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May 8, 2014 8:14:47 AM

I'm currently gaming/working on an ASUS VS248H monitor. It's nice and all, but I think it's time I graduated to a better monitor (also, new desk, new monitor, right?).

Here's my current rig:

Intel Core i5-3570K
2x MSI GTX 760 cards in SLI
8 GB RAM

Here are my current options:


    QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor

    Monoprice 27" IPS-ZERO-G Slim Monitor WQHD 2560x1440

    A combination of any three 21.5" 1920x1080 monitors for a surround setup (my least favorite choice)

    Waiting until someone releases a decent G-sync monitor


Given those options, what's the smartest bet for me? Ideally, I'd like to spend under $500.00.

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May 8, 2014 8:22:19 AM

How much do you game? If you game FPS a lot, or high paced games in general, you would enjoy a 144hz monitor. Whenever I play on a 60hz monitor now it feels like crap. 144hz 1080p > 1440p+ 60hz.

ASUS will be releasing a 1440p, g-sync, 120+hz monitor soon, but it's rather expensive.

I think having a main gaming monitor (preferrably a 120+hz monitor) and a secondary IPS monitor for browsing/videos is the best setup.
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May 8, 2014 8:25:07 AM

I'm a fairly constant gamer. I have been playing a lot of Titanfall lately, but that's the first competitive FPS I've played since Quake 2. Mostly I play single-player RPGs and action/adventure games like Assassin's Creed, the upcoming Watch Dogs, and just about everything BioWare makes.
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May 8, 2014 8:25:13 AM

Kekoh said:
How much do you game? If you game FPS a lot, or high paced games in general, you would enjoy a 144hz monitor. Whenever I play on a 60hz monitor now it feels like crap. 144hz 1080p > 1440p+ 60hz.

ASUS will be releasing a 1440p, g-sync, 120+hz monitor soon, but it's rather expensive.

I think having a main gaming monitor (preferrably a 120+hz monitor) and a secondary IPS monitor for browsing/videos is the best setup.


I completely agree
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May 8, 2014 8:39:16 AM

So something like the ASUS VG248QE is going to be better than any 27" monitor, even the overclockable Korean monitors?
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May 8, 2014 8:48:28 AM

In terms of the gaming experience, yes. The colors aren't as good as an IPS, but you can't have it all. There is a huge difference between a "regular" 2ms monitor, compared to a gaming oriented high refresh rate from ASUS/BenQ. Everything is instantaneous and you feel extremely connected to the player (if it's an FPS).

There is no such thing as a IPS gaming-oriented panel that has low input lag, low response time, and a naturally high refresh rate.

If you buy the korean monitor and overclock it, and something on it breaks, then what? You will be screwed trying to ship it back with your money for replacement.

EDIT: Also, there is a 27" version of the ASUS monitor. It's the VG278HE.
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May 8, 2014 9:11:56 AM

I think I might go with the BenQ XL2411z. Seems like a well put-together monitor. Thanks, everyone.
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May 8, 2014 11:48:47 AM

$500 is exactly what g-sync monitors cost: http://www.digitalstormonline.com/nvidia-g-sync.asp

If you game, you'll love it. There are so many problems associated with frame rates being mismatched with refresh rates, and the current solution (V-Sync) introduces a new set of its own problems. G-Sync sidesteps the entire problem set by eliminating the distinction between refresh rates and frame rates, which helps ensure you'll run as smoothly as possible at any given refresh/frame rate. It's a rather ingenious solution if you ask me. If you can afford one, go for it.
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