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June 6, 2013 9:57:04 AM

Hey guys, I'm building my first comp and I already have an old flatscreen from like 6 or 7 years ago, but I want to get another monitor to put alongside it (I am probably getting the GTX 770 GPU).

What should I look for in a monitor.
What I want is:
-reliability
-good value/price
-great quality
-in the 20 to 23 inch range
For now I'll just say my price limit is $200, but I really don't want to spend that much if I can find a great deal that meets my needs.

So what brands, specs, or qualities should I be looking for in a monitor?

Any feedback (I hope to get lots) would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

-Adrian

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June 6, 2013 10:49:00 AM

Get an IPS monitor. Speakers on a monitor mostly suck so don't get baited into buying a monitor for extra money just for the speakers feature. Other than that, there's not much else. I would recommend getting ones from Asus or Dell UltraSharp.
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June 6, 2013 11:07:05 AM

How can I tell if a monitor is "IPS"? I've never seen(noticed) that acronym before in my life, and I've looked at plenty of monitor specs. I suppose I could have just not noticed.
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a b C Monitor
June 6, 2013 11:08:11 AM

It should say it. Either in the title or description. IPS stands for In-Plane Switching.
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June 6, 2013 11:10:52 AM

you get what you pay for. most monitors i've had were/are samsung, never had an issue with any of them. i've also got respect for monitors from dell, but am wary of cheaper brands like viewsonic or benq.

as for specs, 1080p (1920x1080) is the standard resolution to go for these days.
something with a high contrast ratio and low response time are beneficial for things like photo, video and gaming, but really don't matter if all you're doing is spreadsheets.
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a b C Monitor
June 6, 2013 11:22:43 AM

Very nice. Decent price too. Today is the last day for the $15 promotional discount so you only spend $144. Jump on it fast.
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June 6, 2013 11:28:06 AM

There is also a $10 rebate card from ASUS so really it is $135. And no tax and no shipping. I doubt I'll find a better deal.

I'll probably purchase it tonight when I get home from work! Thanks for the help!
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June 6, 2013 11:29:27 AM

Branden said:
you get what you pay for. most monitors i've had were/are samsung, never had an issue with any of them. i've also got respect for monitors from dell, but am wary of cheaper brands like viewsonic or benq.

as for specs, 1080p (1920x1080) is the standard resolution to go for these days.
something with a high contrast ratio and low response time are beneficial for things like photo, video and gaming, but really don't matter if all you're doing is spreadsheets.


Just saw this. Thanks for the input!

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a b C Monitor
June 6, 2013 11:29:41 AM

Retail is $169.99. So $169.99 - $10 rebate card - $15 promotional sale (ends today) = $144.99.
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June 6, 2013 11:32:15 AM

Aww, yea you are right. Sadness.
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a b C Monitor
June 6, 2013 11:35:41 AM

It is still a good buy. ;) 
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June 7, 2013 1:35:16 PM

For the record. I bought this last night. Just 22 more days till I can put my computer together and use it!
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a b C Monitor
June 7, 2013 7:05:31 PM

Why so long?
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June 8, 2013 1:01:34 AM

I still have 6 parts to buy, and the 16th is probably going to be my last purchase date. If any of those parts are shipped it will probably take a week. Plus I want a week to read all the manuals while on the bus going to/from work.
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