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Would like advise on monitor upgrade

I am trying to get a better monitor. I currently have a DELL E176FP and an ACER AL1715 monitor that both run at 1280x1024. I found a local deal on craigslist for some Korean 27 inch 1440p monitor that has some Samsung PLS panel. I was thinking about picking it up for the $240 that they want and use it as a third display. I currently have an i5 3570k @ stock and 8gb ram and an EVGA GTX 560 ti 448.

My main use of this system is photo and video editing and content creation like 3d rendering in Blender. I do game but its not the main focus of the build. Can anyone offer me guidance on whether or not I should buy the 1440p monitor soon (next 5 days or so) or just get a 1080p monitor? Thanks in advance people. If any other information is required just ask.

Sorry about the funky wording of this post but it got late. I don't think that contrast ratio and brightness will be that bad on the new monitor because the 2 seventeen inch ones that I have now are not the best right?
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    1440p is great if you have a more powerful card, which you do not. I would suggest a 1080p display, as the korean ones, ESPECIALLY SECOND HAND, are less trustworthy than trusted brands like asus, lg, smasung, hp, dell, ect. So personally i would stay away from the second hand korean monitor

    Asus and lg have great ips monitors that will be best for your photo and video editing, while still being alright for gaming

    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX46543 might be outside your budget but is an absolutely stunning monitor and perfect for your description of what you will be using it for

    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX48343 is the more affordable model, and the only downside is less inputs and a slightly lower contrast ratio (still beautiful and better than any tn panel in terms of perfect color reproduction.)
  2. Basically the only reason someone would try to sell the korean monitors after buying (second hand) it is because there is some sort of defect with the panel, even if it is not completely apparent to you upon first inspection
  3. If you are set on the korean one, i would highly recommend you order your own new one off amazon, as this will give you a much higher chance of not having a defective panel, and is more trustworthy than a craigslist seller
  4. If that Korean screen is working fine, that is an amazing deal. A PLS panel is amazing for video and photo editing, and 1440p gives you that screen real estate (though triple monitor setup at this point, not like your lacking :lol:). Games you can always play at a lower resolution if it cant handle 1440p.
    I would at least check out the screen to see if there's anything wrong with it, maybe set up some kind of deal with the seller so that if something comes up within a month you can refund it.
  5. I wouldnt do anything with that monitor until you set it up yourself with the seller before you actually buy it. It's a good deal, but almost too good. Trusting another person is good of you, but the reality is, that not every one is as morally upright as you would hope
  6. Brantyn Gerik said:
    I wouldnt do anything with that monitor until you set it up yourself with the seller before you actually buy it. It's a good deal, but almost too good. Trusting another person is good of you, but the reality is, that not every one is as morally upright as you would hope


    Well I would have the guy set it up at my place so that I can check it out for defects and see how it runs on my desk. I am so amazed at the fast response times of this forum site. So If I try it and it seems alright is it a "safe" buy?

    This is the message from the seller about the display stats
    "you can have it for $240 and I'll also include a wall mount that extends, tilts, swivels and works great (shown in attached pics). I paid around $330 for it a few months ago and they typically go for $300-350 new on ebay. The specs per the manual are as follows:

    27" 16:9 aspect ratio

    2560x1440 resolution

    300 cd/m2 brightness

    50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio

    8 ms response time

    2 2.5w speakers
    It's a glossy screen type monitor and looks outstanding. It uses a Samsung made PLS screen. I will admit the plastic for the back of the monitor is pretty cheap but that doesn't effect performance. It has a stand but I removed it since I wall mounted it. There are no dead pixels on this monitor. The companies that sell these on ebay charge a lot more for ones with guaranteed no dead pixels. It comes with a dual link dvi-d, audio, and power cable. The power cable is for the Korean market but includes an adapter for US standard wall sockets, but you can as I did use a regular US power cable since the adapter doesn't include a ground prong. Like I've mentioned on craigslist, you must have a dual link dvi-d video port on your computer to use this monitor. An adapter such as hdmi to dual link dvi will not work(so I've been told). I'm only selling it because I no longer play games and I'm parting out my gaming pc that used this."

    Thanks for reading this and helping me out. This community rocks.
  7. Thank you all for your responses. I am leaning towards it in hopes it will be good.
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