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Well, I've been using a 19" for long enough, and decided to upgrade for my new build. Just having a hard time deciding between two features. One being 1200p, and the other being 120hz 3D compatible. This will be used primarily for games like CSS and other FPS', as well as most/all next gen games.

Is there a large difference in 1200p image quality vs 1080p? I guess that's my main question.
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1200p = 16x10

1080p = 16x9
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At 1200p, you have a taller view, which can be helpful when viewing documents and webpages. However, if this is strictly for gaming, 1080p will do just fine as you tend to be more concerned about what's beside you, rather than above and below you.

Furthermore, if you are interested in 3D (assuming you are going with Nvidia video cards on this as well), or just want to maximize the highest amount of frames per second without screen tearing, then the 120Hz fit your requirements nicely.
     
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At 1200p, you have a taller view, which can be helpful when viewing documents and webpages. However, if this is strictly for gaming, 1080p will do just fine as you tend to be more concerned about what's beside you, rather than above and below you.

Furthermore, if you are interested in 3D (assuming you are going with Nvidia video cards on this as well), or just want to maximize the highest amount of frames per second without screen tearing, then the 120Hz fit your requirements nicely.
Thanks man. If I were to go with the 120hz, I wouldn't need to be at 120 FPS for every game to notice a difference correct? I've been looking at some IPS monitors as well, but I just want to know if 120hz is really worth it.
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Thanks man. If I were to go with the 120hz, I wouldn't need to be at 120 FPS for every game to notice a difference correct? I've been looking at some IPS monitors as well, but I just want to know if 120hz is really worth it.
That is correct. The main difference is that if your system can output 120 fps, with a 120 Hz monitor you will actually be able to "see" it whereas a 60 Hz monitor can output 60 fps at the most. I say that with the quotes because technically the human eye can only see a certain amount of frames. But suffice it to say, it will be a lot smoother especially when VSync is enabled.

Unfortunately the choice between an IPS monitor and a 120 Hz monitor is a choice you're going to have to make, since the market currently does not offer 120 Hz IPS panels. As a guideline, base your decision on what your main intended usage is.

If you're mostly going to be gaming with little productivity work (web browsing, office documents, photo/video editing, web development, etc.) and very little movie watching, then a 120 Hz monitor will fit the bill perfectly.

However, if your usage is going to be pretty diverse, IPS monitors are going to be a little more flexibile, especially when it comes to various viewing angles and multi-monitor gaming.
     
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That is correct. The main difference is that if your system can output 120 fps, with a 120 Hz monitor you will actually be able to "see" it whereas a 60 Hz monitor can output 60 fps at the most. I say that with the quotes because technically the human eye can only see a certain amount of frames. But suffice it to say, it will be a lot smoother especially when VSync is enabled.

Unfortunately the choice between an IPS monitor and a 120 Hz monitor is a choice you're going to have to make, since the market currently does not offer 120 Hz IPS panels. As a guideline, base your decision on what your main intended usage is.

If you're mostly going to be gaming with little productivity work (web browsing, office documents, photo/video editing, web development, etc.) and very little movie watching, then a 120 Hz monitor will fit the bill perfectly.

However, if your usage is going to be pretty diverse, IPS monitors are going to be a little more flexibile, especially when it comes to various viewing angles and multi-monitor gaming.
Thanks a lot for your input, cleared pretty much everything up for me.
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