch monitor look worse than a 21 inch monitor at that resolution? Are the pixels smaller on the 21 inch monitor to fit them all in the limited space and do they appear more crisp because of that? What is the ideal monitor size for 1920x1080?

Contrast ratio: I am seeing some monitors giving 20,000,000:1, and others are only 5,000:1. I understand that contrast ratio is for darker more solid blacks (I think I read that somewhere)? So is it measured as the higher the number, the darker the blacks? Or is there more to it then that?

Refresh Rate: Most of the 1920x1080 lcd monitors that I have looked at refresh the screen at 120Hz. Is there any reason to go higher? Will I notice a huge difference between 60Hz vsync enabled vs 120Hz vsync enabled during gaming? Also, 2ms vs 5ms - any big differences there too?

That's all I can think of for now.. I am hoping to keep it in the $500 price range for both monitors (if possible?) but I'm willing to go higher if it's worth it.

Thanks for your help!
Edited by revlimiter - 3/9/11 at 2:19pm
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Unless you want to go with 3D don't bother with the 120hz premium price. As for the response rate, go with the 2ms if you can get it, if there's a big price jump, just get the 5ms one. You wont see much of a difference anyway.

Go for a 24" or under if you want 1920x1080.

Contrast ratios are made by the company, they could mean absolutely anything in their testing the contrast, don't focus on these numbers.
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Go with this monitor, its cheap and 1080p, and it has a small border so when you use the 2 monitors, you wont have a big bulky line between them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009261
    
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Awesome! Thanks for the info. So what is the idea monitor size for 1920x1080 if I don't want to see pixel shrinkage / stretching? Is there such thing as a monitor that doesnt shrink or stretch a pixel for a desired resolution?

Also, it just occurred to me that I can also go with 1920x1200.. Is 1920x1080 still the preferred resolution over this?

And are you saying there will be no difference between 60hz vsync enabled vs 120hz vsync enabled while gaming?

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Yeah, 60fps max, or 120fps max. but you can't see rates that high, and your 9800GTX+ probably won't even make it that high anyway on high end games turned up.
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The 1920 x 1200 will probably be more expensive but the quality will not improve because you cant get quality over 1080p, so I would go with the 1920 x 1080.... and for the vsync, i really wouldnt worry about that because you should always disable vsync if you want the max frames you can get. Many people say you should leave vsync on because the pixels could get screwed up (which doesnt hurt the monitor) but if you want the most fps, then dont worry about the vsync.

basically, there is a differnece between 60hz vsync and 120hz vsync, the higher the hz the more frames (which is better) so dont worry about that, and just turn vsync off in the game options.
    
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I always turn vsync on because it ensures that the game runs at the same refresh rate as your monitor and you won't see any tearing. Sure, the game may be running at a whopping 260fps but if your monitor is only set to 60hz then you will only see up to 60fps visibly and the monitor won't be able to keep up with the refresh rate to show those extra 200fps . At least, that's how I understand how vsync and monitor refresh rate works? This is why I have my monitors set to the maximum 75hz rather than 60hz for vsync, but maybe I am complete wrong about this??

So I'm still not sure what the ideal monitor size should be for 1920x1080 to ensure that the pixels look at the perfect 1:1 ratio for that resolution as they they should look.. 21 inch vs 24 inch? Or does it all depend on the technology driving the monitor?
Edited by revlimiter - 3/9/11 at 3:44pm
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