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March 29, 2014 7:31:35 PM

Hey all,
I am purchasing a new monitor but I'm having great difficulty. I've kinda rounded up my choices to the Benq XL2420TE or a 1440p korean monitor.
I would just get the korean one but I'm not too sure about my GPU(GTX 770)'s performance in 1440p.
On the other hand. if I played a lot of FPS I would just buy the Benq. However, I primarily play 2D platformers and indie games such as Bastion, Risk of Rain etc. I also play quite a few third person shooters like tomb raider. I also have a bunch of FPS games on Steam that I've never played much like Bioshock Infinite and Shadow Warrior, primarily because the motion just feels really slow and they look like crap on my monitor.
Besides gaming, I do a lot of word processing, occasional photoshop and a little video editing. Other than that just Youtube and web-surfing.

What would be the best monitor for my needs? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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March 29, 2014 7:47:29 PM

Not to outrageous of a price. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vh238h
And a GTX 770 on 1440p may not be the best idea to put it lightly.
On NCIX it is $169.99 USD it would be slightly cheaper but it out of stock on NewEgg.
One last thing, Indie games is not very specific. That can be any game made by an individual or a small group.
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March 29, 2014 7:47:43 PM

Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution.
From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.
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March 29, 2014 7:51:58 PM

Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.

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March 29, 2014 7:56:39 PM

shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.



Yeah sorry I'm not getting another TN monitor if it's not 120hz. Any other suggestions?
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March 29, 2014 8:02:55 PM

shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.




Just out of curiosity, why would 1440p not run well with a gtx 770? I have a GT 610 running both a 1366x768 and a 1920x1080 monitor at the same time and they run great, even when gaming. Considering it's a better card and about the same amount of pixels, it should work fine. Is there something I'm missing here?
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March 29, 2014 8:10:42 PM

TurtleLord44 said:
shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.



Yeah sorry I'm not getting another TN monitor if it's not 120hz. Any other suggestions?


If you're willing to spend it this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe
is currently one if not the best Asus gaming monitor. It's what I'm getting. I heard it can take a little calibration and the colors aren't as good as an IPS but it gives you a big edge in competitive fps games.

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March 29, 2014 8:13:20 PM

Var14ble said:
shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.




Just out of curiosity, why would 1440p not run well with a gtx 770? I have a GT 610 running both a 1366x768 and a 1920x1080 monitor at the same time and they run great, even when gaming. Considering it's a better card and about the same amount of pixels, it should work fine. Is there something I'm missing here?


If you max out most settings you're not going to average 60+ fps... I guess every body has different standards but I would prefer max setting on a 1080p with 60+ fps.

I would like to know what settings you're running games at and what you get when maxing out settings or even ultra.
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March 29, 2014 8:19:35 PM

shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.




Just out of curiosity, why would 1440p not run well with a gtx 770? I have a GT 610 running both a 1366x768 and a 1920x1080 monitor at the same time and they run great, even when gaming. Considering it's a better card and about the same amount of pixels, it should work fine. Is there something I'm missing here?


If you max out most settings you're not going to average 60+ fps... I guess every body has different standards but I would prefer max setting on a 1080p with 60+ fps.

I would like to know what settings you're running games at and what you get when maxing out settings or even ultra.


Well of course I'm not gonna be running BF4 on ultra, but he said he's not going to be playing very graphically demanding games. I can usually get decent (60+) fps on normal settings on almost all games from 2012 or before.
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March 29, 2014 8:31:57 PM

Var14ble said:
shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.




Just out of curiosity, why would 1440p not run well with a gtx 770? I have a GT 610 running both a 1366x768 and a 1920x1080 monitor at the same time and they run great, even when gaming. Considering it's a better card and about the same amount of pixels, it should work fine. Is there something I'm missing here?


If you max out most settings you're not going to average 60+ fps... I guess every body has different standards but I would prefer max setting on a 1080p with 60+ fps.

I would like to know what settings you're running games at and what you get when maxing out settings or even ultra.


Well of course I'm not gonna be running BF4 on ultra, but he said he's not going to be playing very graphically demanding games. I can usually get decent (60+) fps on normal settings on almost all games from 2012 or before.


"Bioshock Infinite"
Sure sounds like he plans to though. I'm sure he will have no problems running this on high with a 1080p monitor.
All in all. It's his decision. Higher resolution with much lower settings or still good (full HD) with GOOD settings and framerate.
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March 29, 2014 9:30:30 PM

Var14ble said:
shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.




Just out of curiosity, why would 1440p not run well with a gtx 770? I have a GT 610 running both a 1366x768 and a 1920x1080 monitor at the same time and they run great, even when gaming. Considering it's a better card and about the same amount of pixels, it should work fine. Is there something I'm missing here?


shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
shoomee said:
Var14ble said:
Some links would be nice, both sound like a good choice from what you've said, I guess it all boils down to whether you'd rather have a higher resolution or better-looking graphics. If you go for the lower res, you'll get a bit better performance, and ok resolution. From personal experience, a higher resolution really does make a world of difference when editing almost anything, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell you how much it's going to affect performance. What I can say, however, is that I have a worse graphics card and it runs 2 ok-resolution monitors just fine, so you shouldn't really have a lot of problems with the 1440p, if any at all.


For 1440p you would probably need to SLI with 2 GTX 770s, I would recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p.
BUT the games you mentioned aren't to graphic intensive and you could always play on lower settings. But if you want good resolution and high settings get the 1080p.




Just out of curiosity, why would 1440p not run well with a gtx 770? I have a GT 610 running both a 1366x768 and a 1920x1080 monitor at the same time and they run great, even when gaming. Considering it's a better card and about the same amount of pixels, it should work fine. Is there something I'm missing here?


If you max out most settings you're not going to average 60+ fps... I guess every body has different standards but I would prefer max setting on a 1080p with 60+ fps.

I would like to know what settings you're running games at and what you get when maxing out settings or even ultra.


Well of course I'm not gonna be running BF4 on ultra, but he said he's not going to be playing very graphically demanding games. I can usually get decent (60+) fps on normal settings on almost all games from 2012 or before.


"Bioshock Infinite"
Sure sounds like he plans to though. I'm sure he will have no problems running this on high with a 1080p monitor.
All in all. It's his decision. Higher resolution with much lower settings or still good (full HD) with GOOD settings and framerate.


Have you had any experience with the XL2420TE? Linus was praising that monitor to all hell. The Refresh Rate looks pretty neat, I'm just wondering about the colour. If it matters I currently have an Acer X223HQ - would there be a difference in colour with the Benq?
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