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June 19, 2013 3:16:11 PM

Hi all,

I’m building the following rig and need some monitor advice:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

I currently have a 22’ Viewsonic TN Panel:
http://www1.viewsonic.com/products/archive/vx2235wm.htm...

I would like to go for a nice 24’ IPS panel but I a bit overwhelmed by all the brands and models. I am willing to spend up to $400 for a nice monitor but would surely appreciate spending less.

I’m open to all suggestions..

Thanks in advance.
June 19, 2013 3:18:53 PM

Which games do you play son.
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June 19, 2013 6:36:38 PM

Mostly I play Skyrim, but i like RTS games like Total War II: Shogun. Metro and Bioshock Infinite seem pretty awesome too.
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June 20, 2013 4:56:59 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/acer-monitor-umvh6aa003

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-ips237lbn

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs278qp

The two first ones provide for better color, but lower " and such.

The last one is a 27" inch and won't provide as good colors most likely, but will

be better for fast-paced games. With your GTX 780 you'll easily run games at these

resolutions. However exactly due to that GPU, you're also able to look at higher resolutions

such as 2560 x 1440. For a bit over 500$ you can get just that, at 27" too:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-pb278q This monitor also has the IPS

technology of the other ones, for good colours too.
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June 20, 2013 5:02:24 AM

You can have the best of both worlds with an Asus IPS panel with their 'Trace Free' feature. It's just a pixel overdrive tech but it's the most effective I've ever seen at eliminating trails in IPS/PLS and allows a finer level of control (settings are 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100, vs on/off or high/med/off from most manufacturers). In practice, 40 is the setting you'll want for eliminating trails without getting overshoot (basically where voltage is overcompensated and you get inverse trails instead).

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_pb278q.htm

There's a review for a 27" PLS panel - bigger than you're after I know but it'll give you some idea of the results you can get with Trace Free. As far as I'm aware, Asus have no 24" PLS panels yet, but a 24" Asus IPS with Trace Free would be an excellent purchase.
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June 20, 2013 6:36:43 AM

sam_p_lay said:
You can have the best of both worlds with an Asus IPS panel with their 'Trace Free' feature. It's just a pixel overdrive tech but it's the most effective I've ever seen at eliminating trails in IPS/PLS and allows a finer level of control (settings are 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100, vs on/off or high/med/off from most manufacturers). In practice, 40 is the setting you'll want for eliminating trails without getting overshoot (basically where voltage is overcompensated and you get inverse trails instead).

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_pb278q.htm

There's a review for a 27" PLS panel - bigger than you're after I know but it'll give you some idea of the results you can get with Trace Free. As far as I'm aware, Asus have no 24" PLS panels yet, but a 24" Asus IPS with Trace Free would be an excellent purchase.


+1 I like this suggestion of the Asus PB278Q http://amzn.to/11OynY7
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June 20, 2013 6:59:47 AM

Which was oddly enough also one I recommended to start with...
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June 20, 2013 7:00:55 AM

X79 said:
Which was oddly enough also one I recommended to start with...


Then I guess I agree with you. =)
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June 20, 2013 7:21:32 AM

X79 said:
Which was oddly enough also one I recommended to start with...


You added it in an edit as I was typing my post :-) It's actually not IPS by the way - it's PLS. Not any major difference though so no big deal.

Asus Trace Free has been around for a couple of years now so you won't need one of the very latest models to get it - the ML239H is a slightly older model with it, or anything inbetween that and the PB278Q. Only reason I didn't buy an ML239H myself (other than the fact I love the black levels of PVA panels) was lack of DVI - it's HDMI and VGA only. That's not really a huge deal though.
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June 20, 2013 3:13:09 PM

I am unfamiliar with PLS panels, are they on par with the IPS panels on color?

Great suggestions by the way, I really appreciate it guys, I'm a total noob when it comes to monitors.
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June 20, 2013 3:28:32 PM

Glad to help :-) And PLS is Samsung's version of IPS. It's newer and seems to deliver in all the same areas IPS does. Samsung claim it's superior, but from what I've seen it's really just another name for the same thing. I initially thought it was much faster response than IPS, but then realised it was Asus Trace Free that was responsible - PLS panels from other manufacturers weren't any faster than average IPS speed.
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June 21, 2013 6:40:11 AM

sam_p_lay said:
Glad to help :-) And PLS is Samsung's version of IPS. It's newer and seems to deliver in all the same areas IPS does. Samsung claim it's superior, but from what I've seen it's really just another name for the same thing. I initially thought it was much faster response than IPS, but then realised it was Asus Trace Free that was responsible - PLS panels from other manufacturers weren't any faster than average IPS speed.


ASUS is always a good manufacturer of anything really and I think most people like Samsung but I can't say from experience. I have ASUS.
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June 22, 2013 3:47:50 PM

Hey guys I just drove to CompUsa (Tigerdirect local store) to take a look at the PB278Q and it looked awesome but I think is way too big. I sit less than 3 feet away from the monitor and 27" is just too big a panel for me. So I'm back to the drawing board on a 24". It sucks really; I was excited to be gaming on 2560 x 1440 and I was sold on the PB278Q.

So a 24” Asus with Trace Free is the way to go?

Update: There’s an Asus PA248Q on sale for $280 ($260 after rebate) on newegg.com but its resolution is 1920 x 1200. It seems like all the 24” panels are 1920 x 1080. Is the PA248Q better because it has more pixels or would there be compatibility issues with games and videos? What do you guys think, is this the way to go?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 22, 2013 4:48:18 PM

Zero Strife said:
Hey guys I just drove to CompUsa (Tigerdirect local store) to take a look at the PB278Q and it looked awesome but I think is way too big. I sit less than 3 feet away from the monitor and 27" is just too big a panel for me. So I'm back to the drawing board on a 24". It sucks really; I was excited to be gaming on 2560 x 1440 and I was sold on the PB278Q.


Well plus side is MUCH higher framerates at 1080p! Even the GTX Titan can't handle Crysis 3 maxed at 1440p.

Zero Strife said:
So a 24” Asus with Trace Free is the way to go?


Definitely.

Zero Strife said:
Update: There’s an Asus PA248Q on sale for $280 ($260 after rebate) on newegg.com but its resolution is 1920 x 1200. It seems like all the 24” panels are 1920 x 1080. Is the PA248Q better because it has more pixels or would there be compatibility issues with games and videos? What do you guys think, is this the way to go?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It's probably a good bet, though maybe email Asus to check it has Trace Free. As for the resolution, a lot of people prefer 1920x1200. I think my work monitor uses it actually. They argue the extra height is beneficial in applications and web browsing. Personally I prefer 1080p because it's ideal 16:9 aspect ratio for widescreen HD TV. At 16:10 (which is what 1920x1200 is) you'd get a tiny bit of letterboxing (black bars above/below the picture).

Not a huge deal though and films are often 2.35:1 (or wider) so will be letterboxed even on a 1080p display. So doesn't really matter much either way. 1080p is slightly fewer pixels so higher framerates, but in practice the performance difference will be negligible (5-10% at most).
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