New monitor suggestions
My main monitor died leaving me with a 24" LG IPS monitor which is decent-ish. Would like recommendations for a new main monitor.
1. No taller than 17" vertical (to fit my desk)
2. 2560 x 1440 prefered
3. My current LG monitor uses the HDMI port from graphics card--new monitor would ideally use DisplayPort
4. Budget is sub-$500CND ($400USD)
The most intense thing I do on PC is playing WoW
27" 1440p panels aren't going to be anywhere near 17" in vertical height and more ~13" depending on the bezel.
The Viotek GN27DW is a 27" 1440p 144hz VA panel for about $330 USD. I personally won't buy a TN panel after going IPS but you're not going to get anything but a 60hz IPS panel within your budget.
Maybe the 32" Monoprice 33822 (1440p/144hz/VA) panel for $399 if you want a bit larger but not sure if it'll fit your height requirement and shipping might be insane.
Looking at that one pretty hard...looks like an awesome Monitor.
If you want to use a standard-type stand you can't really go above 27"-28" in a 16:9. 32" would just barely fit and you would likely have to get your own mount as the included stand will be too tall. Ultrawide is probably the way to go if you want bigger, but those seem to start at $500 for 1440p unless you go Korean.
I would think twice about 144 Hz at this budget for an MMO. If it's not competitive PVP you won't be doing super fast camera swivels much, and many MMOs end up CPU-bound anyway. Adaptive sync can help smooth over CPU sluggishness but you are usually back to looking at wide ranges to get something useful there.
WoW text/UI does scale pretty nice at 4K and its not that demanding a game, so I would also consider that even if its a 60 hz panel. These days word and web browsers work well with windows DPI and you can enjoy sharp easy to read text. There are many big brand name choices at 27-28" in your price bracket (Dell, LG, Acer, Viewsonic, Samsung, whoever), just be sure to get an IPS one as there are some TNs running around.
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