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    Ok, I am needing some help here guys. I am wanting to upgrade to a larger monitor, but don't know which way to go. I have been looking over at newegg.com, and have seen that you can get a 32" - 37" 1080P LCD TV for under 800 with under a 4 ms response time.


    Just for background purposes, this monitor will be used for gaming, photo editing, web design, and general purpose use. I am currently using a 22" HANNS-G monitor, and while it is quite good for the price I paid, I am starting to notice the backlight bleed more and more, and the veiwing angle is nowhere near as good as I'd like.

    Considering that any 30" monitor is going to run $1000 or more, would this be a wise investment for use as a monitor? Since it is an HDTV, will the color correctness be good enough for photo editing (after some calibration)? I am not wanting to have to fork out the money for a high-end IPS panel with a "good enough" response time for gaming. Might it just be better for me to use a dual monitor setup, with one fast TN panel with decent colors and an IPS for working?

    Thanks for any help you guys can give me on this.
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    1600p has 2 times more pixels than 1080p so it will look considerably better than 1080p. the only problem is that it costs a hell of a lot. your choice.

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    Well, I know you will be using this for work more than playing games.
    Work will feeds your stomach and put clothes on your back, gaming doesn't provide you that. So go with dual monitors this will give you more real estate. It's good when you're working, you don't have to switch the window more often, and when you want to play game then just reset the setting to one giant monitor. However, you do need to look for small frame monitor one.

    I think two good 22" one still less than $1000.

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    After doing a little more poking around, I've found out that the display resolution from an HDTV is going to end up being all that great. So, I am going to start saving up, and try to get either the NEC 24.1", 25.5", or 30" monitor. Yeah, they are going to cost around $1000 and higher, but they are the best of the best when it comes to print target media and web design. If I am going to do this, I might as well do it right.
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    I wouldn't bother with the TV version. I'm shocked at how "popular" these are at 16:9 aspect ratio. I mean, who is actually going to sit at their computer to watch a HD movie for 2 hours? Seriously. It's uncomfortable as heck, I've tried it, and I have a comfy desk chair at the computer. Watching a movie is meant for a couch, on a BIG screen.

    If you're using a monitor for "work", get a good one. If you REALLY want to watch movies, watch them in windowed mode, otherwise stick with an actual TV, 42" or better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    I wouldn't bother with the TV version. I'm shocked at how "popular" these are at 16:9 aspect ratio. I mean, who is actually going to sit at their computer to watch a HD movie for 2 hours? Seriously. It's uncomfortable as heck, I've tried it, and I have a comfy desk chair at the computer. Watching a movie is meant for a couch, on a BIG screen.

    If you're using a monitor for "work", get a good one. If you REALLY want to watch movies, watch them in windowed mode, otherwise stick with an actual TV, 42" or better.
    Hey!
    I watch my HD movies on my monitor lol. but that's only because its the only hardware in the house that can play HD :rolleyes:. not only that but my computer is setup in my room for extra bed comfort so who needs the sofa .

    For the past couple weeks I've been debating on building a HTPC , getting a 42" and a nice surround system to modernize our living room a little...... yea we're still supportin a 28" Sony from the mid 90's


    as for a 30". I know a guy who got a 30" dell for his PC gaming, I think he payed $3500 for it and is quite satisfied. if you plan on getting a 30" or larger make sure its 1600p like intel4 said its great! also keeps a good pixel density.

    here's a link to an article I pulled up from a reliable American photo editing site http://www.clarkvision.com/photoinfo...n_LCD_monitor/ (dated may 2008)
    it should answer any questions about which type of LCD monitor you're looking for
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