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Looking to buy a gaming monitor.. what should I look for?

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February 17, 2014 7:08:10 PM

My Samsung 206bw just gave out on me. Keeps going on and off and it won't stop.

I'm going to Frys tomorrow to buy myself a new gaming monitor for World of Warcraft and Counter Strike. I'm currently using my HDTV 1080 as my monitor, but it sucks as it has low resolution.

My old monitor has a resolution of 1680 x 1050. What resolution monitor should I be looking to get? I just bought a Samsung 21.5" monitor, but for some reason, it ONLY has a VGA input. I didnt think they still made monitors that only has that. I gotta return it tomorrow to Office Max.

What else should I look for in a monitor?

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February 17, 2014 7:14:11 PM

Display Port or HDMI would be nice. You are right VGA is too old and is not good enough. But a monitor with DVI input is okay too. I used the Dell UltraSharp for a long time with a DVI input.

I like screen sizes around 23-24 inches.

Try to get a maximum resolution monitor 1920 x 1080p

Low response time would help but is not essential. Anywhere between 2-5 ms would be okay.

You could get a TN panel or IPS panel. I like newer IPS panel with richer colors.

Most monitors have refresh rate of 60Hz. TN panels nowadays are coming with refresh rates of 120Hz but they are very expensive. It reduces the jittery effect but costs a lot.

IPS panels only have 60 Hz. Personally I like IPS panels and wouldn't go to TN panels again.

Those are the basic things you should consider.




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February 17, 2014 7:15:30 PM

Size, Resolution 1920 x 1080 is 1080p but TV VGA inputs can't go that high but monitors will, Viewing angle, Display colors, Contrast Ratio, Response time is a big one for gaming, LED yes or no.
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February 17, 2014 7:16:59 PM

Is LED better than LCD for gaming? And what contrast ratio should I be looking for?>
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February 17, 2014 7:17:44 PM

1980x1080 is a fairly standard resolution.

HDMI/DVI-D inputs are common so look for those.

Response time doesn't make a huge difference whether you go for 5ms or 2ms really.

Those are the basic requirements. If it's possible to order online I'd recommend this one with $40 off at the moment and the deal ends soon! https://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-ve247h
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February 17, 2014 7:19:06 PM

The thing is, I can not wait for shipping. I gotta get the monitor tomorrow and Frys Electronics has the best selection in my area for monitors. Drives me nuts that I cant play Counter Strike tonight.
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February 17, 2014 7:24:01 PM

Wonderclam said:
The thing is, I can not wait for shipping. I gotta get the monitor tomorrow and Frys Electronics has the best selection in my area for monitors. Drives me nuts that I cant play Counter Strike tonight.


I try to avoid buying monitors online anyways.

Seeing is believing !

If you don't like the colors later, it's too much of a hassle to send the monitor back.

Just make sure the monitor is full HD. You don't want to spend bucks and end up with 1680res again. which in itself is not bad, but you are looking for better graphics !
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February 18, 2014 2:41:19 AM

just buy Dell S2240L 21.5 inch LED Backlit LCD Monitor i am using it over 7 months it good for gaming nd even i can connect my console with it nd normal hdmi monitors will not have audio out port but it has audio port so no problem about audio. u can see full hd movies at 1080p full HD in this monitor good for gaming
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February 18, 2014 10:35:26 AM

Well, I'm back from Fry's and I bought an Asus VG248QE 3d monitor
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February 18, 2014 10:58:33 AM

Asus monitors are very nice.
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