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    Default What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    G'day,

    I've pretty much picked all the hardware for my new system, apart from a monitor.

    It'll be mostly used for gaming, with a little bit of CAD work on the side, I'd like 27 inches (like every other man on the planet), but I'm not really sure how important some of the figures are.

    Resp[onse time seems a grey area, is 1ms gtg really better than 5ms? Will a better contrast ratio really be noticable with my old eyes? At 27 inches is 1080p good enough?

    I'm looking at a limit of about $600, so if anyone has any suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    for a 27" get something that has higher resolution like 2560x1440..
    The new Dell 27" IPS seems to be a popular choice.

    I have 2 Dell U2410 IPS monitors and they work great, esp calibrated for photo editing.
    The 24" are 1920x1200 16:10

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    Hey Smokey, I own the Dell 27" and 30" great monitors, but they also have a 29" that came out last December, for around $600-$700 which also has 2560 x 1440 Res, but if you have the cash, or good credit, go through Dell and get the 30" with 2560 x 1600 Res. All 3 come with a standard 3 yr warranty, but I always add an extra 3-4 years for $100.

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    Thanks guys,

    I'll have a look at Dell, but they do seem a bit more spendy than most other brands - the 30 inch (U3014) is $1800

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    I paid $1375 for my 30" but once turn it on, and set up your cards with all the eye candy turned on, and playing games at 2560 x 1600, believe me, the price no longer bothers you lol If you have good credit, go through Dell, my payments were $48 a month, but I always paid $100 so I could get it paid off faster.

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    Thats definately food for thought!

    As it's on 60hz and 6 ms gtg, will I notice that?

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    Personally, I would go for a high refresh rate. I have the BenQ XL2420T and I would never ever go back to a lower refresh rate. I have had better colours, but a bit of calibration and I can live with the BenQ. I would love a higher res, but haven't seen a higher res with a high refresh rate, so I am sticking with this thing for another two or three years. Hopefully by then we'll get some stuff.

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    Thanks MattyMatt,

    I've been looking at a couple of monitors, this one from Benq X2720t and this one from ASUS VG278HE

    Do either of these look the goods to you?

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    The BenQ is just a larger version of mine. Here's an unboxing and some opinion... BenQ XL2720T 120Hz 3D Gaming LCD Monitor Unboxing - YouTube
    I bought the XL2420T based on his TX impression. The 120Hz is great for anything faster. Racing, FPS, etc. If you play mostly strategy games, then you don't need it.

    The Asus has a higher refresh rate, but IMO, doesn't look as nice. Same guy did an unboxing: ASUS VG278HE 144Hz 3D LED LCD Monitor Unboxing & First Look Linus Tech Tips - YouTube

    I use the headphone rack on the BenQ, I use the HDMI audio pass through with my consoles. The buttons are nice and bothersome at the same time as they can be too sensitive and not sensitive enough.

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    Thanks MattyMatt,

    I'm into flight sims (falcon 4 @ x-plane 10) RC flight sim (real flight 6.5) and I definately need a good car racing sim, and I'll probably play an FPS or 2, so I'll go the higher refresh rate.

    I'l save up for a Doctor Death style 30 incher, when they improve in a few years.

    Thanks again everyone for all your advice

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    About one years out of date, a good site for suggestions and tips Best Gaming Monitor 2014 (24/27 inch, low Input lag)

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    I had the 27" not sure if it was just me but I got some pixel issues after 1year. Good thing I still had the warranty.

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    you can get 27" 1080p 144hz if you want size and want a fast monitor or a 27" 1440p 60hz if you want nice graphics/ vivid gaming. the 1440p will definitely have more tearing than the 144hz

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    I personally have great experience with Benq, recommend this brand to you

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    ASUS also a good option. All these gaming monitors for you Best Gaming Monitor 2016

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    Default Re: What to look for in a gaming monitor?

    Resolution

    The first and most important factor to consider is, of course, the display resolution.
    Gaming monitors today can have the following resolutions:


    • 1080p (Full HD)
    • 1440p (QHD/2K)
    • 2160p (UHD/4K)


    Monitors can have the following refresh rates:

    • 60Hz
    • 144Hz
    • 240Hz


    The Panel Technology

    Today, monitors rely on two types of panel:

    • TN (twisted nematic)
    • IPS (in-plane switching)

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