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Old 05-11-2011, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Buying new gaming monitor... suggestions needed :)

So I am looking to purchase a new gaming monitor and use my Samsung SyncMaster T240 as a second screen. I have had good luck with Samsung and was wondering what everyone suggested? How does the LED technology perform in computer monitors and would it be worth going with that? I am looking to spend no more than $300... Thanks in advance for all the help given! Oh and I have a GTX 285...
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Default Re: Buying new gaming monitor... suggestions needed :)

I've had really great luck with Samsung monitors over the years. If you already have one I would stick with that. We have a lot of Asus monitors at work and they are pretty good too. What size and resolution are you targeting?
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Default Re: Buying new gaming monitor... suggestions needed :)

LED is definitely the way to go

If you want Samsung, I've used a 21.5" version of this: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG S20A350B ToC Rose Black 20" LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1) and it is amazing.

I prefer LG monitors: Newegg.com - LG IPS226V-PN Black 21.5&#34; 8ms IPS Panel Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd&#47;m2 5,000,000&#58;1 <-- one of their newest ones and it has IPS panels

or (and I know you said not over $300), if you want to go big and get LG's best: Newegg.com - LG E2290V-SN Titanium Color 21.5&#34; Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd&#47;m2 10,000,000&#58;1
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Default Re: Buying new gaming monitor... suggestions needed :)

Well, my samsung just died on me after a little over 2 years. Warranty was only 1 year.

I just bought an Asus, and now I am unhappy that I could have gotten an LED monitor for $20 more. I didn't even look at them because I figured they would be way expensive. Dumb.

And yeah if you want Samsung, at least get a 24". 21.5 is small.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-486-_-Product

You could get an Asus of the same size for $200 if you wanted to spend less.

But I would bump up to this for $20 more:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-440-_-Product

Better response time, better contrast ration, and has hdmi ports instead of just DVI.
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Well, my samsung just died on me after a little over 2 years. Warranty was only 1 year.

I just bought an Asus, and now I am unhappy that I could have gotten an LED monitor for $20 more. I didn't even look at them because I figured they would be way expensive. Dumb.

And yeah if you want Samsung, at least get a 24". 21.5 is small.

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG S24A300B High Glossy Black 24&#34; 5ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor 250 cd&#47;m2 DCR 1,000,000&#58;1 &#40;1,000&#58;1&#41;

You could get an Asus of the same size for $200 if you wanted to spend less.

But I would bump up to this for $20 more:

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG BX2431 Glossy Black 24&#34; 2ms LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250cd&#47;m2 DCR 5,000,000&#58;1 &#40;1,000&#58;1&#41;

Better response time, better contrast ration, and has hdmi ports instead of just DVI.
I like this one: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG BX2431 Glossy Black 24&#34; 2ms LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250cd&#47;m2 DCR 5,000,000&#58;1 &#40;1,000&#58;1&#41;

What about a nice video card upgrade as well...? Would it be worth it to get two of those monitors and a beasty video card?
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What about this for a video card: Newegg.com - EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 &#40;Fermi&#41; 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Default Re: Buying new gaming monitor... suggestions needed :)

That card would be good, but note that you cannot play games across both monitors if you were planning on doing that.. Also, make sure your case supports a large graphics card like that and the heat. You may want to get a card like this: Newegg.com - ASUS ENGTX580 DCII&#47;2DIS&#47;1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 &#40;Fermi&#41; 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card if you want better cooling. I looked at your case on newegg and these may not be problems, but just make sure before you spend $500+ on it...
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My case is huge so room is not a big problem. I am thinking I will start a new post because I am wanting to complete my water cooling set up... I will make a loop for the video card then to a single rad then to the chipset then back to the rez...
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Bumping an older thread because I am wanting to get a new 24" screen but the samsung I want is out of stock... Newegg.com - SAMSUNG BX2431 Glossy Black 24&#34; 2ms LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250cd&#47;m2 DCR 5,000,000&#58;1 &#40;1,000&#58;1&#41; I am looking for a good 24'' LED... Is Asus good? Maybe get 2 of these: Newegg.com - ASUS VH238H Black 23&#34; Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w&#47;Speakers 250 cd&#47;m2 ASCR 50,000,000&#58;1 ?
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