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I'm selling this pc and display next week and I need a good display, 19" or above.
CRT has no response time so I was gonna look for a 22 inch flatscreen CRT but they're a mission to find, so help me out here I just want a good, decent display for serious gaming,
 

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I read you are getting DX10 SLI next year, anything but a 22" or higher widescreen LCD would be a sin on a rig like that IMHO.


Widescreen is the future.

LCDs are superior to CRTs. They are much more clear (well usually) and the newer ones have very little to zero ghosting. They also don't flicker like CRTs...

What is your budget for the monitor?
 

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23" CRT FTW. if you are a serious power user nothing beats teh image quality and clarity at hi res

I myself have a 21" and am getting one more for dualies!
 

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so what size should i be looking at? hows this for a display?
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...source=froogle

If you changed your mind and want a LCD, I'd go with a 20 or 22" 1680x1050 widescreen one. The 24" are much nicer but they are double the price, and anything lower than a 8800GTX cannot handle 1920x1200 all to well.

2ms wouldn't have ghosting, but its not widescreen either. If you are upgrading to a DX10 SLI rig in the near future like you said in the other thread, I would highly recommend widescreen.. It is awesome.

That LCD only supports 1280x1024, which is pretty low.
 

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If you changed your mind and want a LCD, I'd go with a 20 or 22" 1680x1050 widescreen one. The 24" are much nicer but they are double the price, and anything lower than a 8800GTX cannot handle 1920x1200 all to well.

I don't know what I need.
I'm getting the ATi X1950XT for now to slaughter DX9 games then I'm going SLi in about 18 months time for DX10 games.
 

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I don't know what I need.
I'm getting the ATi X1950XT for now to slaughter DX9 games then I'm going SLi in about 18 months time for DX10 games.

How much are you willing to spend on just the monitor?
 

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any amount
 

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I don't know what I need.
I'm getting the ATi X1950XT for now to slaughter DX9 games then I'm going SLi in about 18 months time for DX10 games.

So your going to get an X1950XT for now then get two nVidia 8x00 for DX10 games? Why not just get an 8x00 now?

Also, you really should look into LCDs, Samsung has a ton of great and affordable monitors with 2ms response time. The 20" 206BW is a nice one.
 

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So your going to get an X1950XT for now then get two nVidia 8x00 for DX10 games? Why not just get an 8x00 now?

Also, you really should look into LCDs, Samsung has a ton of great and affordable monitors with 2ms response time. The 20" 206BW is a nice one.

Because two 8800 Ultras in SLi couldn't even play this game past 33 FPS, they're DX10 cards and it was a DX10 game so I'm going to wait for it to mature then get two in SLi next year.

EDIT: And that would cost me like £800 $1600 for two 8800 Ultras when I can just piss all over DX9 games with one X1950XT now which would only cost me £100 $200.
 

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The thing with SLI is, it really shows its color at a higher resolution. So I'd probably say 1680x1050 or 1920x1200.

I believe 1680x1050 run around $250-400 and 1920x1200 run around $700-900.. I might be off a bit.

1920x1200 is to much for a single X1950XT, it will really lower performance at that resolution.

I think 1680x1050 is the best purchase for you. 20" or 22" depending on how much you wanted to spend on it. Samsung is a really good brand.

As Jackz50 said, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001095 this is a pretty good LCD. You won't notice ghosting at all and its widescreen and supports 1680x1050. (Sorry I don't have any UK Links)

The pricetag isn't much more than a 22" flatscreen CRT would cost either.

On a side note, the current 8800GTX and 8800 Ultras run "True" DX10 games fine. I've seen Crysis played on a G80 and it runs fine on Ultra High (Sorry I can't say anything more..
), and i've played World in Conflict DX10 and it runs fine on max (40-120FPS, and this is Beta). The reason why most people think the G80s cannot handle DX10 is because all the current DX10 games are patched and they were designed for DX9. Its basically a cheap port and it ruins the performance.
 

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The thing with SLI is, it really shows its color at a higher resolution. So I'd probably say 1680x1050 or 1920x1200.

I believe 1680x1050 run around $250-400 and 1920x1200 run around $700-900.. I might be off a bit.

1920x1200 is to much for a single X1950XT, it will really lower performance at that resolution.

I think 1680x1050 is the best purchase for you. 20" or 22" depending on how much you wanted to spend on it. Samsung is a really good brand.

As Jackz50 said, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001095 this is a pretty good LCD. You won't notice ghosting at all and its widescreen and supports 1680x1050. (Sorry I don't have any UK Links)

The pricetag isn't much more than a 22" flatscreen CRT would cost either.

On a side note, the current 8800GTX and 8800 Ultras run "True" DX10 games fine. I've seen Crysis played on a G80 and it runs fine on Ultra High, and i've played World in Conflict DX10 and it runs fine on max. The reason why most people think the G80s cannot handle DX10 is because all the current DX10 games are patched and they were designed for DX9. Its basically a cheap port and it ruins the performance.

Would I need to replace that display when I go SLi next year?
 

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Would I need to replace that display when I go SLi next year?

No, I see lots of people running 1680x1050 in SLI.

If you want to go 1920x1200 it cost a arm and a leg. And to tell you the truth, the only reason I went 1920x1200 is so I can play older games like warcraft 3 at 1600x1200. On a 1680x1050 display your forced to run 1280x1024 on games that only support 4:3......... All new games support widescreen though, and alot of old games have fixes that will allow widescreen.
 

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So there is no real point in going 1920x1200?
 

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So there is no real point in going 1920x1200?

I wouldn't recommend it unless you are getting SLI right now. I bought this monitor when I had 1 8800GTX and I ended up buying a second GTX so I could run newer games smoothly at that resolution.

LCDs looks best at their native resolution (Usually the highest resolution) so I didn't want to run it at 1680x1050.

Is it worth the $400-500 more? I would say no.

1920x1200 monitors also have some input lag issues (A delay in the mouse, it can get pretty annoying in some games!).
 

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Yeah I think 1680x1050 would be plenty, I found this one by asus.
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...source=froogle

Never had a asus LCD so I cant really vouch for it. I've heard alot of good stuff about the samsungs.

Good viewing angles are a must
 

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I recently converted from years of Sony Trinitron CRT use ...

This is the monitor that did it:

Samsung 226BW 22" LCD:

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Trust me. I'm picky as all get out. Not only do I come from the visual design field, I can also *not* tolerate tearing or ghosting in FPS games ...

I took the Samsun 225BW back after just a day and then picked up this 226BW ...

If you calibrate it with the magictune software that ships with it, it's awesome.

 

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I recently converted from years of Sony Trinitron CRT use ...

This is the monitor that did it:

Samsung 226BW 22" LCD:

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Trust me. I'm picky as all get out. Not only do I come from the visual design field, I can also *not* tolerate tearing or ghosting in FPS games ...

I took the Samsun 225BW back after just a day and then picked up this 226BW ...

If you calibrate it with the magictune software that ships with it, it's awesome.



That looks great, I'll get the same one as you then

I found it here
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=604046
 
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